Summary: Its a great looking game and I am one of those players that hates the dogfight mode. I was hoping this would have been a natural progression in story from the last Ace Combat game. Its not; and while its a great looking game the dog fight mode takes away from the game for me. Its collecting dust at the house.
Summary: TOO. MANY. GIMMICKS. Here's a tip, when I buy an 'Ace Combat' game, I want a game where you fly planes. I don't want to be a helicopter gunner on a rail shooter, nor do i want be a recce drone controller.
Summary: if you are new to AC series and just like war games this may be for you. But if you are like myself being a fan since the first AC, rent it first to try out before you buy.
Pros: New game modes rather than only the jets.
Cons: AC series is known for its simple control, straight forward game play and rich story line. By now I have not finished the game yet, but it has failed the first 2 points. This is just a drastic change to a old hardcore AC fan like myself. Game menu changed, layout changed, and of course game play changed too. The fancy chopper and canon fights are just too much like other war games and the "fresh" Dog Fight Mode just takes the REAL dog fight fun away. With this new DFM...
Summary: Dear Namco, If I wanted to putz around in a helicopter, I would play that POS Apache Air Assault game. If I wanted to lumber along in an AC-130, I would play Call of Duty . What I want is to strap into a 1200mph fighter jet, do a little fancy flying, and overcome the insurmountable odds to become the victorious ace - you know, the Demon Lord of the Round Table.
Summary: I have been a fan of the Ace Combat series since the release of Shattered Skies. I bought Asssault Horizon because I thought it would be just as good if not better than the others. However I found that the flight mechanics included to much button combos and automatic flying. You can't evade a persuing plane unless you press a series of buttons. I also lost intrest in the story very quickly.
Summary: You would think after 5 years since the last ACE COMBAT game?, that this would be a great and fun game? I don't know what Namco was thinking? Because this really was not a fun game. I watched the G4 interview with the Namco rep. I doubt he will be back on after reading the other reviews on the internet? About the game. It is more like a shadow of a game. Its boring and I am sorry I bought it. There is no "freedom" in flight. The missle systems don't work well.