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Good, but too much online play necessary and moments of AWFUL graphics
on 9 November 2010
Having loved the first one and usually buying games second hand, I spent more than I usually do for games and forked out £17-odd for this one when the price came down - and it was worth it, but I'm glad I didn't spend more. The story was quite poor compared to the first game, but I wasn't bothered. The levels were slightly more interesting and some were quite challenging. The controls felt more realistic and they've got rid of the flares being on the main joystick, where if you accidentally pushed down too hard turning you lost a flare.
Irritatingly though, I finished it quite quickly and found that to unlock pretty much anything else I needed to spend tedious lengths of time playing survival mode OR go online, which I'm not paying for (I never paid for counter-strike, so don't see why I should pay for xbox games). That's the main problem with this game and why I can't give it the full marks I was hoping for; they haven't stuck to the formula of rewarding players enough whilst they play, meaning that before I've unlocked the planes I want to use, I'm bored, questioning whether I want to unlock the new weapon pack on the F16 or whether there's any cheats. If you play it online, you'll be fine and the rewards will flood in naturally as you aim to be top gun, but against a machine there's no such interest.
Even more unforgivable are the shocking graphics that pop up every now and then in story mode (along with the shoddy ray-tracing on the plane, giving the reflection a jagged edge and leaving the plane looking a little cartoony), especially in video sequences where you would expect it to be better than what can be achieved during standard play.
If you love flight simulator games, you have to get it, there's not enough out there not to, but it isn't better than Ace Combat 6 (which had a contrived story, but great gameplay) and I expect not better than Ace Combat 7 when it's released :D