Excerpt: Ace Combat: Joint Assault is the second entry in aerial combat for the PSP. It’s a game that’s easy to pick up but hard to master. The game isn’t terribly long but it’ll last you a good while, there is a large amount of content to unlock through playing the game on harder difficulties, defeating certain aces during certain missions, and getting higher and higher ranks.
Summary: Ace Combat: Joint Assault is not a bad game. It is, however, a completely uninspired one. Though the addition of online multiplayer is a nice one, every other part of this game was done four years ago, and in some ways, it was done better. That’s inexcusable.
Excerpt: Any video game fan can at least identify with Ace Combat. This high-flying franchise may be the most recognizable air combat franchise in gaming history. For months now PSP owners have been extremely excited about the new Ace Combat: Joint Assault title making its way to the powerful handheld. And August 31, 2010 marks the day of lift off on the PSP.
Conclusion: Namco knows how to make fighter jets interesting, as is proven by Ace Combat: Joint Assault. Although it's marred by some slow parts in the story telling, the missions are diverse and there's enough multiplayer content to keep players (and their friends) busy for months to come.
Excerpt: The Ace Combat series has long been the standard bearer for flight combat simulators. And since the PSP aims to bring a console experience to your handheld system, it only makes sense that the series would make its way to the PSP. Of course, this isn't the first time Ace Combat has been on the system, and frankly, it's seen better days.
Summary: Ace Combat: Joint Assault features accessible and exhilarating gameplay, comprehensive online multiplayer options, while the nail-biting close-quarters combat and incredible visuals are completely re-designed to deliver maximum intensity and an accessible and fun experience for any fan of flight action.
Excerpt: By now, the Ace Combat name has practically become synonymous with reliable, high-quality dogfighting action. Joint Assault, the second outing on the PSP for the series, certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard. Unfortunately, the story and the campaign don't reach the impressive heights to which other Ace Combat games have flown.
Pros: Enjoyable air combat, Cooperative play is great fun, Impressive graphics and great sound design, Constant access to an impressive variety of new planes makes progress rewarding
Cons: Campaign is repetitive and drags in spots, Muddled, uninvolving story
Conclusion: Flight combat doesn't exactly lend itself to a litany of gameplay options, but Project Aces didn't even seem to have an active interest in trying something new. Its online functionality seems novel, especially for a portable system, but at this point it should be as standard as the rest of Joint Assault's conventional checklist. Joint Assault deviates little from Ace Combat's lineage. To fans of the series of flight combat, this is perfectly acceptable (and expected).
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