Ace Combat has always been my go to flying game. Sure, HAWX isn't bad, but I always liked the cheesy sci-fi plots of Ace Combat and the horrible voice tracks and over exaggerated emotion. To an extent, you can find some of that in the new Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, but the sci-fi near future world is gone, replaced by a modern combat sort of world.
Hardcore fans of the series will most likely be turned off by this but newcomers will welcome the change most likely. The series is making a turn for the mainstream and the gameplay proves it. You no longer fire a missile at a distant ship and then forget about it, you get to go into a new feature called "dogfight mode." In dogfight mode you follow the ship extremely closely swerving in between buildings and doing barrel rolls all to stay on your target. Your machine gun and missiles are used to take him down as soon you can, but watch out because the dog fighter can become the victim with an unprepared counter attack.
New features like dog fight mode and the new storyline in a modern setting can be a little off putting for some people, but I'm enjoying it. It's not ideal, but the fun gameplay of the game more than makes up for it.
I am a big fan of the Ace Combat series with Unsung War being my absolute favorite. Assault Horizon plays like a average arcade game you may find at Dave & Busters. The previous installments gave you full control of the game and provided that sense of freedom in the air. This game feel like it was developed by Wii Sports. I am sending the game back to Gamefly right now. So disappointed.