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Armored Core 2

Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Teen
4.3 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
Metascore: 78 / 100

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Armored Core 2 isn't going to be "the game" for everyone, but it's got enough game in it for everyone--at least at preview stage. It's the kind of game that has a long learning curve that's topped with hours and hours of single- and multiplayer action.

Here's the scoop: You're a newcomer on the Martian colonies, and eager to learn your trade and make your mark among the mech-jockeys. After training sessions (rather straightforward stuff), you're let loose to find your own way by "going gladiator" in the arena or by taking on a rather lengthy list of mercenary missions. Armored Core 2 has more than 50 arena battlebots to take on, and a plethora of single-player missions.

Success has its rewards. Winning arena sessions and accomplishing missions gives you money to upgrade your mech. Most of the starter mechs are slow beasts, so that you'll want to upgrade your speed, agility, firepower, and armor protection as soon as possible. Not so easily done when you're snowed under--literally--by sophisticated opponents who want nothing more than to take a blood pressure reading... by using a can opener for a diagnostic tool.

As with its predecessors, Armored Core 2 is no lightweight in the controls and learning-curve departments; it requires skill and dedication to succeed. First-timers are well advised to finish all of the training sessions and even run through them more than once. Even mecha-savants should brush up on how this game struts its stuff, before setting off for a day at the arena.

Once you're comfortable in the cockpit of your mech, take a few seconds to appreciate how good everything looks. No pixel was spared in making this game look as detailed as it could be. Check out the screens: the mechs look very tech-mechy, and the environments are to die for.

Simply stated, Armored Core 2 is exactly the kind of game that you'd want Sony to have at PlayStation2's U.S. launch. While other games (Tekken Tag, Ridge Racer V, et al.) are easy to pick up and play right out of the box, this game separates the men from the boys. However, it's from an extremely enticing genre, and its graphic sophistication and two-player mode undoubtedly will lure many people into parting with some of their zealously guarded launch bankroll--not to mention their precious time. --Todd Mowatt

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4.3 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2000
When we got a Playstation 2, the first PS2 game we put into it was Armored Core 2, by Agetec. This game style is definitely one we enjoy a great deal. Unfortunately, it appears they rushed this game out the door a bit too quickly.
The game design is really neat. Like most mech games, you start out slowly, getting money to customize your mech as you go. There are 50 'ranked' robots for you to fight your way through, as well as 35 missions to undertake to earn fame and fortune. There are hundreds of parts to choose from to customize your bot.
You can also go head-to-head by linking your PS2 to a friend's with the cable. Unfortunately the PS2 doesn't currently support modem play, so someone has to carry the unit to someone else's house to do this.
The plots are interesting - with three factions trying to get control of Mars, the missions you choose help influence the fate of these companies. The customization is almost overwhelming. You can custom-design your own logo with their built in paint program, buy parts for a huge variety of systems on your mech, and then test it out in various arenas against various foes.
Why the disappointment, then? The learning curve on this is VERY steep - the screens and layout could have been done much more intuitively. The game also runs extremely slowly. Sounds lock up, visuals will stick on the screen, etc. If you've spent hours and hours (if not weeks and weeks) working on designing the perfect mech, the last thing you want is for system failures to cause you to lose missions and die in battles.
A true mech fan might overlook these problems and enjoy the game, but those out to test the true power of their PS2 might want to look at other options.
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This game is simply amazing! It has everything a Mech battle lover could want. There are plenty of missions (about 35) and plenty of opponents in the Arena (49). Customization of your Mech is almost limitless (assuming you have earned the credits in battle) and the game isn't dumbed down to a silly shoot 'em up. Every aspect of your Mech comes into play during battle, and you are usually at a material disadvantage so you'll have to plan your attacks instead of just shooting wildly and wasting ammo (ammo costs credits and it will come out of your reward when you complete a mission). The diversity of the missions force you to equip your Mech for each particular mission or opponent, none of that "one super mech beats all" stuff here. A missile-heavy AC is useless on a mission where missile lock-ons won't function properly. The graphics are absolutely stunning! Each AC is incredibly detailed and moves beautifully. The controls take a little getting used to, but once you've mastered it, you'll do some amazing things in battle that'll have you watching the arena replays over and over. I won't even get into the Vs. mode, where you and a friend load up your custom ACs and see who's the baddest on the block. Simply put, a must have!
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I bought this game because I was looking for a non-sports title for my PS2 and wanted something with a little more combat than SSX (excellent game - see reviews). I'm glad I read reviews of it before I bought it! Armored Core 2 is a very good game, but it does have its flaws, and there is a learning curve involved. Some people may not want to take the time to get past the initial phase of the game.
The premise is simple - you're on Mars and own a mech, a remote-controlled, armed robot. Mars is controlled by several corporations, each with their own agenda, and they're looking for hired help to help them get what they want. That means you. You provide help by way of accepting missions. From time to time, corporations will contact your advisor with opportunities. You can review the mission, see how much it pays (sometimes you get an advance), and choose to accept or decline. Upon completion of the mission, you'll get whatever portion of the reward you're owed, as well as any bonuses you may have earned, but you have to pay to repair any damage to your mech and you have to pay for ammunition that you've used.
You can also earn credits (money) and parts by beating other mechs in head-to-head combat in the Arena. The Arena is a ladder-based challenge system - as you beat each opponent, you move up one rung and receive a correspondingly larger bonus. You don't have to pay for damage or ammunition in the Arena.
Here's where the work comes in. At first, you've got a very basic mech. Especially if you're not familiar with mech combat, as I wasn't, you'll get beat in the Arena or fail to complete missions. The expense of failing a mission is usually enough to set you back too far to continue, so you'll want to restart the mission. Easy enough? Think again.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2001
I really, really like Armored Core, but this is so much harder. No just picking up the game and easily making it through the first few missions in AC2. The controls respond in a way that I would think that a giant robot's weapons would respond. The graphics are great, with pretty of eye candy. Great sound and background music as well. Its major problem is that there is no analog control. You have to use the D-pad and hit the shoulder buttons if you want to strafe. Also, there doesn't seem to be as many bonus parts to find--don't quote me on that, though. The view is from outside and slightly above the AC, with it still being in your field of view. It's got a cool custom cockpit and the arena mode is a nice addition from the original. Expect to spend some time dying and probably getting Plused a few times before you get really good at it.
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