Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies
◉ ◉ ◉ ○ ○(3/5: decent)
Playstation 2
Namco (2001)
Man, these Ace Combat games are pretty good...

A little bit of storyline with some pretty fun-to-play jet fighting? I'm up for it!

The graphics are pretty solid, player interface is very nice, sound is superb, storyline is kinda sweet, and generally it's a good game, doing a lot with the limitations of the PS2. However, the gameplay and physics are the star attraction to the whole series of Ace Combat games. They're enough to feel realistic while still being accessible to regular non-fighter-pilot folks. Flying around and shooting rockets when you hear the lock sound is awesome. Blasting ground targets is even satisfying. I'm surprised the US Airplane Dudes didn't license the engine and make it a recruiting game or something, honestly. I'm glad they didn't and the fantasy world you play in only uses real weapons and planes instead of real targets. That keeps the game generally enjoyable and worth a second look.

Good job Mobius 1!

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Last updated: 12/27/2021
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