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Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (2023) is a fighting game where you create your own robot suits and then take them into battle. It's from the makers of Elden Ring but has more of a combat focus and without an open world. Fights are fast-paced and exuberant, taking place in the air and on land, with guns, swords, and missiles, but it's the nuanced and intricate mech creation system that really stands out. Energy generation, heat dissipation, movement, and attack capability all influence the ways you design your suit, making for a deeply strategic experience.

In the distant future, a miraculous material dubbed Coral is discovered on the distant planet of Rubicon 3. After the first attempt to extract it ends with a cataclysmic disaster that renders the whole system uninhabitable for years, Coral is all but forgotten. When a second attempt is made to claim it, you are sent to recover it from the ruins of the planet, using your Armored Core (AC) mech suit to fight off resistance groups and treasure hunters.

Play involves constructing your AC suit and then using it to traverse the levels and defeat enemy ACs. When building the mech out of the parts you have, you need to carefully consider what weapons you want, how to supply them with energy, how to dissipate the heat they produce, and how you want your mech to move. There are multiple ways and parts you can use to address each issue, and experimenting with different parts and builds is essential to finding what works best. Combat is fast-paced and takes place in the air and on land, using your weapons to attack and quickly dodging incoming fire. Defeated ACs yield new parts you can use to upgrade your own suit, slowly increasing your strength and capability.

The result is a game where the fun comes as much from creating and designing your mech to suit your needs as it does from the fighting. Slowly iterating on your designs to address flaws and discover novel part combinations is a unique and rewarding challenge.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is the latest game in the Armored Core Series, all of which offer the similar gameplay challenge of designing your own suits and using them in combat:
  • Armored Core (1997) PlayStation 1, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
  • Armored Core: Project Phantasma (1997) PlayStation 1
  • Armored Core: Master of Arena (1999) PlayStation 1
  • Armored Core 2 (2000) PlayStation 2
  • Armored Core 2: Another Age (2001) PlayStation 2
  • Armored Core 3 (2002) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
  • Silent Line: Armored Core (2003) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
  • Armored Core: Nexus (2004) PlayStation 2
  • Armored Core: Nine Breaker (2004) PlayStation 2
  • Armored Core: Formula Front (2004) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
  • Armored Core: Last Raven (2005) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
  • Armored Core 4 (2006) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Armored Core: For Answer (2008) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Armored Core 5 (2012) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Armored Core: Verdict Day (2013) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon (2023) PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon a year ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Fighting game with Adventure, Creative, Role-Play, Shooting and Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game. You can compete in 1-Vs-1 fights using the mechs you create against other players.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for moderate violence to fantasy characters and use of bad language. Sci-fi action game in which players take on the role of a mercenary, who controls a mech armed with powerful weaponry, and who becomes involved in a conflict between several factions over ownership of a mysterious substance discovered on a remote planet. This game includes moderate violence towards fantasy characters. While most of the violence is non-realistic, in one scene the player is given a choice about whether to kill or spare an enemy in a mechanical suit. If the player chooses to kill them, the enemy can be heard screaming inside the suit as it explodes, although there is no actual sight of injury to the character himself. This game also includes use of bad language, including '*!@?*'.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Coarse Language, Drug Reference, and Mild Science Fiction Violence.
The developer provides the following Mature Content Description on Steam: "Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content".

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to come up with inventive mech designs that suit all your needs while still staying structurally sound and usable. Combat is also fast-paced and requires quick reactions and reflexes.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon usually costs £49.99.
 

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon

Steam Store PC £49.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
The Deluxe Edition of the game includes a digital artbook and soundtrack. You can buy the Deluxe Edition content if you get the base game. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, PSP, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Fighting (Adventure, Creative, Role-Play, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: From Software PR (@FromSoftware_PR)


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