Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
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Release Date: Jan 24, 2013

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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)
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All Might
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I haven't played an Ace Combat game since Playstation 1, and its still as fun as addictive as I remember. Don't care about the bad reviews, the game was fun. :)
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tj haine
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
First up I'll admit having not played an Ace Combat title since the PS1 days but I had a blast with this.

It gave me strong Modern Warfare flavours with a subtle undertone of Metal Gear Solid.

If you like pretty planes, acade style combat and a storyline you can get through in an afternoon while keeping an eye on your kids then it well worth a look.

If you want a realistic flight sim or a weaboo in a candy pink super jet then you'd be better off looking elsewhere.
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Rockon Stratos
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Pros:
Looks great
Has im@s ita-planes
Michael Baysplosions

Cons:
Nigh on unplayable with a keyboard
Default control scheme doesn't allow plane inversion
Time attack based mission objectives with arbitrary failure because your force of 50 (useless) allies missed 1 dude with an airsoft gun
Forced DFM to kill TGT_LEAD (Ace) enemies which have rediculous HP (Markov took about 40 missiles)

Only compelling reason to play game is to fly sick weaboo death machines
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Assassin's Weed
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Apparently there's a GPU issue with Windows 10, I have the game myself and I think it's great!
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Utage
( 31.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I generally avoid games with mixed reviews but in this case I'm glad I didn't, the game is nowhere near as bad as the reviews led me to believe.

I went into this completely blind with no expectations, I played on normal difficulty using a controller. The campaign lasted me about 10-11 hours and I haven't tried Free Mode or Multiplayer yet. I don't like writing long reviews so I'll sum things up:

Unlike previous Ace Combat games, Assault Horizon takes place in the real world and features a fairly large variety of missions putting you in different roles, ranging from a door gunner, to a helicopter pilot among others. (I HIGHLY recommend using first person view while using the helicopter). My only major gripe with the game however is Dog Fight Mode, it's actually not too bad most of the time, but the game forces you into using it on tgt_lead enemies to execute scripted events, you can't kill these enemies without DFM. All other enemies can be killed without it however.

+Large mission variety
+Many different aircraft to choose from, including a nice selection of paint schemes and missile types
+Game looks great visually, lots of different environments
- Scripted/forced DFM events
- Story is fairly uninteresting
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shamefulweevil
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Great game visually stunning and the story is pretty good.

Pros:

Great graphics, tons of planes, interesting story

Cons:

none really, not a big fan of the helicopter scenes, but that is a personal preference.
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LordBasset
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I had never played an Ace Combat game before. I just bought it and tried it out. While the gameplay is pretty easy, and it basically comes down to be a 'just blow it all up' type of American action game, it's still enjoyable because of the aircraft visuals.

BUT THEN
*spoilers*
Defend transport from 9001 Su-27 planes.

I quit.
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Krexel
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I seem to be one of the few who actually enjoyed this game, however it is my first Ace Compat game and I have been wanting to try out the others since everyone says they're so much better. So hey, I enjoyed this one so why wouldn't I enjoy the others?
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Blake7
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
It really, really is muck. this is not a simulator. It is nothing like a simulator. It throws you in a general direction and sends waves of planes at you. I tried hard to see the point and could not. I love simulators. FSX, DSC etc. Save your money. Don't mind the nonsense of people posting after saying it was a good game!!!
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I generally avoid games with mixed reviews but in this case I'm glad I didn't, the game is nowhere near as bad as the reviews led me to believe.

I went into this completely blind with no expectations, I played on normal difficulty using a controller. The campaign lasted me about 10-11 hours and I haven't tried Free Mode or Multiplayer yet. I don't like writing long reviews so I'll sum things up:

Unlike previous Ace Combat games, Assault Horizon takes place in the real world and features a fairly large variety of missions putting you in different roles, ranging from a door gunner, to a helicopter pilot among others. (I HIGHLY recommend using first person view while using the helicopter). My only major gripe with the game however is Dog Fight Mode, it's actually not too bad most of the time, but the game forces you into using it on tgt_lead enemies to execute scripted events, you can't kill these enemies without DFM. All other enemies can be killed without it however.

+Large mission variety
+Many different aircraft to choose from, including a nice selection of paint schemes and missile types
+Game looks great visually, lots of different environments
- Scripted/forced DFM events
- Story is fairly uninteresting
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I'll just list off what I liked & disliked, and why.

