I rented this game thinking it was as good as the PSP version but I was wrong. If it wasn't for the poorly drawn lines of air to indicate speed, you'd think that your plane isn't even moving. The plane feels so stiff and you can't do any acrobatic moves either and the most disappointing thing is trying to attempt a barrel roll. Normal difficulty is way too easy and you can't adjust the difficulty in between missions so you're going to have to start from the beginning. The 3D isn't that good either you don't feel the depth at all except for the HUD. I'm giving it a 6 because I'm an Ace Combat fan and I'm not sending it back until I beat the game, but I wouldn't be surprised if people gave it less.
I always wanted a combat flight simulator on a portable Nintendo device so I was quite interested when I saw this. Right from the start I was impressed with the decent graphics, good sound, and some of the music. Several of the tracks in this game are beautiful but others I did not like because they were more like rock. The 29 flyable planes look very accurately depicted. Also, things such as the interiors of the planes look quite detailed, and the enemy planes exploding looks and sounds fairly realistic. This game could use a free flight mode as could all flight simulators, but there is none to be found here. Unfortunately, there is a moderate number of curse words, but the game has voice volume and the captions on the lower screen can be changed to Spanish or French but can not be turned off. It is, overall, a good combat flight simulator.
When I was playing Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy, I noticed something- this was not Assault Horizon. Instead of a handheld version of Assault Horizon, it was a total remake of Ace Combat 2, a game that really revolutionized the Air Force world. See, it follows the story of a hotshot pilot, vous (you), and your choice of wingman a. Slash or b.Edge. You go through many missions, like escort, rescue and defense, and though it's basically Ace Combat 2, it has some gameplay of Assault Horizon, like dogfight mode. You click both the shoulder buttons when behing an enemy fighter, and you shoot away at your bait. You may also evade if the jet engages you. The gyro controls are enabled in this game, like MetalStorm on the iPad, and they're very fun to use if you like the iPad/phone/pod apps for jets. Speaking of jets, the models range from an F4E to an SU-27 to an F22 Raptor, each varying in performance greatly. It's not like Call of Duty where all the guns are approximentally the same. It's like major differences in speed, defense and power. Now while the controls, story and graphics are amazing, it got a nine. You know why?
Minds blown, you're welcome. No form of multiplayer at all. None. Do you know how amazing it would've been if it HAD multiplayer? Online: Dogfights, races, fort defense. It could've had it all. Other than any of that, this game is a definite rent, and a buy if you like it enough.