Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
User reviews: Mixed (2,288 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 24, 2013

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About This Game

Developed by the Project Aces team, ACE COMBAT™ ASSAULT HORIZON intensifies the franchise, escalating combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky. Players will engage in combat across the globe, dodging skyscrapers, and turning their enemies into fiery supersonic debris in both single player and online multiplayer. Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.

Key Features


  • Exclusive for PC : Improved graphics (resolution up to 1900x1200p) ; online play up to 16 players and a huge bonus content pack (8 aircraft, 2 maps, 27 skins, 9 skills upgrades).
  • Dramatic realistic story line – Written by New York Times Best Seller and military author Jim DeFelice, players will experience an engaging war drama spanning real-world locations across the globe.
  • Steel carnage destruction – Incredible detail and visual reaction for every explosive attack (aircraft are shredded to pieces, enemy troops annihilated, buildings shattered, machines bleed)
  • Entirely new aircraft to pilot – Experience split-second maneuvering and positioning, pinpoint targeting, hovering attacks and other gameplay diversity through the introduction of the Attack Helicopter, Door Gunner and more
  • Revolutionary Close-range Assault system – Delivering high-speed acrobatics, dizzying one-on-one encounters, satisfying visceral low-attitude and high-flying death from above
  • ACE COMBAT™ online reinvented – Take to the skies and engage hostile forces in a variety of modes including Capital Conquest (challenge opposing teams and fight to protect or take control of famous capitals around the world)

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 (32 or 64 bit versions, optimized for 64 bit and multicore processors )
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 8800GT and higher ; ATI radeon HD 3850 and higher
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:16 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct Sound Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Peripherals: Mouse & keyboard, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® or equivalent, Logitech Rumblepad 2 USB, Logitech Dual Action. Supported Flighsticks (Thrustmaster: T.Flight Hotas X,T.16000M, T.Flight Stick X, Speedlink SL-6640 Black Widow Flightstick, Hori Flightstick EX2, Saitek Aviator for Xbox 360)
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 (32 or 64 bit versions, optimized for 64 bit and multicore processors )
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Quad 2.7Ghz or better, AMD Phenom II X4 3Ghz or better
    • Memory:4 GB
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 8800GT and higher ; ATI radeon HD 3850
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:20GB
    • Sound:Direct Sound Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Peripherals: Mouse & keyboard, Microsoft Xbox 360® Controller for Windows® or equivalent, Logitech Rumblepad 2 USB, Logitech Dual Action. Supported Flighsticks (Thrustmaster: T.Flight Hotas X,T.16000M, T.Flight Stick X, Speedlink SL-6640 Black Widow Flightstick, Hori Flightstick EX2, Saitek Aviator for Xbox 360)
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
One of few ariel combat games that don't belong to hardcore similatots. You dont need a 50 page tutorial to play.

+ Good planes
+ Helicopters
+ Good graphics

- More console oriented gameplay/controls
- Scripted gamepley.

A PC version should be more flexible on controls.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I've played alot of the older games and I have to say, this one's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. The DFM mechanic makes multiplayer matches not take 4 hours to end. Without DFM no one would probably ever be hit.


Rating: 8/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Honestly i don't see why fans of the older Ace Combat games Hate this one so much, It has amazing Graphics a Kick ♥♥♥ soundtrack and around 40 planes to Fly into combat. The DFM mode makes multiplayer possible, Instaid of akward long matches with people Effortlessly avoiding all of your rockets DFM makes your enemy EAT your rockets!, It does have some problems though, The campain is pretty much Russia Bad, Murica Good! and none of the charecters are really that memorable. All in all this is a Great Arcade sim.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I am just going to go ahead and say it: This game is pure sex.
By that I mean that most of the combat invovles pressing the right button at the right time and not making any sudden moves. As shallow as this is, it is intense. It is full of quick-time events and cinematics of destroying targets with insane amounts of fire power. One can also have fun customizing the paint job and load out of your favorite aircraft and flying your favorite mission.
All that said, this is not a game for simulator enthusiists. The control is unrealistic and if you can't **** yourself that there is a chance that getting hit with a salvo of missles could kill you, then you will likely get bored. If you're not into flying jets or giant explosions, this game is not for you.
Also, I personally love the power metal-esque sound track.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fun gameplay. Crashed into large building. 9/11 Would recommend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
It's an upgrade form previous ACE COMBAT'S wich makes it a lot better, but the controls are a little wonky and the game will cheat so so so much! It's a little short for me, but the missions make up for it plus you gat a co-op feature in this which makes it a lot better. You also get some pretty good planes with kick ♥♥♥ weapons like the Trinity.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
존나 구진 조작감 + 씹 오버파워 보스
팔콘부터 혹스까지 여러 비행시뮬을 플레이해봤지만 내생에 이런 졸작을 플레이하게될줄은 꿈에도 몰랐다.
리뷰를 쓰는 지금도 내 하드에 박혀 6.8시간동안이나 용량을 처먹고 있었다는 사실을 믿기힘들다.
마르코프 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 남코 반다이 ♥♥♥♥♥♥새끼들
이 게임을 사기 직전으로 돌아갈수만 있다면 구매버튼을 누르는 나를 죽여버릴것이다.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Flying a jet in battlefield 3 is far more rewarding than Ace Combat. The game seems to completely shunt player skill in place for clunky kill cams and "bosses" that are just as dumb as their standard AI counterparts only with more health. The story is bland and completely unengaging. If you want to play an fps in the air then by all means pick up this game in a steam sale, but if you're here to actually dogfight, move on my friend.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Every bullet fired, missile launched, bomb dropp-ASKGNGSKNHKTRGSMDGVKsjfdphlnfdsglkeakgm



