Excerpt: Ace Combat, with its unusually substantial narratives, has always been the flight game to try and make you care about the events surrounding each title. All the heartache, loss and joyous events, have been attempts to make your aerial skirmishes appear to have much more of a meaning than just blowing things up with no real reason.
Conclusion: And, it goes down hill from there. The only other area of KoF XII worth mentioning (the rest of the offline modes are bread and butter for a fighter) is its online functionality and…well, it’s pretty bad. It’s either that the connection bars lie and the lag is due to this fib, or the game just isn’t optimized to play right in the online environment.
Conclusion: I hope that developer Black Wing learns from this experience and understands that to make a good game they need more than just a cool concept because even with its budget pricing the game is a sad mess. It is ugly. It is frustrating. And aside from the music, it sounds bad. It has no replay value because there is only the single player campaign, although why you would want to play more of this game is beyond me. And worst of all it is broken in parts.
Excerpt: You have to admit, at some point in your life you probably wanted to be pilot of some sort. Whether you have seen the Blue Angels, watched Top Gun, or enjoyed the stories about the Red Baron, the notion of hoping into a cockpit and banking for negative Gs might get your blood pumping…into the Danger Zone.
Conclusion: Ace Combat 6 delivers where it was intended to: stuff blows up real nice and pretty and full instant replays allow the carnage to be viewed from any angle imaginable. Maverick would agree it is the perfect companion to Paramount Home Entertainment’s recent release of Top Gun on HD DVD with lossless audio. There’s no better way to enjoy the "highway to the danger zone" than to take in Top Gun and promptly jump into the pilot seat yourself.
Pros: Intense arcade combat, lots of explosions, No long flying distances w/no combat, Planes and long-distance views look stunning, 16-player online combat
Cons: Weak story, weaker voice acting, Fictional events lacking historical significance, A tad too arcade-like with bouncing off the ground
Excerpt: A whole generation grew up with Top Gun, and as such, every member of that generation with a Y chromosome has at least at some point wanted to be a fighter pilot. The good news is that Atari is hoping to give you the chance (Y chromosome intact or not) with Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. Players can leap into the cockpit of their favourite modern aircraft and take to the skies for fierce airborne combat.
Conclusion: With all that said, Ace Combat 6 has really good strengths in most categories. The replay value is not high, but completing all the extras and achievements in the game will sure keep players busy and engaged. Even the online feature and DLCs will surely keep dreaming flyboys tight on their flight sticks and still ask for more.