Reviews and Problems with Ace Combat Assault Horizon
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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.
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.
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.
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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Conclusion: While certainly still needing some improvement, Project Aces is drawing closer and closer to a perfect Ace Combat game. With improved visuals, a fun dogfight mode and strong online play, there is a lot to be happy with when it comes to Ace Combat Assault Horizon. The series isn't quite there yet in terms of perfect gameplay, but it's certainly not too far away.
Excerpt: has finally returned to the PlayStation platform and this time, they bring flight fans a more visceral experience complete with attack helicopters and a decent storyline. It lacks the punch we’ve seen in teaser trailers and previews and the multiplayer is questionable at times, but it remains fun throughout.