I haven't seen anyone post about Ace Combat 6. So here it is. Yes, I picked up the game. With the flight stick. Anyone here a fan of the Ace Combat series? I wasn't until I played AC4, I remember beating the shit out of it, unlocking every plane, buying the super-plane, and playing with my brother. Alas the time of the split screen multiplayer mode is now gone, and the age of HD Online multiplayer is here. And it brought it's friend, 360Achievements, and the companion cube is here to, sitting quietly in the corner, wanting to be loved, but the 360Achivements won't have that, as it wants to be the only thing in my life. Shit, sorry, was I rambling?
Anyways, the Ace Combat series has been one of the most addicting, and certainly one of the most fun.
AC6 follows the story of two countries, Emmeria and Estovakia. One day, around the time children go on field trips and your best friend comes over to bang your wife while you are at work, Estovakia decides to invade Gracemaria, a city in Emmeria. I won't go into too much detail about the story but I will say this: It was very well done. Usually, in games that need to be translated, some things come out strangely, like dialog. Some of the dialog could have been changed but it still works. I especially like how the story follows several different characters at the same time and ties the all together in the end, something I have only seen done once.
There are almost no flaws in the story, they even explain where, how, and what the phrase "Go dance with the angels" means, even if it is a little corny. The only problem I have is that the phrase has been used to the point of overkill, and is even used to tell an interrogator off. Although I don't know what it could mean as an insult. I'm on the fence with how they keep the player's character out of everything. In every game you play a very important role in the story, and go on to become a hero, yet nothing is known about the player's characters other than their call-sign and designation. Like Mobius one from AC4. In AC6 you are know as "Talisman", get paired up with "Shamrock" and become "Garuda Team". There also has been some type of story driven emphasis on your wing man. In Belkan War
you are "Cipher", and your wingman is "Pixie", who goes on to betray you and becomes a huge pain in the ass when he acquires a plane with a fucking laser on it. You might recall AC5 where the player's character is actually seen. This is the only time the player's character is not a complete mystery yet a nationally know hero. In AC6, Shamrock is not only a great pilot who actually goes out of his way to help the player, but is also a whiny 44-year-old emo bitch(I really like Shamrock). Hope I didn't give too much away there.
Ace Combat 6 plays good, if you have a controller, and great if you have the stick. Like me. Which you don't. The sticks add a new level of fun, and game-play. The controllers are built to use the default layout, with all the buttons in the right places. The default control scheme sets the planes cannon to the A button. Therefore the stick's trigger is the A button. The controls feel natural, just like the real thing. Not only does it have a yoke, but it has a throttle too. The throttle is easy to use and fits the contour of my hand. Forward is faster and back is slower. There is a new feature too. It's called the High G Turn. Basically it allows your aircraft to turn on a dime. THe flight throttle comes in handy for this. To do the High G Turn you have to hold down the Left(brake) and Right(afterburner)Triggers. The throttle is in a sense, always pushing one or the other. Thats where the special button comes in to play. The button acts as the Left Bumper, and enables a High G Turn when ever pressed. This can come in handy in numerous situations. The throttle also has a specially built rocker button. Right is Yaw right, and left is yaw left. The bumpers do this on the controller. And it is in the perfect spot for easy access. I apologize in advance for my crappy pictures, my camera was running out of batteries and took them quickly.
The missions are now as fun as ever and allies actually do stuff. They do bombing runs and shoot down fighters. The allies on the ground, like tanks, help out and attack enemy ground forces too. The openness of the levels give the feeling like you could go on forever; flying from one end of the map to the other could take several minutes depending on the plane your flying.
OH! Almost forgot! There is a new part of game play regarding missions, basically, you have objectives to complete, and there is a quota, unlike other games though, this one requires X amount of objectives to be completed. Then the mission usually updates, and there is a final part to it. But basically, anywhere, anytime there can be a new updated objective, an ally calling for help, or a target that needs to be taken out. Also, it has 2 online co-op missions that can support up to 8 people. It's really fun doing an otherwise impossible objective with a friend to cover your back, I just they release more levels.
Over all, I was impressed with AC6, and became addicted to it as soon as I picked up my box. The replay-ability in this game will keep me busy for a while. At least until Mass Effect comes out. I give this game a 9.5 out of 10, 4 stars out of 5 and so on. Now if you'll excuse me, I just unlocked the OMG SPOILERS
Ace Combat 6 is awesome. I played until my contacts dried up in my eyes
, and I could see the HUD every time I closed my eyes. Get it.