Daemon X Machina - Review Thread

mazi

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Oct 27, 2017
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Metacritic (71) | OpenCritic (74)


Kotaku (no score):
I wanted to like Daemon X Machina, but as I played, I kept wondering how much more fun it might have been if the developers had zeroed in on some of the more enjoyable elements instead of providing so many customization options and wrapping everything in such a convoluted story. There are some genuine bright spots in the gameplay and even some of the ridiculous characters, but there’s honestly just too much of…everything. It should be a good problem to have, but in a world that’s changing for good, Marvelous never truly figured out what they were fighting for.

Eurogamer (no score, recommended):
When you're dancing through abandoned cities with skyscrapers that come crumbling down under the weight of all that excessive firepower, all while you pirouette in between them and unleash your arsenal of shoulder-mounted rockets and clips of bullets from your oversized assault rifle into a swarm of robotic rascals, all that we've missed in Armored Core's absence comes into sharp focus. There are a lot of moving parts here, in short, and they're not exactly well-oiled. Daemon X Machina clanks along like a rusty old robot, and I think that's part of its charm.

VICE (no score):
But there’s more than one way to make a game about giant mechs, and like most of the best examples in this wide genre, Daemon X Machina zeroes in on its own vision and realizes it as best as it can. It is bright and energetic and filled with character, and those are the qualities you need to carry a curious, new generation of players into the fray long enough for them to find their footing in such a niche style of game. That DXM feels so distinct beyond that is just a bonus.

TheSixthAxis (9/10):
Daemon X Machina sets the bar for robot action games. The addictive mecha fighting is almost flawless, but it's complemented by so many other incredible parts to the game. There's a rich, unique world filled with incredible and memorable characters, endless and addictive customisation, gorgeous visuals and a jaw-dropping soundtrack. Daemon X Machina rarely stumbles, and even when it did, I still couldn't help but be impressed by this amazing new experience.

COGconnected (87/100):
Daemon X Machina goes beyond the expectations of a mech game with the Outer playing an integral part in tactics and combat. The other Outers you encounter are varied, unique, and have great personalities that shine through their voice acting. Combat is crisp, fast, and beautiful, accented by the stellar rock and metal soundtrack. The customization is phenomenal and the overall experience screams “just one more mission.” With the only downside being its lack of tutorials and occasionally bothersome menu, this is a game still easy to learn, fun to master, and an absolutely intense thrill to play. This is the mech game you’ve always wanted.

Nintendo Enthusiast (8.5/10):
Daemon X Machina is a wonderful new IP and you wouldn’t go wrong picking it up, especially if you’re a fan of mech titles. Though it’s a little slow to start, and there are definitely things it could do better, once it picks up you’ll find high-octane action, a diverse cast of characters, and a story full of intrigue and depth. There’s nothing quite like it on the Switch that I’ve seen thus far, but I’m hoping Daemon X Machina will pave the way for more.

Screen Rant (4/5):
Daemon X Machina is one of the best action games on the Nintendo Switch and it's a must-buy for fans of the mech genre, as it does an incredible job of making the player feel as if they are in control of a massive war machine on futuristic battlefields. Daemon X Machina is let down by its uninspired story and boring characters that always try and interject on the player's fun, but it's still possible to have a great time with the game.

Critical Hit (7.5/10):
There may be some rough edges, but for anyone looking for some fast-paced mobile suit action and who don’t mind a repetitive grind, Daemon X Machina is a big mech with cheese that’s worth sinking your teeth into.

CGMagazine (7.5/10):
Daemon X Machina is a great mech action game that’s comparable in quality to the best entries in the franchise it’s heavily inspired by. I love the detailed customization and the wide variety of builds available at player’s fingertips, I just wish the team had a couple more months in development to create a fantastic final act to their story. Thankfully the game still has legs to move with a rich catalogue of optional missions to experience during a daily commute or a relaxing evening with friends online.

