Armored Core V mobilizes in March

From Software's latest mech-combat game drops on 360, PS3 in NA March 20, Europe on March 23.

From Software has shot to prominence in recent years due to its critically acclaimed action role-playing games Demon's Souls and Dark Souls. However, the company has been for years a proponent of mecha with its Armored Core franchise, and the latest installment in that line has homed in on a March 20 bow in North America (and March 23 in Europe).

Overkill isn't a word that exists in the Armored Core universe.

Armored Core V will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Publisher Namco Bandai also confirmed today that those who preorder the title from GameStop in America will be granted the Heavy Assault Pack add-on. The downloadable content includes a swath of in-game parts that will "help give players a competitive advantage on day one."

Armored Core V maintains the franchise's focus on high-octane mech combat and comprehensive customization options. From Software has focused on delivering more content this time around by incorporating new environments and enhancing the game's offline mode. Online modes will also be available, and they'll emphasis large-scale, team-based battles.

Armored Core V will also make a substantive break from previous installments in the franchise by offering smaller-scale mechs. The change, in theory, will shift the focus to more tactical gameplay, as opposed to brute-force attacks.

The game is slated to arrive on Japanese shelves within the month, having been delayed last August to incorporate feedback from the game's online multiplayer beta test. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Armored Core V.

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servb0ts
servb0ts

Armor Core V will probably have more Cheap Ass A.I. that can do things you possibly can't.

banana23man
banana23man

The gameplay of the previous games were quite alright but i think a HUGE turnoff is the bland environment and enemies. It's like you're flying around in a barren warehouse, shooting boxes. The customization is really engrossing though. I love browsing through my arsenal and fitting different parts to my AC. Oh, forget about the story because there is practically none. If this AC can fix all these, I think it will be an awesome game.

X-RS
X-RS

We NEED a tactical online mech game to take over Chromehounds throne. *Pre-orders-cuz it's AC* (ye that's right, ARMORE CORE!! not "Assassin's Creed" =P)

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

@Gelugon_baat Don't you dare blaspheme over the holy missile storm!!! I'ts like crytizing crazy ammounts of boosters and impossible speeds and accelerations. X)

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

@people concerned about the recent AC games Don't be so hasty people, FromSoftware has made it clear months ago that they are aiming to bring back the tactical and challenging element of the older games from the past two console generations. I'm not saying your worries are not well-founded, just have a little more optimism for this new project of theirs.

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

@Gelugon_baat Actually, the creator and mechanical designer of the Macross series(Shoji Kawamori) has been the designer for the AC series since the first titles on the PS1.(He also did some designs for a Gundam series in the past)

Predwarrior
Predwarrior

Oh well, another year, another Armored Cor-- HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, LOOK AT THOSE MISSILE LAUNCHERS!

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I was thinking of checking this game out, but march as some great releases this year and I might pass on it.

Femto513
Femto513

I've tried a few of the Armored Core games. I found all of them so boring that they were unplayable except for AC: For Answer. I found For Answer to be more accessible and fun. I enjoyed it and was able to finish it.

Dark_Metamorphosis
Dark_Metamorphosis

Agreed AC games tend to be really boring and as much as I tried to like them they're just really hard to get into.

blackace
blackace

The last AC wasn't good. There have been like 7 AC games though. Not sure why it's only V here. All these games were on the Playstation systems (PS1, PS2 & PS3), except for AC4 which was also on XBox 360. AC5 will be on both as well. Armor Core: - 'Oct 31, 1997' Armored Core: Project Phantasma - 'Sept 30, 1998' Armored Core: Master of Arena - 'Feb 29, 2000' Armored Core 2: - 'Oct 24, 2000' Armored Core 2: Another Age 'Aug 20, 2001' Armored Core 3: 'Sept 5, 2002' Armored Core 3: Silent Line 'Jul 17, 2003' Armored Core: Nexus 'Sept 28, 2004' Armored Core: Nine Breaker 'Sept 13, 2005' Armored Core: Last Raven 'June 13, 2006' - (PSP & PS3) Armored Core: Formula Front 'Mar 3, 2005' -(PSP-JP Only) Armored Core 4 'Mar 20, 2007' Armored Core: For Answer 'Sept 19, 2008' Next is Armored Core V - March 20 (US) March 23 (UK), Jan 26 (JP), 2012 You can see how they rated here - [url]http://www.metacritic.com/search/all/Armored+Core/results[/url]

davsonamission
davsonamission

Yeah I have never played any Armored Core Game that wasnt extremely boring... Its a awsome concept just not executed well...

strangestguy
strangestguy

i lost interest at armored core 4 ... they dumbed down a lot of the fine tuning and they tried to push the action too much, i liked having a more stealth and snipe approach on most missions and i could spend hours tuning each AC. Dunno if they chose this to cater to 360 players but they screwed it for me.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

I've never been much of a fan of the Armored Core games, it seems too 'arcady' to me and less precise. Then again, different strokes....

hleflore
hleflore

Have any recent Armored Core games been good?