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rein Aug 9, 2010

Announced today was a new Ace Combat title for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Even though I have long since lost interest in the Ace Combat series, I felt a twinge of excitement as I watched the trailer.  If the final product is two-thirds as much fun as the trailer suggests, I will be pleased.

I suppose that I ought not to infer too much from the trailer, which may well not be a fair representation of actual gameplay, but it appears that Namco may be trying to revitalize the series by abandoning any pretense of realism and moving the action to low altitude and close quarters.  This would help to impart a sense of speed to the proceedings, which is lacking at higher altitudes.  I might describe the action shown in the trailer as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with fighter jets.

I probably am extrapolating too much from this single video.  I would hope, at least, that a new Ace Combat for home consoles means a new soundtrack release.

Cedille Aug 9, 2010

I've also become less enthusiastic about this series than before, but it's definitely nice to know this franchise hasn't died yet anyway. After AC6 didn't fare well in US (didn't NBGI expect this to be another hit after AC04?), and Sky Crawlers did bomb in Japan (3k in the first week, pffft), I'm surprised to know the team AC hasn't been disbanded yet. Game-wise, I still think 5 is my favorite. I didn't think 2 and 04 were as good as everybody said.

As for the trailer, it looks nice. The music sounds like something from Metal Gear.

Angela Aug 16, 2010 (edited Aug 16, 2010)

rein wrote:

I suppose that I ought not to infer too much from the trailer, which may well not be a fair representation of actual gameplay, but it appears that Namco may be trying to revitalize the series by abandoning any pretense of realism and moving the action to low altitude and close quarters.  This would help to impart a sense of speed to the proceedings, which is lacking at higher altitudes.  I might describe the action shown in the trailer as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with fighter jets.

Was about to say.  Though I've been out of the series loop since The Belkan War, I never would have imagined the follow-ups to become THAT action-intensive.

How was Skies of Deception and Fires of Liberation, by the way?

Cedille Jul 2, 2011

Seems like this game is dated worldwide. Perhaps my second HD game purchase, but I suspect this game isn't going to bring the same experience as AC5. I still dream of the day I once again become part of the squad, yet none of them is an over-soliloquizing woman,or a black guy we assume (hope) is just a little, temporary and filler character. With such flawed squad members, AC5 still gave me some of the great moments in my gaming history. Why not NBGI makes just another AC5? I know not a few people love AC04, so maybe that'd be the answer...

Cedille Oct 17, 2011

I just finished the game, and will sell my copy as soon as possible. I don't think this was a bad game; indeed, I think it is decent. There were a few of new features I found mostly successful, although otherwise the developers went mostly unambitious, and just tried to make an Ace Combat + Call of Duty. As cheesy it was in place, I still adored AC5 for its story and variety of missions. 

The music was perhaps better than 6, but still didn't leave much as 5 did. I was wholeheartedly disappointed that the final mission was once again pretty generic one, while there could have been a much better choice which may or may not be another masterpiece. With 6, they should have just orchestrated Gracemeria, instead of that crap, and for AH, why not they just didn't use something like the trailer theme, instead of that Wannabe Hollywood chorus? (the last thing I'd like to hear from them). On a bright side of things, though, the usual mission themes were slightly improved, presumably because of Nakanishi's absence.

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