History VideoGame / ArmoredCore

17th Sep '17 8:33:31 AM MarqFJA
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** In the Original Armored Core, if you Choose to Side with Chrome in the Corperation wars, the Chrome Executive who hires you for the mission [[spoiler: "Destroy Giant Gun, Justice" seems horrified that Murakumo is attempting to reactivate the orbital weapon platform singlehandedly responsible for destroying essentially the entire world and foreseeing mankind underground During the Great destruction. in comparison, in the Murakumo route, Chromes desperate last-attempt to turn things around is mobilizing a Small Army of CHAOS unmanned attack craft. ]]

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** In the Original Armored Core, if you Choose to Side with Chrome in the Corperation wars, the Chrome Executive who hires you for the mission [[spoiler: "Destroy [[spoiler:"Destroy Giant Gun, Justice" seems horrified that Murakumo is attempting to reactivate the orbital weapon platform singlehandedly responsible for destroying essentially the entire world and foreseeing forcing mankind underground During during the Great destruction. in In comparison, in the Murakumo route, Chromes Chrome's desperate last-attempt to turn things around is mobilizing a Small Army small army of CHAOS unmanned attack craft. craft.]]
17th Sep '17 7:53:55 AM MarqFJA
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** ''Armored Core: Master of Arena'': In one of the corporation's more violent battles, several innocents are killed in the crossfire. One man loses his entire family, and a few months later, he decides to take revenge on the pilot responsible, the Raven known as Hustler One, pilot of the AC named Nineball.

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** ''Armored Core: Master of Arena'': In one of the corporation's more violent battles, several innocents are killed in the crossfire. One man loses his entire family, and a few months later, he decides to take revenge on the pilot responsible, the Raven known as Hustler One, pilot of the AC named Nineball.Nine-Ball.



** The final mission of ''Armored Core V'' is mission 09 and [[spoiler: you’re fighting something similar to Nineball.]]

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** The final mission of ''Armored Core V'' is mission 09 and [[spoiler: you’re fighting something similar to Nineball.Nine-Ball.]]



** We can do better than that. In 4A, getting 100% completion unlocks [[spoiler: Nine Ball's emblem, allowing you to complete the mech after going through a virtual hell and back to do so. In other words, good luck on Arteria Carpals at Hard mode.]]

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** We can do better than that. In 4A, getting 100% completion unlocks [[spoiler: Nine Ball's Nine-Ball's emblem, allowing you to complete the mech after going through a virtual hell and back to do so. In other words, good luck on Arteria Carpals at Hard mode.]]



* ChessMotifs: ORCA strategist Maltzel has a chess piece for his emblem and refers to his protégés Hari and Vaoh as Pawns.

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* ChessMotifs: ORCA strategist Maltzel has a chess piece for his emblem and refers to his protégés Hari and Vaoh as Pawns.



* ContinuityNod: The games occasionally mention Hustler One/Nine Ball, the final boss of the first game, and the antagonist of the third. In ''Armored Core 2'', one pilot claims to be his descendant (dramatic irony for those who played the first and/or third game, as Hustler One is an AI), and another's emblem is a red beast destroying Nine Ball's. He also appears as a BonusBoss or FinalBoss in several other games.

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* ContinuityNod: The games occasionally mention Hustler One/Nine Ball, One/Nine-Ball, the final boss of the first game, and the antagonist of the third. In ''Armored Core 2'', one pilot claims to be his descendant (dramatic irony for those who played the first and/or third game, as Hustler One is an AI), and another's emblem is a red beast destroying Nine Ball's.Nine-Ball's. He also appears as a BonusBoss or FinalBoss in several other games.



* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Nexus'', ''Ninebreaker'' and ''For Answer,'' despite the prominence of the AC's Oracle, Nine Ball, and White Glint on the front covers and opening cut scenes for the three respective titles, the number of times these AC's appear in game, not to mention their pilot's impact and relevance to the plot, is almost non-existent. The same can be said of pretty much every single AC that appears in a CG or Intro.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Nexus'', ''Ninebreaker'' and ''For Answer,'' despite the prominence of the AC's Oracle, Nine Ball, Nine-Ball, and White Glint on the front covers and opening cut scenes for the three respective titles, the number of times these AC's appear in game, not to mention their pilot's impact and relevance to the plot, is almost non-existent. The same can be said of pretty much every single AC that appears in a CG or Intro.



** Many players' first encounter (at least) with Nineball or Nineball Seraph (especially) amount to this with the players on the receiving end.

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** Many players' first encounter (at least) with Nineball Nine-Ball or Nineball Nine-Ball Seraph (especially) amount to this with the players on the receiving end.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuwdRSQROZY&feature=g-vrec Nineballs defeat at the end of Master or the Arena]].

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuwdRSQROZY&feature=g-vrec Nineballs Nine-Balls defeat at the end of Master or the Arena]].



* {{Expy}}: Some noticeable examples include the similarities between your operator in ''For Answer'' to Sumika Juutilainen from ''Project Phantasm'', and every continuity having a Nineball Expy. Hell, Nineball himself is an Expy of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char]] and official art makes him look kind of like [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro]] [[http:/armoredcore.wikia.com/wiki/File:9e3a76553d19448a53aa44e1855304eb989001a4.jpg Bajeena]]

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* {{Expy}}: Some noticeable examples include the similarities between your operator in ''For Answer'' to Sumika Juutilainen from ''Project Phantasm'', and every continuity having a Nineball Nine-Ball Expy. Hell, Nineball Nine-Ball himself is an Expy of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char]] and official art makes him look kind of like [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Quattro]] [[http:/armoredcore.wikia.com/wiki/File:9e3a76553d19448a53aa44e1855304eb989001a4.jpg Bajeena]]



* FinalBoss: In order of appearance: Nineball, Stinger in ''Project Phantasm'', Nineball Seraph, Scarabaeus/Filial, The Controller, IBIS, [[DubNameChange Nineball/Prototype Pulverizer]], Nineball, Jack-O/Zanida/Evangel/Final Pulvurizer, [[spoiler: [[BlindIdiotTranslation Josh in the]]]] 00-ARETHA Thermidor/[[spoiler: Otsdarva]]/Shinkai/Wynne D/Roy Saaland/[[spoiler: Lilium Wolcott/Roadie/Kasumi Sumika]]/[[spoiler: Chief 'in']] Exusia, "J"/N-WGIX/v ([[spoiler:AKA NEXT White Glint [[ArcNumber IX]] ver. ]])

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* FinalBoss: In order of appearance: Nineball, Nine-Ball, Stinger in ''Project Phantasm'', Nineball Nine-Ball Seraph, Scarabaeus/Filial, The Controller, IBIS, [[DubNameChange Nineball/Prototype Nine-Ball/Prototype Pulverizer]], Nineball, Nine-Ball, Jack-O/Zanida/Evangel/Final Pulvurizer, [[spoiler: [[BlindIdiotTranslation Josh in the]]]] 00-ARETHA Thermidor/[[spoiler: Otsdarva]]/Shinkai/Wynne D/Roy Saaland/[[spoiler: Lilium Wolcott/Roadie/Kasumi Sumika]]/[[spoiler: Chief 'in']] Exusia, "J"/N-WGIX/v ([[spoiler:AKA NEXT White Glint [[ArcNumber IX]] ver. ]])



* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Nineball, Amazigh, and Hari [[SubvertedTrope but you can do the same things Amazigh and Hari can.]]

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* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Nineball, Nine-Ball, Amazigh, and Hari [[SubvertedTrope but you can do the same things Amazigh and Hari can.]]



* {{Leitmotif}}: A good one is Nineball's ''9'', Spirit of Motherwill's theme of the same name.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: A good one is Nineball's Nine-Ball's ''9'', Spirit of Motherwill's theme of the same name.



%%* LightningBruiser: Nineball.
%%** A bigger case is Nineball Seraph; it's stronger and faster than anything you can build.