+ Visuals. While not amazing, they still look a little bit better than Ace Combat 6 (An infinitely better game, go get that for the Xbox 360 instead)

- There's no Aircraft and Weapons buying RPG element that I always liked about the old Ace Combat games. It gave a nice sense of progression and it's sad not to see it here.

- DFM. Basically it automatically tails the target and allows you to shoot or launch missiles at the target. It's completely unecessary, and sometimes the game won't let you progress until you use it at certain points, not that it would tell you that.
(There's a mission where you face an ace and try to defend a jet. I didn't realize I was supposed to use DFM and trigger a cutscene, so even after I hit the dang guy several times with my missiles I still lost. Yay.)

- Story. For some reason they decided the best idea would be to transplant the cheesy Ace Combat story into real life, automatically involving real emotions from real people and making it gritty. I'll be honest, I did not enjoy it at all.
It's like the Pierce Brosnan take on James Bond vs Daniel Craig. James Bond isn't a serious movie series to me, so I enjoyed the former a lot more. Sidetracking aside, it could do with a little goof to make the game feel better.

-Difficulty spikes. I'm all for having a difficult game (I'm playing on the highest difficulty at the moment) but it comes and goes between so easy you don't have to really pay attention, and 'oh god why are there eight missiles coming at me from every direction'. It's usually after a cutscene that this happens. Thankfully usually with a checkpoint.

-Small aesthetic points. One of the fun things about the game series is that you can look around the cockpit at all the details. With this game that's harder to do, and the planes seem oddly lacking in detail. You have much less freedom to look around at the panels in your plane. Yes, maybe this is a small complaint in the scheme of things but it's all the small things that makes the game less enjoyable as a whole.


Overall I can't reccomend this game. If possible, I would go for Ace Combat 4 for the PS2 or Ace Combat 6 for the Xbox 360.
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383 of 453 people (85%) found this review helpful
292 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2015
When I flew through the tunnel in Dubai, my wingman said,

"C'mon man, this isn't Ace Combat."

And he was right.
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497 of 633 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
196.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
In order to enjoy this game, you need to go in with an open mind and forget everything you know about Ace Combat. This is not an Ace Combat game. It's more like Call of Duty: Jet Fighter Edition. The story is pretty flat and is your typical 'Murrica vs terrorists plot. Also, make sure you turn off Flight Assist and change the control scheme to Original for the best experience.

Most people complain about DFM (Dogfight Mode) being too on-rails, and for the most part, they're right. There are some targets (called TGT_LEAD) that require you to engage DFM and follow them through a semi-scripted segment of cinematic explosions and debris before you can do any damage to them. I don't care for this feature myself, but it's not a big deal and it's fun to watch. For normal targets though, it's much more dynamic, as you can play a game of cat and mouse by counter maneuvering each other in DFM, or you can choose to not use DFM at all. Personally, I think that DFM, while a tad repetitive, is quite exhilarating. The helicopter and gunner missions are pretty grueling and last longer than they should, but fortunately there's only a few of them. They can be fun and intense at times though, especially on higher difficulties.

The multiplayer is where this game really shines, and now that the game is going on Steamworks, we should hopefully see more players. Capital Conquest is incredibly fun, and you can be a fighter, an attacker, or a helicopter and defend your HQ while capturing additional bases to spawn closer to the enemy's HQ. The aircraft are balanced so that fighters don't do much damage to ground targets, while attackers have an insane damage modifier against them, with the downside of being unable to engage DFM. Once your team captures the central control tower, you can go into ASM (Airstrike Mode) against the enemy's HQ as an attacker or multirole. You can attack the HQ directly without ASM but it's not as efficient, since ASM increases your reload speed. Helicopters are excellent for HQ defense since they can hover and shoot down incoming attackers. If you get 8 kills in a row, you can load up your PAK-FA with Trinity (tactical nuke) and decimate a wide area of ground targets. When your HQ's health bar gets low, someone on your team can make a desperate last ditch effort by launching in a B1 or B2 bomber and deal a large amount of damage to the enemy's HQ, but you better provide cover for him on his way there. There are tons of skills to unlock with points you earn from multiplayer, which include weapon damage boosts, improved homing missiles, increased armor, and improved maneuverability. All the skills are pretty balanced and none are too overpowered (except maybe Burst which maxes out defense, but it costs a lot of points and has a limited amount of uses).

