Never played the Armored Core games because at the time I hated Mechs, but playing Xenogears changed that. But yeah, initially the controls were overwhelming for me but everything eventually made sense and you feel really powerful when you know what you're doing.
Love the customization so far for mechs and characters but I wish characters had more optimization. All I wanted to do was make Piccolo from DBZ but there's no bald character option. I hope more styles are made available in the final build. And I also agree that some graphical downgrades are present compared to other areas in the game )The tree alphas were disgusting) but overall, I think it is still a very strong presentation. Definitely buying this, I just hope there's more enemy types than the tanks and drones.
I liked the way the tanks and drones were used. They are not really a threat except in large numbers. But shooting them to get ammo, and having to clear them out to make sure your missiles don't accidentally lock onto them makes shooting them useful. I wonder if we'll have a few levels where we have to go on foot inside a building or something. That would be fun.