Twinfinite (3.5/5):
There’s plenty of content to wade through with the lengthy story, assortment of side missions, and multiplayer options with friends or strangers (strictly co-op not versus).

Destructoid (7/10):
The sum total of my experience with Daemon X Machina is positive. The combat is amazing, the game is bright and colorful, the framerate mostly holds up in either docked or handheld mode, and the hangar is great to tinker around in, checking out all the different configurations of my mech. That's what I'm going to remember out of all of this, which is safe for me to say because most everything else in this game is pretty forgettable.

Nintendo Life (7/10):
At its core Daemon X Machina is a solid mech action game that controls well and gives the player a generous helping of customisation options. Its mission structure can get repetitive, and its plot is so difficult to grasp it may as well be soaked in grease, but as long as you’re willing to put up with these and get through its initially bewildering array of gauges and icons you should have a good time with it.

IGN (6.5/10):
Like a mech without a pilot, Daemon X Machina is a beautiful shell with not enough to fill it. It’s a frustrating thing - simultaneously proving that there’s life in this old genre, but failing to inject much of interest beyond the base level. I was thrilled enough by the opportunity to truly micro-manage a mech for the first time in a while, but there just wasn’t enough to do with my creation once I was done tinkering.

VGC (3/5):
In full flow, Daemon X Machina can be exceptional... But it’s a thrill that fades with repetition, in a structure that falls uncomfortably between a Platinum style linear action game and the long haul loop of a Monster Hunte

 
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Oct 25, 2017
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On par with what I expected. Maybe even a tiny bit better. Armored Core games all ranks in the 60-70 on metacritic.
Getting my copy this friday anyway, super excited.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Im torn, i couldnt stand how the game played when i tried the demo, but the art style is so striking. I dont think ill be picking it up but maybe i need to give the new demo another shot
 

SilentRob

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Oct 26, 2017
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Kotaku:

Daemon X Machina, out September 13 from Marvelous, is a game about gigantic customizable mechs. Here is another way to describe it: the worst filler episode of your favorite anime series. It is a mess of a game, with a story mode chock full of unintelligible cutscenes, repetitious anime tropes, and a core of mech gameplay that is highly customizable but starts to blend together due to repetitive gameplay and drawn out gunfights.
 

Flevance

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Oct 28, 2017
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Somehow I'm glad how it did turn out as my hands are full atm, I'll pick it up some time in the future when it goes on sale
 

CloseTalker

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Oct 25, 2017
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Sounds like if you’re the type who was excited that this game existed at all, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re not already invested in the genre, it might be a tougher sell
 
Oct 27, 2017
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Having played the demo it seems pretty garbo to me but I'm sure it'll find some kind of audience. Reviewing about as good as I expected, glad to see it's not in the 60's.
 

Flousn

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Jan 16, 2018
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If the Series does not take off with Sequels, this will probably become a Cult Classic.
I´m gonna predict this will pop up in a lot off "hidden gem" YT-Videos 10 years down the line.

I´ll be there day 1, i have been craving a good Mech Game for years now.

Also, general Question: Does DxM qualify as an AA-title?
 

Zaro

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Nov 13, 2017
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Having played the demo it seems pretty garbo to me but I'm sure it'll find some kind of audience. Reviewing about as good as I expected, glad to see it's not in the 60's.
Different for me, the demo sold me on the game. But i was expecting score around 7,especially because of the presentation and story.
The gameplay is really good.
 

Razorrin

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Nov 7, 2017
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I'm seeing the word repetitive a lot in the review scores.
Repetition shouldn’t be a bad word, but it certainly is in the minds of many reviewers. Most have to play a game and move on, not go through missions and delve deep into customization and strategy.

Understandable, but always a shame. I find the repetition of a good gameplay loop the mark of an excellent title. Think about how popular Fortnite, Rocket League and Overwatch are. They wouldn’t be where they are if they weren’t repetitive.
 

cw_sasuke

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Oct 27, 2017
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70 was what I expected and it seems to fall in that line...if you liked the demo or are a fan of that type of game, seems like a solid purchase.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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So basically sounds like I expected, lots of flashy mech combat, but more sizzle, not a lot of steak.

