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Ace Combat 2

Moby ID: 6574
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Ace Combat 2 is the sequel to Namco's PSX combat flight simulator Air Combat. Ace Combat 2 puts you back in the cockpit as a mercenary pilot out to foil a world-threatening terrorist plot. You'll proceed through 30 missions in which your success will allow you to buy weapon upgrades, parts and other gimmicks just like in the original.

The game offers sharper graphics and sounds, more planes and options, dual shock support as well as adding analog joystick support.


  • エースコンバット2 - Japanese Spelling
  • 皇牌空战2 - Chinese spelling (simplified)

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Credits (PlayStation version)

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Published by
  • Namco Hometek Inc.
Designed and Developed by
  • Namco Ltd.
Technical Editors & Manual Development
Manual Design
  • Darien & Kilburg
Game Design Staff
Game Program Staff
Game Visual Staff
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Average score: 85% (based on 21 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 1 reviews)

One of the best Flight-Action-Simulations to date!

The Good
Nice combination of action/simulation with fast paced missions and thrilling atmosphere

The Bad
The planes could vary more in their flight characteristics

The Bottom Line
A hugely improved successor to Air Combat, this game features more mission variations, like: escort bombers, high altitude chases, low flying penetration or cover for ground forces and so on. The music kicks in always perfectly, its a very dramatic soundtrack in the style of the TOP GUN movie, there are plenty of really good tracks which keep you entertained for the whole game.

It is of course not a real simulation, but features nice flying physics for a ps one action game - the flying is more fun than in later Ace Combat games. Especially the high altitude flying is tricky, since you easily stall your plane when not going fast enough. The difficulty settings are perfect - beginner will have fun with this game - but on the expert level it is a superb challenge!

The game featured achievements before the whole achievement hype with the online consoles - you got medals for shooting down special enemies (like other ace pilots with high flying skills)

The whole game is really flawless - from the interesting briefings with nice abstract graphics and voice over narration to the always thrilling missions with all kind of objectives. The hangar is full of original fighter planes, you start with a small A4 attack plane, work yourself up over a F4 Phantom, to more advanced and fast planes like the F16 or Mig 29 to the heavy Su 35 Fighter.

I still enjoy this game, even after so many years after its release and all those follow ups!

Thumbs up!

PlayStation · by cosmo ruski (39) · 2011



  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
  • August 1997 (Issue 97) - Game of the Month

  • PSExtreme

  • 1997 (Vol.3., Iss. 3) - Best Combat/Simulation Game of the Year


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Game added June 17, 2002. Last modified March 19, 2024.