Reviews and Problems with Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
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14 October 2005
Summary: Compared to Ace Combat 5, both the storyline itself and the method in which it plays out is vastly different. Unlike Shattered Skies, there are actual rendered cutscenes that tell the story between missions; also unlike Ace Combat 4, the storyline almost directly deals with you and your squadron, instead of simply offering a parallel interpretation of events. The storyline of Ace Combat 4 was good; the story of Ace Combat 5 is excellent, with twists and turns throughout.
Excerpt: Anyone who has played them knows that the Ace Combat series is the cream of the crop when it comes to flight games. Not only are they some of the best flight combat games, they're some of the best games period.
Excerpt: Anyone who played Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies would most likely agree that it would be hard to top that game. However, Namco successfully did just that with the fifth installment of the Ace Combat series, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. Namco pulled out everything they had for this title, and it shows in every aspect of the game. Fans of the Ace Combat series would do well to pick this one up – in fact, anyone would do well to check this game out.
Excerpt: The Ace Combat series from Namco has always been one of the better arcade style dog-fighting games out there. The quality of the series has also seemed to teeter during its course. While Ace Combat 4 was a huge leap forward in the quality of the series, I’m sad to announce that Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War , while certainly better in some respects, takes a tiny step back due to a large number of small design issues.
Excerpt: It's not uncommon for console gamers to see a series of ridiculous and half-baked sequels, but the "Ace Combat" series has not only remained strong, it's managed to fight off imitators with a steady supply of charm and improvements.
Excerpt: Not to knock Top Gun or anything, but as far as gaming is concerned, the Ace Combat series has really provided a “highway to the danger zone.” For more than ten years, PlayStation owners have taken to the skies, taking out air and ground targets from the wild blue yonder. It’s been almost three years since the series made the leap over to the PS2, and this year’s edition is arguably one of the better games in the franchise.
Excerpt: Flying the friendly skies is a thing of the past now that I have Ace Combat 5. I crave aerial action and look forward to stealing the living room TV for the purposes of protecting Sand Island from the invaders of Yucktobania. Ok I guess I’ll have to fill you in eh? Here we go.
Conclusion: This is more or less Ace Combat 4 with a few slight upgrades and gameplay honed to near-perfection, but the formula's just a bit too familiar, and the lengthy missions may turn less patient gamers off before the story can suck them in.
Excerpt: The long and running Ace Combat series has returned with its second appearance on the PS2. Originally debuting on the PSX as Air Combat, Namco's flagship air fighter series has remained the dominant player in the genre. Succeeding the all too awesome Ace Combat 4, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War arrives during a time when all of the hype revolves around two games I won't mention for the sake of taking nothing away from AC5.