Still interested in playing it though. Since the game is a likely bomba due to it being sent to die in the middle of September, I'll wait for the inevitable price drop in a couple months.
 

Mexen

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Oct 26, 2017
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I expected this. Couldn't get into both demos released.
That said I'm glad to see it doing well enough. There were times when I thought it would bomb so this is a pleasant surprise and I hope the fans enjoy it.
 

Braaier

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Oct 29, 2017
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About what I expected. Mech games are very niche and this appears to be one of the best ones. Not for me though
 

Gaiaknight

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Oct 25, 2017
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The meat of the game is really in the Co-op / online missions but i was expecting around a 7 seeing as alot of review gameplay i have seem they almost never fully utilize the games mechanics like as simple as boosting to speed up the gameplay to absurd amount of quickness.
 

steviejd1

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Nov 8, 2017
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About expected after playing the most recent demo. It's certainly better than what it was but still seems to have a few flaws.

It's a shame that sales are going to be eaten up by all the big releases this month, after all the hard work the devs put in to make the game better based on the first demo's feedback.
 

K Samedi

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Oct 27, 2017
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This is one of those games where you have to trust your instinct to know if you will love this game or not. The review scores are all over the place. Obviously its not a game for everyone but the customization options, battles and graphics are really good if you’re into this type of game.
 

Jahranimo

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Oct 25, 2017
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This is one of those games where you have to trust your instinct to know if you will love this game or not. The review scores are all over the place. Obviously its not a game for everyone but the customization options, battles and graphics are really good if you’re into this type of game.
Or you can trust your download instinct of the prologue demo.
 

#Senpai

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Oct 28, 2017
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I don't expect many games in the 8/80s up most of the time. It's almost likes these scores are super predictable. As long as players enjoy it, it's good.
 

Danneee

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Oct 27, 2017
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75? That's great! Totally buying this digitally now.

Probably the highest scoring japanese mech game the past two decades at least?
 

VN1X

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Oct 28, 2017
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Now all we need is the trademarked Edge 6 to cement this as a timeless classic.
 

Tambini

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Oct 25, 2017
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A 70-75 meta critic seems about expected and people who are into it will really enjoy it
 

MouldyK

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Nov 1, 2017
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Eurogamer: Recommended

It makes for a frequently frustrating experience, an imperfect revival of a subgenre that already had enough imperfections of its own. Perhaps what really matters, though, is that Daemon X Machina knows what made those old games clicked, and dwells on the details that made Armored Core sing.

When you're dancing through abandoned cities with skyscrapers that come crumbling down under the weight of all that excessive firepower, all while you pirouette in between them and unleash your arsenal of shoulder-mounted rockets and clips of bullets from your oversized assault rifle into a swarm of robotic rascals, all that we've missed in Armored Core's absence comes into sharp focus. There are a lot of moving parts here, in short, and they're not exactly well-oiled. Daemon X Machina clanks along like a rusty old robot, and I think that's part of its charm.
 

Heartskips

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Oct 25, 2017
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Considering how the mainstream isn't into mecha, this is kinda what I expected, even more considering how deep this game seems to go into the mech stuff and gameplay.

I don't see why a mecha game should be expected to be merely decent. I wish someone would go all the way with it.
I don't think this is what they mean, but that reviewers are generally not into this kind of mecha gameplay (as they weren't in armored core).
 

cowbanana

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Feb 2, 2018
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Oh reviewers... "Too much of everything" says one. "a beautiful shell with not enough to fill it" says another. So which is it?

I'll just do what I usually do and go with my instinct and that instinct tells me that I'll enjoy this game quite a lot (I played both demos).
 

Wispmetas

The Fallen
Oct 27, 2017
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Well I really enjoyed what I played from the new demo! Was expecting better reviews, but then again this might be the only mecha game I ever played in my life.