From Software is back on the block, and this time not with another Souls-like, but a mecha action game in the form of Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon. The developers unearthed one of their old franchises to give it a modern spin while bringing every lesson learned from creating the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne and Elden Ring to create another banger.

Critics have praised the game’s mech-fueled action, customization and tough battles. However, they do not seem sold on the game’s lacklustre story.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon Review Roundup

Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 85 at Opencritic and 87 on Metacritic.


Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon’s stellar customization options feed into its excellent mecha combat, and the result is challenging combat puzzles that kept my attention all the way through its 15-hour campaign and beyond. It’s let down by a dull story, but lands direct hits where it counts. 

IGN rating: 8/10


Armored Core VI represents a new beginning for the long-running series. It still remains true to From Software’s original vision, but the whole experience has been refined to welcome an audience that cut its teeth on the studio’s most recent work.

GamesSpot rating: 10/10


Armored Core VI is a solid return for one of From Software’s long-dormant franchises. It still carries many of the mech genre’s old contrivances, like its generic mission structure and predictable plot. However, it modernizes mech action meaningfully to introduce it to a new generation. 

GameInformer rating: 8.3/10


Armored Core 6 is FromSoftware like we’ve never seen it, back on its mech beat with renewed vigor after 10 years away. It’s an exhilarating game that lives up to the promise of action that only mechs can deliver, and it’s a refreshingly short and easily replayed experience that still manages heaps of depth.

GamesRadar+ rating: 4.5/5


After hours of building up a kinship with those voices I heard so many times over the comms, I felt bad about shooting them down. But not, like, bad bad, because I was just there to do a job. I was there for that slow-mo glory kill. I was there to get paid, to build a better mech, so I could do it all again better, faster, and cooler. This is Armored Core. We are blessed to have it back. 

PCGamer rating: 87/100


I was a bit skeptical that From Software would find a way to make Armored Core relevant again after a lengthy hiatus, but they figured it out. The spark of the series is still very much alive without giving up its soul and making it something else entirely, and a new generation will be able to appreciate why these games were so venerated. Just be ready to tinker a bit, and take some Ls.

Destructoid rating: 9/10


The bleak tone and colour palette remain consistent throughout, but in terms of combat encounters this is, if anything, more varied than most other From games. Whether Elden Ring will boost its popularity beyond previous entries remains to be seen but this is one of the best action games of the year and a renaissance moment for giant robot sims.

MetroGameCentral rating: 9/10
Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.


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