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%%* LightningBruiser: Nineball.
Nine-Ball.
%%** A bigger case is Nineball Nine-Ball Seraph; it's stronger and faster than anything you can build.



* LyricalDissonance: Sort of. Nineball's theme "9" has a distorted, mechanical voice chanting to "Destroy Nineball." [[FridgeBrilliance Which is exactly what the player is trying to do]]...

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* LyricalDissonance: Sort of. Nineball's Nine-Ball's theme "9" has a distorted, mechanical voice chanting to "Destroy Nineball.Nine-Ball." [[FridgeBrilliance Which is exactly what the player is trying to do]]...



** [[spoiler: There are some implications that ''Nineball'' is one, too.]]
** [[spoiler: Chief]] and [[spoiler: Carol]] in 5 in the same way Nineball might be.

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** [[spoiler: There are some implications that ''Nineball'' ''Nine-Ball'' is one, too.]]
** [[spoiler: Chief]] and [[spoiler: Carol]] in 5 in the same way Nineball Nine-Ball might be.



* MemeticBadass: In-universe example; Nineball/Hustler One isn't actually the first/only one to hold the spot of #1 pilot, just the one that managed to hold it the ''longest''. As a result, the titles given to those that get to #1 are called "Ninebreakers." Nineball himself is practically a fan-based one, often being cited as the hardest boss in the series (e.g. the Creator/ChuckNorris of AC's). Additionally, getting OneHundredPercentCompletion in some games gives you a piece of him (e.g. his head part, emblem, etc.)

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* MemeticBadass: In-universe example; Nineball/Hustler Nine-Ball/Hustler One isn't actually the first/only one to hold the spot of #1 pilot, just the one that managed to hold it the ''longest''. As a result, the titles given to those that get to #1 are called "Ninebreakers." Nineball Nine-Ball himself is practically a fan-based one, often being cited as the hardest boss in the series (e.g. the Creator/ChuckNorris of AC's). Additionally, getting OneHundredPercentCompletion in some games gives you a piece of him (e.g. his head part, emblem, etc.)



** Chief and Carol in ''V'' who are [[spoiler: [[{{Expy}} basically Nineball/Lana Nielsen from ''Master of Arena'']] ]]
*** Even better in the side story "Forgotten Day" [[spoiler: Carol quotes Nineball/Lana verbatim]]
* NeglectfulPrecursors: in Armored Core 2 [[spoiler: It is implied that all of the LostTechnology was left behind by a long dead alien race.]]

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** Chief and Carol in ''V'' who are [[spoiler: [[{{Expy}} basically Nineball/Lana Nine-Ball/Lana Nielsen from ''Master of Arena'']] ]]
*** Even better in the side story "Forgotten Day" [[spoiler: Carol quotes Nineball/Lana verbatim]]
Nine-Ball/Lana verbatim]]
* NeglectfulPrecursors: in Armored Core 2 [[spoiler: It is implied that all of the LostTechnology was left behind by a long dead alien race.]]



--> '''Hustler One/Nine Ball/[[spoiler:Lana Nielsen]]''': ''Target Verified.'' '''''[[OhCrap Commencing Hostilities]]'''''.

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--> '''Hustler One/Nine Ball/[[spoiler:Lana One/Nine-Ball/[[spoiler:Lana Nielsen]]''': ''Target Verified.'' '''''[[OhCrap Commencing Hostilities]]'''''.



* RunningGag: Meta version; every new game in the development will have the inevitable question "Is Nine Ball in it?"

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* RunningGag: Meta version; every new game in the development will have the inevitable question "Is Nine Ball Nine-Ball in it?"



** The first trilogy of the game (''Armored Core'', ''Project Phantasma'', and ''Master of Arena'') is not as cynical, but does not elaborate on the worldview. At least, the first game ends on a zero sum game, while ''PP'' has you successfully destroy Doomsday Organization, and Master of Arena culminates in [[spoiler: destruction of Raven's Nest and Nineball]], which were [[ManBehindTheMan manipulating events behind the scenes]].

