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Definitely an improvement from the older AC games
on 7 December 2007
First thing anyone who first plays this game will notice is this; the controls are pretty difficult to pick up, even for people who've played other AC games. Once you've got a grasp of them though, the gameplay is extremely good fun. The main change in controls is the separate buttons for left and right weapons and switching between them and you have to be able to remember and switch weapons quickly which allows you to use weapons such as the grenade launcher/energy cannons with a gatling gun/rifle, or just two grenade launchers.
Boosting has been much improved in AC 4 making the game a lot more fluid as well, even when almost out of energy you actually still recover energy while boosting along the ground and the quick boost functions are more useful.
An earlier reviewer said that it has become useless to use an energy blade for close combat... this is not true. While you can't just hope to boost around slashing everything with blades, they are an extremely efficient way for specific missions and almost necessary for some for an S grade on hard mode, although I've there are quite a few missions i haven't done on hard mode at the moment. The online mode is impossible at the moment, there are simply no players online in Europe, Japan is where the AC and mech games seem to be popular.
Overall you need to spend a lot of time and thought while playing, some of the missions can be completed with little effort but the real fun comes from being able to blast the crap out of everything, dodging and maneuvering so that you complete missions feeling like you actually used some skill. This game allows huge customization and constant tweaking of stats so the really it is down to you how much you can enjoy it and how long it will last. I strongly recommend it, if you can't get it, at least try and get a friend to ;)