Five Things You Should Know Before Playing Armored Core VI Fires of Rubicon

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Launches for Xbox on August 25th

Armored Core fans can finally rejoice as the long-awaited Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is set to launch on Friday, August 25th for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. This new entry in the series combines FromSoftware’s expertise in mech games with their signature action gameplay, promising a brand-new and exciting experience for fans.

Getting Started: Tips for Beginners

If you’re new to the Armored Core series or need a refresher, here are some helpful tips to get you started:

1. Learning to Boost Before You Can Run

Playing an Armored Core game can feel overwhelming at first, as it takes place in a full 3D space and requires mastering both air and ground combat. Take your time to adjust and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t click right away. Understanding how your Boosts work is essential. Here’s a breakdown of each Boost type:

  • Vertical Boost: Holding the A button allows you to quickly ascend to higher places and “fly” around enemies.
  • Quick Boosts: Tapping the X button along with a directional movement lets you dash out of the way of attacks and quickly close the gap on enemies.
  • Assault Boost: Clicking down on the Left Stick activates an afterburner that helps you close in on enemies. It’s especially useful for melee-focused builds.
  • Boost Movement: Tapping the B button activates a gliding movement that allows you to traverse levels quickly without draining your energy. It’s great for strafing enemies and making yourself harder to hit.

2. Don’t Skip the Tutorials

Even if you think you’re a skilled mech pilot, it’s highly recommended to complete the tutorial scenarios. They offer valuable guidance and reward you with new components for your mech. The tutorials will teach you how agile your mech can be and help you master the control scheme.

3. You’ve Got Legs, Learn How to Use ‘Em

There are four leg variations for your Armored Core mech: Bipedal, Reverse Joint, Tetrapod, and Tank. Each has its own advantages and playstyle. Experiment with different configurations, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, go for the balanced Balam Industries Melander build (Head HD-011, Core BD-011, Arms AR-011, and Legs LG-011).

4. Save Data for Easy Configuration Swapping

Take advantage of the AC Data feature to save your preferred mech configurations. With over 100 save states available, you can quickly swap between setups without having to manually adjust each time. This is especially useful when facing tough bosses.

5. Stay on Target

Until you become an advanced player, use the Target Lock feature to focus on your movement and aim. This allows you to concentrate on evading attacks and landing precise shots on enemies.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to embark on your Armored Core adventure in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. Enjoy the challenging gameplay and stunning visuals as you pilot your very own mech across the planet Rubicon.