Need to Scratch that Armored Core V or Verdict Day Itch? Try Hammer

Developed by RedRoryOTheGlen, this indie game project combines elements of previous Armored Core titles, featuring mech action and a garage for tinkering with your mechs. Movement and combat mechanics in particular are heavily inspired by ACV.

In his words, the game “started out as a learning project to make things walk in Unity so it’s still called ‘Walker’ in places…” but honestly, its already got the rough foundations of an Armored Core game, especially the 4th and 5th generation releases.

Best of all, it’s free. Give it a try and download the game here.

Check out a gameplay video:

Some additional info from the developer:

The yellow bar above HEALTH is your ARMOR. As long as you have any amount of ARMOR, damage to your HEALTH will be reduced by a certain amount dependent on the PENETRATION of the damaging weapon. If the weapon has a penetration of 20%, you take 20% of damage to HEALTH and 80% of the damage to ARMOR. Once your ARMOR is depleted, you’ll take 100% damage to HEALTH. Enemies also have armor and you may see the red !ARMOR! alert flash occasionally if an enemy you hit has some and reduces your damage.

STABILITY is the white bar between your HEALTH and ARMOR. You have a specific amount of it (standard is 1250) and regain it faster depending on your stabilizer as well as whether you are grounded or moving. Your STABILITY is reduced when you take damage or when performing certain maneuvers (jumping, bursting, wall-kicking). If your STABILITY is greater than 1000, your weapons will be more accurate and fire faster. On the other hand, if your STABILITY is lower than 1000, your weapons will have higher spread and fire slower. Some weapons are more affected by STABILITY than others.

RR’s Eye Popping ACV Emblems

A huge surge of creativity outside designing ACs in RR. A lot of effort went into designing emblems, including those of RR mascots Sophie and then others. Eye popping effort done by RR’s resident artist Trace-02, each one of the emblems are original RR characters that are completely ogle/drool worthy. Take note that most of the emblems in the gallery are composed of 2 layers. Take a look at the awesome emblems after the jump:

ACV Desert Garage DLC

Beyond parts and performance there’s also vanity, and ACV attempts to satisfy the last urge with a new DLC garage. So far the Desert Base is confirmed to be out in Japan for some time now, reminiscent of an operation in some war-torn arid region, or a botched up Raven Republic summer BBQ party, the garage seeks to satisfy those with a preference for warmer climates. Hit the jump for a video of this new place to store your AC.:

ACV Online Bosses Coming To You This Weekend!

It seems that the Armored Core community’s outcries have been heard, somewhat, as the massive online-only bosses have finally been scheduled to be unleashed outside of Armored Core V’s Japanese servers. DLC packs are now available as well, though they’re just the packs that came with the pre-orders.

Though these recent developments are highly encouraging, we still don’t have the long-awaited balance patches, so please continue the effort on the Namco Bandai support forum.

Now to whet your appetites for this weekend, I’ll leave you with this video of one of the bosses in action.

*Image credit to whoever took it. Let us know on the comments so we can acknowledge you. Thanks!

Armored Core V Emblems

A recent surge of creativity has risen within the ACV world, this time with regards to the emblems that the ACs themselves carry. And again, it’s the Japanese who are leading the way.

It’s pretty amazing what can be done with a simple manipulation of the basic shapes available with the engine.

Not to be outdone, RR’s been up to some pretty good stuff too. Check them out after the jump.

Armored Core V Top Rank PvP duels

Despite Armored Core 5’s focus on team gameplay, the duel between 2 pilots still remains the “Classic” way to play Armored Core, holding true for all of the game’s incarnations.

GodlyPerfection has uploaded what seems to be a duel between two, top ranked JPN players in a best of three fight to the death. An operator oversees the fight and records the video. The uploader notes that you do not see the players go through Scan Mode due to the recording. True enough, this ACV video reminds us that the dueling spirit in Armored Core is not dead and has lived on.

Armored Core V – English Trailer

It appears that Namco Bandai’s promotion of the English release of Armored Core V has gone into full swing with the debut of the official English website, http://armoredcore-v.com/, and the trailer above.

Longtime fans of the series however aren’t too pleased with the marketing direction, specifically the music choice for this campaign. But it’s understandable that they’re trying to lure in a new generation of players.

Let’s just wait and see how this is all received when the English version comes out on March 20, 2012.

Armored Core V Out in Japan!

In case you haven’t heard: Armored Core V has been out in Japan since yesterday.

I don’t have a link right now, but I’ve read that it’s been reviewed very favorably by Japanese gaming magazines Famitsu (34/40) and Dengeki Playstation (85/100). But more importantly it’s been received even more enthusiastically by the fans.

After playing the demo, I’d say it does live up to the 2-year hype. If you’re not yet convinced, you ought to watch the video above featuring 5-on-5 online multiplayer action from the full game.

For those eager enough to jump straight into the Japanese version, you can check out some of the guides generously prepared by our friends at ACU.

Head over to the forums for more up-to-date Armored Core V news and discussion.

UPDATE:

And here’s a preview of the English release coming out on March 20, 2012.