The true sequel to the great PSone mech game, AC2 allows
players to built their own mechs and participate in mercenary
missions for the Ravens. With over thirty missions and a full,
detailed Arena mode, AC2 manages to encompass everything from
the original game and the pseudo-sequels.
Graphics and animation in AC2 are both excellent. Each core
part and weapon are detailed and the huge amount of extras
make keep most players messing with the menus for hours on
end. Casual gamers may find this a bit intimidating, though.
AC2 is a feast for all mech fans. Since this is really the
only successful mech action series on the Playstation, it's
a good thing that it's done so well. The voice-overs are well
done and the backgrounds are finely done.
AC2 is basically not developed for the casual gamer. The control
scheme is horrible. Why have an analog controller and be forced
to use the D-pad to move your mech around. Turning your mech
is a chore. Your better off turning your mech as you boost
away to keep you from being a sitting duck. Also, some of
the missions are sadistically unfair, pitting you against
a who squadrons of planes who do nothing but perform bombing
runs on you. Maybe if the controls were better, this might
not be so bad.
Armored Core 2 is a good game with some problems. Casual
gamers will get into this game for about an hour before being
overwhelmed by the choices. Experts of the previous games
will love it, even with the odd control scheme. Consider this
a game you should rent before buying.