gamers (95%) found this review helpful
First off, if you've read the game's summary then you know already that this has a fantasy plot line, so don't come expecting some real world simulation here. Bearing that in mind however, it is a very good game and executes air combat better than most, and pretty much the best on 360 (seeing as how Over G Force is the only real competition it has in that department). It isn't too hard to learn and adapt to the game's flight controls and pretty quickly you'll become used to them.
So, in game visuals are stunning, the jets themselves are beautiful. Environments are a little shabby but hey, you'll spend 95% of your time in combat worrying less what the trees look like and more on how you're going to shake that bogey. Which leads me to...
The in air combat is outstanding in my opinion, The enemy A.I doesn't give up easily and when in trouble wing men will help/protect wing men. I caught myself looking for help a few times when i couldn't shake the enemy which is pretty persistent at taking you out of the sky. The ground units will help the enemy fighters as well making it even more difficult at times. Especially on the harder difficulties. That's where your wingman comes in handy. You can let him loose, or have him protect you. Also, I was never too big on air to ground combat in the first place, but they do a good job keeping the ball rolling usually giving you three objectives to pick and chose from I was very happy with that. There are also certain stages you are able to land and re-feul/arm if you happen to run low. The single player campaign is a good experience I'd tell anyone to fly through.
The online multiplayer does a great job also of capturing the in air combat as it is complete dogfighting with up to 16 people. The only problem i had with it was individual experience where no one would play as team members it was everyone for themselves. Which is still fun, enemies everywhere!
I couldn't help but pop in "Highway to the Danger Zone". Enjoy!
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
When I was a kid I wanted to go to the Air Force for the specif reason of flying planes. When I saw this game, it was a must have.
I haven't played the prior Ace Combats but I can only image that they are as good at this version. The campange was excellent and the graphics and plane detail are unmatched. The reality of this game though futuristic is great.
Though the storyline is a bit quircky, the missions are fantastic. I love the fact that you take of and land on each mission and can go back and reload your weapons. It makes the game that much more realistic.
gamers (88%) found this review helpful
This game probably has the best graphics out of any game I have played on the Xbox 360. When my friends saw me play this across the room they thought it was a video of real planes. The controls work great. If you like planes, rent it!