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** The first trilogy of the game (''Armored Core'', ''Project Phantasma'', and ''Master of Arena'') is not as cynical, but does not elaborate on the worldview. At least, the first game ends on a zero sum game, while ''PP'' has you successfully destroy Doomsday Organization, and Master of Arena culminates in [[spoiler: destruction of Raven's Nest and Nineball]], Nine-Ball]], which were [[ManBehindTheMan manipulating events behind the scenes]].



** Malzel's name should have an umlaut, rendering it as Mälzel, which explains the pronunciation in the Japanese version.
* SNKBoss: One could consider Nineball Seraph this since it uses parts you can't get.

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** Malzel's name should have an umlaut, rendering it as Mälzel, which explains the pronunciation in the Japanese version.
* SNKBoss: One could consider Nineball Nine-Ball Seraph this since it uses parts you can't get.



** Invoked with AIs: why doesn't Nineball need to crouch to fire his [[MoreDakka grenade launcher?]] [[spoiler: Because he's an AI, [[StealthPun and they get Human+ benefits as well.]]]]

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** Invoked with AIs: why doesn't Nineball Nine-Ball need to crouch to fire his [[MoreDakka grenade launcher?]] [[spoiler: Because he's an AI, [[StealthPun and they get Human+ benefits as well.]]]]



* ThePoorMansSubstitute: A low-ranked Raven in the Arena in ''Armored Core 2'' goes by the moniker "Hustler Two" (AC: Eight Ball). He claims to be a descendant of Hustler One, which is kind of hard to take seriously seeing as how [[spoiler: rogue [=AIs=] don't have kids]]. His AC is also hilariously inferior in comparison to Nine Ball.

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* ThePoorMansSubstitute: A low-ranked Raven in the Arena in ''Armored Core 2'' goes by the moniker "Hustler Two" (AC: Eight Ball). He claims to be a descendant of Hustler One, which is kind of hard to take seriously seeing as how [[spoiler: rogue [=AIs=] don't have kids]]. His AC is also hilariously inferior in comparison to Nine Ball.Nine-Ball.



** Also happens in ''Master of Arena'': [[spoiler: Your operator, Lana Nielsen, begins actively working against your best interests and eventually it's not only revealed that she's an AI, but she's actually Nine Ball and she's merely been stringing you along this whole time and planned to kill you from the very start.]]

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** Also happens in ''Master of Arena'': [[spoiler: Your operator, Lana Nielsen, begins actively working against your best interests and eventually it's not only revealed that she's an AI, but she's actually Nine Ball Nine-Ball and she's merely been stringing you along this whole time and planned to kill you from the very start.]]



* TransformingMecha: Nineball Seraph can legitimately transform into a plane mode. Something no other AC has replicated before, until...

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* TransformingMecha: Nineball Nine-Ball Seraph can legitimately transform into a plane mode. Something no other AC has replicated before, until...



* WolverinePublicity: Nine Ball is the series’ unofficial mascot despite appearing in only four out of '''fifteen''' games. ([[spoiler: and his cameo boss appearance in ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode R'']]) And any Armored Core fan worth their salt will recognize him.

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* WolverinePublicity: Nine Ball Nine-Ball is the series’ unofficial mascot despite appearing in only four out of '''fifteen''' games. ([[spoiler: and his cameo boss appearance in ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode R'']]) And any Armored Core fan worth their salt will recognize him.
17th Sep '17 7:49:36 AM MarqFJA
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--> '''Hustler One/Nine Ball/[[spoiler: Lanaa Nielsen]]''': ''Target Verified.'' '''''[[OhCrap Commencing Hostilities]]'''''.

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--> '''Hustler One/Nine Ball/[[spoiler: Lanaa Ball/[[spoiler:Lana Nielsen]]''': ''Target Verified.'' '''''[[OhCrap Commencing Hostilities]]'''''.
12th Sep '17 6:13:28 PM nombretomado
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The ''Armored Core'' series is a mech-combat video game series developed by FromSoftware. It started on the original UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and over the years, has been on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/XBox360, and mobile phones. With the exception of ''Armored Core 2'', each numbered sequel seems to take place in a different continuity, separate from previous, and later, numbered titles.

