Game Guys review - Armored Core: Verdict Day

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  • 'Armored Core: Verdict Day', a video game from From Software.
  • 'Armored Core: Verdict Day', a video game from From Software.

Armored Core: Verdict Day brings fans of the popular mech series back to the war torn, dystopian landscape once again.

For those not familiar with the Armored Core series, developer From Software, has a fairly rich history, with 15 titles spanning over the past decade. A huge focus in these titles centers around customizing your mech for combat. With that being said, Verdict day certainly follows its predecessors, with a giant list of fully customizable parts and weapons. This is where you will find yourself spending most of your time in the game, which hardcore fans of the series will enjoy, but newcomers may feel overwhelmed. 

Like last years, Armored Core V, online play is a big focus point. In fact, players can even upload their game date from that previous title. This serves as a great selling point for fans who wish to keep their mech from the previous game, but want to upgrade it will all the new good stuff from Verdict Day. In the online mode, players get to form 20 person squads and fight their way towards gaining territories and experience. Although, it is recommended for newcomers to the series to check out the offline campaign mode to learn how the game works before heading into the competitive online-play. Unfortunately, the offline gameplay does get very repetitive, with missions essentially boiling down to just killing everything in sight with hardly any skill involved. 

The fighting mechanics in Verdict Day are fairly straightforward. After scrolling through the seemingly endless list of weapons and parts, the player will get a sense of how their mech will perform. For example, players can customize their mech to essentially glide or fly through the air with quick agility or even just focus on firepower with the large list of weapon upgrades. While the creation process is fairly grueling, it certainly pays off in the end. It is pretty cool to see your hard work in action, fighting off the hordes of enemies, after all. 

The visuals in Verdict Day are, for the most part, pretty decent. The mechs look cool enough once you take the time to customize them to your liking. However, many of the battlegrounds are dull and hardly eye popping. One would think games coming out in this time period would look fantastic, as it's an end of an era for this generation. Many games releasing now have been showcasing every last pixel that they are able to cram in, but with Verdict Day, something just seems to be missing in terms of the graphics performance. 

When push comes to shove, the game serves as a nice treat for fans of Japanese action mech games. However the game does little to embrace newcomers to the genre and series. Of course, with so much going on in this game, it's always best to jump right into the game to get a feel for the whole package. However, too much time is just spend sliding through the immense mech customization platform for some to jump right into the training mode and offline campaign.

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Version tested: Xbox 360 (also available on PS3)

(Namco-Bandai supplied a copy of this game for review.)

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