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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon demo out and helicopter video


Sep 14
// Harry Monogenis
When Namco Bandai America isn't throwing fans over 70 images of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon in a single day, they're giving them a 10 minute video "fly-through" of a campaign level, releasing a single-player demo a...
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Put some Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble screens in your mouth


Sep 13
// Maurice Tan
Some more screens for Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble have come out of the Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011. They involve planes, a radar, a weapon loadout, some Japanese text here and there, and yep, that looks like an Ace Combat gam...
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Over 70 new Ace Combat: Assault Horizon screenshots


Sep 11
// Harry Monogenis
Hey, Ace Combat fans, you know how Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will be hitting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 11? Well, for some of you that's quite a long time and you're probably just dying for som...
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Full aircraft list reveal for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon


Aug 26
// Liam Fisher
Opinions on the upcoming Ace Combat game are pretty mixed so far. Some are excited about its focused narrative style while a few of the series' long time fans are a bit more hesitant. Either way, there will be no shortage of ...

Impressions: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Aug 19 // Maurice Tan
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)Developer: Project AcesPublisher: Namco BandaiRelease date: October 11, 2011 Assault Horizon has a different cinematic and story driven approach than Ace Combat 6. In-game cutscenes during which you are not in a plane can be manipulated by looking around with your head, and instead of relying on the traditional cutscene videos there is a bit of a better flow from level to level to tell the story. Starting the game, the player sits through a Black Hawk gunner shooting gallery that could've come straight out of Call of Duty or any modern warfare FPS that has a helicopter with a gunner section. A cutscene even shows someone in a helicopter with the mask from Modern Warfare 2's Ghost. During an assault on some place in Eastern Africa, you blast hundreds of enemies into oblivion with your gatling gun. It's fun, but it's not really why people play Ace Combat. These helicopter missions don't form the bulk of the air combat, however, as indicated by the game's multiplayer mode called Capital Conquest where things are a bit more traditional. Capital Conquest is an 8 vs. 8 online multiplayer mode where both teams have to protect their HQ. This can be a carrier group, a land base, etc. Fighters have to protect their HQ from bombers, while keeping their fighter escorts at bay. It's a very team-based mode that rewards team play in various ways. Players select a loadout with skills they earn (think perks) that can affect such elements like better turning rates, increased missile damage, and the like. Special team sharing skills affect an entire squad, with up to four players in a squad. This means that you'll likely have two squads fighting alongside each other in a match, preferably with each squad member selecting different team sharing skills that complement the squad as a whole. You will only unlock skills online, again similar to Call of Duty's progression system. During the match, you can score points to progress by destroying enemies, achieving objectives, winning matches, and even by attaining bonuses for getting a "revenge" kill on the person that shot you. The blatant Call of Duty influence on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is present on a lot of levels, including the more realistically grounded story and environment. Assault Horizon won't feature any ridiculous super bosses, and it's set in our world.  You can of course customize your aircraft for online play in all the ways you'd want to, not just for weapon loadouts but also for paint jobs. If you want to fly around in a purple F-22, you can. It's an interesting approach to the combat flight sim genre, but some of the stuff like the helicopter gunner sequences don't feel like they really fit into an Ace Combat game. Then again, the multiplayer combat is a bit more traditional and all the jets and real world weapons are there for your enjoyment. When asked if this new, more realistic and shooter-style version of Ace Combat would be the new direction for Project Aces, or if they would make a proper Ace Combat 7 down the line, producer Kazutoki Kono responded that the team is pretty small and that they'd see where things will go after Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ships in October.
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The new Ace Combat is not titled Ace Combat 7 for good reason; it's a big departure from the previous games in the franchise. Perhaps because the audience for these kind of games has dwindled on the consoles, Projec...

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Ace Combat 3D is lookin' pretty 3D


Aug 18
// Josh Tolentino
At least, I'll have to take Nintendo and Namco Bandai's word for it, given that the screenshots they've released for their upcoming 3DS jet fighter game are not in 3D. That said, there's a lot of stuff flying at your fac...
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Ace Combat Assault Horizon gameplay shows OMG CHOPPERZ


Aug 17
// Josh Tolentino
Are you hankering to get yourself into a fighter jet and shoot down some bandits? I sure am, but if you are too, we're both going to have to wait a little bit, because Ace Combat Assault Horizon features attack chopper seque...
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E3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon takes my breath away


Jun 08
// Maurice Tan
When it comes to arcade combat flight sim console action with an over-the-top dramatic story, it doesn't get much better than the Ace Combat series. Sure, it's no IL-2 Sturmovik but it's not supposed to be. Ace Combat: Assaul...
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E3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon turns men into girls


Jun 07
// Papa Niero
In 1986 G.I. Joe released the Tomahawk, a giant two-propellor helicopter.  It allowed clumsy uncoordinated children to stand in place and bomb their friends while lazily standing in place.  Ace Combat: Assault Hori...
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E3: Ace Combat, Pac-Man Party headed to 3DS


Jun 07
// Jordan Devore
Namco Bandai has revealed plans to bring two of its popular franchises over to the 3DS: Pac-Man Party 3D and Ace Combat 3D. That second one is, as you might expect, a working title. No assets for either game yet, unfortunatel...
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Interview: Move towards realism for new Ace Combat game


May 23
// Hollie Bennett
After admitting the Ace Combat fanbase has indeed been shrinking, the team behind the latest game Ace Combat: Assault Horizon are working hard to bring their classic game to a wider audience as well ...
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Well I have returned from Dubai and Namco Bandai's Level Up event and what an event it was; we saw some exciting news, some welcome news and some stuff that was just a bit odd. While I no longer have my privet villa, my butl...

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Ace Combat Assault Horizon out on October 11


May 11
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The next Ace Combat is set to come out on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on October 11 in North America and October 14 in Europe. Assault Horizon isn't just going to be the same old Ace Combat as the series takes on a new ga...






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