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Does breaking your opponent's armor affect gameplay in any way or is it all aesthetics? Does wearing different armor affect anything?

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Armor breaking now appears only to occur on a KO, so it's a very different affect than in SCIV. It no longer breaks your block or leaves you open to a critical finish.

Since armor doesn't add to your stats in this version, the destruction has no real effect.

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So you're saying you no longer take additional damage by losing your armor? – Kotsu Feb 14 '12 at 22:49
@Kotsu Everything I've read says that... that it's become purely cosmetic. As the game matures we might find out differently. – Tharius Feb 15 '12 at 0:13
Interesting. Thanks for the clarification. – Kotsu Feb 15 '12 at 18:35
Even though there are no stats, having your armor broken might have some defensive penalties. Who knows.... – Maxx Feb 17 '12 at 3:03
I sincerely doubt that having armor broken affects gameplay, given that it's possible to choose no armor for your character during creation. – Ian Pugsley Feb 18 '12 at 22:59

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