“ Manufacturer: Namco / Simulation / Rating: T - (Teen),up to 2 players / published by: Namco „
This is the 5th instalment of the much loved Ace Combat series from Project Aces, who are part of Namco and specialise in developing flight simulations. Depending on which version you get, European or American/ Japanese, it is called : Squadron Leader (for the European) or The Unsung War for the latter.
The main aspect of this game takes all the tried and tested elements of the first four , the gameplay and action is all there. But this time rather then just worrying about yourself, you also have to worry about a small squadron to which you are assigned to command. There are only 3 others so no need to panic that you will have to command around 20 other aircraft.
Straight from the word off you get sucked into the storyline because just like Ace combat 4: Distant Thunder the developers have relied on a good mix of storyline and gameplay to make these games so great. Just watch the first intro scene that shows you a little of the history and what you can expect from the game, all to the fantastic tune of Blurry from Puddle of mud. This is one of the best intros you will see for a flight sim.
Unilke distant thunder you dont just go up against one tough 'yellow' squadron, this game features numerous ace squadrons that will test your squadron as the game progresses. Each squadron has their own distinct personality, colour scheme and aircraft. As the missions progress the squadrons get better aircraft and so challenge you more.
Your 'wardog' squadron is initially based in on Sand island, on the fictional country 'belka's coast, to which you are now an occupying force from the joint airforces of the two fictional super powers in the game, Yuktobania and Ocea (both are from the storyline of Ace combat 4), and this story takes place 15 years before the next game Ace Combat: The belkan war. Belka, in an effort to stop the advnace of the superpowers, launched several nuclear weopons against its own cities. The country is broken and you now take the role of peacekeeper/ occupier whilst the country is being re-built. As your wardog squadron fights two initial missions on a prurely defensive nature from the island, you then progress to fly as a naval aviator based on a carrier group. Under the command of a captain called 'swordman', of whom there is suspicions that he could be an agent for the enemy, you carry out numerous offensive missions to destroy a Belkan break away faction.
The great thing about this game is the mission variability. You carry out search and destroy, air cover for a special forces extraction of a downed pilot, the usual assault missions and low level under the rader raids etc.
Also you get the usual mix of licnced aircaft, concept planes that never made it into mass production like the Mig-31 and a dazzling array of weapons. You also have to learn to land and take off on a moving aircraft carrier which is ruddy dificult, in fact I think I only made 1 landing in 3- buts that why im not a pilot !!
Sand Island military base in the middle of the Ceres Ocean, dividing the two superpowers Osea and Yuktobania. After attempting intercept of an unidentified aircraft, most of the 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron was destroyed. As the base scrambles its d...