Good news guys, it isn’t AS boring as the rest of the series! Bad news is it’s still pretty boring. In the world of eye-popping color schemes and concepts V doesn’t quite is doesn’t quite measure up. But there is a reason for that; the focus of the game is the actual gameplay and not necessarily the aesthetics. When you have hoards of mechs sending volleys at you in droves you don’t want to be distracted by how breathtaking the landscape is.
This game seesaws from additive to tedious depending upon the severity of your A.D.D. or how diehard an Armored Core fan you happen to be. The shear degree of difficulty just to construct your mech is enough to make lesser gamers throw in the towel, but keep at it and optimize your chances of emerging victorious. It is as much a game of strategy as it is a game of thumb coordination superiority. How you build and equip you mech will determine your faith throughout the game. Once you master your mech and discover what this game is truly capable of it will become a whole new experience. Skill and determination definitely prevail in this one – to the most dedicated go the spoils.
Playing Armored Core V online and taking on teams is when this game really shines. There is no better way to hone your skills than to actually engage in battle, just try not to slow your teammates down too much while learning the ropes.
Give this game a chance to actually show you why it was made. Don’t give up on it too quickly or dismiss it as not worthy of your time. It can hold its own and make a believer out of you.
7 out of 10