Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies (PlayStation 2)

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The continent of Usea was struck by an asteroid, causing the death of half a million people. The neighboring Erusea used this as an opportunity to invade and occupy almost all of Usea. Based on its eastern coast, the Independent States Allied Forces (ISAF) try to regain ground an engage the Eruseans in aerial battles. An elite pilot using the codename Mobius 1 is sent on a number of missions to fight Eruseans and help ISAF to win the war. While performing those missions, Mobius 1 begins to learn about the impact war has on civilians, and the pilots of the opposing side.

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is an aerial combat simulation. It allows the player to participate in semi-realistic dog-fighting with a collection of fighter jets, including the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-117 Nighthawk, U-2 Dragon Lady, C-130 Hercules and SR-71 Blackbird. Eighteen missions will take the player from search-and-destroy buildings to one-on-one and all-on-all dog-fighting. Along the way it becomes possible to upgrade the fighter with defense systems, deadly weapons, and other accessories.


Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 Title Screen
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 With regular air-to-air missiles, you can only fire two at the time
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 There are certain advanced air-to-air missiles that let you fire at multiple targets at once
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies PlayStation 2 Launching missiles.

Alternate Titles

  • "ηš‡η‰Œη©Ίζˆ˜4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Ace Combat: Trueno de Acero" -- Spanish title
  • "Ace Combat: Distant Thunder" -- European title
  • "AC04 Project" -- Working title

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Games like this make me say I'm a "gamer" with a proud tone in my voice MAT (102215) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Excellent jet fighter game with a touching story. Big John WV (25498) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Namco got a bullseye on this one. Nick Slavin (11) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamersMark Nov 09, 2001 10 out of 10 100
IGN Oct 23, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93 Feb 28, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Netjak Sep 30, 2003 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Oct 23, 2001 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Gaming Target Jan 04, 2002 8.2 out of 10 82
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan 23, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Pelit Mar, 2002 80 out of 100 80 Jan 28, 2002 14 out of 20 70


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During the regular campaign, the mission briefing music becomes jazzier and adds additional instruments to its melody. As the player is successful in missions and progresses towards the end of the game, the music during the briefings augments as well.

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Kartanym (10755) added Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies (PlayStation 2) on Apr 11, 2002