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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Xbox 360 Review
15 January 2012
Excerpt: Like it or not, Call of Duty is gaming’s biggest franchise, so in order to attempt to emulate its phenomenal success developers have long been drawing inspiration from it. Both Homefront and the newest iteration of Medal of Honor owe a lot to Activision’s series and are just two examples, but Call of Duty’s influence is far reaching enough to even have a profound effect outside the FPS genre as well, take Ace Combat: Assault Horizon for instance.
Big on violent blow-up effects but light on gameplay.
Common Sense Media
27 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is an aerial combat game where you destroy aircraft and buildings more than people. However, the game displays violence graphically, often with big, dramatic explosions. You can kill people on the ground, too, such as firing at rebel soldiers, and you'll see them fall and bleed. There is also some profanity and sexual references in the radio chatter between pilots.
Conclusion: It's cheap, it's silly and it takes you out of any immersive flight sim experience you might have had. There's a similar "ASM" ground strafing mechanic that is The Maverick's attack-based partner. If you're really into flight games, this is probably still worth getting but also will probably leave you grumbling. If you're just mixed on the genre, this is not the game that will get you hooked.
Excerpt: Boys have always had a fascination with planes. As kids, we'd hold our arms to either side and roar about the garden. We'd jump off furniture, mimicking take off. We'd bank, circling around swing sets; we'd swoop, ducking under climbing frames; and we'd weave about the legs of grown-ups shouting "NEEEEYYYOOOOWWWWW" . We'd envisage imaginary opponents, chasing them to a barely audible background of "calm down Benjamin! You're going to hurt somebody! Again!
Summary: In recent years I have felt that the Ace Combat series has become a little tired and wondered if there was any life left in the series. To address this the developers have given the game a complete overhaul and undoubtedly this brings some excellently crafted combat in what is on the whole a pretty solid package.
Excerpt: The Ace Combat series has been in the air since 1992 when the franchise first hit the arcades. The games were always a firm favourite within the arcade combat flight simulation genre, but they were always dogged by one or two shortcomings… Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ends that cycle as developers Project Aces merge all the essential elements into the best product in town.
Conclusion: find in the excellent Ace Combat Assault Horizon on the Xbox 360. Scribed by New York Times best-selling author Jim DeFelice, a military writing expert, the Ace Combat Assault Horizon storyline is actually very solid, entailing espionage, a huge military coup attempt, terrorism, revenge, double-crossing and heroism in the face of the potentially world-altering unleashing of weapons of mass destruction.