I played the first, and it's my go-to memory illustrating why people dislike escort missions. I played it on a friend's save, so I already had access to a rather powerful main weapon, and possibly the Moonlight Greatsword? I don't remember, it was my first From game. It was just enough experience that when people say "Armored Core" followed by words and sentences I can give a knowing nod, or tip my head slightly to the side and say "huh" when I learn about some new development. The changes over the years seem pretty wild, makes me wonder if they just wanted to change things up or if they were trying to correct for feedback when (at least at the start) feedback was harder to get. I will Rubicon when I get the right banding wire to tie four potatoes together. The state of software disappearing is tragic. I hope the law catches up with the reality.