Armored Core Master Of Arena
The Armored Core series has enjoyed a tremendous cult following and the third installment is sure to please the devoted. Master of Arena comes packed on two discs' worth of mech customizing madness. There are 19 new missions and 150 arena opponents to deal with. Customizing your AC is the biggest feature of the game, and with over 170 weapons and parts (27 of which are completely new), you'll have plenty to work with. Agetec states there will be additional bonus items for your AC if you can unlock them. As the title suggests, versus fighting is a key component. Terrain is just as important as mech parts, so you'll be happy to know the game has 20 two-player stages for linked play, 10 for split-screen competitions, and 12 for CPU battles. Armored Core: Master of Arena is set for a release sometime in 1st quarter 2000. Don't forget to look for EGM's very own West Coast editor, Wataru Maruyama, who is featured as an AC pilot with his special mech (see the top of the page for more info).