Armored Core 4

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Armored Core 4
Armored Core 4.jpg
PAL cover art
Developer(s)FromSoftware
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Hidetaka Miyazaki
Producer(s)Toshifumi Nabeshima
Programmer(s)Kiwamu Takahashi
Artist(s)Yuzo Kojima
Makoto Satoh
Composer(s)Kota Hoshino
SeriesArmored Core
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release
  • JP: December 21, 2006 (PS3)
  • NA: March 20, 2007
  • JP: March 22, 2007 (X360)
  • EU: June 22, 2007
  • AU: June 28, 2007
Genre(s)Vehicular combat
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer

Armored Core 4 (アーマード・コア4, Āmādo Koa Fō) is a vehicular combat mecha-based video game developed by FromSoftware for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. It is the 12th installment of the Armored Core series, and was a reboot of the series after Armored Core 3. The game is set in the future where a great war has left the nations of Earth devastated and their respective governments have been taken over by corporations. The game features a system for personalized customization of the player's mech and an online mode where players can battle each other.

Plot[edit]

The game is set in a dystopia on Earth, where corporations have conquered the world's governing bodies amidst increasing civil unrest and dwindling resources, and established a new world order named the Pax Economica, forcing citizens to live in oppressively-ruled colonies. Eventually, the member corporations of the Pax Economica begin warring with one another.

The player character is a freelancer pilot from the civilian colony of Anatolia who takes jobs from different companies.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PS3Xbox 360
EGM4.83/10[1]4.83/10[1]
Eurogamer8/10[2]N/A
Famitsu31/40[3]32/40[4]
Game Informer6.5/10[5]6.5/10[5]
GamePro2.5/5 stars[6]N/A
GameSpot7.7/10[7]7.7/10[7]
GameTrailers7.3/10[8]7.3/10[8]
GameZone7.9/10[9]6.7/10[10]
IGN5.9/10[11]5.9/10[11]
OXM (US)N/A6.5/10[12]
PSM7/10[13]N/A
411Mania7.5/10[14]N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic65/100[15]65/100[16]

Armored Core 4 received "mixed or average" reviews on both platforms according to the review aggregator website Metacritic.[15][16] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 3 version a score of 31 out of 40 (9/7/7/8),[3] while Famitsu Xbox 360 gave the Xbox 360 version a score of 32 out of 40.[4]

Tom Magrino of GameSpot praised its faster gameplay and commented that mech customization felt streamlined compared to previous entries, while still offering a considerable amount of depth for those who decided to dig deeper. Magrino also generally praised the new graphics, although he had reservations about the blandness of certain environments and clipping issues with mechs on hilly terrain. GameSpot concluded that the various changes and improvements made Armored Core 4 more accessible to new players while still being an excellent game for returning players to the series.[7] Bryan Vore of Game Informer opened his review by stating the "biggest surprises" found in Armored Core 4 is the multiplatform status of the title and the "next-gen graphical makeover". However, he felt that mech customization was still as inaccessible as it had been previously ("do we really need to worry about four separate booster classes?") and that the online gameplay was disappointing.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b EGM staff (April 2007). "Armored Core 4". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 214. Ziff Davis. p. 85.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Dave (January 24, 2007). "Armored Core 4 (PlayStation 3)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on December 23, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "アーマード・コア4 [PS3]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "アーマード・コア4 [Xbox 360]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Vore, Bryan (April 2007). "Armored Core 4". Game Informer. No. 168. GameStop. Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  6. ^ The Watcher (March 21, 2007). "Armored Core 4 (PS3)". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 13, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Magrino, Tom (March 20, 2007). "Armored Core 4 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Armored Core 4 Review". GameTrailers. Viacom. March 23, 2007. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Bedigian, Louis (March 26, 2007). "Armored Core 4 - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on January 14, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Knutson, Michael (March 26, 2007). "Armored Core 4 - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Miller, Greg (March 20, 2007). "Armored Core 4 Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Armored Core 4". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. May 2007. p. 74.
  13. ^ "Review: Armored Core 4". PSM. Future US. April 2007. p. 86.
  14. ^ Melick, Andrew (April 6, 2007). "Armored Core 4 (PS3) Review". 411Mania. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Armored Core 4 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on January 6, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Armored Core 4 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on January 6, 2019. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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