posted by SrMandingo (SAINT CHARLES, MO) Oct 18, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
Not a bad game and looks really sharp. But, seems the dogfighting system requires you enter the close up dogfighting mode. While cool at times it drags on and detracts from the feeling of actually dogfighting in a way. The previous Ace Combats had a better feel and no special mode required for dogfighting. Seems Assault Horizon gave up that core system in favor of this new approach. I must admit I like the mix up between helicopters, AC-130 and fighter jets. Overall I really enjoyed this new Ace Combat and especially the team multiplayer but, at the same time it got a little old and lost a little of it's soul along the way.
I have been a fan of Ace Combat since Ace Combat 5 and I must say that this game is horrible. One of the big problems is the dogfight mode. It basically puts you right behind the enemy and takes all the excitement out of manuevering behind an enemy and taking him down. The worst part is that you are forced to do this in order to win the missions. If you don't go into dogfight mode the enemy will repeatedly deploy flares and make impossible manuevers(I've seen a plane make an almost 90 degree turn) so that you cannot hit him unless you turn on dogfight. The whole mission is basically you in dogfight mode. As someone who has beaten all of the difficulties in the previous games I find this highly offensive that the game forces you to holds its hand so you can actually kill somone. I hate how they have a bunch of different counter manuevers and flares now. If I want to dodge a missle I will do it on my own, I don't need some scripted thing to get me out of it. The first mission is basically a tutorial which is really annoying. They should have made a separate tutoial like there was in Ace Combat 5. I also don't like how they put it in the real world and made the story horribly cliche. I thought the previous stories were alright(except for 5,). It was mostly about simple war, with two countries fighting each other. No need for complicated conspiracy plots. Now that I have gotten that out of my system there are some good things. The graphics are great and I love how you can customize the color of your plane and even the missles. I like the other missions they put in, especially the bombers, but they are of course not as good as the fighter missions. This game is an improvement in some ways but in terms of actual gameplay it is horrible, especially for Ace Combat fans. This is the only Ace Combat game that I am going to return within a couple of days of getting it.