Taking charge of a variety of military aircraft with interchangeable loadouts, you'll find a variety of missions to undertake, ranging from combat air patrols to ground bombing and fighter intercepts. Graphically, this is a real gem. The in-game models are very strong and a look out of the cockpit windows at the gorgeous scenery is enough to create a real sense of "being there". This is further enhanced by the radio chatter that peppers the fighting sequences, be it calm messages from the air traffic controllers or the excited shouts of your fellow pilots when they take down an enemy. Control is nicely done through the DualShock 2 with the flight controls on the left analogue stick and cockpit view controlled from the right; the button assignments have been strategically designed to be comfortable and easy to remember in the heat of battle.
Flight combat games are quite a niche market, even on the next generation consoles, so it's nice to see Ace Combat 4 acting as ambassador for the genre. For those tired of platforms, car racing and the martial arts there's enough here to provide entertainment way beyond expectation. --Chris Russell
You won't find hundreds of dials and switches here!! The controls are very simple and easy to learn quickly. There are lots of missions to keep your trigger finger happy, and also a small variety of 2 player challenges (including standard dogfighting, and also a cooperative training mode!!)
The graphics are also some of the best out there for the genre; with the planes and environments all insanely detailed (sometimes it even looks photo-realistic!!)
You also get replays after a mission with a variety of camera angles; and these are worth paying the money just to watch!!
If you want a flight game, without the complexity of the typical simulator; and you just want it to be DAMN FUN!! then ace combat 4 is what your after.
Ace combat is definatly the front man in its genre and I recomend this to anyone who knows what an aircraft is.
I finished it in 2 nights on hard, with lots of sightseeing and flying into the ground trying to be flash. If you're used to flight sims (unlike me), or bought dropship first (like me) then rent it, DO NOT BUY IT! - You'll finish it in a weekend.
However, if you want just one flying game for the PS2, get this, without a doubt.
Its also got an excellent 2 player mode, although co-operative misions would be pretty good - it'd be a miracle to see a plane on your side other than you shoot something down, for a start!