Armored core 4 is my 4th fav of the AC games. It’s basically the same as all others. Unlike Ac 2.5-3.5 theres not really any thing “new” brought to the table. Almost everything in this is the same as previous chapters, or it’s such a small change that it’s unnotable. It’s a classic. For modern gamers expectations might be too high for this, but it is a classic. I loved this game.
I can’t remember how long the ps2 ones felt, but I know when I beat this game I asked myself “That’s it?” No I wasn’t asking that cause it was a bad story, it was actually a fun story. But it was very short. Shorter then a halo game.
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. Since this is a current console game, online community does exist, but barely. It’s an old game, theres barely any of them on here, and I’d imagine most went to 4.5, and are going to switch to 5 when it comes out at the beginning of jan 2012. So it’s still possible to play with random players, just might take a while to find someone to play.
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. As a modern console (ps3 360) game, there are achieves/trophies. Most of them are very straightforward. From what I remember theres no DLCS, so it’s only the 1000 gamer points (not sure what that equals to psn)
No: I don’t recommend this product