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Armored Core Verdict

Armored Core: Verdict Day trailer all about explosions


'No future for mercs'
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
This trailer for the upcoming Armored Core: Verdict Day is all over the place, as it gives you a taste of the game's narrative, thematic elements, and a ton of gameplay to boot. The core focus is faction warfare, tying into ...
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Armored Core: Verdict Day isn't looking that hot


Just wasn't doing it for me
Jun 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I'm coming at Armored Core: Verdict Day from an outsider perspective. Those of you that enjoyed V? You'll like this one, I'm sure. It's a lot like V, as a lot of the features you got out of that game pretty much carries over ...
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Armored Core: VD

A grim trailer for Armored Core: Verdict Day


With some bonus screenshots
Apr 12
// Jordan Devore
Although the name may suggest otherwise, Armored Core: Verdict Day is a full installment, not some continuation of AC V. As we heard earlier from Keith, developer From Software is emphasizing a three-faction war that will be...

Remember Chromehounds? Here's Armored Core: Verdict Day

Apr 11 // Keith Swiader
Armored Core: Verdict Day (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 [Previewed])Developer: From SoftwarePublisher: Namco BandaiRelease: Fall 2013 "That looks like Chromehounds!," I shouted in my head once I saw the game's main menu, which details a tri-colored real-time intelligence map of the current three-faction war. The war, or season, as it was called, resets once two of the factions succumb to the might of the third. Knowing which team is in the lead will become more apparent as one of the three colors -- red, green and blue-- begins to take up more and more space on the map. These factions, I was told, represent North America, Europe and Asia -- at least in the minds of From Software. The factions remained nameless during the presentation. But why three factions, and not two or four? Simply put, three is the sweet spot in terms of game design, where two is too few and four just becomes a mess. Producer Toshifumi Nabeshiba said that development of Verdict Day saw the team focus on its online component as well as renewing its overall game design, and that is visible through the game's new Operator mode. Here, players indirectly engage in battle against other players by commanding a squad of AI-driven Armored Cores -- mechs -- which was also referred to as an "AI counter-system." Through this, players that may not otherwise be able to keep with the best in the game can now have a fighting chance in participating in the action. "[An operator's] role is to search for the enemy, analyze the enemy information and give a command to his Armored Core's based on that information," Nabeshiba said before calling this gameplay "real-time simulator." The AI mechs can have specialties, like in close-range combat, for instance, and the more you play the more powerful mechs you can acquire. Customization is also a big part of Verdict Day, Nabeshiba added, and during the demo a new transforming weapon type was shown off, which can go back and forth from being a melee weapon to firing bullets and projectiles. "We believe that by introducing new parts and categories, we'll give players more options for battle and battle strategies," he said. Armored Core: Verdict Day is a brand new entry in the franchise, and not an expansion of Armored Core V, Nabeshiba assured, and is due out later this year. If you somehow couldn't tell from this hands-off look, I love, love, looove Chromehounds, and I am ecstatic to see the gameplay mechanics from that cult classic infiltrate the Armored Core series.  Whenever this three-faction war decides to enlist, I'll be damned if I'm not one of the first enrollments.
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A three-faction war rages on
Back in early 2006 there was not much going for the Xbox 360 in regards to engrossing online play. There was Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, which was great, but that was it. That is, however, until the release of From Soft...


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New Armored Core

Armored Core: Verdict Day announced for 360 and PS3


Rock 'em Sock 'em Corebots
Feb 22
// Chris Carter
[Update: Namco Bandai has just announced the game will see a US release. More official screens have been added to the gallery.] Although Armored Core V didn't deliver the goods for a lot of people, I still have hope for the f...
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Armored Core V pre-order bonuses listed


Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
According to Namco Bandai, Armored Core V went gold this week, just in time for its release which happens to be next week. While Japan has had access to this new installment for some time, North America is only now getting it...
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This Armored Core V customization walkthrough is tasty


Mar 09
// Liam Fisher
I... f*ck. It's Armored Core V, guys. I remember buying my PS1 way back when, opening the packed-in demo disk (the one with Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Parappa the Rapper, and I.Q), and falling in love with Armored...
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Amored Core V set for a March release


Jan 12
// Jordan Devore
Namco Bandai and From Software have settled on a release date for Armored Core V. In the United States, the big day is March 20; in Europe, the game hits shelves on March 23. As someone who has always valued developers' effor...

TGS: Armored Core V impressions

Sep 14 // Allistair Pinsof
After the hands-on demo, Producer Toshifumi Nabeshima said, “The complexity and difficulty [of the Armored Core series] are the appeal to hardcore fans so we are keeping those things and finding ways of getting new fans.” There is a dividing line between complexity and excess that few developers recognize in their own games. From Software is one of them. Its efforts in slimming down Armored Core to its basics and pairing it with a multiplayer focus presents the series in a new light. Now, players will be able to form 20 person parties who can play together online in groups of up to five. The main idea being that players can keep in touch and easily join another player's game. There will also be 5-on-5 multiplayer but I didn’t get to check that out. Although it’s disappointing that the game doesn’t have a mode where all 20 players can play together, Armored Core V is still offers the promise of many late nights doing mech stuff with mech-lovin’ friends. Instead of lowering the game’s difficulty, From Software wanted to let newbies get by with a little help from their friends. So, in this reboot, players can take on co-op missions with five players or play the single-player campaign with a friend. As with Dark Souls, it’s refreshing to see a developer keep high levels of complexity and difficulty intact in a game while keeping it accessible to players who are willing to commit the time to learn the systems and become well-versed in mech ass kicking. The game itself feels great and the controls were easy enough to grasp within the 30-minute demo. Dodging missiles, scanning enemies and jetting through the air felt seamless and hassle-free. The new controls and HUD work to the series' strengths of providing hectic, twitch-based mech battles, where a well-timed boost can be as vital as strategic weapon management. Although I couldn’t get past the level’s end boss, I enjoyed my time with the demo -- even the part with me getting my ass repeatedly kicked by that stupid mech! The game’s sense of speed, atmosphere and challenge recalls the criminally overlooked Ghost in the Shell game for PlayStation. To be honest, that was the last time I cared about a mech game but apparently it might not be the last. I look forward to hearing more about this game as it gets closer to release next year.
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Armored Core isn’t a series I’ve ever played or considered investing in for more than a couple hours. Right now, you are most likely cursing my name or thinking, “Yeah, me too, dude.” Although I app...

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Mechs gone wild in this Armored Core V trailer


Aug 17
// Jordan Devore
Although I have very little prior experience with the Armored Core series (true story: I played one of the demos once), I've reached a time in my life when my need to kill mechs with other mechs must be satiated. Perhaps Arm...
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E3: A new trailer for Armored Core V


Jun 08
// Maurice Tan
Armored Core V has a fancy CG trailer that doesn't show you any gameplay (boo!), but does show you a lot of good looking mech action (yay!). And because the last two Armored Core games were not exactly great -- nor were they terrible for that matter -- this trailer is probably the best looking thing about the game until we find out that it's actually really, really good this time around.
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All these Armored Core V screens are blurry


May 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Okay, we get it Namco Bandai. Armored Core V is going to be full of fast-paced action. Did you really need to send out so many blurry pictures of the game though? People want to see how good it's looking. The people at home c...

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