If you're thinking about getting this game, get it for the multiplayer, You can play multiple roles other than a fighter, and the dogfighting is more fun and less predictable since you won't be spending the whole round circling each other which ends up happening in most other multiplayer jet games.
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195 of 241 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28, 2015
Oh, Ace Combat, why did you have to do this to me?

I'm a big fan of the series, it's always been a blast to play, and yes there were low times, but never so much as this. Now, i'm not saying that the game is 100% terrible, it DOES have it's pros, but it has many more cons. I'll list them below;

Pros:
-The plane flight mechanics feel tight and responsive, sure they're not realistic, but we're not playing Ace Combat for realism, are we? We're playing it for the fun of doing crazy air stunts and gunning down people along the way.
-The sound design is nothing spectacular, but it does it's job. The guns and the music are serviceable. Now, the old Ace Combats had some great soundtracks with some spectacularly memorable pieces. DO NOT expect those here. But, at the same time, it's not terrible.
- The planes, while not being the highest texture quality you've ever seen, are pretty damn sexy. As are some of the spark and explosion effects, it does feel good to gun down planes out of the sky and watch them burst into flames.

Cons:
- The dogfighting system. Now, this one just relies on how you feel about the system. The dogfighting system allows you to lock onto an enemy and kep on their tail while firing at them. Alternatively, enemies can also do this to you. It does allow for some pretty cinematic chases, but ultimately after about three times it's already gotten old. What it actually boils down to is this: Lock onto the enemy. Wiggle stick a bit. Fire. Move on. Find new target. Lock onto new target. Wiggle stick a bit. Fire. Move on.
It makes the game just a million times easier and means that instead of having these amazing dogfights where you're doing all these crazy stunt mid air, it just means that you see an enemy...and now he's dead.
Most of the time.
In order to combat you doing this, the game suffers from the same artificial diffficulty that a lot of plane games suffer from, whereby your target will just perpetually fly away from you. Get an enemy into your line of sight, and all of a sudden they pull up. And up. And up. And then you pull up. And up. And up. And now you're just spinning a hundred times before you can lock him into your dogfighting system. No skill needed.
The next thing that annoys me is that the enemies can also lock YOU into the DFS (dog fighting system). It seems like a good idea, having to escape them, but it just boils down to doing exactly what the enemies do to you! You're chasing someone for aaaages and then BAM you're taken right out of it, so what do you do? Pull up until you escape. Now you can continue to chase NOPE YOU'RE BACK IN IT WHOOAAA CRAZY RIGHT? PULL UP PULL UP okay we're free again, now to finally chase that NOOOOOOOPE I'M BACK ♥♥♥♥♥ES.
-The helicopter missions. They're awful. You fly around a horribly controlled helicopter, gunning down floor enemies and the occasional helicopter. That's it. The heliocopter controls terribly, as i've mentioned, and the whole missions are just uninspired. Use these boring weapons and this boring helicopter and shoot some cars. Woo. Do that multiple times throughout the game.
-The turret sequences. OH? WHAT'S THAT? YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE HELICOPTER SEQUENCES? ALRIGHT WELL TELL YA WHAT, HOW ABOUT WE TAKE OUT THE WHOLE FLYING THE HELICOPTER THING AND JUST GIVE YOU A ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ TURRET? Yeah, thanks developers. There's literally whole missions where you load in, and shoot a turret for about 20 minutes at some foot soldiers, and then move on. No variety, no challenge, no interest, nothing. Just point at people and click. You don't even get to move around on your own. Just point and click. Oh you wanna do something else? NOPE. POINT AND CLICK.
-The voice acting. It's awful. There's not much to say except that everyone is just Mr Generic McGenericson or Mrs Genericson and her Generic babies. Maybe it's not even that bad, but seriously it's so generic that I think it dulled my senses.
-The story. Spoilers, i guess, but hoestly just read any Tom Clancy novel and you've heard this story. While the game is voiced by Mr Generic Genericson, the story was written by his superhero alter ego; JERRY GENERICMAN! American hero. He's the hero we need. Other people. They're the heroes we need. Terrorists have a bad plot to blow up some people! Quick; call America! Oh no, a Generic non-american bad guy who wants to do bad stuff. WE STOPPED HIM JUST IN TIME. BUT WILL YOU MAKE IT BACK IN ONE PIECE? Yes. Roll credits.
-The AC130 missions. Just fancier disguised turret sections.

