Ign reviews the latest game in the armoured core series, armoured core 4.
The easiest way for Greg Miller to sum up playing Armored Core 4 - if you'll allow me to blow the dust off of an old cliché - is to call it an emotional rollercoaster ride.
And that's not in a good way.
You boot up the Sega title and get an awesome intro movie featuring gorgeous visuals and start the game with some super-high expectations, but instead of mind-blowing mech combat, you're treated to missions involving limited movement and boring objectives. If you can outlast the bucketfuls of lame missions - shoot those things out of the air as they whiz by! - you'll get a few cool seek-and-destroy outings, but then you'll boot up online multiplayer and get a dose of inadequate arenas mixed with fun friend fragging.
It's enough to make you queasy when the ride ends and you turn off your PS3.