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- Dynamic action as you fight it out in a fully destructible environment and robust sound effects
- Open-ended assembly as you choose from over 400 parts to build the best in combat units
- Complete freedom of movement in every mission environment, in fully-rendered 3D polygon space
- New Active Mission feature determines how players advance through the game, based on their in-mission actions
- Head-to-head multiplayer options enable up to 4 players to compete against each other throgh an i.LINK or LAN connection
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Basically in Armored Core, players are pilots of mechanized robots who take mercenary jobs from corporations and governments. In order to succeed in these missions, players must first design their Armored Cores to fit both the mission and their piloting preferences, and Nexus offers a robust lineup, with hundreds of parts from which to make a core.
In addition to simply making a balanced mech, Nexus offers a new "tune-up" feature that allows players to add stats to certain parts(ie more armor for arm parts, or more weight capacity for legs) that adds another dimension to building the perfect mech.
While players can spend hours simply building a mech(and some of us do spend quite a bit of time tweaking), the main part of Nexus is the actual missions. The missions are where players actually pilot their mech and do a specific task that usually involves attacking and destroying rival mechs.
Fortunately, the biggest gripe over the AC series: it's "awkward" controls (though the fan would tend to scoff, it was a valid complaint), is fixed in Nexus. Nexus solves this problem by fully utilizing the analog controls of the Duel Shock and makes controls accessible to both fans and interested players through simple controller options. Personally I love the delicate controls the AC series has, and the tight control Nexus continues when selecting the default controls, but some of my friends who disliked previous AC games because of the controls actually liked playing with the newer controls.Read more ›
But man, am I glad I bought this. Upon completion I realize what a gem this game really is, and one that, unfortunately, is not even known by the majority of the gaming community.
First of all, the part that appeals to me the most is all the customization. I'm a geek about these kinds of things, but ACN does it quite well. You can customize everything about your Armored Core (as the robots are called), from basic things such as arms, legs, body, and head to very minor things like a radiator. All parts are equally essential to your AC, and finding a balance of weight, heat, and energy consumption is fantastic. But the best part is, every part looks different, and equipping them to your AC changes the appearance of the AC itself. You can even edit colors! Sometimes, though, the customization can get a little confusing, but I didn't have much trouble with it.
Armored Core: Nexus would fall apart if the gameplay itself were no good. Luckily, it is very good. There are over 150 missions, but this number is misleading because most missions are 5 minutes or less in length. Some can be completed in less than a minute. Despite missions being a little short, the game usually gives you the option of choosing between 2 or 3 missions available. When you are in the missions, the action starts right away, and the fun begins. The control is similar to a standard third person shooter, but the weapons are all fun to play around with.Read more ›
I'll start with the good points about this game. The first being the graphics, which aren't (and shouldn't be) the end-all be-all for a game but they are a significant improvement over all the previous armored cores. I also really liked the part customization, from being able to paint the parts to better match the AC to actually tweaking some of the stats. Hangar units were also a unique addition to the game and it is one of the new ideas I applaud. I also like the return to the old school ranking system from the first AC.
Unfortunately, these are the only improvements to the game, which are in turn offset by everything the developers changed for the worst. Right off the bat, as has been mentioned before, one cannot sell the original parts in this game. I suppose this shouldn't be too much of a concern, as there is no way to lose money in the game. I went through this game three times, once losing nearly every mission (you only have to beat 3 to beat the game) on purpose and I still wound up with a positive balance of money (as well as beating the game). While I don't have a problem with being able to fail at certain things and still progress in a game, it is a pretty sorry state of affairs if you only really have to beat 3 out of 40 or so missions to beat a game.
With that in mind, one would believe that the game isn't challenging. Well, it is in certain respects.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have seen that this game got some really bad reviews and I understand why. I bought this game with zero expectations and I really enjoy it myself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clint
I was very disappointed in this game. I feel like this was a step back back from the previous armoured cores. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Seth
This installment will mark the, most likely, the begginning of the end for the Armored Core series, as after trying this game as well as Ninebreaker and Last Raven, i quit... Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by brooks roberson
Chances are you've already read about this whole entire series of games, and this one has the same main fault they all do:
The strong point of the game is that there are... Read more
i love armored core- i've been playing since the first one came out in 97-- and NEXUS is the best one since the original. Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by DV8-Rse
one of the best games i have ever played, excellent graphics and excellent gameplay, the only thing is that it's just to darn easy to beat, but that's why there are two disksPublished on March 16, 2005