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Burning Ranger1623th Post
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| "Re(2):Console Flight Sim Discussion (Ace Comb" , posted Sat 28 Nov 08:27|
Ace Combat 4 brings the storyline in simple cutscenes (cool storyline nevertheless) while Ace Combat 5 has a darker, more serious tone and the story is presented by FMVs and a LOT of radio chat. Plot-wise, I'd recommend AC5, because it's somehow easier to get attached to the characters, but be aware that if you're looking for something else after finishing the campaign, maybe it's a good idea to stick with AC4. While AC5 has a bare-bones "Arcade Mode" with Mobius-1 from AC4, it lacks any kind of multiplayer.
Also, if you want your actions having some impact on the story, your enemies in Ace Combat Zero will react accordingly to your reputation (built by your actions in the game) and some cutscenes will be different too.
Thanks for the feedback. I've ordered AC5 and I'll track down a copy of AC4 as well. I hear that each of the games don't necessarily tie into each other, even though they exist on the same universe (alternate Earth). It's a good thing because I'll probably not play the games sequentially.
I'm hoping the experience in AC4 and AC5 lives up to AC6's. I loved AC6's presentation (the dramatic music, all of the chatter, etc) and the gameplay. The story is important too, but I liked AC6's "Gordon Freeman" approach: you play a character but you never speak, nor do the supporting characters give you a lot of details (leaving a lot of blanks you can fill in yourself), and you get to play a role in a bigger outside story. .
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Burning Ranger1642th Post
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| "Joint Assault thoughts - Plus AC 4 &5 Thought" , posted Fri 5 Mar 01:39|
The new Ace Combat announced for PSP seems nice so far:
I didn't even know Magic Box was still around... That site used to be good, but I've moved on to different sources for my gaming intel long ago.
I don't know what to think about Joint Assault. The reason is because I come from a military background--I was the child of a US Air Force member and I work for the Military Industrial Complex (that's all you'll get out of me! heh heh).
I liked the "alternate reality" Earth of the other AC games because you don't have to worry about how different countries (fake ones, BTW) have certain aircraft (like how the Russia-stand ins have F-16s, F-22s, and B-52s or how the good guys have MiGs and SU-33s in addition to NATO aircraft). In the JA trailer, there was a clip of a B-52 getting shot down. Because the game is set in a "real world" environment, I interpret it as someone shooting down a USAF plane (since they're the only one in our real world who uses the plane). I'm not against this of course, but there would have to be some good explanation that will allow me to suspend my disbelief.
This is also why I'm a little annoyed at Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer--how the hell do insurgents get access to Harriers, AC-130s, and Predator's? Sure, I know it's multiplayer and doesn't really happen in the single player campaign, but having been around military most of my life, it is a little annoying.
I haven't tried the PSP Ace Combat games yet...I might do so one of these days.
Also, I recently finished the campaigns in both AC4 and AC5...it was good to actually see how the series has evolved over time. Especially liked AC5...deeper more engaging story and good music, though I was annoyed at some of the missions. I'd like to try Zero, but I think I'll give the genre a break while I play other games.
So much to do so little time...