Armored Core 2

Armored Core 2

released on Oct 26, 2000

Armored Core 2

released on Oct 26, 2000

The genuine sequel to the original Armored Core. Thrown into the world of AC mechs, you must complete the objectives set for you by a range of different companies, each with a hefty pay packet attached. If the mission is completed, the money goes towards upgrades and repairs to your mech. The collection of items to upgrade your mech is fully stocked with weapons, defense systems, rocket packs and guidance systems to increase accuracy and speed. Certain missions require a particular upgrade for the mission to be completed correctly, so spending the cash wisely is important to your career. Once your mech is ready for battle, you can also take on a friend in arena mode, where one-on-one battles rage on for as long as you wish in huge outdoor areas.


Also in series

Silent Line: Armored Core
Silent Line: Armored Core
Armored Core 3
Armored Core 3
Armored Core 2: Another Age
Armored Core 2: Another Age
Armored Core: Master of Arena
Armored Core: Master of Arena
Armored Core: Project Phantasma
Armored Core: Project Phantasma

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eh. wasn't as big a fan of this one as i was hoping. master of arena left some massive shoes to fill and i don't think that it really filled them. at all. it's kinda got a lot of the same issues project phantasma did but i actually like the story cause it ties in to the previous games a bit more. i also didn't really like some of the new mechanics but i also don't think i managed them properly. disorder units suck. good game overall but probably my least favorite in the series so far

A pretty safe sequel that brings the franchise to the 6th console gen. Considering this was a PS2 launch title and coming out just a year after the previous AC game one can't really complain about it's shorter length.

It has some new mechanics like the heat gauge and extensions, but overall it feels like a prettier AC1: PP, due to it's shorter length and added arena that consists of one ranking list.

Music was pretty good, I liked the way it looked and found the difficulty on normal to be quite manageable. Definitely helped that I went through the entire arena at some point and had absolutely no money problems anymore. Plus you could always do a human plus run if you wanted.

Good times, just kind of unremarkable in the sense that there aren't that many new interesting weapons and the final boss being a little lackluster. Curious about Another Age.

Also might be worth mentioning that I played this with the dual analogue stick mod which improved the controls significantly in my opinion.

Great start to the PS2 era of AC games with a single exception, somehow this game has no option for analog controls but given that it was a launch title, they haven't figured out how to incoporate it, so I would recommend to find a mod that enables these controls as it makes a massive improvment.

Now to the actual game itself not a lot of changes to the controls, you're still playing an AC game though weapon projictile seems to be a bit slower for some weapons, there's also new options to spice up the gameplay like adding decoys and anti air missiles as well as the addiition of shields (which were not for me I still prefer laserblades).

The plot is kind of insane in a good way, it reminds me of ace combat zero with how destructive it gets, the villian while not having a lot of depth is enjoyable, I only wish there were more to the characters who briefed on missions instead of being just people that tell you to do something.

Overall I quite enjoyed it this is a great game by itself with a lot to offer.

8.5/10 would blow up mars again.

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