4/27 – Armored Core
Hello and welcome. My name is Katosepe and I’ll be your host for today’s Video Game of the Day.
Before we start let me just give you all a reminder that next week is going to be DOS week! All week long we’ll be talking about some of your favorite and some lesser known DOS games from the late 80’s and early 90’s. We’ll be starting that tomorrow so make sure to check it out, you won’t want to miss it.
Today though, let’s talk about a game series by FromSoftware. No, it’s not yet time for Dark Souls. Today, let’s talk about Armored Core, originally released on the Playstation in 1997.
Armored Core is a mecha game where the player plays as a mech pilot working as a mercenary with the group Ravens Nest. The group is independent themselves but carry out missions placed by two mega corporations, Chrome and Murakumo Millenium, who are at war.
Gameplay has players managing their mech long-term. They can choose from a variety of missions which provide a payout based on the mission’s difficulty. With the money received by completing missions, players can repair and resupply their mech as well as buy additional parts that can be used to outfit their mech. Armored Core is known for the high level of customization allowed to players who want to really personalize their mech the way they want and this first title is no exception.
Piloting the mech is done from a third-person perspective. Players must directly control their mech and manage weapons and ammunition. Ammo cannot be replenished mid-battle so careful use of firepower is a necessity. Mechs can use jet boosters to fly, glide or make quick boosting movements but only have a limited amount of energy. This energy replenishes automatically once the mech lands again.
Armored Core has always been quite popular in Japan but has only received a relatively small cult following in the west, with several titles never leaving their homeland. Still, the fanbase has always been quite vocal and cries for a sixth Armored Core game have never been hard to find. While the series has remained dormant since 2013, FromSoftware has recently teased that a new Armored Core game may be in development. As of April 2019, however, nothing has yet been announced.
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