Summary: Nintendo console loyalists could be forgiven for not being familiar with the Ace Combat brand. A series of flight-and-action arcade flight games from Namco Bandai, Ace Combat took off on the original PlayStation, and since then has graced roughly every games console brand not under the umbrella of...
Excerpt: I came to really appreciate how Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy handles the 3DS's 3D feature. Turning up the slider doesn't add any crazy 3D effects; instead, it adds a nice depth of field (perfect for a flight game) and some subtle lift between the game screen and HUD.
Conclusion: Add everything together and you have a perfectly enjoyable game in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy. You can ding the game for its uninteresting story and relatively simple mission design, but the game works incredibly well as a portable distraction, makes great use of 3D, and offers plenty of...
Summary: Despite my initial bewilderment, I was impressed with Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy. It ia a fine first foray into Nintendo-land for the Ace Combat series and definitely worth a look for fighter plane aficionados.
Pros: Excellent control system, Impressive 3D visuals
Cons: Very misleading first mission, Music is a bit out of place
Summary: In 1995, Namco released a game called Air Combat for the PlayStation (and in arcades three years before that), known as Ace Combat in Japan. It was a flight simulation game in which the gamer can take control of several different planes to accomplish their missions, including F-4 Phantoms and Su-27...
Excerpt: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, released on Xbox 360 and PS3 this past October, disappointed hardcore fans of Namco Bandai's celebrated franchise because it felt too much like Call of Duty, with over the top cut scenes and questionable changes to the gameplay.
Excerpt: Despite a couple of noticeable absences, Legacy is a well-constructed, old-school entry in the Ace Combat series. Like many of Namco Bandai's flagship franchises, Ace Combat has gone through some weird changes over the past couple of years.
Pros: PROS: Delivers Ace Combat's trademark gameplay and personality with aplomb; semi-auto targeting measures make for exhilarating combat; 3D effects work well for the setting; extra missions and branching paths extend replay.
Cons: CONS: Five hour campaign and lack of multiplayer modes; it can be hard to keep steady visuals while using 3D; no gyroscope controls; tense dogfighting can cause hand cramps.