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GotNext (Apr 05, 2007)
I love Armored Core 4. It's so much fun to make my way through the variety of missions, tweaking my own Tellus-B to squeeze out a bit more firepower, or jack up the armor just enough to survive the inside of reactor core. To alter it into a slow moving juggernaut, or a insect-like mech with shimmering laser blades on either arm. So much excitement and challenge, with little frustration once I got a control scheme I was happy with. I don't expect others to understand, or even try to understand, but aside from some refinement needed in certain areas, this game is exactly what it should be. Don't expect it to be something it's not. This is Armored Core.
HonestGamers (Jul 04, 2007)
Most of the elements of this game come together in fine form, meaning it's an experience you won't want to miss.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 22, 2007)
Overall, Armored Core 4 is a brilliant game. It combines the classic sci-fi cliché of giant robot battles with the obsessive tinkering of real world mechanics. Anyone who enjoys computers, cars, or other machinery will get a kick out of the customization aspect (from body parts to paint jobs) and mecha enthusiasts, will, well... love blowing the crap out of everything. If you have the stomach for a game where 8 digit numbers are the norm, you owe it to yourself to pick up this game. While it isn't perfect, it's certainly the best game of its kind on the Xbox 360, or any other console at the moment.
Overall, Armored Core 4 is a huge step forward in every way. It might have been simplified a lot, and a lot of long-time fans might find that to be disappointing, but I think it was a much-needed shot of juice. You’ve got some pretty good graphics, fast-paced destructive mech combat, and online multiplayer. What more could you ask from a mech game? And for heavens’ sake, mech fans, buy this before you even consider touching Gundam or Chromehounds–but you didn’t need me to tell you that.
GameSpot (Mar 20, 2007)
Between the streamlined assembly process, the retooled control scheme, and the junking of the cooling system and other mechanics that slowed down the action, Armored Core 4 is far more approachable game than previous installments in the series. Its heavier emphasis on arcade-style mech-on-mech action also means that its enhanced fast-paced action will appeal to a more mainstream audience. And even though it isn't as complex as it once was, there's still plenty to obsess over for the hardcore lot. Suffice it to say, yes, really, this is a very good mech combat game.
JustPressPlay (May 08, 2007)
Armored Core 4 seems like one step forward and two steps backwards. You increase the speed of the game, but the game is still a pain to control. If you don't like customizing mechs, or you're new to the whole genre, the franchise is still not accessible to the new people. If From Software ever wants to expand beyond the franchise's hardcore following, they still have their work cut out for them. But if you can get beyond its issues and master the controls, you're in for a rather good but frustrating time.
70 (Jun 21, 2007)
Ultimately, Armored Core 4 offers nothing we haven't seen in Mech Warrior or Zone of the Enders, aside from a little next-gen polish that is of mixed success. However, it is still a very enjoyable action romp, which also contains plenty of accessible customisation and strategy, and has a feel about it that screams hardcore, without demanding players trade in their social life for Achievement points and a monitor-kissed, pale skin tone.
Gaming Nexus (May 02, 2007)
With is short missions and cumbersome customizing options, Armored Core 4 isn't nearly as entertaining as it should be. But if you can get past some of the rough technical problems then you should be able to have a good time with this flawed but still enjoyable mech game.
Deaf Gamers (Jul 27, 2007)
Whilst Armored Core is probably the best mech-based game there is on the Xbox 360 at the moment, it certainly isn't the most impressive game in the series so far. That said however, I'm sure it's a game that will keep fans of the Armored Core series, and those looking for good mech-based game, happy until From Software give us a game that really pushes the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Jul 29, 2007)
Falls immer die gleichen Entwickler an den einzelnen Armored Core-Teilen saßen, frag ich mich, wieso sie aus ihren Fehlern nicht lernen. Nach über einem Dutzend Spiele muss man aus seinen Fehlern doch mal gelernt haben. Die Levels sind trist, die Missionen öde, lediglich die Multiplayer-Gefechte können für wirklichen Spielspaß sorgen. Auch die technische Seite kann sich nicht mit Lorbeeren schmücken, denn auch die Grafik ist den jetzigen Konsolen kaum würdig. Richtige Fans könnten aber dennoch ihre Freude daran habe, allen anderen rate ich, sich zuerst die Demoversion probe zu spielen, sofern ihr über einen amerikanischen Account verfügt. Bleibt zum Schluss zu sagen, dass das Spiel im Großen und Ganzen ein Durchschnittstitel ist.
