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Actually, such AI programming is more suited to 2D enviroments than 3D, so I am not disappointed. What you get instead is a small set of routines you get to unlock, and a bunch of combat style variables. The selling point for others, I suppose, is the ability to use 300 or so components to construct your uber-AC and combat other such constructs either manually (with the US edition) or in simulation. I have learned that the game is seriously unballanced in this respect. There is the possibility to construct an AC which is so stupidly powerful, that anyone who has less than a modicum of an idea what they are doing (such as myself) will simply be obliterated within 15 seconds. The challenge then becomes, ignoring the point of numerous failures, what exactly is his weakness? Well, he's slow and heats up fast. You can't get him by direct attacking. Too tough. You can't get him by flying about, he'll just shoot you down. And if you try long distance sniping, the arena is too small, he just has to get into range. So all I can think of is to try to stay out of his vision, and wait until he breaks down from overheating after 2/3 of the match is over. This game requires some difficult planning. I think the game should have allowed for some form of direct AI programming in order to deal with this issue and to the circumvent the need to find the right tactical combination of routines through tedious trial and error. But I did buy the game expecting this.
In Armored Core: Formula Front, you are the engineer and leader of a team in the mech league known as the FFA. You customize and alter five of your very own mechs, each of which you try to differentiate in order to formulate strategic gameplans and strategies. Through winning matches, you progress through the FFA ranks and eventually become the top AC team. Throughout the experience, you'll be informed of all the latest FFA and team rules, you'll be challenged by beaten opponents, and more. This stuff kept me into the experience more than I expected.
Customizing your mechs is the name of the game here, and you could spend hours on each of your hulking robots. Each of the dozens and dozens of parts have different parameters that alter the performance of your AC. You can equip your mech with the strongest weaponry around, but those big guns will bog you down and overheat your mech faster than you'd ever believe. Of course, smaller guns make way for better agility and terrain movement as well as decreased energy use and better cooling. Equipping parts isn't the only thing you'll do. In fact, you'll tune those parts, replace them, set the AC's personal artificial intelligence, and more. It's all about your personal preferences, and of course the competition ahead.Read more ›
The ability to tune my bots AI is a blast. Its fun to watch one revision of the bots AI lose in the fight, then make a few behavioral tweaks, and see it kick ass. This level of fine tuning means the possibilities are endless! If you're into strategy, just tweak the AI and properties of the bot, then run the game in AI mode. If you're into action/fighters, then you can control the bot in the fight. Its something for everyone.
The game is complex, but intuitive. You should have no trouble picking up the mechanics without need for a tutorial or manual.
The sounds and graphics blew me away. Its really cool to put the psp on my large stereo and feel each explosion. Pisses off the neighbors to no end. XD
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Be warned, however, that this game isn't for everyone. Sometimes, this game can be hard as nails but-if you're patient- you can come up with the right strategy to beat the game.
Personally, I loved it. Being as this is the first PSP game I've purchased in quite some time. Highly recommended for the Armored Core crowd and Mech lovers. All others proceed with some caution.
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This game is fun, but it has some serious flaws. Firstly, the single stick of the PSP means you can't do any targeting yourself, so if you're used to, say, Last Raven it'll jack... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nathaniel
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FFirst i love armored core but this omg waste of money no missons can't buy parts and costimizing leaves much to be disired very small maps ur outmatched dramaticly all they need... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by randythegod
While this game is missing the missions that I enjoy so much, the AI creation aspect of the game is pretty interesting and allows for a more relaxing kind of challenge as players... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Darren
I was expecting a lot more from this game when I bought it. I can't even beat the first level! Don't get me wrong, I am an excellent gamer. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by George
I loved mech/robot games. I really liked this one since you can modify your AC as you pleased but always taking into account weight, energy supply and heating. Read morePublished on July 2, 2011 by joseph
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