Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.
User reviews: Mixed (3,175 reviews) - 60% of the 3,175 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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)
    • 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
47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
If you never played Ace Combat before, you may like this game. Fans like me of the other games will pretty much be dissapointed in it. Both parties however will find the DFM or Dog Fight Mode novel at first, but after a while its extremely repettative and sometimes just broken, and the sad part is you need to use DFM on some planes so the fly by sequence can run its course to progress in the mission, these planes are basically invincible unless you use DFM.

Some cool fictional planes make a reapearence as bonus content like the CFA-44 Nosveratu from Ace Combat Six, but the special missiles are sadly nerfed, and somewhat useless in DFM.

-Better diologue then previous cheesy anime inspired diologue,
-The B-2 Bomber mission is pretty cool.
-Game gives you the ability to customize the color of your fighter.
-Previous games planes when shot down would just fall to the earth, now they expload and fall appart with oil and shrapnel and bits going every which way.

-Broken and repetative Dog Fight Mode which is pretty much forced on you.
-Attack Helicopter Missions are clumsy, and theres a sad lack of gunships to unlock and choose from.
-Helicopter Gunner missions are extremely irritating, luckily there is only two of them. (then why bother have them in there at all)
-C-130 mission is just in there for the hell of it.
-Game is pretty short, even on Ace Mode.
-Cinamatic Swquences are intrusive and annoying.
-The first half of the game has little replay value because of tutorial popups which cant be turned off.
-Multiplayer could be good if there were more players (not really the developers fault, but still an unfortunet fact.)

TL/DR: Mediocre Ace Combat experince, give us a PC port of Ace Combat 6 or Infinity instead please...
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56 of 84 people (67%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2015
I was aching for an old school flight simulator. For the briefest time it seemed like I had found it, right up until the game forced me to go into "dogfight" mode for every enemy that isn't a complete incompetent which is essentially a QTE.

This game is a series of QTEs.

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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
129.5 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.

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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Hard to recommend but I like the game and enjoy playing it!
Well after 4 hours I think that I am able to write a review. The story is about some bad guys who want to blew up the world and you have to stop them... but you do not play games like these for an 'amazing' story right?

You play it to blew things up... and by that I mean a lot of things! The best thing about that.. it is pretty fun!
The game controlls are at the beginning a little bit clunky, but after a while you getting used to it and after setting things up in the input-config file to enable the mouse support things aren't that bad.
(You should also create a 'NAMCO' Folder inside your documents, otherwise the game won't save any settings!)

Flying and fighting in a plane makes a lot of fun and it is pretty hard to fail. While blewing things up the soundtrack keeps pushing you so motivation shouldn't be a problem.

Edit: The helicopter missions are annoying but there are luckily there aren't much of them & Missions are take a little bit too much time..

The graphics are for a PC Port. pretty good. (No eye-candy but therefore exist other games right?)

I recommend to get this game during a sale for 5€ or 5$ or whatever currency you are using.

Review may change in details while I continue the game.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2015
Either you like it or not, Ace Combat Assault Horizon is a decently good game.

For the fighter jet missions, Beautiful graphics, The fast paced in-your-face dogfighting combat is fun and makes you feel bada$$! Awesome soundtrack, definitely not dissapointed! It's a really fun game when you look at all the action alone and stuff. DFM (DogFightMode) mode is fun, but a bit OP, as all you have to do is lock in DFM and fire missiles. ASM (AirStrikeMode) is difficult, and you have to align the plane to face the targets to shoot them down with the machine gun if your missiles don't recharge fast enough. Personally I thought ASM is a bit dissapointing.

The helicopter missions are a bit ehh, slower paced and can be a bit boring as your objectives are to cover the ground allies and shoot down cars and other helicopters. Guess how you dodge a missile in a helicopter? By doing a full sideflip lol. The helicopter missions are the ones I don't really enjoy that much to be honest. The angle isnt the best on 3rd person, so I suggest 1st.

The helicopter door-gunner missions are also slower paced and can be a bit boring. Kinda laid-back gameplay. Also for the door-gunner mission, the camera is behind the soldier, which makes looking out a bit difficult.

The objectives for the game is mostly: Cover you allies, Destroy enemies ASAP etc etc. If you do not do it in time, you will fail the mission. Also, the concept is the typical Americans vs Russian storyline, nothing too special.

Awesome Soundtrack,
Nice Graphics and fast gameplay is exciting.
Flying and fighting jets is pretty fun.
Impressive fighter jet gameplay.
DFM mode is actually alright.

Helicopter and Door-gunner missions are a bit stale
Bad Angle for Door-gunner missions.
Helicopter missions can get boring.
Mostly same objectives.
ASM mode is a bit difficult.
Stale storyline.

I would give this game a 6.5/10.
So is it worth it????
For 20 bucks, No.
On sale for 5 bucks, Yes. Could be like 4 or 3 bucks tho.
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