Armored Core: For Answer

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Armored Core: For Answer
Armored Core for Answer cover art.PNG
North American cover art
Developer(s)FromSoftware
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Hidetaka Miyazaki
Producer(s)Toshifumi Nabeshima
Composer(s)Kota Hoshino
SeriesArmored Core
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • JP: March 19, 2008
  • NA: September 16, 2008
  • AU: November 27, 2008
  • EU: November 28, 2008
Genre(s)Vehicular combat game
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Armored Core: For Answer (アーマード・コア フォーアンサー, Āmādo Koa Fō Ansā) is a 3D vehicular combat mecha-based video game developed by FromSoftware and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the 13th installment of FromSoftware's Armored Core series. Armored Core: For Answer is the direct sequel to Armored Core 4, and takes place around ten years later.

Gameplay[edit]

AC customization has been changed from the previous Armored Core title, with a new interface and many new parts not found in Armored Core 4. Online mode returns with a new co-operative mode alongside the player versus mode. Gameplay enhancements included a power increase for both Quick Boost and Over Boost, as well as an auxiliary high-speed booster, which is known as the Vanguard Over Booster (VOB). Another new feature in the game is the Assault Armor attack that becomes available by equipping certain OB parts. This attack uses up all available Primal Armor that the AC has and generates a huge blast consisting of Kojima (highly reactive particles) that destroys or damages all objects surrounding the AC. However, this also leaves the AC vulnerable because not only will the AC lose its PA, it will also not regenerate for a few seconds. Laser blades are deadlier because of the revamped laser blade attack. Once the blade has acquired a lock-on, the AC will instantly rush to the target, traveling a great distance to use the laser blade. All parts carried over from the previous game have had their parameters altered, much like the transition between previous series installments Silent Line and Nexus. The on-screen HUD can now be changed to any of 20 colors. There are now 442 FRS tuning points available to unlock, which is an increase from the 300 (PS3) and 337 (Xbox 360) FRS points available in AC4. Maps are much larger and more detailed including environmental damage such as collapsing buildings. The game is also the second in the series (after Last Raven) to feature multiple endings, with three different possible plot branches available depending on your actions and decisions in the game.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS3Xbox 360
1UP.comC−[1]C−[1]
Destructoid3/10[2]N/A
EdgeN/A7/10[3]
Famitsu29/40[4]30/40[5][6]
Game Informer6.25/10[7]6.25/10[7]
GameSpot7/10[8]7/10[8]
GameZone7.9/10[9]7/10[10]
IGN7.8/10[11]8/10[12]
OPM (UK)5/10[13]N/A
OXM (US)N/A5.5/10[14]
Aggregate score
Metacritic62/100[15]64/100[16]

Armored Core: For Answer received "mixed or average" reviews on both platforms according to the review aggregator website Metacritic.[15][16] One of the most consistent complaints among reviewers seemed to be the lack of any sort of online community. Kevin Van Ord of GameSpot stated in his review that there were "fewer than a dozen [players on] Xbox Live" when he tried to playtest the game, and that similar attempts to find a game on PlayStation Network yielded "just a single opponent".[8] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 29 out of 40 for the PlayStation 3 version,[4] and one nine and three sevens for the Xbox 360 version,[6] while Famitsu Xbox 360 gave the latter console version 31 out of 40.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Quintero, Cesar (September 26, 2008). "Armored Core: For Answer Review". 1UP.com. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on June 15, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Nicholson, Brad (October 21, 2008). "Destructoid review: Armored Core: For Answer (PS3)". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Edge staff (January 2009). "Armored Core: For Answer (X360)". Edge. No. 197. Future plc. p. 94.
  4. ^ a b "アーマード・コア フォーアンサー [PS3]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "アーマード・コア フォーアンサー [Xbox 360]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Ihtsham, Usman (March 26, 2008). "Famitsu For The Week". WhatIfGaming. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Reiner, Andrew (December 2008). "Armored Core: For Answer: This mech's broken. Eject! Eject!". Game Informer. No. 188. GameStop. p. 110. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c VanOrd, Kevin (October 1, 2008). "Armored Core: For Answer Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  9. ^ Bedigian, Louis (September 29, 2008). "Armored Core for Answer - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  10. ^ Folkers, Brandon (September 29, 2008). "Armored Core for Answer - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 3, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  11. ^ Clements, Ryan (September 22, 2008). "Armored Core for Answer Review (PS3)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Clements, Ryan (September 22, 2008). "Armored Core for Answer Review (X360)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Armored Core: For Answer". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. Future plc. January 2009. p. 103.
  14. ^ "Armored Core: For Answer". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. December 2008. p. 87.
  15. ^ a b "Armored Core: For Answer for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Armored Core: For Answer for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on January 6, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2018.

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