Armored Core 3
Armored core 3 is my third fav of the AC games. It’s basically the same as all others, but like 2.5, it is still introducing a lot of weapons that hadn’t been seen in previous AC titles.. It’s a classic. For modern gamers expectations might be too high for this, but it is a classic. I loved this game.
For those that have played the previous games, I believe it’s this one, or 3.5 that introduces the core chest piece with the auto turrents, instead of the overboost. You can get either. It’s a interesting new concept. They are perfectly balanced, you can’t rely on them, but they can help lower an enemy’s hp.
In the AC games you start out with a very basic mech. As you get currency you improve it. You buy new legs (controlling speed and how much gear you can carry) jet packs (for flying) arms to hold heavier weapons, radiators, jet pack recharges, heads, torsos, arm guns, hand held guns, back guns, etc. main things to worry about are firepower, speed/agility, how much gear you can carry, etc. There’s also strategy. If you are facing a heavy bot with heavy weapons, you need one that is agile and can dodge them. Like a wasp vs. a gorilla. So theres a lot of improving throughout the game, adapting, etc. For the younger minds this will teach them to be creative, how to adapt, and how to overcome. There’s hidden items in missions, that are best found through wiki or the strategy guide.
Like all AC games, it’s rather short. It’s a B-line to the end mission game. No real side quests, and nothing to do but multiplayer after the main story.
Also like all AC games, there’s the mission, and then there’s the arena, where you fight against one NPC at a time, rising in the ranks, gaining currency and unlocks. The higher up ranks like all AC games are “cheaters” they are able to have the heaviest/biggest/strongest weapons in the game, on the smallest/lightest/fastest mechs. Giving them unbeatable speed, unbeatable agility, unbeatable firepower. Imagine trying to take down a humming bird from hundreds of feet a way, and on top of that the humming bird is machine gunning nukes at you. The top 8 ranks are unbeatable, maybe cheats help.
In the end it’s a 1 play through game. No replay value. If you have someone to do multiplayer with it’ll help it’s play value and replay value.