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Comments on The Bronze Blog: Skeptics' Circle #67: Giant Robot Edition





Updated: 2017-08-16T14:49:41.018-05:00

 



Oh, and as for the submissions that got passed ove...

2007-08-17T13:47:00.000-05:00

Oh, and as for the submissions that got passed over: Some of them were in categories I felt I had covered well enough already, or kind of fell into the category of 'beating a dead horse', such as with Oscar the Harbinger of Doom Cat submissions.

It wasn't really a matter of lack of quality, just overabundance of quantity, and I was already pushing the deadline getting everything here up. If you don't see your stuff here, don't take it personally.



I haven't played Steel Battalion, so I can't reall...

2007-08-17T13:34:00.000-05:00

I haven't played Steel Battalion, so I can't really compare.

If you've got an Xbox 360, they've got a nearly identical version for it.

Anyway: Mech customization: That's what the game is centered around. For the first mission in AC4, you pick one of the six starter Nexts (the next generation Armored Cores, the local term for the mechs). After you beat it, new parts start pouring into the shops. You can get more from progressing in the story, beating certain missions, or beating AI opponents in the simulator. Different missions often call for different configurations.

Parts you pick:

Head, Core (Torso), Legs (Humanoid, reverse joint, quads, tank), Arms (Normal and arms that are weapons themselves), FCS (Fire control system, handles targetting), Generator, Boosters (Main, Side, Reverse, Over), Arm weapons (L/R), Back Weapons (L/R), Shoulder Weapons, Hangar weapons (L/R), Stabilizers (Balance out your AC if it's heavy to one side), and tuning (boost some abilities)

It's generally easier than it sounds to build one. Just have to find your style.

As for gameplay: It's something like FPS shooters, only you're behind your AC. You can take a beating, so no one-shot kills unless you're inept enough to get in the way of someone's MADNESS Kojima Particle Cannon arms (rare, and any decent tap on the user ruins the charge)

Armored Core is one of the faster paced mech games in that you probably won't be walking on the legs you use during combat: You're pretty much going to be using your boosters all the time.

Online play: Pretty good: Wide variety of skill levels for opponents. Takes some doing to get a real 2v2 match sometimes.

Weaknesses: Plot. Armored Core never really has much of one. AC4's pretty bad at the end because I have no idea who the final boss is or why he hates me so. Missions tend to be recycled fairly often, too, but if you're new to the series, you might not notice.

The main thing going against AC is that it's a niche market game. If you don't drool over mechs and the customization thereof, there probably won't be much to keep your attention.

Hope they'll let me transfer over all my parts and such when they come out with AC4: Something Something. (Previous games would sometimes let you load your data from earlier games)



I'm huge fan of Steal battalion. How different (be...

2007-08-17T12:50:00.000-05:00

I'm huge fan of Steal battalion. How different (besides the obvious controller difference) is the game play. I'm looking for something to really put my PS3 to good use. Is the custom mech builder a start up feature or do you have to beat the game first?

Vlad from Orac's site



Very creative and well done! Just for educational ...

2007-08-16T20:47:00.000-05:00

Very creative and well done! Just for educational purposes, why do submissions get rejected? Beginning to take rejection personally. :)



Thanks for having me! I love exercising my 2nd ame...

2007-08-16T18:29:00.000-05:00

Thanks for having me! I love exercising my 2nd amendment right to blow things up with my new robot suit.



This is fantastic. Can't read it without grinning ...

2007-08-16T13:52:00.000-05:00

This is fantastic. Can't read it without grinning like a fool. You really put some work into this one, BD. Excellent. Really, really excellent.

Thanks for including me. I love my armament. Makes me feel like I'm ready for mortal combat.

Dean



To Matthew:*swat with a rolled up newspaper* Yes, ...

2007-08-16T13:42:00.000-05:00

To Matthew:

*swat with a rolled up newspaper* Yes, by all means lets involve a massive killing machine constructed from the body of a homicidal monster that needs an extension cord to run and can only be piloted by insane 14 year old children. Awesome idea....

9_9

That out of my system, the EVA designs and fight scenes are cool, but I loathe NGE as a series. It's nedlessly depressing and maketh no sense at all. Gimme Robotech any day, Minmei and all.



What's with the one panel you linked to Pharyngula...

2007-08-16T13:15:00.000-05:00

What's with the one panel you linked to Pharyngula? It looks like the mecha is break–dancing.

Mere humanoid forms cannot hope to capture PZ's essence.

Not that I did all that good a job.



Thanks for the inclusion (I think). And, no, I'm n...

2007-08-16T13:13:00.000-05:00

Thanks for the inclusion (I think). And, no, I'm not compensating for anything.



Mecha metaphors? Now that's spectacularly geeky.W...

2007-08-16T13:07:00.000-05:00

Mecha metaphors? Now that's spectacularly geeky.

What's with the one panel you linked to Pharyngula? It looks like the mecha is break–dancing.



Potentially good for you, Karel: They have an Xbox...

2007-08-16T12:39:00.000-05:00

Potentially good for you, Karel: They have an Xbox 360 version of AC4 that's nearly identical from all accounts. No between-system compatibility, though.

You might want to search the blog here for all references to Armored Core, so you can get some idea of what it's like. I've got a fair number of complaints, but I love the game for its customization regardless.

I hope they come up with one that has downloadable expansions, co-op missions, and such.



Dagnabbit. Now I want a PS3.Not that I'm going to ...

2007-08-16T12:33:00.000-05:00

Dagnabbit. Now I want a PS3.

Not that I'm going to shell out for one any time soon, mind you.



What? No EVA's? For shame! For shaaaaaaame!

2007-08-16T10:14:00.000-05:00

What? No EVA's? For shame! For shaaaaaaame!



Aggh!Flashbacks!200cc of G Force/Battle of the Pla...

2007-08-16T00:48:00.000-05:00

Aggh!

Flashbacks!

200cc of G Force/Battle of the Planets and a Hockey Hair wig, STAT!

Great images, Dog!



Very creative, and awesome execution! I guess even...

2007-08-16T00:27:00.000-05:00

Very creative, and awesome execution! I guess even the Skeptic's Circle isn't immune to the law of narrative that there are always giant robots.