- Released: 07/10/1997 (Japan), 10/31/1997 (US), 07/1998 (PAL)
- Developer: From Software
- Publisher: From Software
Games that put the player in control of a mech (or a similar type of giant robot) have waxed and waned in popularity over the years, and have come in many different varieties. These days the Armored Core series is arguably a standard in mech games, having been around consistently since 1997 on the original Playstation. It was not, however, the inventor of the genre. Many would consider the inventor to be the MechWarrior series, which debuted on MS DOS in 1989 (and the Super NES in 1993). These were certainly some of the first games to place the player inside of the cockpit of a mech, presumably replicating the slow and lumbering feeling that one would experience from trudging across a battlefield in a giant robot that is not really all that mobile. Even the most popular entry in the MechWarrior series, MechWarrior 2 was released two years before Armored Core in 1995.
It could even be argued that there were mech games before the MechWarrior series. Mobile Suit Gundam, a series that features giant robots that aren’t quite mechs but are certainly close, had its first Famicom game in 1986. While half of the game was your traditional Japanese side-scrolling action game take on the robot (which did not replicate the feel in any way, though was certainly more accessible), the other half was was a first-person shooter which placed the player inside of the Gundam cockpit. Even BattleTech, the series from which MechWarrior was birthed, had an entry in 1994 for the Sega Genesis that took the series from a role-playing game to an overhead action game.
|I should have known what I was in for when the game’s intro featured a menu…||Screenshots may not do it justice, but the graphics look pretty good for a 1997 3D Playstation game|