Overall this game was a huge disappointment. Are you a huge fan of the series and you're just ACHING for more? Sure, pick it up on sale and just slog your way through it. Only have a slight interest? Just don't buy it. There are plenty of other plane games that you could get that are ultimately better.
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141 of 174 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2014
Just like the route taken by many other franchises in the past decade, Ace Combat Assault Horizon is, sadly, what happens when a Publisher/Developer decides to rise the finger towards their loyal fanbase, and tries their hardest to appeal to a different, more modern mainstream crowd.

In the end and as a consequence, not only failing hard to get a piece of that pie, but losing the respect and support of those who were with them right from the beginning.


The Good
On the brightest side of things, there are twenty five different airplanes, three helicopters, and two bombers to chose from, each intricately modeled and textured, complete with beautiful, detailed cockpit views.

While the graphics menus are an absolute joke (more on that later), I haven't ran into any problems what so ever, everything works as it should, the framerate is stable, the controls are responsive and there are no visible glitches or problematic bugs typical of bad ports...


The Bad
In an effort to not only simplify the game but make it more "edgy n'cool", the developers introduced a new mechanic that goes by the name of Dog Fighting Mode (DFM for short), a mode that gets you close to the action, glues you to your enemy and takes literally up to about 90% of the control off of your hands, just so you may shoot him down with your suddenly increased aimbot like super accuracy.

As a result, DFM is nothing but an on-rails, scripted, nauseating (boy, that zoom in/out camera/field of view) joke that takes you on a quest you cannot possibly fail; It requires absolutely no skill whatsoever, providing no fun a result.

Such ain't "optional" either, since certain enemies can ONLY be taken down using said mode, and others can also glue themselves to you, forcing such mode on yourself.

...as if that wasn't bad enough, certain enemies will take you on a rather long scripted adventure (you'll notice those right away, they're bullet sponges) and can only be disposed of, once their fancy "scripted" event has come to an end.


For the first time ever in the franchise, we're given the opportunity to take control of an Helicopter (in fact, tree of them); This is indeed a breath of fresh air in the game, but unfortunately its implementation leaves a lot to be desired.

To start off, the shaky, in your face, zoomed in Third-Person camera, has got to be one of the worst I've experienced in a game, the levitating brick occupies almost three quarters of the screen and flies all over the place, making its best efforts to obstruct your view all the time;

Thankfully, there is a cockpit view, and even that has the bad habit of shaking in an exaggerated manner and zooming in every time you lock your weapons on a target.

...now, as far as Helicopter gameplay goes, it could be described almost as a modern generic Third/First-Person Shooter (only clunkyer) and in the air, which consist off gunning down waves upon waves of ground forces who oppose no threat whatsoever (as in challenge), occasionally dodging a missile or two (it's laughable), and maybe, face off another chopper one on one; Oh, and you cannot crash it.

Nothing too complicated... in fact, if you're expecting anything that requires even the slightest amount of thought, strategy and/or skill, you might want to look somewhere else...


Be aware though!

The game has the bad habit of taking the control off of your hands, constantly zooming into whatever goes boom;
Trying a little bit to hard to make people go nuts over rad explosions, I guess...


New to the series are too the Turret Sections, which consist of nothing but press right click for "awesome".

Unfortunately, there are no unique and/or interesting mechanics to the big guns themselves, they don't overheat nor do they run out of ammo, rate of fire doesn't vary from turret to turret neither does the ammunition they consume...

...and as an effect, these sections come off as simplistic, stale, repetitive, and nothing more.

It could be said they exist for the sole reason of instant gratification, and it wouldn't be too far of the truth, as challenge is kept to a bare minimum and all it resorts to, is: Everything you look at explodes and anything that hadn't exploded yet is inoffensive to your mighty immortality.


Which brings me to...

...the Health Bar of old, which is nowhere to be seen, and there is a reason for such;
Our friends at Namco, decided it'd be a good idea to borrow, amongst other things, one of the worst fads in gaming; The absolute ATROCITY that is regenerative health.

Yes, that's right, Planes/Helicopters fix them selves (you'll notice a red screen displaying Critical, Heavy and Light Damage at times);


But wait, this ain't over yet!

