Should you play Armored Core 6 with a controller or Mouse and Keyboard?

The Great Debate: Controller or Mouse and Keyboard?

When it comes to video games, the debates never seem to end. PC versus Console, Xbox versus PlayStation, resolution versus frames per second. The truth is, there is no definitive answer because it all comes down to personal preference. As an avid PC gamer, I must admit that I sometimes miss the comfort of sitting back on a couch and playing games on a TV. However, I find the controller layout of a mouse and keyboard much more to my liking, not to mention the superior performance I get from a PC compared to a console.

But now, with the release of Armored Core 6, I find myself facing a dilemma. Armored Core 6 is developed by a company that usually specializes in console releases. Does that mean it is best played with a controller, or can I make do with my trusty mouse and keyboard?

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As someone who strongly prefers the mouse and keyboard, there are still certain games where I opt for the controller option. I find that third-person games, especially those with complex control layouts, are best experienced with a controller. However, much to my surprise, I have to admit that playing Armored Core 6 is actually easier with a controller.

The game is designed in a way that allows for better utilization of triggers and buttons for controlling your arms and shoulder weapons. The need for fast sideways dashing and precise dodging in a game with no invincibility frames is greatly enhanced with dual joysticks. On the other hand, using all the keys on my keyboard to activate different mech functions felt a bit clunky.

It’s worth mentioning that FromSoftware, the developer of Armored Core 6, has historically focused on PlayStation releases, and this influence is evident in their games. Similar to Elden Ring, Armored Core 6 proves to be challenging to play with a mouse and keyboard. If you’re about to embark on your Armored Core 6 adventures, I would highly recommend starting off with a controller right from the beginning. Trust me, it will save you the hassle of having to switch from a mouse and keyboard later on.