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The ''Armored Core'' series is a mech-combat video game series developed by FromSoftware.Creator/FromSoftware. It started on the original UsefulNotes/PlayStation, and over the years, has been on the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]], UsefulNotes/PlayStation3, UsefulNotes/XBox360, and mobile phones. With the exception of ''Armored Core 2'', each numbered sequel seems to take place in a different continuity, separate from previous, and later, numbered titles.
31st Aug '17 3:18:54 PM HalcyonDayz
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** The Armored Core Facebook page is posting some of the information only available on the Japanese ACVD Link which include the side story Forgotten Day and [[spoiler: says that the AC4 and AC V universes are on in the same]]

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** The Armored Core Facebook page is posting some of the information only available on the Japanese ACVD Link which include the side story Forgotten Day and [[spoiler: says that the AC4 [=AC4=] and AC V universes are on in the same]]



* BadassBaritone: Joshua O'Brien from ''AC4'' and J from ''Verdict Day'' are both voiced by [[Creator/JojiNakata Joji Nakata]], who is well-known for his deep voice.

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* BadassBaritone: Joshua O'Brien from ''AC4'' ''[=AC4=]'' and J from ''Verdict Day'' are both voiced by [[Creator/JojiNakata Joji Nakata]], who is well-known for his deep voice.
29th Aug '17 9:19:11 AM CosmicFerret
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* CharacterCustomization: Thanks to the number of body parts and weapons a SelfImposedChallenge can be to make up the sleek [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]] or [[Anime/{{Macross}} Valkyrie]] robots, the Fujikoma from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', your very own Franchise/MetalGear, a MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zord, or anything in between. Then there's the reverse joints and tank treads.

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* CharacterCustomization: Thanks to the number of body parts and weapons a SelfImposedChallenge can be to make up the sleek [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]] or [[Anime/{{Macross}} Valkyrie]] robots, the Fujikoma from ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'', your very own Franchise/MetalGear, VideoGame/MetalGear, a MightyMorphinPowerRangers Zord, or anything in between. Then there's the reverse joints and tank treads.
28th May '17 6:02:07 PM jackyb
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* AlternateContinuity: The series has three timelines to date, from Armored Core to Armored Core 2: Another Age, Armored Core 3 through Last Raven, and Armored Core 4 through Armored Core: Verdict Day. It's likely future games will have their own continuity as well, nods not withstanding.
17th Apr '17 11:01:16 PM TheGunheart
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* AIBreaker: Any fight with a Raven in Master of Arena who relies heavily on missiles and aerial maneuvers can be all but immobilized by fighting in the underground parking structure arena. They'll simply keep jumping straight up into the ceiling, fall down, and try again, occasionally firing missiles that explode as soon as they're launched.
6th Apr '17 7:34:32 PM TheGunheart
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* BladeBelowTheShoulder: An Armored Core's [[EnergyBlade Laser Blade]] is mounted on the machine's forearm.
11th Mar '17 12:01:49 PM nombretomado
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* MiniMecha: In ''V'' the AC are now 5 meters tall, similar to '''''[[MetalWolfChaos METAL WOLF CHAOS]]'''''

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* MiniMecha: In ''V'' the AC are now 5 meters tall, similar to '''''[[MetalWolfChaos '''''[[VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos METAL WOLF CHAOS]]'''''



* SpiritualSuccessor: Three of them: ''VideoGame/ChromeHounds'', ''Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit'', and '''''[[MetalWolfChaos METAL WOLF CHAOS]]'''''

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Three of them: ''VideoGame/ChromeHounds'', ''Murakumo: Renegade Mech Pursuit'', and '''''[[MetalWolfChaos '''''[[VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos METAL WOLF CHAOS]]'''''
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