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.

Battle Armor Division (B.A.D.)

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.

Armored Core Papercraft

Here are a bunch of Armored Core papercraft models made by a person known as 東雲 遠音, who has painstakingly created three different Armored Core models out of paper. Papercraft or Paper Models for those who are new to the hobby, is the creation of 3D scale models using nothing but paper (or card paper for a little more stability in the finished product), glue, and a cutter. Hobbyists print out pre-set patterns of the models (sometimes of their own creation) and after hours of hard work, a 3D paper model of the figure emerges.

Time consuming and somewhat difficult to do, Papercrafting is a labor of love. As 東雲 遠音 shows, it is also rewarding as he has created the basic starter AC from Armored Core Nexus, a GA SUNSHINE AC, and a SOLDNER AC from Armored Core: For Answer. He also created an X-SOBRERO core, but the remaining parts might have been discontinued due to the flimsy frame.

Watch videos of him assemble AC models from paper after the jump:

Front Mission Alternative And Front Mission 2 Getting English Translations

Following up their success in translating Front Mission 5, the hard working guys at Frontmission.info are currently developing English translation patches for 2 elusive Front Mission titles never released outside of Japan. Hit the jump for more info:

MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries Released for Free

Studio MekTek recently released Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries for free to the internet. From their own press release:

Finally, the long awaited moment has arrived!

Studio MekTek, in association with Smith and Tinker, INC., Virtual World Entertainment, LLC, Catalyst Game Labs, and Microsoft Games, is happy to announce the release of Mechwarrior4 Free.

Super Japanese Mecha Anime Opening Collection

Megas XLR not included.

Because everyone digs giant robots.

Ok, I know I’ve been slow. Not covering Silent Line Portable‘s JP release was already a sign and missing last week’s Random Mecha Video of the day/week was another. So to make it all up for the lack of Random Mecha Videos and content, I present a massive collection of Mecha Anime openings from 1960’s till 2008. This is not my work, but it has been floating around an would at least interest anyone who has played SRW and asked “Where the hell did this robot come from?”. You’ll see it all, from icons like Tetsujin 28 (including the re-makes and re-imaginations), Mazinger-Z, various Macross and Gundam titles, to obscure super-robot titles such as Chogattai Majutsu Robo Gingaizer (Super Combining Magical Power Robo Gingaizer). It’s 7-8 hours of awesomeness and mecha history. The download links after the jump.

Shining Blood Freeware Mech Combat Game

This freeware game called Shining Blood was created by Teasoft, which can be described as an indie-level production Armored Core: For Answer. You have 6 mechs to choose from and the objective of each game is to blow everyone else up. Upgrades are purchased in the game though collecting red items that destroyed opponents drop. Gameplay shares FA’s speed, at least seen from the videos. A trial version for the Xbox 360 is available in the xbox live marketplace aside from the PC version available from their website.

You will need to have the XNA Framework and .NET Framework 2.0 installed to play Shining Blood.

[via: IndieGames]

Mecha Destruction for the iPhone: iMech

Does your iPhone lack any giant robot aplications? Have the urge to satisfy your urge to blow something up? Look no further than the recently released imech for the iphone. More info and a gameplay video after the jump.