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King of the skies,
This review is from: Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (Video Game)
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I am a relative novice when it comes to flight fight games, but I have to say it feels like I've picked the best game to start with in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. I decided to play through the tutorials a couple of times to familiarise myself with the handling and controls - because of the complexities involved in flying a jet, sighting the enemy on land or in the sky and shooting them you have to feel comfortable with the controls - so half an hour spent completing these tutorial stages is time well invested. That said, you are also given the ability to customize controls to make them as easy or hard as you like - personally I preferred the harder control settings as it made the game seem more lifelike and less "arcade". When it comes to the actual game you can also begin on easier settings until you are comfortable in your virtual air to air combat. The initial Missions are fairly easy, so you don't need to worry about being thrown in at the deep end, and the storyline back on the ground adds a human dimension and some depth to proceedings so that it matters more that you do your job in the air. In a nutshell, the Federal Republic of Estovakia has decided to invade your beloved homeland, Emmeria. It's up to you (and a few others) to regain control.
Having never flown a jet in real life I cannot say for sure how realistic it feels, but the handling and flying experience seems close to what I think it would be like. The roar as you open the throttle is exhilarating, as is the feeling when you lock onto an enemy aircraft and open fire. Graphics are sharp and realistic, with the buildings of Gracemeria (the capital of Emmeria) shown in delectable detail even from a few thousand feet. The aircraft too (nearly thirty with more coming as downloadable content on XBL) look near perfect. The soundtrack doesn't disappoint either, a rich blend of orchestral music compliments the roar of the planes and the sounds of modern battle to really raise the adrenalin and set the scene. With three play modes available (Single, Co-op or Multi-player) there is plenty of playing time to be enjoyed - although the single player game feels a little short, taking around ten hours to complete. Thankfully this is saved by Xbox live, as it opens up unlimited game play. As many as sixteen players can fight it out in such multiplayer modes as Co-op Battle or Battle Royale.
With fifteen missions played out over six conflicts and the new living battlefield, the game has plenty to keep the attention. As far as flight combat games are concerned, Ace Combat 6 is the king of the skies.