Souls fans, those stand-up guys at FROM released a game last week

#1 Edited by jozzy (2041 posts) -

I feel a little shameless plugging of Armored Core 5 is in order. The guys at From software released this game with very little fanfare last week, and I doubt the Giant Bomb staff is going to give it any attention.

And I feel this game deserves a little attention. If you like the From Software guys because they make games that are challenging, have depth and require a bit of effort from the community to learn the systems than this game might be right up your alley. The setting is definately not as popular in the west as the dark fantasy of the Souls games, but it has that hallmark quality of sucking you in and consuming you if you let it.

It is more multiplayer focused with teams fighting over territory, but personally I am also just having fun with building different AC's (basically big robot suits) and going through the story and side missions in the game. All of the missions can be done in co-op, with team members or you can even hire other players as mercenaries to help.

Feel free to ask me questions about the game, but think of it as the first week of Dark Souls - everybody is still figuring stuff out. There are also teams on the xbox360 and ps3 should you want to play with some duders from this community.

#2 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

#3 Edited by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

Well, as far as I understand, never played older Armored core games, this one is more of a mash-up between Chromehounds and the older AC games. I reckon they did that to attract a broader audience, so giving it a little marketing might not be such a bad idea. I heard the chromehouds game was highly critically acclaimed.

That is pretty much the point of my post, the Souls games have become quite popular. It might broaden the audience for the Armored Core games with people looking for games that have that From Software touch.

#4 Posted by Doctorchimp (4067 posts) -

Sorry, I really tried getting into these games on the PS2. Those controls...man.

I think I'll hold out for that MechWarrior game coming out this year.

#5 Edited by Canteu (2821 posts) -

I've played most AC games in existence. All the recent 360 ones included, but for some reason I just can't bring myself to purchase this one. Maybe when it's cheaper I'll pick it up.

Someday From and Sega will reunite and give me my Chromehouds 2: The Morskoying.

#6 Posted by DragoonKain1687 (702 posts) -

I got to know FS because of AC. Ive been a fan for some years now of the series. Though I still dream of the day they add more stylized frames to the series. Getting tired of the big bulky mechs already. Im currently importing Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. A PS3 game by From that seems more streamlined since it uses an already established universe, but looks really really good in motion. Will give more details once it arrives in 3-4 weeks xD

My desire is to see an AC with more designs similar to the ones in Anime and stuff. The series classic designs is growing stagnant right now, with more or less 10 games with almost similar mechs.

#7 Posted by wsninja (65 posts) -

I loved the last two Armored Core games and if i had the dough to buy it i would

#8 Posted by NoobSauceG7 (1230 posts) -

I love Dark Souls but never really liked a mech game so as much as I would love to support From, I can't see myself buying this game.

#9 Posted by Lazyaza (2165 posts) -

I was an AC fan back in the ps2 days when I had way more time and patience for badly designed games.

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#10 Edited by StarvingGamer (7919 posts) -

@Doctorchimp: They've changed the controls pretty drastically since the PS2 era. AC5 handles somewhere in between an FPS and a character action game. Anyone who can deal with dual analog controls should be able to pick it up fairly easily.

#11 Posted by Deusx (1902 posts) -

I wish I had money for that game right now. Looks amazing.

#12 Posted by TheHT (10810 posts) -

I always liked the look of AC games. The few that I played were a bit intimidating though.

#13 Posted by NyxFe (248 posts) -

Armored Core 5 is possibly more confusing at first than Demon's Souls was (And I played that in Korean). I still love it.

#14 Posted by James_Giant_Peach (751 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

Yes it was released to no fanfare. The very small cult AC following is not fanfare. There was no damn marketing behind the game and plenty of people don't even know it exists. Much more could have been done to let people know about this game and wtf it is.

#15 Edited by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@StarvingGamer said:

@Doctorchimp: They've changed the controls pretty drastically since the PS2 era. AC5 handles somewhere in between an FPS and a character action game. Anyone who can deal with dual analog controls should be able to pick it up fairly easily.

