Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Devs Discuss The Series' Reinvention

After we ran our "Yes" Gut Check for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, I noticed a lot of scepticism about the game. Is it really any good? It seems weird, and cold, and soulless.

Well, I've been playing off and on all week, and I'd just like to say that I personally am of a mind with "Michael Fahey, Fan of Air Combat in General." I like it a lot. In this developer diary-slash-advertisement, the team at Namco Bandai talks about reinventing the series to feel fresh, punchy, and relevant. I'm no die-hard Ace Combat fan, but even I have gathered that this game is a significant departure from what longtime players have come to expect.


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    "I’m no die-hard Ace Combat fan, but even I have gathered that this game is a significant departure from what longtime players have come to expect."

    Indeed. I might have been willing to put up with the game all but forcing you into dogfight mode for all enemy aces by making them near-impossible to take down otherwise. I might have been willing to put up with the dogfight mode to begin with, or the helicopter and gunner missions in an Ace Combat game. I might also have even looked past the ridiculous oil on the screen effect or that even on the highest difficulty, crashing into the ground will just deal damage and have you bounce back off.

    Then I got told about something I hadn't realised from the demo. See, in the demo, I never even got hit, so I never was able to find this out. I was then told that the game has regenerating health. Regenerating health in planes.

    Ace Combat has always been an arcade-style game, and that's what was fun about it. But this one is just too much. It's too dumbed down, it's too forgiving, it's too catered to the Call of Duty crowd who I doubt would have even been interested in Ace Combat to begin with.

    The worst part of it all is that I don't expect to ever see another real Ace Combat game on consoles, if at all.

    Play the game on Ace difficulty, no regenerating health, problem solved!

      It rather defeats the purpose when you need to already beat the game to unlock Ace difficulty.

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