Reviews and Problems with Ace Combat Assault Horizon
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Realm of Gaming
9 November 2011
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.
Excerpt: It must be tempting for game developers to try to replicate the Call of Duty business model because of the tremendous success it has had within the last few years. It seems that this was the mindset behind the latest Namco Bandai flight simulator, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon . For better or worse, Project Aces has undoubtedly tried to make their own version of Modern Warfare in the skies.
Pros: Dogfight mode is thrilling, Highly detailed cities provide realism, Good entry game for those who have never played a flight-simulator
Cons: Short campaign with a weak story, Simple controls, Missions tend to drag on
Summary: Ace Combat is back with a focus on cinematic engagements and a more real-world military scenario. The new dog fighting mode brings the action up close and personal in this fight for aerial supremacy.
Pros: Looks good with excellent damage models, Multiplayer is well done, More cinematic nature might draw in new players
Cons: Level pacing is problematic, Gunship targeting is annoying, Reliance on semi-track-based dog fighting mode is a bad move
Excerpt: In Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the last action you take is not to participate in a thrilling dogfight, or to victoriously soar through the clouds in an F-14 Tomcat. No. The very last thing you do in this airborne action game is to press a button to pump your fist in the air. No single moment exemplifies the spirit of the new and soulless vision of Ace Combat better than this display of alpha male bravado.
Pros: Online play is fun, Lots of explosive audiovisual spectacle, Impressive re-creation of real-world geography
Cons: Dogfights require little skill, Chopper missions require little skill, On-rail missions are long and boring, The entire game is all flash, no substance
Conclusion: Unfortunately, there was no one else online before launch to test the game out with in multiplayer. Ace Combat 6 offered up fairly solid fun online, and we have little reason to doubt that this one will offer a similar experience. However, there’s also nothing here that hints at a revolutionary, amazing online game. The four modes available are fairly vanilla, bar co-op on selected campaign missions.
Pros: ‘Close Range Assault’ mode, At least makes an attempt at variety, Occasionally thrilling
Cons: Repetition, repetition, repetition, The plot is hard to follow, Incredibly simplistic on-rails bits
Excerpt: Hvis filmbranchen lynches for at lave for mange fortsættelser, så kast lige et blik på spilbutikken. Markedet fyldes med spilserier, som får fankulturen til at stivne omkring særlige brands. Arcade-simulatoren, Ace Combat, startede tilbage i 1992 (dengang under titlen Air Combat) og har i dag hele tolv spil på samvittigheden. Så snart konceptet er krystalliseret, skabes en grad af forudsigelighed og tryghed for flyveglade fanboys. De ved nogenlunde, hvad de kan forvente.
Pros: Imponerende grafik, Flotte effekter, Kæmpe udvalg af fartøjer og våben
Cons: For meget autopilot, Ensformigt, Spinkelt gameplay.
Excerpt: God eftermiddag. Mit navn er kaptajn Kristiansen, og det er min opgave at flyve jer hele vejen igennem denne anmeldelse af PC-udgaven af Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. På vegne af IGN Airlines vil jeg gerne byde jer velkommen om bord, og sige tak for, at I valgte at flyve med os.