Namco Bandai Games America Inc.’s Armored Core: Verdict Day is a decent mech action combat title that builds an improved network infrastructure and adds a large inventory of customization and missions for solo or online war.
Armored Core: Verdict Day includes a persistent online World Map that indicates the territory possession between three warring factions. Users can join one of three factions, add members, recruit members, and duke it out to expand and takeover territory.
In solo missions, users can deploy alone or with AI drones or engage in Story campaign missions to build experience and upgrade the Armored Core. Campaign missions ramp up difficulty fairly quickly and typically involve the destruction of all enemy units.
Online missions can wage up to five-vs.-five battles. The online infrastructure is improved to offer global access to recruit online members for an individual mission or register as a mercenary to be hired by a Team Leader.
Like prior entries, users can fully customize their AC with a mass of head, right and left arm, shoulder, core and leg parts to build the ultimate battle machine. Before each sortie, each member can fine-tune their unit prior to deployment.
Controls are solid and allow users to briskly boost, jump and fire on target. Users can scan the area to locate any nearby enemies or view route information. Analog triggers and buttons help to differentiate between left and right weaponry and the in-game HUD displays all component damage clearly.
The graphics engine is decent at 30-frames-per-second. While the engine can be dated, it holds the frame rate well in online battles between factions. The sound engine offers mechanical and techno-driven tracks, in addition to decent in-game chatter among teammates.
Armored Core: Verdict Day is an improved version of a storied mech combat franchise. While the title has not yet received an overhaul, the boosted online infrastructure, customization options, and well-oiled controls helps this machine survive another war.