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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.
Conclusion: Namco Bandai Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is a bit polarizing. On one hand, it is hard to shake the feeling that this isn't really Ace Combat anymore, but on the other it is equally hard not to admit that what it is now is pretty darn good. Sure, DFM takes away some of the skill and satisfaction, but it also lets you precision target enemy fighters while weaving between skyscrapers at 600MPH, something not really possible in any other air combat game.
Excerpt: Your enjoyment of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will depend a lot on what you're expecting from the game. If you're hoping for a realistic flight sim, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you're thinking that Assault Horizon is just like every Ace Combat game that has come before it, you'll be surprised to find that it's a bit of a departure for the series.
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.