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.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game was rated Teen because the core gameplay mechanic is attacking and destroying enemies as you fly around. Defeated enemies explode, but you are always fighting vehicles and never uncovered soldiers out in the open. Bad language doesn't escalate above "damn" or "hell." This game has an online multiplayer component; Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for kids younger than 12.
Excerpt: In the UK, the release of a new Ace Combat game barely raises an eyebrow, but in Japan things are very different when it comes to Namco's legendary arcade flight sim. Furthermore, on the week of Ace Combat 6's release in Japan, for the first time ever, the 360 did the unthinkable and outsold the PS3.