While still with NfamousGamers back in 2012, I had a chance to preview and review Armored Core V for the Xbox 360 – of which I gave the game a score of a 4 out of 5 on the site. While I said that the game was no huge leap in graphical prowess from other recent Armored Core games, I was happy to see that the game would return to the tactics and strategy type gameplay that made the initial games in the series a blast to play. You see, I have been playing Armored Core games since they debuted on the old PlayStation system in 1997, so I am pretty familiar with the series and it nuances and changes.
Now, it has been revealed that developer FromSoftware is working on a new Armored Core game, Verdict Day, which is set for a Fall 2013 release in North America from Namco Bandai, and I am again ecstatic that a new Armored Core game is being released. Looking at the newest set of screenshots of the game, as well as some previously released screens, it looks like very little for Verdict Day has changed from Armored Core V – and that’s a good thing. Armored Core: Verdict Day looks like it is shaping up to be another fun entry into this long running franchise and I can’t wait for it to release; especially with the story that it is presenting in the game:
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. A heavy trigger finger, innovative customization and tactical teamwork will be all that stand between survival and total annihilation in Armored Core: Verdict Day.
On looks alone, Verdict Day seems like a fun game and something that I can jump into right away given my experience with past games in the series and with Armored Core V. The story seems well thought out and consistent with the world that Armored Core has built for itself over the years, but only playing the game will really let me know what my true feelings for the game really are. And let’s not forget that we still need to see how the online part of the game will play either.
Armored Core: Verdict Day is scheduled for North American release in the Fall of 2013 with a release in Japan in September 2013 for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
Armored Core: Verdict Day features:
• 90 new missions across 7 battle ravaged continents
• 150 parts to customize your load out
• Battle alone or with your friends with improved online matchmaking
• Use the adaptive A.I. to create unmanned AC units to even the playing field for online matches