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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.
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.
Summary: This is not truly an Ace Combat game, and fans of the series will probably be disappointed. Everyone else will find this to be an entertaining blend of two genres and should find plenty to like even if they’re normally unfamiliar with ’mission-based flight combat’ titles.
Excerpt: Change is a volatile concept that can carry wildly different connotations. It can either be the best thing in the world, or the worst. Some video game franchises are in dire need of a fundamental reimagining, or if you will, a bold new direction. It's admirable when a developer notices and acknowledges this, even more so when the developer in question is responsible for a beloved franchise.
Conclusion: It would be an oversimplification, not to mention unfair to the developers and the series, to describe Ace Combat: Assault Horizon as ‘Call of Duty in planes’ , but it does feel well pitched to capitalise on the current popularity of modern warfare-themed videogames, ticking all the boxes required for success in this market.
Excerpt: Sometimes, it is hard for me to believe that the Ace Combat series has been around since the launch of the original PlayStation. Air combat holds a special place in my gaming past as I have really lost...
Pros: + Great mission diversity, + Action is intense, + Online modes are fun, + Series feels fresh again
Cons: Missions are sometimes too long, Frustrating objectives, Story is forgettable