Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
User reviews: Mixed (2,569 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
107 of 143 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 114 people (64%) 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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57 of 96 people (59%) 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 66 people (56%) 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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29 of 55 people (53%) 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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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
i only bought this game because it said on the box that it was call of duty in the skies but i dont remember call of duty being this boring and unplayable

pros
+free anime planes that probably would have cost 5 dollars a pop if this game launched on pc first
+isnt too long so the pain ends quickly
+features numerous call of duty characters

cons
-tries to turn your computer into an xbox 360 when you launch it (fixed recently i think)
-nobody modded this game to not suck
-is NOT call of duty

overall 0/10 i recommend getting microsoft flight simulator and playing ace combat 4 music over it instead
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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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12 of 22 people (55%) 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 26 people (54%) 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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27 of 53 people (51%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Hmm..1 of nice planes games. Not bad game play, much nice camouflages and nice plane models. But story..Russia - enemy, after mission - Russia friend at war vs Russia :D Or at one mission I have to save my slave, but the fact that the slave should be behind me, but he front. Anyone who flies in front - the leading and rear - slave :) And i got for select few planes: few USA and few old from USSR :D So, i must at suck planes kill Russian Ac and nice plane Su-35 or Su-37 :D I don't remember :3

So, that game pretty good :3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
210.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
First of all, if you are an veteran in Ace Combat, forget everything you know about this game before judging. This game, like the developers said, is a test for new systems such as the DFM. Although we have seen that DFM did not work as great as they expected, it was a good try to add more content into the Ace Combat series.

For the ones that just picked this game up and know nothing about Ace Combat, it is important to note that this game itself is quite satisfying. The DFM may be boring and repetitive in the single player, but it is the most thrilling part in the multiplayer. However, there aren't many players in the multiplayer, so try to stick to capital domination and deathmatch or bring a friend to join you in the air.

Overall, AC:AH is a great game in itself. Although it does not fit to the traditional Ace Combat series, it is important to note that this game was a testbed for new ideas, and it has served its purpose well.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
The first time I started playing this game was on PS1 and I still have it, now I play on Steam and on my Tablet. This game has good graphics and good controls. I would say the best arcade flight sim out on the internet. 11/5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Good game. Campaign is action packed, graphics and gameplay are very good considering the price and it is a fun game. One slight downside is in the campaign, each mission is kind of the same but with a few changes and the whole campaign is a bit short. Otherwise a great game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Before I say anything else, I should point out that anyone who claims that they can't invert their plane or do a roll in ACAH didn't have the sense to even look at the options menu. Seriously. This option between control styles has been a thing since the PS2 Ace Combat games, and even if it wasn't, why would you not check the options menu?

Moving on...

I actually really like ACAH, but with two major complaints.

What are those complaints?
1. Helicopter missions literally give me a headache. I almost didn't buy the game during the last free weekend because of this.
2. The infamous DFM is required to take down certain enemy aces, and there's no shortage of these aces.

A minor complaint I have is that in the cockpit view, the HUD isn't integrated into the cockpit. I'd be fine with stunting my abilities a bit (as an optional thing of course) to have a slightly more immersive cockpit.

Those two msjor points certainly do damage the game, but it's still an arcade flight game that I find myself coming back to more often than others. It's just a lot of dumb fun. DFM is actually a nice mechanic when it's not shoved down your throat, and being able to get right up into the tail of an opposing fighter as it explodes makes for an interesting change than just seeing a tiny puff of smoke a kilometer or two away.

DFM for the most part is a system about managing your speed to be able to keep on the tail of an opposing fighter while being able to easily lock onto it and/or shoot it down with machine guns. If you get in too close then an enemy can pull off a counter maneuver to get behind you or simply make a hard brake into a direction you're not expecting to escape your sights, but if you're farther away, your acceptable lock-on circle gets smaller, and obviously it's harder to hit with machine guns. It's not quite as "on-rails" as some people would have you believe, but it certainly does assist you quite a bit in maneuvering.

An interesting note relatinmg to DFM is that I find myself actually having to use DFM to perform as well as in other titles. For whatever reason, pinning an enemy with machine guns seems much harder in ACAH than other arcade flight games I've played. I'm not sure if it's the speed of the game, the AI, or the control sensitivity, but there it is. That said, dropping behind an enemy and firing a couple of missiles works just as well as ever... unless it's an enemy ace. Then it doesn't do anything helpful at all.

As much as I like DFM, the game would most certainly be better if it didn't shove it down your throat (I know I made this point already, but it needs to be said again). It takes you on scripted sequences through exploding set pieces, which looks cool, but I'd rather just be able to take down enemies as I like and as fast as I can.

Aside from DFM, ACAH makes good use of visual effects to give it a pretty nice sence of speed not captured in most games. This is actually a large reason that I like the game so much, even thought it's pretty much a purely aesthetic thing. The feeling of speed is just... nice.


Anyway, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is a fun game. It's not like other games in the genre (or even in the Ace Combat series) due to its controversial DFM system, but that's not such a bad thing.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
It's the only Ace Combat game available on PC, which is pretty much the only advantage it has over its predecessors. Worth a try if you want an Ace Combat game and can't find any of the others. Otherwise, you might not want to bother.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
This game is basically Call Of Duty in a plane, at least for myself, which makes it hard to recommend. The single player story is fun, but a bit repetitive with an significantly over-used QTE mechanic. It's a sunday afternoon hungover filler, if that's what your looking for then great. Get it on sale.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
i love Ace combat series been playing it since ps 1
best fighting flight simulator ever made
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
All is 8/10 because this game presents a new mid-air combat.

I give 5/10 for the story because you have to control the aircraft then switch to control the helicopter. Some missions for single mode still confusing me. The story is too wide for the game.

9/10 for the graphic. All of design is awesome. The most fighter aircrafts look so real. I experience the thrill of driving a fighter. Motion was made out well.

10/10 for the Dogfight system. I really like and enjoy . You must use cunning and skill to defeat enemies. It depends on your ability rather than the plane you ride.
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