Yeah, the controls seem really easy. My 6 year old son was zooming around the battlefield (in AC test mode) almost immediately, boosting and wall climbing like a pro. The complexity of the game comes more from all the different configurations you can use for building your AC, all the different weapon and damage types, and the whole system of defending and conquesting territory for your team (clan) .

#16 Posted by phantomzxro (1558 posts) -

yeah i been checking it out with reviews and all and it does not seem like the mech game for me, I'll just wait for ZOE HD collection to come.

#17 Edited by thehuntsmen5434 (427 posts) -

I am one of those AC die hard fans that bought it day 1.

And sold it already. If your a long time fan of the series it changes a lot of what made Armored Core special. Not saying its a bad game, its good in its own way. I liked the direction they took with more skill needed for in game combat and strategy. Armored Core V is less about a rock, paper, scissors system for parts like the last ones, and more of learn the maps and a fighting style.

Oh and also they made the game like almost completely multiplayer based. A odd choice considering the very small fan base that game has. I don't imagine seeing those servers up for no more than 2 years at most.

You cant free fly like you used to in the other games. Your restricted to the ground, jumping, and jumping off buildings. No radar anymore, you send out drones that find the enemy (cool idea, badly implemented).

Ps3 has frame issues and game doesn't look good. I'm not a graphics whore but when the action picks up its extremely hard to tell whats happening.

#18 Posted by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@thehuntsmen5434: Yeah, I heard that the ps3 version has more problems. Haven't noticed any framerate problems on the 360.

#19 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@James_Giant_Peach said:

@jakob187 said:

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

Yes it was released to no fanfare. The very small cult AC following is not fanfare. There was no damn marketing behind the game and plenty of people don't even know it exists. Much more could have been done to let people know about this game and wtf it is.

I played the first few ones and enjoyed them. I was not even aware they are up to this number of the game. I saw no advertising. 
#20 Posted by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@James_Giant_Peach said:

@jakob187 said:

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

Yes it was released to no fanfare. The very small cult AC following is not fanfare. There was no damn marketing behind the game and plenty of people don't even know it exists. Much more could have been done to let people know about this game and wtf it is.

I played the first few ones and enjoyed them. I was not even aware they are up to this number of the game. I saw no advertising.

My local retailer was almost sold out of copies! (I bet they only had 2...)

#21 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@jozzy said:

@The_Laughing_Man said:

@James_Giant_Peach said:

@jakob187 said:

It was released to no fanfare?

You're...you're joking, right? It's Armored Core. It has a niche audience that will snatch it up immediately and that's it. I would've picked it up already, but I had to pay for tags on my car this month. I plan on buying it ASAP though after that. Love me some Armored Core, and I just didn't think that For Answer was as good as everyone said.

I also like that they changed to 5 meter from 10 meter, and it seems that a lot of the community feels the same way. I've heard that it plays a lot closer (in terms of strategy) to the original games rather than their newer counterparts because of it.

Yes it was released to no fanfare. The very small cult AC following is not fanfare. There was no damn marketing behind the game and plenty of people don't even know it exists. Much more could have been done to let people know about this game and wtf it is.

I played the first few ones and enjoyed them. I was not even aware they are up to this number of the game. I saw no advertising.

My local retailer was almost sold out of copies! (I bet they only had 2...)

That could also mean they did not send out many copies dude. But again I saw no advertising for this game aside from a video on gametrailers 
#22 Posted by xyzygy (9870 posts) -

One of the things I love about AC is the controls. They're so bad they're good. Maybe is too much of a black/white word, but it's something. I am definitely going to pick thsi game up sometime in the future... just not now because I literally have 5 games to play and The Witcher 2 is on it's way.

#23 Posted by jozzy (2041 posts) -

@xyzygy said:

One of the things I love about AC is the controls. They're so bad they're good. Maybe is too much of a black/white word, but it's something. I am definitely going to pick thsi game up sometime in the future... just not now because I literally have 5 games to play and The Witcher 2 is on it's way.

The controls is this one are way more streamlined than in the older versions, or so I have heard. It pretty much plays like a FPS.... well, one where you can shoot 3 weapons at the same time while wall jumping on the side of a skyscraper :)

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