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Gamestyle (2003)
In closing I would like to iterate how damn fine a game this is, superlative even. Admittedly it has taken From Software fives games to get here, but the wait was most certainly worth it. In short, gaming genius. Here's hoping that it is commonly appreciated as such.
IC-Games (Jul 27, 2003)
To conclude, Armoured Core 3 is a very enjoyable game and fans of the Mech genre will certainly not be disappointed. The Mech modifying and 50 plus missions should give AC3 a decent lifespan, and multiplayer death match is always good for a laugh, even after the game is completed, the minor niggles with the controls and the lack of online multiplayer stop it from being a classic, but for a quick blast now and again, you really can't go wrong.
All in all, Armored Core 3 has very high replay value. With several hidden parts to obtain, Arena opponents to conquer and fellow pilots to help, you won't be bored for a while. The third Playstation 2 AC game is, in a nutshell, an awesome expansion pack.
I have to be honest and say mech games aren't usually my favourite type of game but Armored Core 3 has impressed me. It's text provision is superb but my opinion of the game hasn't been swayed by this. I think it's the ability to customise your AC and create an AC that you feel comfortable with. The missions are quite easy to begin with but soon become more interesting and it's important that you customise your AC in order to be able to adjust to the increased difficulty. The game's story could have been a lot better but make no mistake this is a very enjoyable mech (or should that be AC) game.
83 (Oct 10, 2003)
Armored Core 3 is a fun game, but is also quite in-depth given the many AC customisation possibilities, and may not seem like the most appealing game if hired overnight or played for a short period. Strange controls may scare some people off too, especially seeing that they take a very long time to feel natural... if at all. However, if being a mercenary for hire in a 3-storey high AC sounds like your cup of tea, this game would make a worthy investment to you game collection, especially if you're already a fan of the Armored Core series (otherwise now's a good time to become one!).
Game Revolution (Sep, 2002)
In the sacred inner circles of Japanese-inspired geekdom lurks the undefeated, undisputed king of giant robots. Many have tried to take control of its thousands of slobbering, Dorito-inhaling, Mountain Dew-guzzling converts, but none have been able to compete with the complexity and depth that is the Armored Core series.
GameSpy (Oct 09, 2002)
If an alien race were to base its views of Earth solely on Japanese pop culture, it would surmise that we were a society controlled by giant mechanized robots piloted by cute young women in schoolgirl and sailor outfits. Hopefully, this would scare them away. As Americans, we've never had a problem embracing -- literally or figuratively -- young women in any sorts of outfit, but it's that giant robot thing that we've never really latched on to. Armored Core 3 is Agetec's latest attempt to bring mecha-battling to the masses. It's definitely the best of the long-running series, but is it enough to make gamers want to jump into the cockpit of a 20-ton metal monster?
Games TM (May, 2003)
The sad fact is that Armored Core has never really received the recognition it deserves in the West. Whether it's the brutal learning curve of each game (including this one), the controls that require perseverance to master or just a lack of appreciation for mecha gaming, it's a situation that could be rectified with this release. Armored Core 3 may be a sequel, and hence derivative, but it's still a very well-crafted game. Let's hope it's appreciated as such.
Armored Core 3 may not be the easiest game to learn but taking the challenge will pay great dividends; it may even spark a desire to play the series.
GameZone (Sep 17, 2002)
Armored core 3 is the latest installment of the Armored Core series. Armored Core has been the definitive mech game since the series inception and the creators at From Software and Agetec haven't missed a beat. For those of you unfamiliar with the series Armored Core 3 takes place in a world of mega corporations and artificial intelligence that compete for control of the society called Layered. When conflicts occur they sometimes use their own forces, but more often they hire a Raven. The Ravens are mercenaries who are experts at piloting huge mechanized battle suits known as ACs (armored cores). As Armored Core 3 begins you are given a mission that will determine whether or not you're tough enough to be a Raven. It's only after you pass that the fun begins.
Game Over Online (Sep 26, 2002)
Armored Core 3 is the latest mech-based combat game in the long-running Armored Core series. And just like its predecessors, AC3 is just as much about mech hardware customization as it is combat. You’re able to build your robot from the ground up with various weapons and parts. The sheer variety of possibilities in this regard rivals the customization options of even Gran Turismo 3. Unlike GT3 however, this is very much not a simulation game that attempts to realistically portray what it would be like to control an actual mech. No, no, it is a third-person combat game that allows you to pull off twitch-quick maneuvers with ease. There is no denying Armored Core 3’s strong-points but fans of the series might be a little disappointed, since AC3 is an evolutionary upgrade to an almost two-year-old title in terms of graphics and gameplay.
