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I have always been a big fan of Namco`s Project Aces team and have played every single one of the ace combat games dating back to the first 'triangular graphics' game of 1995, through to the ground breaking 2nd and 4th 'distant thunder' games.
This game graphically does not dissapoint, the rendering must have taken namco some time and as since the 4th and 5th (squadron leader) games the plane modelling also looks fantastic.
You return once again to the fictional world of gracemaria and estovakia (america and russia respectively hudging by the bad stereotypical accents and uniforms), following on from the 6th game technically - called the forgotten war, estovakia has invaded gracemaria, taking out their capital city first. You are part of the gracemarian air force and so you follow the usual ace combat formula - 1 - retreat to some back water air base after just having your ass handed to you, 2 - form a defensive line and fight back against a bomber / fighter force sent to finish you off, 3 - fight back to form a land offencsive and secure a landing point , 4 - fly air cover in the proper offensive destroying various military facilities, 5 - pin back the enemy so that they get beaten back to a last ditch scenario , 6 - just when you think youve beaten them , the baddies (estovakians) will launch some nuclear missles or a super weapon of some kind to destroy everyone including themselves. You will no doubt fly through a tunnel at this point.
So the graphics are good but the ingame dialogue and cut scenes are so stereotypical of japanese writing its awful - the characters are 2 dimensional and stereotypical, they dialogue is too slow , boring at times and is just crony awful - like when a homeless kid in the occupation and his father , a shot down pilot being interrogated say 'go dance with the angels' to show the player they are connected. its just second rate and something a 14 year old might think was cool.
Overall the game is the same formular as the other ace combats and the only thing that rescues it ae the fantastic graphics.
This is an aerial combat game based in a fictional country called Gracemeria (feel free to interpret this as America as I'm sure you're supposed to) The country is invaded by a foreign power & lost to them. You take the part of a Pilot, flying for the resistance, trying to liberate the country.
The first thing you'll notice about this game is the graphics. This really is High Definition gaming at it's best. The graphics are so good, I would go as far to say it's like playing a movie. This is the best looking game I have ever seen. All you need to do is get Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins on you hard drive, load it as a custom soundtrack & you're flying in Top Gun lol.
The game is lots of fun. It's more an arcade type simulation than a realistic PC based on. It's not difficult to take off, land, or control your plane. The controlls are easy to use & before you no it you be blowing the enemy from the sky & making them eat missiles! There are also different camera angles to play from, althou personally I prefer cockpit view.
There are different types of missions including aerial & land based targets & you can also command the other planes in your unit.
If you're looking for a aerial combat game for your Xbox 360 iw would highly recommend this game. It is really good fun. Has a good challenge & looks amazing!
For a while I had heard good things about Ace Combat but because I had never played any of the previous installments I was a bit wary.
After finally purchasing the game however I can now confirm I dont think I will be buying any more.
The game itself looks brilliant especially on a hdtv and the sound is pretty good also such as the radio chatter from other pilots. Where it suffers in my opinion though is its repetivness. The game is really good when your first starting out but I just feel the missions are way to long and you get pretty bored quickly. You seem to be armed with an infinate amount of missiles but for good reason as each mission has you shooting down about 200 enemy's.
The story if you can infact call it that is acted out through some cut scenes yet seems to have no relevance to whats actually going on during the missions. You will probably be confused for the most part and during the mission briefings you will find you will probably just skip them as its never anything of importance.
Pick your fighter and go and shoot some jet's or tank's. Thats the just of it really.
Ace Combat 6 Fires Of Liberation is a flight simulator game for the Microsoft Xbox 360 games console.
The story in this game is pretty strange, it is about a number of things that do not seem to relate to the fighting you are doing in the game!
The gameplay however is very good, if you have played the previous games on the PlayStation two you will know what to expect. The planes handle realistically, but not overly so so the game remains accessible yet it provides a good challenge and is a lot of fun.
Most of the fighting in the game is done by missiles, these are super easy to use. Simply lock on to a target and fire when it turns red and usually you will kill your enemy. You do have a machine gun which is good for close range kills but it is hard to actually hit anything.
The graphics in this game are amazing, until you take your plane down to ground level. If you remain in the sky everything looks great.
You can get this fun flight simulator for about £30.00 and fans of the previous games will enjoy this.
I'm a massive fan of the Ace Combat series, and while this might lead me to bias it also opens my eyes to things I expect from it as standard. Developed by Namco Bandai for the Xbox360 I had been eagerly waiting for this game to reach Europe and it's slightly further on release date as opposed to the USA and Japan. It was this wait that built up my expectations of what this game should be, banking on the success of the previous title which I thoroughly enjoyed.
As the screenshots and videos began to trickle onto the internet, it gave fans such as myself the opportunity to become a bit more involved in the story behind the game before it came to getting a hands on. It centres around a fictional war between two countries, Emmeria and the Estovakia. You play as an ace pilot from Emmeria, affectionate known as 'Garuda Team' throughout the game and your assignments.
The great thing about these games has always been the story. You're given multiple viewpoints of the development through in game briefs and the cinematics (which look good on the Xbox360 platform). Without spoiling too much, you're thrust right into the action with this game. You watch as the King's Bridge (a famous landmark) within Emmeria is blown in half by an enemy fighter, which results in Emmerian fighters being called into the skies to fight off the opposing enemy threat.
The story is connected well, which you being briefed for the intel before each mission with a basic map layout and tactics involved. You then are able to get access to the hangar which contains all the planes you've unlocked up to that date, and the ability to customize them with weapons that you can purchase. Keeping in mind this is an arcade game, the amount of realism is kept very low with the amount of missiles and ammo your plane can carry, but when you're looking for fun and engaging combat without being too serious it's not a problem.
We also see a welcome return of enemy 'aces'. These are pilots of the enemy nation who are quite famous for their ability, and they do not disappoint. When you come up against an ace, it's not difficult to see why they're so reputable in the first place. Between getting a lock on them and actually doing any damage can be quite a difficult task. They twist and turn and pull off some pretty spectacular moves, seeming to lock onto your plane and release missiles as if you were flying in a straight line. It's an exciting experience, and even more rewarding when you're able to blow them out of the sky.
This game isn't without flaws though. Firstly, as detailed as the planes and cinematics might be, the landscape you fly over can be pretty bland. It's especially noticeable when you're flying low to engage ground targets. It seems that so much focus has been put into the sky with it being an Ace Combat game, the rest seems a little neglected. Next up is the later missions when you're given multiple objectives. Targets that need to be destroyed are shown on your radar as red squares. To complete the objective, they ALL need to be destroyed, and when you're facing 60+ ground units scattered over a rather large map, it can get rather repetitive and frustrating.
This is still a great game, and with the addition of Xbox Live multiplayer things only look better. A chance to test your skill against other human pilots. Although you might find yourself flying around in circles with your opponent waiting to get a lock. Nevertheless, this game is a must-have for fans of the series. If you're new to it, or just curious, I'd suggest a rental first. It won't be the graphical aspect that puts you off, but lots of small ground targets in later missions is off-putting and if you're not a fan in the first place, I can see players running out of patience with it. All in all, 4 stars.