Mecha Damashii recently covered the release of interestingly titled mecha side-scroller Battle Armor Division (B.A.D.) by Crian Soft. As you’ll see in the video below, the gameplay is very reminiscent of mecha classics such as Assault Suits Valken (Cybernator) and Metal Warriors.
Imagine that Armored Core could be played professionally as a recognized e-sport.
Imagine players (Ravens!) duking it out on stage to a massive crowd, and with a live commentated broadcast for television and the internet. There’d be organized teams complete with coaches and support staff and matching uniforms and gear from sponsors. Hordes of screaming fan girls (and boys) would be lined up for an autograph or photo of their favorite players. Ravens would be traveling the world to play on tournaments with lewd prize pools at stake.
Well imagine no more, as all that is actually already happening…
Nine-Ball Seraph is indeed present in the From Software developed mecha mash-up called Another Century’s Episode: R. The iconic Armored Core villain, this time controlled by pilot Winter, appears as the second to the last boss of the game. And after the 11th playthrough, Nine-Ball becomes a player selectable mech.
Just a few hours ago during Microsoft’s Tokyo Game Show, mecha fans were treated to a teaser for a new Steel Battalion game being developed by From Software, of Armored Core and Demon’s Souls fame, for Capcom. This new Steel Battalion game is set to take advantage of Microsoft’s Kinect technology instead of the 32-button controller that the original was famous for. But of course it’s still too early to tell how exactly the Kinect will be used to simulate piloting a giant robot.
Anyway, enjoy the trailer below and be hyped with the rest of us.
It’s. About. Time. (Video after the jump)
Armored Core’s uber boss is finally making an appearance in Another Century’s Episode R, the latest incarnation of the long running ACE series which allows players to pilot their favorite anime mecha from various shows and blow stuff up. Finally, the chance that many AC power tripping fans have been hoping for is here without using some cheatcode to use him (We don’t really know if players can use him, but we’re assuming they can). From Software, who developed the same game, also inserted a Murakumo mech from the game with the same name in the first ACE title as well, so the tradition kinnda follows. More screenshots of this magnificent find after the jump:
In the form of decals. That’s right, that MGS/FME crossover we mentioned some time ago turns out to be Foxhound and MGS logos attachable to your customized Wanzer as reveled in the promo video seen after the jump:
Not quite what mech gamers will expect. Despite the similar trademark names, Mike The Machine (Author of the video) will show you how to build your abdominal muscles through his “Armored Core” training program. The video demonstrates procedures on increasing your load capacity (400lb sit-ups), how to bulletproof your AC (Ab smashing with a bowling ball) and further enhancing the flexibility and endurance of your parts (various exercises) which will only strengthen your developed Armored Core.
Trademark similarities aside, Mike “The Machine” Bruce seems to be an accomplished athlete enough to create an exercise program that focuses on developing your muscles from your chest to your pelvis (I mean, just look at the dude). If you ever feel like getting ripped, and smashing rocks like blowing up MTs, just trust the “Armored Core” name to get the job done. You can order the totally non- Armored Core related exercise video here. View a short video from the DVD after the jump:
Here we see footage of a multiplayer demo of the upcoming mech shooter Front Mission Evolved coming from the recent E3 expo in the USA. Based on the trailer, we can definitely expect fast paced Wanzer gliding action, and a more arcade feel than an actual mech simulator. Of course, this is only a small preview of what to expect as Square Enix promises more in-depth tactical gameplay with the various Wanzer classes available to the player. Hit the jump for the video: