New Game by Elden Ring Developer Delivers Ace Apocalyptic Mech Combat
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is not just Elden Ring with giant robots, but it is a game worth checking out on its own terms. Developed by FromSoftware, the studio behind the popular Souls games, Armored Core VI offers apocalyptic mech combat in a world ravaged by warring corporations. With solid writing, voice acting, and engaging gameplay, this game is a must-play for fans of the genre and newcomers alike.
A Ravaged World and a Voiceless Mercenary
In Armored Core VI, you play as a voiceless mercenary in a world destroyed by extraplanetary corporations fighting over a mysterious substance called Coral. You are an augmented human known as a "hound," controlled by a gruff handler named Walter. You take on missions for different factions, carrying out their objectives and getting paid for your services. The story unfolds through dialogue and conversations, which are well-written and voiced, reminiscent of Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear series.
Streamlined Gameplay and Freedom of Movement
While you can't freely wander the world of Rubicon, the game's mission-based structure is surprisingly enjoyable. You drop into contained maps, complete your objectives, return to a garage menu to customize your build, and repeat the process. This streamlined design works well with the game's narrative, as you are a hired gun with no real agency or need for exploration. The game compensates for this lack of exploration with its omnidirectional action, allowing you to move freely in any direction and engage in fully three-dimensional combat. This is a significant departure from the Soulsborne games, and it adds a new level of excitement to the gameplay.
Customization and Adaptability
One of the standout features of Armored Core VI is the ability to customize your mech before each mission. Unlike traditional RPGs, you are not locked into a single class or playstyle. Instead, you can tailor your mech to suit your preferences and the specific requirements of each mission. You can choose between different types of mechs, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. This flexibility allows you to experiment and adapt your mech assembly to different missions, making each playthrough unique.
Difficulty and Epic Boss Battles
Armored Core VI is known for its high difficulty and epic boss battles, which will be familiar to fans of the Souls and Elden Ring games. These battles can be challenging, especially for newcomers to the series. However, the sense of accomplishment when you finally defeat a boss is incredibly rewarding. The game requires you to learn enemy attack patterns and adapt your strategy accordingly. While the difficulty may be off-putting for some players, it is a core element of the game that adds to the overall experience.
Multiplayer and Online Component
Unlike Elden Ring, Armored Core VI's online component is currently limited to 1v1 and 3v3 PVP battles. This may disappoint players who enjoyed the cooperative multiplayer in FromSoftware's previous titles. However, the intense PVP battles offer a different kind of challenge and can be a lot of fun for those who enjoy competitive gameplay.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is a standout game that delivers exciting apocalyptic mech combat. While it may not be Elden Ring with giant robots, it offers a unique and engaging experience for fans of the genre. With its solid writing, voice acting, and customizable gameplay, this game is worth checking out whether you are a longtime fan of the series or a newcomer to FromSoftware's games. Dive into the world of Armored Core VI and pilot your mech to victory in a ravaged world controlled by extraplanetary corporations.