Armored Core: Master of Arena
Review by KasketDarkfyre
"Best Armored Core on the PSX..."
Back to the same game that you've played before, you spend most of the game looking over the shoulder of your created Mech, in a competition against computer controlled Mech's that have good looking designs and color schemes. Well detailed area designs give you a stark view into Mech fighting, but add in some pretty cool lighting effects that is visual friendly. Toss that together with some pretty neat explosions and weapons effects, and you have an above average visual treat.
Much better this time around, you're given some rocking music to listen to while blasting away at your opponents. In most cases, you'll find yourself moving with the music in terms of the way it's set up as it does get you into the action. The sound effects come out clean and clear on a good stereo system, so be prepared to turn it down a bit, or it'll sound like World War 3 in your bedroom.
The control has gotten a little better in terms of how well your Mech responds to control commands, but the myraid of attack buttons and what you can do still remains. Anyone who has followed this series will find that the buttons take a little getting used to, and in most cases, beginners will spend a couple of rounds just trying to figure out how to make their Mech do some pretty crazy things.
-Game Play 8/10-
Back again in a tournament of sorts pitting giant armored machines against each other across several different areas. 19 different missions greet you, which makes this the biggest AC game on the PSX in terms of variety. You'll spend alot of time just learning how to target your weapons and moving your Mech around, so the missions are best used for after you've mastered your machine.
Other features include several different modes of play for two players in the way of death-matching and co-op tournament. But the coolest feature the game has to offer, is that you can use a saved Mech from other Armored Core games, and in the end, you'll find that being able to use your bad-ass Mech from the first or second game can boost the replay option.
Fans of the series looking for new Mech models won't have to look any further as this version offers you several new Mech upgrades to created a badder Mech than what you had before. Again, the two biggest parts of this game, is building a better Mech, and then learning how to use it effectively. Be prepared to put in alot of time and effort into learning about this game.
A must have for any Armored Core fan, it is a step up from the first two games on the PSX. You'll find that the multiple Mech designs and amount of missions is a truly refreshing, and the amount of two player options is worth the effort you'll put in. Add this up with some killer sound and effects as well as some up-graded visuals, and you'll find that the third installment of Armored Core is really worth the money. As always, weekend warriors may find that a rental or two will sate their needs, but Mech fans will find this well worth the hard-earned cash.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 01/08/01, Updated 01/08/01
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