If that wasn't ridiculous enough, our beautiful flying machines now bounce of the ground as if they're made of rubber.

Together with "Invincibility Mode", such can be abused to no end...



...but boy, oh boy, there's more;

Amongst other fads brought to the table, is the poor implementation of either intrusive Quick Time Events (QTEs for short), that serve no purpose other than breaking the flow of the game, or QTEs that don't even have an impact on anything (yes some can be ignored completely)!

Some cutscenes are unskippable (thankfully those are very, very few and far in between), forcing you to "take control" of the camera, as in, moving the main character's head to look around, because apparently someone somewhere thought that'd be fun.


To add insult to the injury, not only is our main villain the typical evil Russian guy (because 'Murica, I guess) he's also called Markov; Doesn't this ring a bell?

Even the name is similar to an evil guy from a certain overly successful, yearly franchise that's been copied to the point of exhaustion for the past decade!

...it might seem like I'm nitpicking by now, but it's blatantly obvious who or what this game has drawn inspiration (or should I say lack thereof) from, there's even a boring, uninspired AC130 mission thrown into the mix, and a long boring one at that (actually, most missions overstay their welcome)! Who finds this fun and why?


The Ugly
While this game is properly optimized from my experience, the Graphic Settings menu is a joke, there are only four available options to "tweak", Antialiasing (can only be turned On or Off), Fullscreen, Vsync and Resolution.


On a side note, while the PC version contains all the DLC included, don't even get me started on how ridiculous and overpriced they were on the console version, which used to charge from $4, up to $6 for individual Painting schemes and Aircraft (Not sure if it still does)!

Boy have standards fallen low, uh?


Final Verdict:
Ace Combat Assault Horizon is a game that tries to hard to be the next big thing; Not only does it feel desperate, like a little kid yelling and screaming for attention, it also feels like a compilation of everything that is wrong with games, the industry nowadays and the mentality of those who Publish/Develop the games we used to know and love.

Therefore, earning an abysmal rEvo's rating of 2.5/10


I can't remember a single moment where I was enjoying myself; I felt suffocated in the middle of all of its "edgy" in your face exaggeration, mixed with boring, generic simplified gameplay mechanics...

It felt cheap, it felt empty and it felt outdated...

Outdated in the sense that the kind of game Assault Horizon is trying to be, has been copied and beaten to death multiple times in the past decade.

It's just not its unique thing anymore, and as a result you'll find "Assault Horizon's" core, in any other brown, cinematic (edgy), military (or not), linear, scripted, simplified, over budgeted, mediocre AAA (triple A) game out there...


At the very least, the game's well programmed and functional, doesn't crash nor does it stutter around...
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266 of 378 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Ace Combat's first outing on PC is one of style, cool visuals, and horrible delivery. While the DFM mode adds a cool element of spectacular destruction, it wears out its welcome when it is literally forced onto the player in some sections. These kind of sequences aren't new and they can work well, like in the new Fallouts. However, there you voluntarily activate the sequence. Here, it's required in some portions. It literally becomes an on the rail shooter without warning and only serves to jar.

But, the most damning and horrible shortcoming is the control interface: You're literally forced to use a gamepad lest you have to endure shoddy keyboard controls or even worse joystick control. The Joystick support is non-existent. This is unacceptable. Some say this is a game meant to be played on a gamepad and this just smacks of apologetics for laziness that has become so familiar within the industry. Even Tom Clancy's HAWX, which wasn't all that good, had a basic dead zone slider and that came out in 2009, this was early 2013. There's no excuse for this at all. Why can't someone with a joystick enjoy a game about flight? Why is the joystick suddenly a peripheral only for the hardcore flight sim? And why are people defending this lazy thinking as if spending money on a game were a privilege for them?

In the end, this is a horrible game and for those seeking a good arcade flying experience would be better served with the original HAWX or, better still, going out and buying a PS2 with its trilogy of Ace Combats. Those games are superior in everyway to this pile of dung. If you're looking for a good arcadey experience on pc? Your regular flight sims can provide; just crank down the physic settings and difficulty. Wings of Prey is also another good choice for that when compared to this.

