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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
2 September 2013
Summary: The combat flight sim genre is in a pretty good state these days. While PC owners can enjoy the IL-2 Sturmovik games for that excellent full sim experience, console owners have still seen a slow but steady flow of arcade air combat games in recent years. Yet most games of the arcade console variety -- Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation included -- tend to focus on just locking onto enemy targets at range and letting loose a volley of missiles.
Excerpt: Ace Combat Assault Horizon is like a love letter to the idea of fun. The delivery method for said letter is to fold it into the shape of a paper F-22 Raptor, attach jet engines, machine guns, and missiles, and then run up a hill while making “neeeeeroouuuu” airplane noises before hurling that sucker into the sunny blue sky.
Pros: DFM is the bleeding edge of fun, Great variety of missions, Super epic music makes everything even more exciting
Cons: Missions aren't as open as Ace 6, Vets may think it's been dumbed down, Regenerating plane health?
Excerpt: I've watched trailer after trailer about Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Like most people I noticed the graphics were amazing, but I didn't think it'd have much else up its sleeve. In actuality this game proved that I make mistakes sometimes. As soon as the campaign started I was dropped into the action. Since it's been a long time since I played any type of flying game, the last being Sky Odyssey on the Playstation 2, I was glad I was given a quick tutorial.
Excerpt: Boys have always had a fascination with planes. As kids, we'd hold our arms to either side and roar about the garden. We'd jump off furniture, mimicking take off. We'd bank, circling around swing sets; we'd swoop, ducking under climbing frames; and we'd weave about the legs of grown-ups shouting "NEEEEYYYOOOOWWWWW" . We'd envisage imaginary opponents, chasing them to a barely audible background of "calm down Benjamin! You're going to hurt somebody! Again!
Conclusion: Initially thrilling, the buzz soon fades as repetition sets in. Nevertheless we’ve not played a more engaging or exciting arcade flight game on any console, and with a variety of aircraft to choose from this is perfect for armchair flyboys.
Excerpt: The games of the Ace Combat series have never tried to be flight sims but they have always felt as if they had the same respect for the super-engineered and precise machines, along with the men and women who fly them. Players of the Ace Combat series have been dedicated fans since Air Combat in 1992 and while we've seen improvements (especially upon graphics) there has always been a similar feeling to the series. Cut to Ace Combat: Assault Horizon.
Summary: There should be some of this combat on your horizon
Pros: Solid and intense flying action; scripted moments are thrilling; tight controls; varied levels with different aircraft.
Cons: Multiplayer servers aren't very busy and matchmaking can be tedious; graphical glitches; some frustratingly cheap moments; military based plots don't get any more generic than this; non existent co-operative AI.