“Armored Core” games are loved by fans for their terrific “mecha” robot designs, cool visuals and rigorous gameplay mechanics. The latest addition, “Armored Core: Verdict Day,” is set in a war-torn dystopian future in which rival groups fight for precious natural resources. The landscape is bleak, the battles are explosive and the machinery hardcore.

“AC” games have never been easy — in fact, they’re known to be really, really hard, not to mention complex. “Verdict Day” looks like it’s no exception. But once you invest the necessary time to master the controls for your mecha (or “AC” as they’re called in the game), it becomes a satisfying experience. It’s as if you are actually controlling (and customizing) a giant machine.

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