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.