Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
User reviews: Mixed (2,577 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
111 of 148 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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73 of 115 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is not like the original ace combat, your missles will never work against AI and your gun is the primary weapon that is useless unless you use the shooter on rails functionality. DO NOT BUY if youre a fan of the original Ace Combat series on PS2.
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58 of 97 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
As a person that has played all the ace combat games i find this game a big let down,the story is very uninspired all the characters are plain and boring. Dog fight mode is forced down your throat, most enemys in the game can only be taken down in it some of them is even scripted were you unload hundreds of bullets and missiles in to a bullet spunge air craft till its over. one other thing for some strange reason they decided not to show you what the Jets look like when you go to choose before a story mode mission with is diffrent from all previous ace combat games.
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37 of 68 people (54%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is a flight combat simulator game from BANDAI, Another installment in Ace Combat series from the console.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon gameplay is quite arcade and kinda different from any Ace Combat I ever play. In fact, it is different. Some differences are good, even great, but there is something I considered crazy and not fun too. Let's start with the good stuff. My favorite one is the DFM or they call it Dog Fight Mode, which when you get closer to enemy bogey and lock on, you can enter DFM instead and chase the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ through anything, aim very close and engage with your jets machine gun instead of missiles just because it looks cool and epic. There is also ASM or they call it Air Strike Mode, almost similar to DFM except this one is for ground target. In some part of the mission, DFM or ASM are not optional because some enemies are just too ace to be shot down normally. There are also the new helicopter mission, bomber mission, AC-130 mission like the one in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Blackhawk minigun mission? The campaign story is also quite interesting.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon graphics are kinda great, and quite detailed. Overall the graphics is good. Performances is also great, no problems at all, at least on my end. Soundtracks of the game are kinda cool too.

Although, there is some bad things also, like the helicopter mission. While the helicopter gameplay is kinda fun, it's doesn't feel that great, and barrel roll with helicopter every moment you're about to get shot? That's just not awesome for me. The helicopter control itself is kinda restricted, why can't anybody make control of helicopter game like in Battlefield series? Is it because it's too hard for some? At least make it a choice. Then the Blackhawk minigun mission... I thought this is a flight combat simulator? Then the skill of special enemies... boss fight? Wow, they're just so ace that even with DFM they can dodge almost all my missile every single time! Even locking them to enter DFM is kinda hard. I spend quite a time just to dodge each instead destroying each other.

But aside from those, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon has many good moment. It's good arcade flight simulator game and fun to play. Helicopter mode needs some polish and it has potential. I recommend this.

Rating 7/10
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I am new Ace combat games. I've heard that this game sucked but really it didn't. I mean maybe the old ace combats are a lot better than this one. One thing i don't like is the DFM mode. It makes things a lot easier. Sometimes way to easy. It feels like it's the game that is doing everything for you. Although i really like this game, the graphics and storyline. Maybe DFM can suck sometimes really hard, it is actually usefull but I feel like a noob sometimes because old AC games don't have this feature making it very hard to keep up with enemies making it usefull for new guys like me. This game would deserve 10/10 if there was a feature that you could turn of DFM but still great though 8/10
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14 of 27 people (52%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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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29 of 57 people (51%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
WARWOLF ONE, PULL UP, PULL UP.

what is throttle

*9/11*
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
You dont w2ant my true review so yeah i wont recomand this its boring that its what i say too expensive and idd better buy arma 2 which is better i can install a lot of mod with choppa and planes and i can play vother mods as well but anyway id simp0ly put it as boring expensive and laggy
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
This game taught me how to fly.

10/10 would dogfight around the Washington Monument again
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10 of 20 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
It's ♥♥♥♥.

Do not buy this game, even if it's deeply discounted. Pretty much everything about is an absolute cluster♥♥♥♥. The 'innovative' gameplay features seem like they were specifically designed to disempower the player; you'll be groaning every time an enemy flight lead shows up because you'll know you have to engage in the godawful dogfight mode, flying around in a nauseating chase sequence while your target implausibly and frustratingly soaks up missile after missile. And that's far from the only problem with the game. Especially horrible is the way the game frequently decides to ♥♥♥♥ with you by messing with the camera.

Oddly the tacked on Call of Duty-ish elements, namely the helicopter doorgunner and AC-130 fire support missions were the most fun I got out of the game (the attack helicopter ones however are pretty awful). Although I have to say the doorgunner mission at the start of the game is extremely disturbing; it's essentially a war crimes simulation. No, the throwaway line about it being a UN santioned operation and the area being a 'free-fire zone' doesn't excuse it. Anyone who has ever read in-depth about about the Vietnam War knows what utter ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ a free-fire designation is.

On the plus side there's some very nice music (a franchise staple) and the graphics engine is genuinely impressive and versatile, delivering good up-close visuals of humans and other on-the-ground elements in addition to the usual aircraft fare. Which only makes it more of a shame that they decided to waste the effort and budget on this crappy real world Tom Clancy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ narrative, instead of giving us what everyone actually wants, which is a true Strangereal Ace Combat 7.

