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Armored Core: Nexus

by Tommo
Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Metascore: 73 / 100

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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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Product Description

Armored Core: Nexus takes you into a post-nuclear future. As the new breed of corporations try to rebuild society, they fight for control of the remaining resources of the world. Fight thier evil plans and try to maintain stability of what's left of the humna race!

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00024W1SS
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,151 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Nexus is the latest installment of the Armored Core series, and instead of being an expansion as some AC sequels are, this game has a whole different feel than previous AC games.

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.
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First off, I must say I've never played an Armored Core game before Nexus. I've never even heard of the series. Luckily, a friend of mine told me about it and convinced me to buy it. I hoped it would be worth the money, but I was skeptical. I mean, I've never even heard about this series before.

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.
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I've been a fan of the Armored Core series since the first one for PS1 and have played all except for Masters of the Arena and the latest installment, Last Raven. While I am a fan of the old school ACs, I did like AC3 and its expansion, Silent Line, though I wasn't sure I liked the overall direction the series was heading. Then came Nexus.

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.
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