Twenty years after Armored Core 2,
the Raven mech robot is back for more explosive action. With the warring
corporations a thing of the past, an AI unit known as ĎThe Controllerí
now maintains order in the world. The the Ravens are now hired to the company
Global Cortex to carry its dirty work. There are 50 missions in all. Missons
range from protection to out and out destruction of all enemy units on
the map, with the story slowly unravelled as you progress.
The usual mech upgrades are available
for your robot, but a welcome addition to your firepower come in the guise
of wingmen, who you can hire for a pricey sum. Parts are plentiful
and varied, but most do the same thing. Like earlier versions, the AC colours,
user interface, logos can all be tweak to your liking.
Graphically AC3 isnt a whole lot
different than itís predecessor, but that isnít a bad thing. Movement is
smooth, environments are nicely rendered and explosions and lighting all
look good, but nothing groundbreaking.
The multiplayer option also works
well, allowing for a four player split screen though there appeared to
be no option for online play.
Controls might take a little getting
used to especially if you are not familiar with earlier titles in the genre.
The Raven can feel a little clunky for the start, but tactical upgrades
do bring about easier controls and fluidity of movement.
Positional sound is vital in AC3
and fortunately it works well in the game. Incoming rockets and distant
explosions all sound great. We are told this is down to Dolby Pro Logic
II on the DVD and it makes for a pretty impressive opening sequence.
If youíre a fan of Armored Core
2 and the mech genre, AC3 certainly wont disappoint. Expect a fair bit
of frustration while getting to grips with the controls, but once mastered
and if you have four friends to join in youíre in for some seriously fun,