Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon – Newcomer’s Hands-On Preview

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon - Newcomer's Hands-On Preview

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon – A Delightful Dance of Mechs and Mayhem

Rise above insurmountable odds and experience the joy of victory!

At Summer Game Fest, developer FromSoftware treated us to a tantalizing glimpse of their upcoming game – Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon. It’s clear that FromSoftware’s commitment to punishing difficulty is as strong as ever, and boy, does it deliver! In the short time we spent playing the game, we were thrilled by the intense challenge and had an absolute blast.

You might be wondering, what does Armored Core 6 bring to the table? As a newcomer to the franchise, I was curious to see how it would distinguish itself from the Souls series. And let me tell you, Fires of Rubicon is a whole different beast. While it retains some Souls-like sensibilities and familiar mechanics, it definitely stands on its own.

So, what can you expect when you dive into the world of Armored Core 6? First things first, it’s not an open-world game. You’ll spend a significant amount of time tinkering with menus, purchasing components for your mech, and customizing its look and loadout. From there, you’ll select missions and embark on sorties, which can range from simple tasks to epic story-driven encounters with colossal boss fights.

Combat lies at the heart of Armored Core 6, and it’s a dynamic and thrilling experience. Equipping your mech with up to four weapons, you’ll choose your arsenal strategically. Want a rapid-fire machine gun or a powerful laser rifle? The choice is yours. And let’s not forget the laser sword – it’s simply awesome!

But combat is not just about the weapons. Building your mech requires careful consideration. Each component adds weight, affecting both your mech’s speed and energy pool. Balancing firepower, defense, and maneuverability becomes a constant juggling act. Will you equip heavy armor for durability at the cost of agility, or opt for lighter pieces and rely on evasive tactics? The choice is yours, but be prepared to adapt your strategy on the fly.

Speaking of strategy, there’s an incredible amount of depth in Armored Core 6. The sheer number of customization options can feel overwhelming at first, but that’s where the game truly shines. Once you find your perfect build and dive into combat, get ready to be blown away by the exhilarating freedom of movement. Dodging enemy fire, unleashing your own attacks – it’s a dance of bullets, lasers, and missiles that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

While basic enemies offer a fun challenge, Armored Core 6 truly shines when you face off against formidable foes. Dodging projectiles and returning fire becomes a thrilling bullet hell experience. Each encounter requires skillful timing and effective use of your resources. The game demands your utmost attention and rewards you with the satisfaction of a hard-fought victory. And trust me, those triumphant moments are worth every bit of frustration.

Boss fights in Armored Core 6 are nothing short of epic. Prepare to test your mettle against daunting opponents. From shielded behemoths to crafty adversaries, you’ll need to adapt your approach and exploit weaknesses. Experimentation is key, as each boss fight demands a unique strategy and build. Finding the perfect combination is an exhilarating journey that adds layers of depth to the game.

Now, let’s not forget about the checkpoint system and the forgiving nature of Armored Core 6. FromSoftware understands that failure is a part of the learning process. With checkpoints strategically placed and the ability to switch builds before boss fights, you’ll always have a fighting chance. Don’t be discouraged by the burning heap of metal you might occasionally find yourself in – every defeat brings you one step closer to victory.

As a newcomer to the Armored Core franchise, I can confidently say that Fires of Rubicon is an absolute triumph. It captures the essence of FromSoftware’s games while offering a fresh and thrilling experience. The diverse range of builds, epic boss fights, and intriguing hints at lore make this game a must-play. But ultimately, it’s the moment-to-moment gameplay that sets Armored Core 6 apart. Prepare for a blast of mechs and mayhem like no other.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon releases on August 25, 2023 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Get ready to conquer the Rubicon and unleash your inner mech warrior!