Pubblicata: 30 maggio
Note: I'm burning through my Steam backlog and trying out every game I have so this is based on about an hour of gameplay.
I'm a big fan of Ace Combat on PS2. Now I haven't played an Ace Combat game in many years before today and sadly, the series looks to be in worse shape then when I last saw it.
Firstly the presentation: The overall presentation and feel of the series I remember is gone and replaced with a more Tom Clancy-ish / Call of Battlefield modern military cinematic style; which wouldn't be so bad if this were some other game. The story is pretty generic and forgetable as are the characters; but then I never played Ace Combat for the story so it's not that big of a deal. Just a little bit of a let down.
The Combat: It feels dumbed down. I remember having more control over the aircraft previously. Dogfighting now comes down to switching to an on the rails mode briefly while AI controls your aircraft following the enemy. It does provide a more cinematic experience I guess but I didn't buy this game to watch a movie. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy arcade style action, but that's not what Ace Combat is about for me.
Other Issues: In order to integrate variety into the game, helicopter and turret missions have been added. The helo controls just awfully and I HATE turret missions in any game so there's that. Besides, why would Ace Combat need anything else besides the aircraft missions? This really hurts the game in my opinion.
Overall Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is not the worst thing I've ever played but it's certainly not worth 20 dollars. The Fighter Jet missions are still kind of fun despite being dumbed down and the aircraft all look pretty cool. I can not recommend this game based on the price, but if you can pick it up under 5 bucks, it may be worth an afternoon.