It’s again one of those games which desperately had tried to gain a larger than life proportion. The formula is quite unique and unmistakable. A colossal monster engaged in a deadly fight with the administration in the midst of the city that brings a galore of death and destruction. Hair raising sequences rich with unfathomable magnitude of violence, deafening and blinding explosion –all juxtaposed into one to that give you the essence of a Hollywood disaster blockbuster by Roland Emmerich. That the game has managed to wither the odds while gaining this larger-than-life-proportion is beyond doubt of even the most snobbish gamer. But the million dollar question is, whether it will wane out like the other games or will stand tall amongst the rest o the lot.
Qualitatively, Armored Core V have all the ingredients of a PC game equivalent of a disaster movie with the story revolving around an epic battle for gaining lost ground that rages on between a few mech teams each comprising of about 20 people. You have two options – either you join one of them or create the team of your own to join the ‘party’. Once you take your decision, you get yourself entangled with the proceedings of the game. Each of your move, you gain as well as loss will make a difference so far as score is concerned including that of your team and its status in the battle. It is a single player game but having said that, you cannot say it is short of something overwhelming. It is more than that – in fact, superior to its multi-player competitors in many a sense though at times you may find that certain missions are being repeated endlessly. But each and every content of this gameplay including the battle, the victory the gaming parameters and other technical details has been stitched so cleverly that you tend to overlook these tiny loopholes which are absolutely overwhelmed by the ferocity of the proceedings and the variety. Howitzer missiles, various types of defensive shields, an wide array of melee weapons, boosters, tank-treads, targeting computers and much more – all the mechanics of a full scare war takes you to the middle of the battlefield where death whizzes pass every now and then you in the tip of flying tracer bullets. .
It is not a not an easy game to play – even for someone who is a seasoned player and even if you have understood it to the core. The controls are not that gamer friendly especially when they are not at self-explanatory and its tutorial only gives you a general guideline. A dearth of a comprehensive training ground really makes things all the more difficult for you though you cannot afford to hate it. Sorry, pal; it’s too good a game to do that!
Official Website of the game: http://www.armoredcore-v.com/