The narrative deserves special attention because of how downright ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and Russophobic it is. I understand why Russia keeps showing up over and over again as villains in these types of stories; it's the only vaguely credible threat to the American Empire left on the planet, aside from China which is too important a trade partner to risk villifying. But generally there's at least an attempt at nuance. Here's the entire message of Assault Horizon: Russians are backstabbing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, all of them. Except the token 'good' Russian, who is a nice subservient pet to our glorious American protaganists. No, just kidding, he's also a backstabbing traitorous ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, he was only pretending to be good. That's literally it. The villains entire motivation is that American bombing accidentally killed his waifu in Bosnia. I'm not even kidding or oversimplifying, that is literally it.

Compare this to something like Call of Duty 4 (let's try and forget the sequels...) which still had shades of Russophobia but at least bothered to divide them into 'good' and 'bad' Russians via a civil war plotline. In that game the chief antagonist Imran Zakhaev actually had a fairly credible motivation, though it wasn't given much attention. The line he gives in the games intro about Russian leaders prostituting their populations to the West and destroying their cultures and economies is 100% factual. The historical reality is that in the immediate aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union Russia was set to make the transition to a Scandanavian-style Social Democracy, because, whatever Americans may think, most Russians genuinely liked many aspects of the USSR, like socialized medicine and education. At which point the West, spearheaded by financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, stepped in and said 'no, what you really want is rampant privitization'. Yeltsin said 'okay', and the country was utterly exploited. A new aristrocracy of oligarchs rose to power, controlling most of the wealth and resources, and around 10 million people prematurely died, many simply drinking themselves to death in despair. Given that reality, the idea of a guy wanting to nuke the ♥♥♥♥ out of America isn't hard to believe.

Similarly Khaled Al-Asad and his generic Middle-Eastern 'separatists' have genuine grievences, though they're inevitably portrayed as genocidal monsters. Especially in light of the real-world Arab Spring where it became painfully obvious just how despised by their populations the US-backed dictatorships of the region were. Oh but don't worry, that annoying 'democracy' thing didn't last long in Egypt at any rate, and the US is backing a new military dictatorship.

Compare both those motivations to 'bombs killed my girlfriend'. Yeah...

tl;dr go play Vector Thrust, and/or resume grinding through sorties in Ace Combat Infinity. This game is ♥♥♥♥.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Bought this at a discount, so I don't feel too bad. However, this is not a game like HAWX or similar. Very limited airplane control (no barrel rolls possible for example). It's more a point-and-shoot QTE game than a flight/combat sim.
controls are messy, weapons damage is unrealistic, and like I said, flight control is limited to the point of being really weird.
Looks great, but flies horrible. Wouldn't recommend.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
The Dogfighting Mode makes me feel stupid. The enemy easily appears from behind in DFM from miles and miles away even if I use afterburner they still can chase me and DFM-me, ridiculous.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
100.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Only say good but not play it doesn't mean good, In the sky I'm ♥♥♥♥ing GOOD!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Excellent flight arcade game. If you liked the HAWX series or better yet enjoyed the Ace Combat series on the Playstation, this game is for you. This is the only Ace Combat available on the PC and Bandai finally remove dthe GFWL DRM for it and integrated the Steam DRM so you are good to go. Get a wired Xbox 360 gamepad for this title and enjoy !
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
this game for me is 10/10 and i ensure u that this will be for you aswell

if you like epic dogfight battles, and also bombing ground forces and also best part being in a helicopter omg its just the game for you lol


it has a epic campaighn dont wanna spoil it lol but omg its worth the money u can do co-op missions/ multiplayer well i doubt it will work because i havnt tested multiplayer yet but in future i will xD
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14 of 28 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
If you want a flighty sim then avoid this one. You have too many weapons, your wingmen seem to be there just to give radio chatter and get6 in the way and you seem to be able to fly through falling ironwork without worrying about it. I reall don't see what others see in this game.
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12 of 24 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
The chase cam and helicopter controls made me give up on this game. I was disapointed.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I bought this game hoping it would be like the ps2 versions I loved to play. I was disapointed. The games setup is like playing on autopilot, with most of the work now done by the game itself (ie dog fights)...Helicopters are better.
This game might be okay if you have never played another Ace Combat game, but for me it's boring.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Having played Ace Combat when I was younger on Playstation and Playstation 2, I've always been a huge fan of the series. This game is not like the others. Sure it's pretty to look at but I can't get over how the chase feature is completely rammed down my throat. I should be able to kill how I see fit. The chase mode should be an option to kill, not THE option. I can't help but echo some of the reviews below me, the story is bland, the characters are uninspired. For God's sake... there's a part where you're on a helicopter doing barrel rolls. smh. I can't believe Bandai Namco did this.
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