Either way, this games is awful. Skip.
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154 of 212 people (73%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Not the Ace Combat I remember from my good old Playstation days unfortunately. Good game? Maybe.
Pros:
+ Nice picture
+ Not a bad soundtrack
+ New game modes (bomber, heli)
+ Has quite a few arcade elements from the previous games
+ General idea of the "chase" is neat but
Cons:
- Forcing people to use "chase" mode against VIP targets is just a big NO
- Durability of said VIPs is ridiculous
- Gameplay in general feels boring somehow. Didn't happen for the AC games I've seen before.
- CoD-style missions on the transp. heli minigun
- Nanites-covered aircraft which can fix up themselves during the flight given a bit of time. Only works for players.
- Barrel roll on the attack helicopters
- Unlike previous AC games this one is set on real life Earth which brings politics into play =/
- Story and characters just don't make you feel for them. Or even remember them.
As the game itself it's quite alright by the standards of modern gaming. But as AC game this one seems to fall flat on its face. As someone said this game is what happens when Michael Bay tries to make a flight sim.
Feel free to try it during the sales time. It might appeal to you but I can't recommend this.
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70 of 89 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
220.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Let's get one thing straight.
I have almost over 4,000 hours and 10,000+ sorties on this game on all 3 platforms combined.
I know what I am talking about, thanks.
This game's on sale right now as of Thanksgiving 2015, and I hope you'll read this review and take it to heart.
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This is Assault Horizon, NOT an Ace Combat game.
This is 60 FPS Arcade Aerial Combat at its finest.
Assault Horizon is a very under-rated videogame that was shunned by it's Ace Combat fanbase, worth it solely for the multiplayer experience.

This was an experiment by Project Aces to solve the QAAM Spam from Ace Combat 6's Multiplayer.

The game is niche, and Ace Combat players hate it for the DFM mechanic. I don't fault the Ace Combat players in that anything hurting their precious singleplayer experience is to be hated on immediately, but I can't blame them because DFM is so forced in the game that it hurts the overall feel of the game, but all you need is 1 playthrough. 3 max if you're 100%ing the game.

If you're new to the game you'll see that the DFM mechanic is very forced in singleplayer, this is to prepare you for the main bread and butter of the game; Multiplayer. It's what Assault Horizon was built around, and it's a fine tuned experience.

Unfortunately Multiplayer is deadish, only very few hardcore dedicated fans stick around, and the community is very small bringing in under 150ish aces platform wide, with about 15 of them being top tier, and about 5 out of that tier being active.

I'd aliken AH to Quake in that skilled players online will dance circles around newbies, nobody wants to play when your only opponent is a guy that can beat you blindfolded, right? It's a game that's rewarding to master, and it shows.

If you're looking to achievement hunt this game, get it and download a 100% save, then flesh out your achievements.
If you're looking to buy this and play singleplayer hoping for JETS and AWESOMENESS, then pass it up. You'd be better watching a Youtube Let's play of it. Trust me, you're not losing much by missing out.

If you want to play a 60 FPS arcade jetfighter game with some hard-core veterans, then download it and pop me a friend request. I'd be more than happy to play with you.
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179 of 261 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
I can't tell you how good (or bad) Assault Horizon is compared to previous Ace Combat titles because I never played any of them. As a newcomer to the series, I quite enjoyed my time with it.

The graphics are good, except for ground textures, which are what you would expect from games of this genre – low-resolution and blurry. But there's a plenitude of 3D buildings, the jets and helicopters are well crafted, explosions look nice, and even characters don't look bad at all.

Fighter jet gameplay is simple enough and shooting down enemies while in DFM (dog fight mode) is very satisfying. The only problem is that the HUD (heads-up display) can be a little intrusive, with too much information on screen. This can prove distracting at times, especially with the amount of dialog going on.

Helicopters are absolutely dreadful to control, however. Luckily there are only a couple of helicopter missions in the campaign, and they're far between.

As a side note, I might add that the game can be perfectly played with mouse and keyboard, but was clearly designed with a gamepad in mind.

The story is utterly forgettable, but I reckon it is not the selling point of this game, so it can be safely ignored.

The sound effects are decent. On the other hand, the soundtrack, while not bad per se, is very repetitive and does not go together well with the action.

Lastly, multiplayer is fun, even if few people bother with it due to Games For Windows Live.

Overall, a solid game.

UPDATE: Since the writing of this review, Games For Windows Live has been patched out of the game.
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