Armored Core: Verdict Day

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Armored Core: Verdict Day
Armored Core Verdict Day cover.jpg
Developer(s)FromSoftware
Publisher(s)
Producer(s)Toshifumi Nabeshiba[1]
Composer(s)Kota Hoshino
Yuka Kitamura
SeriesArmored Core
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: September 24, 2013
  • JP: September 26, 2013
  • AU: September 26, 2013
  • EU: September 27, 2013
Genre(s)Third-person shooter, real-time strategy
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Armored Core: Verdict Day (アーマード・コア ヴァーディクトデイ, Āmādo Koa Vādikuto Dei) is a mech action game developed by FromSoftware for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the 15th installment in the Armored Core series,[2] and was released worldwide in September 2013.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

The storyline is set in a future world wherein three factions are fighting over natural resources. In online multiplayer mode, which is the main focus of the game,[4] players select a faction and battle players from the others, either in teams or by forming their own team of artificial intelligence-driven mechs. Mechs can be customized with different weapons and skills, and the behavior of AI mechs can be customized as well. The persistent world is reset when one faction dominates the others or when the season ends.[2][5][6]

Story[edit]

Setting[edit]

Verdict Day is set 100 years after the events of Armored Core V. The contamination that isolated humanity has begun to subside, allowing humans to return to more of the world. The discovery of high-tech Towers once hidden by the contamination has ignited a new "Verdict War" between three different factions. The three factions now controlling the world wage war against each other for world dominance and for control of the mysterious "Towers" once hidden by the contamination. Adding to the conflict is a mysterious group known as "the Reaper Squad", as well as the usage of Unmanned Armored Cores (UNACs).

The game follows the story of an unnamed mercenary AC pilot's exploits during the eve of what would come to be known as "the Verdict War". With the assistance of mercenaries Magnolia "Maggy" Curtis and codename: "Fatman", they accept assignments on behalf of the factions, before entering into conflict with the Reaper Squad.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS3Xbox 360
Eurogamer8/10[8]N/A
Famitsu34/40[9]34/40[9]
GameSpotN/A6/10[10]
GamesRadar+N/A3/5 stars[11]
GamesTM6/10[12]N/A
IGN7.6/10[13]N/A
OPM (UK)6/10[14]N/A
OPM (AU)6/10[15]N/A
OXM (US)N/A7.5/10[16]
The Digital Fix6/10[17]N/A
Metro6/10[18]N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic66/100[19]65/100[20]

Verdict Day received "mixed or average reviews" on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[19][20] Critics pointed the difficulty for newcomers to understand the game and weak story. Most critics agreed that the game would be successful with those who are already into the series, but would suffer to add new players to its fanbase. On a more positive light, IGN, although acknowledging the weak graphics and confusing menus of the PS3 version, remarked "a special kind of magic here that most games would never even attempt."[13]

In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two nines and two eights for a total of 34 out of 40. One editor wrote: "The game's pretty difficult and you have to use a ton of buttons, which makes the hurdles seem pretty high at first. But the more you plug away at it, the more you can really feel how much better you're getting at it, which is nice." Another wrote: "The game's focused primarily on online play and that may scare off some players right there. There is a tutorial, but beyond that you're pretty much thrown into the wilderness. This makes the missions pretty tough from the start, but the mercenaries and UNAC auto-AI system provide beginners with a fair amount of backup, which is key. It's the kind of game that rewards repeated trial and error as you play, and so if you like that, here it is."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swiader, Keith (April 11, 2013). "Remember Chromehounds? Here's Armored Core: Verdict Day". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Hillier, Brenna (February 25, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day headed west". VG247. Gamer Network. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Lorentzen, Jon Cato (April 16, 2013). "Er du glad i japanske kjemperoboter? - ARMORED CORE: VERDICT DAY" [Do you like Japanese giant robots? - ARMORED CORE: VERDICT DAY]. Spill.no (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Spencer (March 10, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day Has 56 Maps, World Resets Each Season". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Gueed (March 11, 2013). "「ARMORED CORE VERDICT DAY」,3勢力がエリアを争奪するシーズン制のオンラインマルチコンテンツ「ワールドモード」の情報が明らかに" ["ARMORED CORE VERDICT DAY", information on the season-based online multi-content "world mode" in which three forces contend for the area revealed]. 4Gamer (in Japanese). Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Armored Core® - Verdict Day". FromSoftware. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2018. Command a squadron of fully customized Armored Core Units in a dystopian future ravaged by war and stripped of its natural resources; The last remaining resources needed for the survival of your faction are scavenged and bitterly fought for in the No Man’s Land, a bleak landscape that offers little hope for survival. Enlist into one of the various in-game factions and strategically adapt your weapon systems to wrestle control of territories away from other players and establish a much needed peace.
  7. ^ Edwards, Matt (September 24, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day review (PlayStation 3)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network.
  8. ^ a b c Gifford, Kevin (October 16, 2013). "Japan Review Check: Sonic: Lost World, Armored Core, BlazBlue". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Meunier, Nathan (October 3, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day Review (X360)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive.
  10. ^ Bailey, Kathryn (September 30, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day review (X360)". GamesRadar+. Future plc.
  11. ^ "Review: Armored Core: Verdict Day (PS3)". GamesTM. No. 141. Future plc. December 2013. p. 120.
  12. ^ a b Butterworth, Scott (October 1, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day Review (PS3)". IGN. Ziff Davis.
  13. ^ Elliott, Matt (September 24, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day PS3 review – Enduring mecha series remains proudly impenetrable". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. Future plc. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "Armored Core: Verdict Day". PlayStation Official Magazine – Australia. Future Australia. December 2013. p. 81.
  15. ^ Hall, Alexandra (September 24, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day review". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  16. ^ Young, Amy (October 31, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day (PS3)". The Digital Fix. Poisonous Monkey. Archived from the original on July 3, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  17. ^ Hargreaves, Roger (September 25, 2013). "Armored Core: Verdict Day review - mech souls (PS3)". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Armored Core: Verdict Day for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.
  19. ^ a b "Armored Core: Verdict Day for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.

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