Infiltrate Layered Hub is the final mission of Armored Core 3 and is a two part level.
Upon Success: 0
Operation Area: Layered Hub
Enemy Forces: Unknown
Objective: Destroy The Controller
Operation Code: Zero Division
Client Name: Union
Place Name: Layered Hub
Start Time: 01:00
Security Level: 10
Estimated Success Rate : 3%
Recommended Raven Rank: S
Analysis of the data acquired from Mirage is complete, it revealed the location of The Controller's core. We're sending you in to destroy it.
Have we made the right decision? We don't know. We can't say why The Controller malfunctioned in the first place.
All we can do now is hope. Good luck to you Raven.
- 5 D-C003-A Orbital Weapons
- 12 D-C021-S Unmanned Ball Weapons
- 30 D-C301-P Pillar Turrets
- 2 Controller ACs
Laine Meyers:Incoming transmission...it’s from Crest.
Crest Representative:We’re not sure what it is you hope to accomplish. What can possibly be gained by upsetting the current order? I guess it doesn’t matter anymore...Go...let’s find out what kind of future will be born from your decision.
Laine Meyers:It’s the Controller’s core...That shield looks impenetrable though. But the pillar...There’s a heat source in the center...could it be...
Laine Meyers:It’s an energy reactor! Destroy it and you should neutralize The Controller!
The Controller:Damage to the main processor exceeds 90%...energy supply diminishing...Attempting reconstruction...Executing final directive...Surface access...Releasing lock...Final directive...complete...program override initiated...System...shutting down.
Laine Meyers:What was that...? Something about the surface...?
This mission is Armored Core 3's final mission. Also unlike several of the more recent final missions in the series, there is not a final "boss" so to speak as the Controller is more of an environmental target than a living enemy. While it is easier than some of the previous missions, this mission is still fairly difficult especially if underequipped.
The recommended build is using a heavier AC with TRIDENT legs, a bazooka, namely the BZ-30 and the XP/80 Pulse Cannon. A magazine, such as the AD/20 is also very useful. The mission itself is divided into two parts, like many final missions in the series.
The first part has you moving through a hallway with Ball MTs appearing throughout. These really should be avoided via an Overboost but you still require energy for the next area. The next part is a massive room with numerous turret equipped pillars appearing out of the hallway. It is best for you to destroy the turrets if you can but you cannot lock on so the Pulse Cannon is useful. After getting through this hallway you'll find another with small floating MTs and they can be avoided as well. The next hallway features the turret pillars. After getting through this part, you are past the first half of the mission.
The second half begins in an elevator shaft where a Crest Representative talks to you about your decision to attack the Controller. There are three sets of doors, each of them have two Ball MTs that appear. It should be noted that they are not invincible when they are closed but really you should wait for them to open before you attack. You should conserve your ammo for the true final fight.
This part is against two Controller Agents. Now like in most games, they don't have full AP but they are mobile and their attacks are powerful. You should use the area as cover and the Bazooka and Pulse Cannon are very effective against ACs. You do need some AP and ammo for the next area.
After destroying the two Agents, you can enter the Controller's chamber. The Controller itself is a massive pillar and it is protected by more of those flying MTs and the turret equipped pillars. You will find a Target section of the Controller's Pillar and this reveals an emergency reactor. When this is destroyed, the Controller is destroyed and the game is won.
- The mission Data Retrieval in Armored Core: Silent Line takes place in the same area as Infiltrate Layered Hub. By that time the Hub is badly damaged and inactive.