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,...
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: 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.
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.
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: Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War brings us the same great action we've come to expect from the franchise. If blowing things up in a jet and really gorgeous visuals are for you, but you can't be bothered with the details of true flight sims, then the Ace Combat games are ideal.
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.