Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
User reviews: Mixed (2,725 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
24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
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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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
An Ace Combat game that's completely on the rails. The only effective way to shoot down aircraft is through a dogfight mode which flies the aircraft for you, the movement is so erratic in this mode that it just gets annoying over time to try and focus the cursor over the enemy jet while it's doing 10g moves. Most of these dogfight sequences are heavily scripted with the enemy jet not blowing up until you pass through scenic explosions and carnage that wouldn't have happened otherwise and that's what bugs me the most. Sometimes planes can take 2 missiles and explode which is usually the fastest some standard jet planes can go down, but sometimes planes can also take up to 4-6 missile hits and a barrage of guns only to explode after we see some stylized collateral damage.

The story is also uninspiring when compared to past Ace Combat games. Anything interesting in the plot could've been seen a mile away with as the game tries to hold your hand through its already weak plot.

The game tries to make up for its lackluster gameplay by expanding on what you can do in the game: bombing and helicopter assaults. Helicopter missions are a bit weak while the bombing ones are actually interesting althought there is only a total of 1 bombing mission in the game.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this game if you're a fan of the series or want to avoid an on the rails game.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
As a loyalist to the PS2 series ths game does not live up at all to bear the name Ace Combat. Sadly this game has a cheesy predictable story and while the planes have vairtety they all feel the same sicne the game is driven by on rails mechanaics. If you never played an Ace Combat game buy it if it is on sale but if you love the PS2 games it will not deliever to such high expectations.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
If you enjoyed the previous Ace Combat titles, you may not like this one. For me, there are way too many on-rails gameplay forced on you - especially Dogfight Mode (DFM). Essentially you follow the tail of an enemy jet doing crazy unrealistic maneuvers but you don't even have to control anything except fire missiles and guns. Well you do have to control turning the aircraft a little bit (BUT most of aircraft flying control is automated in DFM). In fact, certain required targets, those marked TGT_LEAD, can only be destroyed by initiating the on-rails experience of DFM. They tried to make this game too cinematic like Call of Duty and the DFM is very cinematic but repetitive.

I liked how they added helicopter Apache missions, a bomber (B-2 Spirit or B-1 Lancer) mission, a AC-130 gunner mission and transport heli gunner missions. However, there were not enough jet missions and jet mission variety (especially when compared to older Ace Combat games).

Never played multiplayer because it is dead and found zero online games to join (on a Sunday afternoon) . I didn't bother trying the online Co-op.

Air Strike Mode (ASM) is at times required throughout the game, and it's kind of like on-rails bombing gameplay. Fortunately it's only forced on you a few times and most of the time it's optional. It's not overly done so it doesn't feel repetitive.

All in all, they added many new features to this game, but I think most of them made the game worse.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
As a first thing I have to say I didn't play any of the previous Ace Acombat games. In fact, I didn't even know they existed. There are lot of complaints that it's not true to the previous games and I guess that's true.

This is a very arcadey airplane game with a story straight out of CoD: MW or some Tom Clancy thing. Those are my guilty pleasure so that's great. Most of the game is air-to-air combat, but sometimes they're mixed with air-to-ground enemies and then there are missions where you're a helicopter gunner, helicopter pilot, AC-130 gunner, B2 bomber and there's one anti ship mission where you're flying the A-10. So pretty varied. I played it with a DS4 for most things and a mouse for the gunner missions and it controlled mostly pretty well.

+ Cheesy story where you get to save America
+ The Dog Fight Mode made the whole thing more arcadey and, for me, more fun. Some people really don't like it.
+ Plenty of aircrafts to choose from, including a F-35 with a Pac-Man skin. Because why the hell not.
+ Some of the locales are cool, like a giant battle around the Kremlin.
+ Anime skins for your aircraft. This is probably the best feature - your waifu is your co-pilot.
+ Recently moved from GFWL to Steamworks, so there are no annoyances stemming from the former.

- The helicopter controls felt somewhat weird, but I got over that.

In the end, I really enjoyed this.

rating: 2 golden sloths
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