So I know it's not the newest game out there, but there's never been a topic about this game, and I find that surprising seeing as we're basically a bunch of robot lovers anyway. For those who don't know much about Armored Core, you can learn more about it here: Armored Core: For Answer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I just borrowed this game from a relative not too long ago after being away from the series for some time. After playing two of the three PSone games, and almost all (only missed one) of the PS2 versions, I ended up completely skipping the first Next Gen version due to various reasons. But after trying out this newer game, I fell right back in love with it and remembered all the reasons why it was so great in the first place. But that alone wouldn't have been reason to make this topic, no it was something more that I had to share with fellow Transfans. The other day I finally decided to combine my two favorite robot franchises into one awesome creation of ass kicking robot action. Making use of the new decal system, where you're able to place slightly customized images almost anywhere over your robot's main parts, I was able to create an Armored Core based on my Favorite Transformer. The hippest, slickest, smoothest cat in the Auto-bot ranks, right hand man to Prime himself, the one and only Special Ops Agent who's always doin it with style, Jazz. I'm honestly suprised at how good he came out, the markings all look damn near perfect and the coloring is almost spot on. I definately put the new decal system to the test making this guy, and it paid off big time. But my favorite part is that he doesn't just look good, but he fights good too. It's a rare occurance when you can make a robot looks like another character in this game and still have it kick ass. But with a strong and accurate laser rifle as his main weapon, a small but powerful plasma rifle which when fired explodes with a brilliant flash of light and thunderous sound and a good old fashioned Grenade Cannon, which certainly burns down anything it makes contact with, Jazz comes armed with a payload that certainly fits his stylish nature (and matches up with his G1 tech specs). The biggest pain in the ass to make was his emblem. In this game, you're given a blank slate with a maximum of 16 layers to work with, and a limited choice of prerendered images availible in prerendered colors. To make an image from scratch, I had to work with basic shapes in two solid colors, using one big piece as the bottom and covering it up bit by bit with resized objects to match the color of the solid background. In the end though, while far from perfect, it came out pretty damn nice. Of note, I used this emblem twice on Jazz. Once on his right shoulder, and once on his crotch. I didn't want to place it in the center of his racing stripes because the image only works with the large white square and it would take up too much space on the stripe and leave little space for the number 4. Plus I felt it would stand out more if it was on his arm, which has a nice, large flat space to put it. I also added one to his crotch ala the G1 version...but apparently this game must have some sort of Auto-censoring there because the image comes odd inexplicably blurry. I guess to help prevent people from creating obscene images, as this game does have online play and the ability to trade Schematics with others, they just blurr any image added to the junk area. Bein my first...and most likely last...homage design AC, I'm definately pleased with how he came out. Most of my other robots are "original" ideas, but each one had just as much work put into them to make them special like Jazz here. Though I don't have pics of the bots themselves, I did take some of their unique Emblems, which can be seen here. I started looking into some Video Capturing devices to get some better pics of my bots, because what's the fun of making a cool robot if you can't show it off, but I don't know much about them or how they work so I've been weary on buying anything. If anyone here knows a good way to get clear, crisp pictures of PS3 games, I'd love to learn more about it. And if there are any other Armored Core fans out there, sound off. And if you play on PS3 let me know, maybe we can get in a match or something and I can show you Jazz up close and personal. And heck, if there are even any giant robot fans with a PS3/360 looking for a new, cheap game (you can pick this up for like 30-40 bucks my understanding) to try out, give this one a shot. The controls and designing quirks may take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, this game really starts kicking some major ass. Most missions are fairly short, but there's more then a few hair-pullingly tough ones, including multiple branching(though somewhat limited) mission chains to go through on repeat playthroughs. So sound off giant robot fans, and maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to meet you on the battlefield. Until then... Have a nice day!