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Armored Core: Nine Breaker is the latest game in the Armored Core series, published by Agetec and developed by From Software. AC: Nine Breaker is the tenth game in the series released in the United States (nine if you count AC2 and AC2: Another Age as the same game) and ninth out of ten released in Japan. The difference this time is significant, as Nine Breaker is aimed at getting the player directly into the action without worrying nearly as much about plot as the previous games.
Terrific graphical elements play against gameplay that is simple to jump into and get to the business of battle. This game is entertaining and challenging, and it is worth checking out.
Nine Breaker is a thinking-man's Armored Core - you'll need to refine your skills and hone your strategies to advance and progress. The difficulty level here makes Armored Core: Nine Breaker a less than perfect choice for those wanting to try out the series, but a must-have for fans of the series who are looking for some new challenges.
As a game, Ninebreaker is possibly the best in the series and it is because of this that the fact it lacks any online mode is verging on gaming sacrilege. For those that want to bash AC’s together around at a mate’s place, Ninebreaker is what you are after. For those that desire a huge vibrant online versus experience, tough. From Software clearly couldn’t care less. That being said, when you have achieved 149 of the 150 gold medals and finally face up to the new and vastly improved Nineball and finally best him in combat, you are awarded a new part; his head. A fitting end indeed.
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New or old fan of the Armored Core series, Nine Breaker will sharpen both your mind and your reflexes, even as it leaves you begging for mercy.
The bottom line is that if you want to play a mech game that handles well right out of the gate and offers a staggering variety of options, you can’t go wrong with Armored Core: Nine Breaker. But if you – like many gamers today – are looking for an online experience equal to the single player experience then you should probably keep on truckin’.
In closing I have to stress again that if you are not fan of the AC series then this game is not going to change your mind. Try out the earlier PS2 titles such as Another Age or even the more recent Nexus. Nine Breaker is fan service at it’s finest with just enough additives to keep the junkies at bay, consider it an expansion pack for a PC title and you have the gist of what Nine Breaker brings to the table. If you are a fan give it a whirl, otherwise you may want to fight giant mechs elsewhere.
Difficulty aside, for those au fait with mecha titles and everything that makes them tick, Nine Breaker offers the kind of high standard aficionados will have come to expect from the Armored Core series. Technically solid throughout, the game provides a severe test for those dedicated enough to see it through. From Software should note, however, that despite Nine Breaker’s widespread training mode, mecha titles will continue to remain on the fringe of mainstream gaming if they continue to be quite so unforgiving to inexperience.
If you were a big fan of Armored Core already and wanted a game whose focus is solely arena combat, then you'll probably like Nine Breaker. It's a simple, sandbox-style combat game with a lot of AC customizability options for hardcore players and no frills or other nonsense to distract you from the main task at hand: dueling. If you weren't really familiar with the series going in, then Nine Breaker doesn't try very hard to draw you in--you're probably better off going with another, more accessible robot combat game.
Bien plus réussi que son grand frère, ce nouvel épisode de la série Armored Core, se détache grandement dans le domaine du plaisir pur et échange une austérité pesante contre un aspect ludique mis clairement en avant. Un renouvellement de très bon aloi qui permet au titre de montrer sans vergogne ses entrailles parfaitement rodées. Malheureusement, la faiblesse graphique et le choix d'abandonner les missions nuit à l'attachement accordé au soft. Si vous avez envie de connaître la saga, un conseil, débutez par cet épisode précis.
Armored Core: Nine Breaker is the ninth Armored Core series addition, and it takes its secondary title 'Nine Breaker' from Armored Core 2 and the name bestowed upon mech pilots of extraordinary ability and accomplishment; it's directly linked to 'Nineball', a gargantuan mech opponent battled in the final level of 1997's original game - which makes a daunting return appearance here in Ninebreaker.
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Fans of this series may find something to like about Nine Breaker. It literally strips away everything superfluous and just leaves the mech building and combat. For those who already know what they are doing and what all the weird numbers signify this might be a ripping good time. Those who may be younger in age or looking for some sort of PS2 equivalent to MechAssault are going to be sorely disappointed.
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The intricate mech customization that has always been the heart of the Armored Core series is still intact, but in this case the heart is trying to pump blood to severed limbs, hemorrhaging entertainment amidst stale arena combat and dull training challenges.
This is because Nine Breaker does not offer fresh content, nor does it deliver anything to accommodate new players. It's just kind of there.
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All in all, Armored Core: Nine Breaker is a decent arena fighting game, but lacks much of the content needed to make it truly worth buying. If you're a hardcore Armored Core gamer whose favorite part of the games was making scrap metal out of your opponents, this game might be right for you. But even the veterans may be displeased with the simplicity and lack of content in the game. If you're a newbie to the system, you should most likely look elsewhere, or at one of the older editions in the series.
Armored Core Nine Breaker is for rookies who haven't played any Armored Core games. There's 150 training programs to test your skills at how well you attack, defend, and move, allowing you to trying to earn medals and new parts. I found it way too hard fighting arena the official AC opponents, who have a tendency to cheat. Armored Core Nine Breaker doesn't offer online gameplay, and it badly hurts the overall package.
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If you really like exploring statistics and seeing the fraction of percentages move (complete with nice graphs) as you install and uninstall various pieces of equipment, then Nine Breaker might be a fun title for you. Anyone else should probably steer clear. Even an aging PS2 title like Ring of Red, which featured very basic turn-based mech combat, is likely going to be more fun for you.
Removing features from a sequel and replacing them with nothing of note is certainly an flamboyantly avant garde way to approach a franchise soon to enter its tenth year, but it doesn't exactly do wonders for your value for money. If you've never played an Armored Core game before, Nine Breaker isn't the place to start. If you've already got a previous version on the shelf, then you've already got everything worth owning in this edition. A depressingly pointless release.
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The next game in the series will determine if what we're witnessing is actually the death of Armored Core or a pivotal shift in direction. Let's hope the next game isn't just a vehicle to add the online modes that we're all waiting for while giving us the same old gameplay three times in a row.
Armored Core: Nine Breaker fails to offer much of a fun factor and has little replay value. This game offers up nothing different and exciting from its predecessors. For newcomers to the Armored Core series look at Nexus or one of the other previous titles. Armored Core fans would be better off waiting for the next Armored Core title. If there are gamers who love trial and error combat games this might just be for you.
Even if you’re a fan, Ninebreaker probably isn’t for you.
This Armored Core is still not a bad game per se. Fans of the series will still feel right at home since nothing?s actually broken, but there?s really not much outside of core one on one gameplay here. I don?t know how this could have taken any development time (outside of creating the training missions). It?s like, ?Here?s all the mech parts and a bunch of random mechs we?ve created to fight in an arena, have fun.? Uh, I don?t see how that makes for much of a game.
One-on-one battles were a great way in the past to offer quick diversions in the middle of a longer AC campaign, but they are not enough to sustain a game all by themselves. Toss in the fact that the game's graphics are still as bare-bones as they were five years ago, and that there's virtually no new content with much of the material being recycled from previous games, and you've got something that would be a $20 add-on at best. Shipping this as a full-priced release is a joke, and a disgrace to a series which has been heading steadily downhill for a while now.
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