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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.
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.
Conclusion: Assault Horizon is likely to be divisive among series fans. But whatever your opinion on its new direction it’s unreasonable to call it a bad game. In fact it’s still quite the opposite. What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
Excerpt: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon strays from its numbered brethren and with that comes numerous changes to the series. Since this is being touted as a complete rebirth of the series, it's nice to see Namco Bandai trying to reinvogorate it by implimenting changes that are sure to make current Ace Combat fans happy, as well as trying to hook potential fans.
Summary: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is not a sequel, but a complete rebirth, a phoenix from the ashes flying at three times the speed of sound built from the ground up, with new technology fueling a passionately realized vision of a game that puts players in the dark heart of the fight like no aerial combat game has done before.
Conclusion: The change in direction, tone, and atmosphere paid off and the groundwork that has been laid should revitalize the series. There are some blemishes but if you have the Ace Combat itch this will scratch it.
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Excerpt: The Ace Combat series has been mixing dogfights and drama with just enough realism to very loosely qualify it as some type of flight-sim. While the franchise has existed since the early '90s, the series has flown too low to register on most players' radars. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon may just change that.