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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see a great series migrate to next gen... but..., 27 Dec 2007
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
I've been a long running fan of Ace Combat series, owning everyt title and finished every mission, S ranked, with pretty much everything unlocked on them all. Seeing what Project Aces brings with each new release has always been a source of much anticipation for me. Just thought I'd explain my mindset as I write this review.

So, the AC series finally hit's a next gen console, the 360, with Live support. I was thrilled when I heard, and bought the day it was released.

First of all, the game looks fantastic, as to be expected. The look n feel is identifical to the prior AC games, which is perfect, as it gives the player a good sense of being "in combat", blending a certain level of realism with a great arcade experience. I did find the XB controller a bit mroe cumberson for quick plane maneuvers compared to a PS2 pad, but thats neither here nor there.

New features added in this title consist of downloadable content via XBOX Live Marketplace, such as different colours for your aircraft, which in this series are more than cosmetic - they actually alter the crafts statistical values; For example, you can purchase the F22 colour scheme "Mobius 1" as seen in AC4. This gives the F22 near maximum Air-to-Air, Speed, Acceleration and Stability, but reduces defence to the point that you *will* be shot down with a single missle hit. Also in game is the new Allied Assistance guage. As you progress missions, fulfilling objectives and destroying enemies, you fill a guage. When it reaches certain points you can call in "Allied Attack" or "Allied Cover" at the expense of this guage. This causes all local allied planes to attack targets in the area local to you. This makes for some great large scale battles, and allows the player to very much pull themselves out of tight spots and turn the tide of a battle.

However, it's not all happy smiles. There were a few disappointing factors of the game. First of all, there is a distinct lack of planes available in this title, many long time favourites being dropped (My precious Su-37 is nowhere to be seen!). Generally there are only a few planes a player will regularly use, however I found myself all but using 3 for the entire game. My biggest gripe though, is the absence of a real plot. AC games have always revolved around some kind of military conflict set in their universe, however, the epic storytelling element we saw in Ace Combat 5: Squardon Leader, seems to have vanished. The plot line we are given is ample and does have some character development, but its very shallow in comparisan to prior titles (Even in AC4, where we learn a huge amount about our arhc rival, Yellow 13).

All in all, this is an excellent game, the detail and polish is a credit to the series, and it pushes it nicely into next gen. However it's far from the best title in the series, and fans who loved the gripping story the Demons of Razgriz, as seen in AC5, as well as the huge inventory of aircraft that you actually work to unlock, will be left feeling a tad hollow from this latest installment.

Full Collapse
Full Collapse
Offered by MasterDVD
Price: 5.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Setting the standards for all to follow..., 23 Dec 2002
This review is from: Full Collapse (Audio CD)
Their first widespread release, Thursday's 'Full Collapse' sets the standards that ANY band should aspire to in this day and age. Thursday have used their life expereinces and innermost feelings to take Emo one stage further and throw it into the hardcore scene to make quite a stirring - and a good one at that! Their music spans from fast and upbeat to slower melody's, but they are all consistantly moving, bringing you heavy guitar riff's, hard drum beats and blasting vocals. The opening track 'Understadning In A Car Crash' sets the tone, followed up by powerful songs such as 'Autobiography of a Nation' and 'Paris in Flames' as well as the lifting, yet still deep 'Standing on the Edge of Summer' all is wrapped up with "How Long Is The Night?". A true masterpiece.

The Used (U.S. Version)
The Used (U.S. Version)
Price: 7.15

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post hardcore / melodic emo-core at it's best, 13 Dec 2002
This review is from: The Used (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
The Used have an amazing sound. The whole Emo/Post-Hardcore sound ahs become very popular recently, but that doesnt make them just another run of the mill wannabe band. Bert's (the lead singer) vocals are amazing, he has an incredible voice and the guitar riff's are top notch. Wheras this might be a little too soft for the old skool hardcore fan, don't rule out this album, which spams from piercing screams to melodic singing.

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