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I’m not the biggest Ace Combat fan, so maybe that’s why the changes in Assault Horizon intrigued me. It’s not as well polished as previous games, but this new step is more interesting than if it had been yet another Ace Combat game. Dogfights are exciting, the helicopters are interesting (though underdeveloped), and the real world setting and story ground the game in reality. Assault Horizon is worth taking a look at for flying game fans, and it works well as an introduction to the series for newcomers. Plus nobody makes any dumb barrel roll jokes.
I didn’t hate Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, but I didn’t find an awful lot to love either. It seems that in successfully rebooting the franchise’s plot, the developers felt compelled to alter the core game play as well. That was a bad decision, and hopefully in an anticipated sequel they will encourage skill over flashy set pieces. For fans, the title might be a difficult pill to swallow, and for newcomers there are more compelling, cheaper options available (I’m looking at you HAWX). ‘Meh’ – probably not the response the developers were hoping for.