Armored Core: Nine Breaker (PS2)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, September 19, 2005

The Armored Core series continues on the Playstation 2 with Armored Core: Nine Breaker. While Nexus was mission based, Nine Breaker returns to the arena action seen in some of the older editions of the series. The focus here is on one on one arena fighting as well as intense training for Armored Core fanatics.

Graphical improvement has been another focus From Software has put into this edition, and it’s showing. Your mech as well as the environments appear more detailed then in Nexus, which is nice. It should also be noted that there are no FMV sequences in Nine Breaker (seeing as the focus is on arena fighting), but there is a nice demonstration of the improved action if you choose to watch it.

Gear heads will find 400+ parts throughout the course of the game, and a surprisingly huge amount of them will be available to use right from the beginning of the game. Or if you wish, you can import data from Nexus over and just use that. For those that want to improve their skills, there is an in depth training mode, with over 150 different training missions that will test your skills in all kinds of areas. Or you can jump right into the arena battles.

The game features 20 arena levels, and there are tons of opponents to battle. Players can customize their options when looking for an opponent to battle, ranging from class to a variety of other options that will help them find the right opponent.

Nine Breaker appears to be on the right track to being another excellent installment in the long running Armored Core series. Although it doesn’t seem to be a game that will attract new players very easily, series fanatics will eat this right up. Keep an eye out for Nine Breaker come early August.

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