More Armored Core 5 Details Detail Online Play

From Software has been quiet on any information regarding Armored Core 5. Last information gamers had was a meager, bare-bones trailer and a few pieces of information. Recently, the company has finally saw fit to reveal something more substantial, and that theme is teaming up.

Armored Core 5 touts one of the most complex customization systems of mecha games, let alone games of other genres. It’s newest edition is looking to do more than just add a few new weapons or parts. Gamers will get to take their creations online to do battle, but with an added twist of teamwork and territory.

Pilots of the virtual mechs will get together to form teams of 5 against another team to see who’s robot is better at blowing up things. Additionally, each team gets a selected commander out of the group. The armchair general will issue orders to hopefully lead his team to victory and not into a hail of gunfire. To further teamwork, special weapons called Overed have been added. Some are hard to aim, while others take a while to load. Get a team member to lead them in the line of fire for maximum usage. It has even been rumored that some special types of mech will be available especially for team work. Co-op towering mechs? One can only hope.

Gamers that don’t have any friends that want to play, or those who are new to the scene shouldn’t fret: From Softwares got you covered. There’s a site for the singles: the Armored Core Official Partnership social site was started in November to play matchmaker.

The combat doesn’t stop when the player leaves his console. Rival clans can sucker-punch unattended lands. Luckily, you can throw up some cannons and defensive measures so those would-be invaders are driven away. No word on if there will be an option to be a mercenary not tied to a team yet, or if there will be any more offline features to compensate the online-heavy route this game it taking.

A solid release date hasn’t been announced, but Japan is getting it on the 360 and PS3 this year. Those elsewhere will have to import or wait for a proper localization in 2012 by Namco Bandai.

DC Universe Online Gets Release Date

The MMO, DC Universe, has finally announced its release date 01/11/11.  A nice choice of date, I would have to say. This release date is slated for North America on the PC and PS3 (UK Release Date: 1/14/11). If youre planning on grabbing one, the PC version will cost $49.99 while the PS3 is $59.99.  Both versions comes with a free 30-day subscription to the MMO.  After the trial, it will cost $15 a month – or $199 for a lifetime subscription.

For those wondering about the game, the main gist of it is that its an online universe where players can create their own brand of villains and heroes under the guidance of Batman, the Joker, Superman, etc.

Game features:

  • Visceral combat where you control every blow your character strikes
  • Choose your side superhero or villain as you battle to save or conquer the universe.
  • Fight alongside or against your favorite DC heroes and villains including Batman, The Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman and others…
  • State-of-the-art physics engine and use objects in the world around you as weapons, including even your enemies!
  • Create a custom DC-style hero or villain, each with a unique look and combination of superpowers.
  • Embark on heroic or villainous story-driven adventures
  • Explore the DC Universe Gotham City, Metropolis,  Arkham Asylum,  and the Justice League of America Watchtower.
While not free, the game itself is promising.  Ive always wanted to make my own kind of superhero and this game provides that and more. DC fans, this game may just be what you’re looking for.