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Armored Core 2 (アーマード・コア2, Āmādo Koa Tsū) is a mecha video game in the Armored Core series, and was a launch title for the PlayStation 2 in North America.[1] It represents the first major graphical overhaul for the series; while the three PlayStation-era games used the same engine with few changes between entries, Armored Core 2 featured a new engine built specifically for the PlayStation 2.[citation needed]

Armored Core 2
Armored Core 2 cover art.jpg
European PlayStation 2 cover art
Producer(s)Kenichiro Tsukuda
Composer(s)Kota Hoshino
SeriesArmored Core
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
  • JP: August 3, 2000
  • NA: October 26, 2000
  • EU: March 23, 2001
Genre(s)Action, third-person shooter
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer



Sixty-seven years after the events of the Subterranean Era in prior games, Earth's second largest corporation, Zio Matrix, acquires plans for a research project on Mars, dating back before the Great Destruction. Using these plans, Zio sends a research team to Mars to begin the Terraforming Project, which causes the Martian surface and atmosphere to approximate that of Earth. Other corporations learn of the project and quickly follow Zio Matrix, bringing with them the competitive environment that existed on Earth, and the employ of the mercenaries of Nerves Concord.

As the three companies' war comes to a close, the most powerful, Zio Matrix, attempts a coup against the government, which has regained control through its elite mercenary team, The Frighteners, led by Leos Klein. But in the chaos that ensues, the Frighteners turn on the government, assassinate the new leader of the LCC, and take control of powerful Disorder technology. The player character is tasked with confronting them and saving the human populace of Mars.


Aggregate score
Review scores
AllGame     [3]
Game Informer9/10[6]
Game RevolutionA−[8]
GamePro     [7]
OPM (US)     [12]

The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 33 out of 40.[5]


  1. ^ IGN staff (October 27, 2000). "The PS2 Launch Titles". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Armored Core 2 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  3. ^ John Thompson. "Armored Core 2 - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on November 15, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Edge staff (November 2000). "Armored Core 2". Edge. No. 90. Future plc.
  5. ^ a b "プレイステーション2 - ARMORED CORE2". Famitsu (in Japanese). Vol. 915. Enterbrain. June 30, 2006. p. 57.
  6. ^ Erik Reppen (November 2000). "Armored Core 2". Game Informer. No. 91. FuncoLand. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Cheat Monkey (November 23, 2000). "Armored Core 2 Review for PS2 on". GamePro. IDG Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 9, 2005. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Shawn Sanders (November 20, 2000). "Armored Core 2 Review". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Frank Provo (September 11, 2000). "Armored Core 2 Review [Import] [date mislabeled as "October 23, 2000"]". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Jessyel Gonzalez (March 9, 2001). "Armored Core 2". PlanetPS2. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 5, 2001. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  11. ^ David Smith (October 23, 2000). "Armored Core 2". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Sam Kennedy (December 2000). "Armored Core 2". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on January 27, 2001. Retrieved December 15, 2018.

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