Reviews and Problems with Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Xbox 360 Review
30 May 2010
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.
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
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.
Conclusion: Simply featuring sixteen player adversarial multiplayer action with a high framerate and stunning graphics in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation would have been plenty for most flyboys. But like most of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation , Namco Bandai went above and beyond the call of duty and threw in some interesting game mode twists. The basic Battle Royale mode is a free-for-all with Leaderboard bragging rights on the line.
Conclusion: The overall experience is innately rewarding, and it ramps up the challenge throughout the course of the campaign and finishes on a thrilling high note that may very well inspire you to replay the final mission (and others, too) over and over again. Ace Combat 6 doesn't always sustain this momentum, and you may actually find the early missions a bit tedious. But if you stick with it, it pays off in grand fashion.
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: Emerians and Estovakians That’s the two fictitious countries that battle it out in Ace Combat 6. Estovakian military forces have invaded Emeria, An assault that took the Emerians completely by surprise. At the beginning of the war they have been pushed back to their capital Gracemaria. There, the Emerian Air Force is tasked with fighting over the skies with one objective in mind: Drive the invaders back from their country.
Pros: Highly detailed planes, good replay value, good visuals.
Cons: Difficulty can thrown you off-balance, visuals and sound could have received more attention, gamepad control scheme lacks 'fluidity'.