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Armored Core V (アーマード・コアV / ARMORED CORE V, Āmādo Koa Faibu) is a 3D mecha-based video game developed by FromSoftware for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the 14th installment and 5th main installment of FromSoftware's Armored Core series. Armored Core V is a return to the more traditional style of gameplay found in the original series of games. It is an indirect sequel to Armored Core 4 and Armored Core: For Answer.

Armored Core V
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North American cover art
Director(s)Naoyuki Takahashi
Producer(s)Toshifumi Nabeshima
Composer(s)Kota Hoshino
Yoshikazu Takayama
Tsukasa Saitoh
SeriesArmored Core
Platform(s)PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • JP: January 26, 2012[1]
  • NA: March 20, 2012
  • AU: March 22, 2012
  • EU: March 23, 2012
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer, co-op



Whereas previous games in the series focused on quick-reflex combat, Armored Core V relies heavily on tactical gameplay. Similar to the first games in the series, Armored Core V requires players to use level geography to their advantage. New to the series is Ultimate Weapons, which deal enormous damage; however, these weapons need to be recharged between uses, limiting the player to only one use per mission or match.

The online mode features five-on-five team-based battles, with each side battling over specific objectives across the map. One member of each team is designated as the Operator and must oversee the entire battle and issue orders to their team.[2]

On March 10, 2014, it was announced via the Armored Core Facebook page that the online servers for Armored Core V would be shut down 10 days later on March 20, 2014.[citation needed]


The game was released in Japan on January 26, 2012[1] for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment on March 20, 2012 in North America, March 22, 2012 in Australia, and March 23, 2012 in Europe.

FromSoftware has released a companion application for iOS and Android devices which provides access to a database of in-game parts and weapons to aid in mech customization.

In Japan, those who pre-ordered Last Raven Portable received an art book and a download code for an exclusive variant of the Moonlight close-quarters weapon. In North America, two promotional download packages were offered to those who pre-ordered Armored Core V: Amazon offered the Recon Pack, while GameStop offered the Heavy Assault Pack. Both of these packs can now be purchased from the in-game store. Both content packs did not add anything new to the game, rather they enabled players to access parts far earlier than they would normally by playing through the campaign.[citation needed]


Review scores
PS3Xbox 360
Game Informer6.5/10[7]6.5/10[7]
Game RevolutionN/A     [8]
OXM (US)N/A8/10[13]
The Daily TelegraphN/A     [15]
Aggregate score

The game received "mixed or average reviews" on both platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17][18] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of one nine, two eights, and one nine for a total of 34 out of 40.[6]

The Daily Telegraph gave the Xbox 360 version four stars out of five and said it was "A brilliant game that is nonetheless difficult to recommend to everyone," but that "those with an eye for detail and a fair amount of patience will be rewarded with a deep, engaging and entirely idiosyncratic experience. Just don't go in expecting your hand to be held at any point."[15] The Digital Fix gave the PlayStation 3 version seven out of ten and said it was "a very sterile and cold experience" without its multiplayer approach.[19] Metro likewise gave it seven out of ten and said it was "still not the game that will make giant robot sims mainstream, but it does have some innovative ideas in terms of both combat and online play."[16] The Observer gave the game a mixed review and said that it "looks fantastic and is thoroughly entertaining, but its impenetrability may prove too much for all but the faithful."[20]


  1. ^ a b Loo, Egan (September 18, 2011). "Armored Core V Game Slated for January 26". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Bertz, Matt (February 2, 2011). "Armored Core V Coming Stateside In 2012". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Pinsof, Allistair (March 26, 2012). "Review: Armored Core V (X360)". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Edge staff (March 23, 2012). "Armored Core V review (X360)". Edge. Future plc. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Edwards, Matt (March 22, 2012). "Armored Core 5 Review (PlayStation 3)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Romano, Sal (January 17, 2012). "Resident Evil: Revelations scores near perfect in Famitsu". Gematsu. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Marchiafava, Jeff (March 20, 2012). "Armored Core V". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. ^ Bischoff, Daniel R. (March 30, 2012). "Armored Score 5 Review (X360)". Game Revolution. CraveOnline. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Watters, Chris (March 21, 2012). "Armored Core V Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Armored Core V (X360)". GameTrailers. Defy Media. March 22, 2012. Archived from the original on July 25, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Splechta, Mike (March 27, 2012). "Armored Core V review (X360)". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  12. ^ a b MacDonald, Keza (March 27, 2012). "Armored Core V Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  13. ^ Bailey, Kat (March 23, 2012). "Armored Core V review". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "Review: Armored Core V". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 58. Future plc. May 2012. p. 81.
  15. ^ a b Bell, Sean (April 30, 2012). "Armored Core V review (X360)". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Jenkins, David (March 21, 2012). "Armored Core V review - robot jox (PS3)". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Armored Core V for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Armored Core V for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Marshall, James (April 18, 2012). "Armored Core V Review (PS3)". The Digital Fix. Poisonous Monkey. Archived from the original on April 29, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
  20. ^ Kamen, Matt (March 31, 2012). "Armored Core V - review". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved December 23, 2018.

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