Conclusion: All well and good, but the problem with Ace Combat Zero is its disturbing lack of content. This is a very short game, consisting of only 18 missions versus 5’s 32, and that’s not even taking into account AC5’s bonus Arcade Mode. Further, the overall Weltanschauung can only be described as subdued.
Excerpt: Take to the skies once more with Ace Combat! The flight combat series is back for its sixth mission on the Playstation line of consoles. The world of Ace Combat is populated with good guys and bad guys, it's all so clean cut. You are a good guy and must shoot down the bad guy aeroplanes. It's a winning formula that has done Namco proud since 1995.
Conclusion: Because it keeps up to the standards of the absolutely solid Ace Combat series, Belkan War is probably as good an entry point as any into the series for newcomers. But with a less involving storyline and essentially the same mission structure, many fans of the series might not see Ace Zero as enough of an improvement over 4 and 5, both of which now cost a fraction of what Zero does.
Excerpt: The Ace Combat series has been doing the rounds for over ten years now, and hit the PlayStation 2 with a bang with the critically acclaimed Ace Combat 04 way back in 2001. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War marks the franchise's third PlayStation 2 outing, and once again combines slick presentation with exhilarating arcade-style dog fighting, but the formula doesn't seem as fresh as it once was - not that it's lost all of its charm.
Excerpt: Ace Combat is the premium series of dog-fighting games. With the best graphics, the most engaging gameplay, and the most engrossing stories, the Ace Combat series remains strong with its latest iteration, Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War . If you’re familiar with Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War you have a pretty good idea how Ace Combat Zero stacks up visually.
Excerpt: has always been one of the most under-appreciated franchises out there. Despite consistent and relatively glowing praise from the critics, the series somehow flies low under the radar (pun intended), usually experiencing less than stellar sales numbers.
Summary: The latest entry to the Ace Combat Zero franchise makes a roughlanding.
Pros: Dogfights can be entertaining; some interesting story elements; high quality of story elements and cut-scenes.
Cons: Dogfights become extremely frustrating due to a combination of shoddy wingman AI and cheap tactics by enemy; gameplay can become monotonous at times; repetitive mission structure; graphics and textures can become downright ugly; poor draw distance for objects on the horizon.