Game Chronicles (Dec 08, 2002)
From Software has created another excellent installment in the Armored Core saga and even though Armored Core 3 offers only minor improvement in a few aspects of gameplay, there is still room for more substantial leaps, mainly in the issues of control and perhaps a new updated graphics engine. Regardless, fans of the AC series will undoubtedly flock to this new release and they won’t be disappointed. It’s a great mech game; one of the best for your PS2, and continues the legacy of the Armored Core series in fine tradition.
Meristation (Jul 08, 2003)
Con más de una año de diferencia con respecto a su salida en Japón se presenta ante nosotros la tercera parte de esta saga de "mechas". Más de lo mismo pero con mejorada calidad para convertirse en el mejor juego de la saga.
GameSpot (Sep 11, 2002)
It's not the prettiest game around, and it's basically similar to what the series has always offered, but this latest Armored Core is still a good, solid game.
IGN (Sep 09, 2002)
Armored Core 3 is unquestionably the best Armored Core game yet made. Whether it will spread the game outside its small cult following, however, is another matter entirely. It's a more accessible game than its predecessors, which stood as a perfect representation of From Software's anachronistic tendencies, but probably not to a degree that will convince anyone who grew frustrated with the digital controls and stiff difficulty curve of those games.
I really wanted a cool giant robot combat simulator. With Armored Core 3, I only got about half of what I wanted. Everything that surrounds the gameplay is strongly polished, but when you’re battling, everything beyond your bot will be visually disappointing. That’s not a crippler, though, since the mission variety, as well as the ladder of arena opponents, provides plenty of variety. Nobody, however, can justify the control scheme. The developers refuse to implement a very simple, but profound, change: the use of the right analog stick. Simply doing that would have made the product twice as fun and infinitely more accessible. As it stands, for all of its polish, AC3 can only be confidently recommended to existing AC fans.
Netjak (Apr 23, 2004)
The Armored Core franchise will never be something for the casual gamer. It simply requires more thought and creativity than most people want to employ for a videogame. Even Maximo 2 would be preferable to this one in terms of difficulty. There are plenty of rewards, however, for those who are fans of the series and can't get enough of the concept. Upon playing Armored Core 2, there was always the feeling that this concept hasn't quite been polished up yet to its full potential; perhaps a game like this cannot truly be realized until the next generation of gaming hardware. Armored Core 3 proves this point further, by supposedly being an improvement upon its predecessor, yet ending up being practically identical to it in every way that matters.
Armored Core 3 will no doubt feel like mana from heaven for fans of the series, but is unlikely to win many new fans with its average graphics and aged controls. The game's unfortunate fixation with finance (you feel like a money-grubbing pawn for much of the game) and the fact that you have to work hard and long to get a decent AC will also put off the casual mech driver out there.
GamePro (US) (Sep 09, 2002)
Anyone who?s played any previous Armored Core title already knows whether AC3 is right for them. This isn?t a reinvention of Agetec?s half-arcade/half-hardcore mech battlin? series, it?s just another step?and a rather small one at that.
60 (UK) (Jun 23, 2003)
If you're a fan of the long-running Armored Core series, and fancy some time alone with your mech to tweak away at your heart's content, then Armored Core 3 is probably for you. However, players looking for something a little more accessible to dip into occasionally should look elsewhere, since the frankly mind-boggling amount of customisation required to understand and actually get anything out of the game - coupled with some ropey visuals and that infuriating control set - far outweighs its value in any kind of traditional action gaming terms.
Factornews (Jun 10, 2003)
Un cruel dilemme pour moi car j’ai bien apprécié ce jeu mais je ne le conseille pas aux non initiés. En effet, le plaisir de la customisation est vraiment là, on s’amuse bien a manier le mecha mais les graphismes commencent à dater (cela fait un an que le jeu est sorti au Japon). Les aficionados devraient apprécier, car dans ce genre là ils ne trouveront pas grand chose d’autre à mettre sous la dent de leur PS2.
55 (Jun 12, 2003)
Un titre assez fade et à l'intérêt assez limité même pour les fans de ce type d'univers. Le gameplay manque d'originalité et de punch alors que l'ensemble s'accompagne d'une réalisation médiocre mais surtout d'une maniabilité à la limite du supportable.