This game was cool but if you dont play alot of airplane games it kind of become a constant thing of you trying to turn the game stick at a angle where you cant see half of the time what your shooting at. On a scale of one to ten I give it a 6.5
I've been playing (and loving) the Ace Combat series since its PS1 roots. However, that has all changed with this iteration.
I applaud them for trying to change up the tried-and-true formula that's been growing stagnant over the years, but they changed the core mechanics so drastically that it doesn't even feel like Ace Combat anymore.
The DFM (Dog Fight Mode) is the crux to all this. With the touch of two buttons you immediately initiate the game into an on-rails shooter style mechanic where you simply blast away at the enemy in the hopes you kill him while he (and you) shoot around the sky, making 90 degree bank turns instantaneously in mid-air. It's confusing, hectic and nearly impossible to follow what the frick is happening.
It would be one thing if this was an optional mechanic, but it's not. They have TGT_LEAD aircraft in the came that MUST be shot down using DFM mode. Usually it's so you can chase the bandit through the city, watching scripted events like a skyscraper collapse or something else. It's ridiculous, cheesy, and it takes what used to be an arcade-flight sim hybrid and pushes it clearly into the realm of arcade game button mashing.
Another issue I had was with the setting. For whatever reason they decided to scrap the fictional universe(es) the previous AC games took place in for the real world. This seems to reduce the possibilities for interesting situations and weapons to appear without being completely ridiculous. The world and stories told in AC4 and AC5 were remarkable examples of what stories can be told with a world not of our own. I'm sad to see all that left behind for this far less interesting campaign story and world setting. I mean, really...do we need more Russians with nukes in our games?
If you're new to the AC series, this game might actually be an enjoyable experiences, but if you're like me, a veteran of the game, then be aware that this might leave a bad taste in your mouth.