Gaming Age (May 08, 2007)
AC4 is a step in the direction of trying to please more people, more of the time. The construction process is streamlined, but only if that's how you want it to be. The action is faster, but not without the requirement to think strategically. Even with graphics that fall below the expectations of the current generation of hardware, Armored Core 4 is a fun way to make machines to the dirty work.
65 (Jun 22, 2007)
Sans justifier le statut d'incontournable, Armored Core 4 fait bonne figure sur Next Gen. Les combats sont nerveux et donnent le tournis, la pluralité des décors apportent un aspect globe-trotteur des plus plaisants et la jouabilité est bonne malgré quelques défauts liés au lock notamment. En somme, si le jeu avait pu offrir des missions plus variées, l'intérêt aurait été encore plus grand. En l'état, on a "juste"' droit à un bon titre de mécha, fun et sans prise de tête.
TeamXbox (Mar 20, 2007)
In the same way I hoped that Tony Hawk’s Project 8 would really resonate with me for a change and get me to enjoy the skateboarding genre more, I had hoped that Armored Core 4 would be versatile and innovative enough to get me to enjoy the mech action/strategy games more. Alas that wasn’t the case, as I found that many of the foibles that pushed me away from long sessions of previous AC titles still exist today.
UOL Jogos (Apr 10, 2007)
"Armored Core 4" consegue oferecer alguns momentos incríveis, que sem dúvida levarão os fãs de robôs gigantes ao êxtase. Contudo, a curta duração das missões pode acabar com a diversão do jogador antes mesmo de ela ter começado. Aos jogadores que buscam apenas um pouco de ação desenfreada, pode ser um título complexo e lento demais.
HardGamers (Mar 31, 2007)
Au final, Armored Core 4 était franchement intéressant sur papier mais entre mes mains, c’est beaucoup plus ordinaire. C’est dommage car c’est le genre de jeu où j’aurais plongé beaucoup plus si les contrôles n’étaient pas si bizarres, si la difficulté aurait été constante et si les temps de chargement seraient plus normaux. Il y a eu de curieux choix de design dans Armored Core 4 et c’est d’autant plus curieux que ce jeu a été développé par la même boîte qui a fait Chromehounds l’été dernier. Chromehounds demeure, à mon avis, le jeu de Mechs à se procurer sur Xbox 360 et si vous n’êtes pas sûr, une simple location d’Armored Core 4 sera plus que suffisante pour être d’accord avec moi.
games xtreme (Jul 22, 2007)
As a fan of mech games I feel let down. The series has provided some good titles in the past and it is bizarre that the game has taken a step backwards. To get the most out of this game a gamer will have to be very forgiving and also stat obsessed. I simply can’t recommend this as a game to buy, if you are a big mech fan, rent this before you commit to spending your cash.
IGN (Mar 20, 2007)
The Armored Core franchise celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To have that kind of staying power, it’s clear Sega and FromSoftware know what this fan base wants, but although Armored Core 4 delivers its usual, expansive customization options, it isn’t enough to overlook weak single-player missions and lackluster visuals.
XboxAchievements (Aug 04, 2007)
If you're a fan of Japanese mech games, you may be able to squeeze a little bit of fun out of Armored Core 4. But if you aren't a particularly big fan of the genre, don't expect to have much fun with this game. With a boring and hard to follow story and incredibly short missions that play out on levels you've already played several times, the single player portion of Armored Core 4 is mediocre at best. The multiplayer aspect is forgettable, as made evident by the fact that From Software neglected to include any achievements for playing online at all. There's also a steep learning curve, due to an overly complicated customization system for building your mechs and no in-game help to aid you in figuring out what does what, leaving you to experiment with each piece of equipment to figure out what does what.
When you boot up Armored Core 4, you’re treated to one of the most impressive intro movies I’ve seen in a while, with mecha boosting between buildings, smashing each other to bits and causing general mayhem all at a hundred miles an hour. Indeed, even the box describes AC4 as “blazing fast mech action”. Unfortunately you’re quickly and violently brought back to earth as the game is anything but. The game has an impressive mech customisation mode, but everything else seems to have been low down on the list of priorities and very mediocre.
GameSpy (Apr 27, 2007)
Despite the niggling problems of Armored Core 4, we would still recommend this game to those that have a penchant for mechanized combat and at least a passing familiarity with the Armored Core series. Put simply, you get what you'd expect based on the series' history -- it's not perfect, but it's not terribly flawed either. That puts Armored Core 4 firmly in the "meh" section of our scoring system, and while fans of the series will be able to salvage a treasure trove of gaming enjoyment out of their curiously obsessive mech-building fascination, outsiders (that is to say, most people) would probably prefer virtually any other game.