Hello and welcome, boys and girls, to the Ace Combat thread! What's Ace Combat, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. It's a series of semi-realistic flight combat games, and it kicks ass. When I say semi-realistic, I mean it's an arcade-style series, with the abilities of the planes being greatly exaggerated. Real planes can't hold 100 missiles! The games are praised for their stunning graphics and music, engrossing stories and balls-to-the-wall action.
The games take place in an alternate Earth, with different landmasses and history, but with real-world jets. Many of the game's stories revolve around the aftermath of an asteroid hitting the earth, and the effect it had on the various nations.
I haven't played the first three on the PSX, or the PSP version, so this post will just cover 4, 5, 0, and 6. Let's get crackin'! This is my first OP of this sort, so please go easy on me and forgive me if it sucks, which it probably will.
ACE COMBAT 04: SHATTERED SKIES
Released in 2001, Ace Combat 04 is regarded by many, including me, as the high point of the series. It tells the story of the Continental War, fought between the nation of Erusia and the Independent State Allied Forces, or ISAF. You play as Mobius 1, and it's your job to kick ass and take names. The cutscenes are stylized still animations, narrated by a civilian during the war. They don't follow the direct actions of Mobius 1, but rather the effects of the war on his town.
ACE COMBAT 5: THE UNSUNG WAR
Released in 2004, Ace Combat 5 brings more to the table: more jets, more missions, more characters, and more great music. I personally think that this entry has the best music of the series. You play as Blaze, part of the Wardog Squadron of Osea in the war against Yuktobania. Ace Combat 5 introduced wingman commands; you had three wingmen in your squad, and besides from constantly delivering annoying dialogue, they could be ordered to cover you, attack targets in front of you, or disperse and engage enemy targets freely. The game also features an arcade mode, where you get to retake the mantle of Mobius 1, and play some fast-paced missions against enemy targets, but with a twist: you have extremely limited ammo, and need to destroy enemies to get more.
ACE COMBAT ZERO: THE BELKAN WAR
Released in 2006, Ace Combat Zero is a prequel to Ace Combat 5. It tells the story of the Belkan War, and how that nation became as fucked up as it is. You play as Galm 1, or Cipher, and you're accomponied by your wingman, Pixy. The game introduces an 'Ace Style' gauge, which changes depending on how you play the missions. You can either be ranked Soldier, Mercenary, or Knight. Mercenaries destroy all nonessential targets, Knights spare them, and Soliders find a balance between the two. The cutscenes and enemies you face change depending on your gauge. AC0 also features one of the most kickass songs ever:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQsWpcwvmI0
. You know you love it.
ACE COMBAT 6: FIRES OF LIBERATION
The first Ace Combat game on a next generation console, AC6 was released in 2007 for the Xbox 360. Though it features fewer missions and aircraft then its predecessors, they're bigger, more jam-packed with targets, and far better looking. You are Garuda 1, known as Talisman, and your wingman is Shamrock. The big new feature in this entry, besides online play, is the dynamic operation system - most missions feature different operations, and you can choose which ones you want to clear, making for greater replay value. Namco has released downloadable content in the form of new jet colors from previous games, such as the Mobius 1 Raptor. These are more than just cosmetic, as they change the attributes of the planes. The game also introduces ESM fields, which, if they're from your allies, can increase the maneuverability of your missiles. The reverse also applies - wander into enemy ESM and you'll have a hell of a time dodging shit.
So that's my brief summary for each game I've played. Let's talk about 'em now. Which is YOUR favorite game? Favorite missions and aircraft? What do you want to see in Ace Combat 7?