I've just been playing Armored Core: Silent Line for the PS2 - partly because I love giant robots, especially modular designed ones like the ones featured in the game (aka, head, torso, arms, legs and the other doodads that go with it are all interchangeable). The other reason is that I picked up some AC model kits recently and think they're gorgeous (as can be seen by my current choice in avatar).
Now, I'm quite late getting into the AC game series, so I don't know if this is how it's meant to be, but I think Silent Line is built for pros of the earlier titles in the series. The mission difficulty is so variable that one minute it's easy-peasy, and the next it's way-WAY too hard (such as your first experience with an enemy AC). It's definitely not something I'd recommend for your casual gamer.
One of several things I did not like about the game was the programmer's choice in not letting you assign the right thumb stick to any of the controls except for its click function. I really wanted to use it to look left and right and up and down - I spent most of the game fumbling with the shoulder buttons for looking up/down and left and right. Not a wise decision on their part. Thanks to this I'm sad to say that I spent most of the game using a lock-on missile launcher of some kind for most of the combat since I was still trying to get used to the controls (even started thinking about the controls while I was falling asleep - eerie!).
Also the whole mission based scenario thing just doesn't work for this kind of game. It would've been better as some sort of adventure RPG-like game where you travel about from battle to battle ala Fallout or Silent Storm. But that's just me trying to fit some of my favourite genres into another again.
But all that aside, reconfiguring mechs to adapt to the various missions was part of the fun. Going from heavy bruisers to lightweight mechs or general purpose mechs with hover parts. Pity the enemy AI mechs spend most of their time performing bunny hops, and their ammo supply appears infinite, and their accuracy is unrealistic.
I'm wondering if this is one game where they swapped the easy and hard settings for the English release. I might grab one more title and see if that's any different.
NKF - finally built a gaming PC in 2020 (though not any of that RGB nonsense). Can now play games up to '89!