AMERICA

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BALD EAGLES ARE SWARMING INTO MY HOME
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Stay away.
Far, far away from this piece of junk.
controls dont work, you cant rebind them, and, just...
YUCK!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
It is fun but also the mission take awhile -.- I don't think I would buy this again.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Pros:
+Cheesey stupid b-movie style fun.
+/-arcade controls (ace combat fans may hate this)
+It's Call of Duty but you're a plane.
+Re-enact Top Gun with your friends.
+It's really fun to play online when you can find a match.

Cons:
-No Val Kilmer.
-It's Call of Duty with planes?
-Unfortunately, not a lot of people play this one online on PC. So don't expect to find matches quickly, unless more people buy it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
it spits on the previous ace combat games.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Nein Nein Nein! God damn it!

I only played Ace Combat on PSP before and i liked it, this game here it just looks nice that is all the rest is just annoying.

Those tons of little interruptions/cutscenes in almost every mission or enemys that force you to chase them trough a valley every time you repeat that mission (like blue on blue).
Really who comes up with those things when they developed this game. I cannot even force myself to make a second playthrough. One Playthrough kinda felt like a mix of a game Demo and damn bad movie.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
worst ace combat
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
127.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Excellent
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18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
If you've played any of the eariler Ace Combats such as IV, V, or Zero, this will be a major dissapointement. The realness is not there. To enhance dogfighting tactics, you don't have complete control of your aircraft. The cutscenes are definitely something out of a Sunday evening soap opera, because almost everything they say would never be said by anyone and their actions to match situations are just dorky. There's not even that many choices of aircraft to pilot.
Out of 5 stars, this would only get 1.5 if graphics are taken into account.
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19.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
What is up with all the negative reviews? In m y opinion its a fantasticly well made game with badass feeling gameplay. You arent the ACE, you become the ACE! Tu pezzas de merde!
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28.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This is my first and only experience with the Ace Combat series. Many reviewers here who are fans of the series often argue that the changes made to the gameplay have deprived the game of any sense of challenge and thus made the experience extremely boring. I'm inclined to agree with that statement. The real perpetrator in regard to dumbing down the gameplay is the new "Dogfight mode." Whenever you get close enough to an enemy fighter, you can trigger a mode where the camera zooms in on your opponent and the game glues your jet to his rear. At this point, the game practically plays itself for you. In Dogfight mode, staying behind your opponent requires pretty much no skill at all. Your fighter is basically placed on a set of rails in DF mode, and there's really no sense of accomplishment when you do take down your foe, because, as said before, there's practically no skill involved. This might not be so bad, if the campaign did not force you to make use of this mode at certain points.

On that subject, the campaign itself is equally bland. Most of the time you will be in your fighter engaging in the rather dull air-to-air combat, broken periodically by the chance to fly an attack helicopter or control the targeting computer of an AC gunship or some other gimic. To the game's credit, I enjoyed some of these set pieces. Manning the door gun of a helicopter was good fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the AC gunship section of the game. Basically, any part of the game that wasn't marred by the flawed movement and dogfighting was pretty enjoyable. Unfortunately, air-to-air dogfighting comprises the vast majority of the game. Periodically, you will be required to line up your aircraft to do strafing runs against ground targets, but the joy that could have been had with that is also ruined due to the mandatory use of a "ground attack mode" that places your jet on a set of rails, again depriving every last iota of challenge or fun. The one enjoyable aspect that applies to all parts of the campaign is that periodically when you destroy an enemy, the camera will zoom in on your kill, showing off the ensuing fire, explosions and wreckage in all its destructive glory. These bits were always pretty impressive to watch. The story is pretty uninspired; something to do with a civil war in Russia and some ultranationalist group. It's completely forgetable.

On a final note, if you are interested in giving this game a shot, I strongly recommend that you use a controller, as this game does not suit itself well to a mouse. While AC: AH offers some terrific visuals, the game is held back by some terrible gameplay mechanics, and at the end of the day, a polished turd is still just a turd.
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8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I have always been a huge fan of flight sims and actually bought this game twice. First for PS3 because I was so excited to play it, and once again so I could play it on PC with my flight stick. The controls are easy to configure.They did a fantastic job and capturing dog fighting chaos and making it playable. It is relentlessly fast paced and just a lot of fun to play. I wish I could get an Oculus Rift and integrate it into this game. I think I would probably get motion sickness or seizures, but it would be worth it.
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