Armored Core

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Armored Core is a mecha-based video game series developed by From Software for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Mobile Phone platforms. Armored Core games are Mecha Simulation/third-person shooters, in which the player pilots a large mecha called an Armored Core, or AC for short. Armored Core: Verdict Day is the fifteenth[citation needed] and latest title in the series; it was released worldwide on September 2013.

Common elements[edit]

Story elements vary widely throughout the series but gameplay is generally focused on the Player's character as a Silent protagonist, acting as a mercenary, completing missions assigned by various in-game corporations and individuals. The Player's character pilots their mecha (armored core) to perform duties such as destroying enemy units/facilities or protecting a designated element from the attack by the opposing forces. Silent protagonist remains only to the popular game series except for movies, anime, manga, and non-gaming related.

The game places a heavy emphasis on customization; the structure of the mecha the player uses in combat is standardized and modular, consisting of a number of interchangeable parts. The player composes their mecha from parts they obtain by finding them in missions, fulfilling certain requirements, or by buying them from an in-game shop. Money is earned by finishing missions; typically each mission has a set reward for its completion from which deductions are made based on damage taken, amount of ammunition used, and completion time. Certain missions also offer bonuses for completing optional objectives.

Certain games in the series offer additional part categories but the following are shared among all games:

  • Head (different heads feature different cameras that work in conjunction with the FCS)
  • Arms (used to hold various weapons, though full weapon-types exist as well)
  • Legs (five types exist: Quad legs, reverse-joint bipedal legs, hover types, tank types, and standard bipedal types)
  • Core (the mecha's 'torso' where the generator, radiator and cockpit are situated)
  • Generator (the unit's power supply)
  • Boosters (increases mecha speed and enables flight when engaged)
  • FCS (Fire Control System; controls weapon targeting)
  • Arm and back weapons/units (ultimate weapon added in only Armored Core V acted as a back unit)
  • Arm shields/swords

Armored Core games[edit]

Between 1997 and 2013, PlayStation games enjoyed a year to year release schedule. As of 2013, fifteen games have been released.

Overview over titles in the series
Title Release PS PS2 PS3 360 PSP Mobile Comments
Armored Core 1997 Yes No No No No No
Armored Core: Project Phantasma 1997 Yes No No No No No
Armored Core: Master of Arena 1999 Yes No No No No No
Armored Core 2 2000 No Yes No No No No
Armored Core 2: Another Age 2001 No Yes No No No No
Armored Core 3 2002 No Yes No No Yes No the PSP version is titled Armored Core 3 Portable and was released in 2009
Silent Line: Armored Core 2003 No Yes No No Yes No the PSP version is titled Armored Core: Silent Line Portable and was released in 2009
Armored Core: Nexus 2004 No Yes No No No No
Armored Core: Formula Front 2004 No Yes No No Yes No titled Armored Core: Formula Front Extreme Battle (USA) and re-released as Armored Core: Formula Front International (Japan)
Armored Core: Nine Breaker 2004 No Yes No No No No
Armored Core: Last Raven 2005 No Yes No No Yes No the PSP version is titled Armored Core: Last Raven Portable and was released in 2010
Armored Core 4 2006 No No Yes Yes No No
Armored Core: For Answer 2008 No No Yes Yes No No
Armored Core V 2012 No No Yes Yes No No
Armored Core: Verdict Day 2013 No No Yes Yes No No
Armored Core 6 2015 No No Yes Yes No No
Armored Core: Mobile Mission 2006[1] No No No No No Yes Never released outside of Japan
Armored Core: Mobile 2 2006[2] No No No No No Yes Never released outside of Japan
Armored Core: Mobile Online 20??[3] No No No No No Yes Never released outside of Japan
Armored Core: Mobile 3 2007[4] No No No No No Yes Never released outside of Japan
Armored Core: Mobile 4 2008[5] No No No No No Yes Never released outside of Japan

Other media[edit]

Armored Core: Tower City Blade is a manga by Fujimi Shobo based on the game. It was serialized in Dragon Age Pure between March 14 and April 14, 2007.[citation needed] A project called Armored Core: Fort Tower Song was to consist of a book and an anime also released in 2007. The book was completed but the anime was not.[6] From Software announced in 2011 that the anime had been canceled due to View Works shutting down.[7] However, it is set to be revived during 2016 as an anime film.[citation needed]

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