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Armored Core: Verdict Day

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hunger Games-like death match with mech shooters.

Game PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 2013
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Yes and no. On one hand, this new disc delivers some intense gameplay, slick graphics that push the aging consoles to their limits, and engaging matchmaking and multiplayer support. You can customize your mechs in a myriad of ways, including upgradeable weaponry, parts, and aesthetic options -- and the Operator Mode is still thrilling for those who prefer a top-down view to tactically command a full squad of Armored Core units (by setting waypoints, marking targets, and receiving in-cockpit viewpoints as they happen).

Still, although the artificial intelligence (AI) is better than last year's Armored Core V, the missions are still repetitive and unimaginative, the controls can sometimes be tricky, and the user interface is in need of a refresh. Unless you're a huge fan of the franchise and want to support everything Japanese developer FromSoftware cranks out, save your money and instead pick up the older Armored Core V second hand for $18 or less.

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