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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon announced for PS3/360, looks fuggin' amazing

As much as we loved 2007's Ace Combat 6, its storytelling and general presentation felt very much trapped in the past. With the newly announced Assault Horizon, Namco appears to be striving for a decidedly Modern Warfare feel - notice the real-world locations, the first-person "oh shit" moments and the general grit that have so far eluded the console versions of Ace Combat. Gotta say, this looks fuggin' cool, especially for PS3 fans who had to sit out Ace 6.


Above: That sound you faintly hear is HAWX 2 gulping deeply

I also grabbed some stills from the trailer, so we can run through those real quick before you dip into the video.


Above: A soldier's cell phone, complete with Twitter app, suggests "this one's a game changer." Well, the acknowledgment of the real world is already a start


Above: Need more proof? Here's the US, with Florida highlighted. Looks like the trailer takes place in Miami


Above: Destructible buildings! Finally, missiles won't lifelessly impact against unmoving rectangles. How far will they take this idea? Can you topple buildings or just deface certain areas?


Above: While your F-22 is being tailed, this prompt appears. What does it do? Not sure, but that's new


Above: Helicopter missions! Here you see a stationary turret assault, probably one that zips you around various points on the map. Also suggests more variety in mission structure


Above: Don't worry though - there'll still be missions with you in direct control of your choppa


Above: The most Modern Warfare moment of them all comes at the end, where a parachuting dude is apparently struck by a passing jet. Our aviation boners have achieved Mach 9

And wouldn't you know it, that's all there is. Namco's sitting tight on all further details other than the release date - 2011, naturally. Personally, I'm totally behind this. Ace 6 looked and played amazing, but the unblemished cities and heavy-handed plot could really ruin the mood. Now, with the real-world battles and gruffer presentation, we could see a truly badass (if possibly over-testosteron'd) entry. This could, however, mean we lose some Ace hallmarks, like the flying fortresses, the laser towers and the arena-sized rail guns. After six-plus entries, I'm willing to give this a shot.

How about you, are you ready for a new take on Ace Combat? Liked it the old way? Never cared but now kinda wanna see how this one turns out? Let us know!

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34 comments

  • grumpyDinosaur - August 10, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Wow hot damn that was exciting! Hopefully they omit the puddle of mud from this one lol
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - August 10, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    Mach 9 doesn't exist on the Face of the earth That being said HAWX2(f**k you periods)VS Ace Combat FIGHT!!
  • crazyqazqaz - August 10, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    Looks pretty good, I might give it a look in.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 10, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Who else but Brett Elston. I'm not that excited, but who knows, could be good. That's a Blackberry, BTW. I wonder if there will be Alan Wake levels of product placement. Hawkgunner said, "Shooting @BinLaden in his fighter jet that he apparently has #terrorists"
  • RufusRuthless - August 10, 2010 4:26 p.m.

    that looks really really cool, perhaps ill finally give into some ace combat after all these years
  • FriendlyFire - August 10, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Any Ace Combat news is good news :) AC6 was a fantastic game.
  • Ridgley - August 10, 2010 4:29 p.m.

    I haven't played ace combat since the original. I might have to start it up again.
  • sixboxes - August 10, 2010 4:33 p.m.

    CH3BURASHKA: It's meant to look like a BB Bold, but definitely a mostly generic design. The "place call" and "end call" buttons don't have the right icons, and the trackpad is a diamond shape, rather than a square. Also, BBs don't have front facing cameras. /BB geek This plus HAWX 2 has me excited for a genre I've never really gotten into before.
  • MassSaber - August 10, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    I've been waiting for a sequel to AC6 for bloody ages, real world locations plus and the mega bosses still there I hope u don't an endgame like hawx's after all
  • BlankBrush - August 10, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    HOLY FCKNG MOSES! I havent played Ace Combat since the 5th one(get it, its awesome!), and this looks great. Definitely looking foward to it.
  • jakab11 - August 10, 2010 5:20 p.m.

    WOW this is what ive, nay we've been waiting for since AC6! 6 was sweet looked and played great but this looks like it has a chance to blow it out of the water. if this trailer is anything to go on, this is gonna be friggin sweet! also THANKS NAMCO BANDAI for announcing this!
  • TheWebSwinger - August 10, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    I've literally never cared about Ace Combat but...daaaaamn!
  • SillyPigeon - August 10, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Will there be Razgriz and POM background music???????????
  • Tommykrem - August 10, 2010 5:46 p.m.

    Anything but change! Just give me a hangar theme and a "Wardog Launch" and I'm buying.
  • Howetzer - August 10, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    Ok, Allthegoodnamesweretaken Im gunna have to go ahead and call you out on this one. "Mach 9 doesn't exist on the Face of the earth" Now because the speed of sound can varry pretty wildly due to atmospheric pressure, altitude, temperature , etc its hard to really say what mach 1 is, but most would say that mach 1 at sea level is about 760 mph. However we all know most planes do not fly at sea level so when we adjust for most altitudes planes would usually be flying at, say 5500 ft to about 36,000 feet, the speed of sound becomes more like 660 mph. So mach 9 then would equal 660*9 or arond 5,940 mph, lets just say 6,000 mph for the sake of making a nice round number. Not only do ICBM's and several other types of missiles travel faster than that (some ICBM's travel over 15,000 mph), but also if mach 9 didn't exist no one would ever have been able to make it into orbit around the planet earth considering escape velocity is about 17,500 mph. I hope we all enjoyed today's lesson.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - August 10, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    I am honestly excited. I played Ace Combat 6 and had alot of fun, But eventually it got stale. I will miss all the Si-fi elements if they do take them out for a more realistic game. ASSAULT HORIZON
  • Felixthecat - August 10, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    Woooooooooooooooooooooow!
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - August 10, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Nice one Howetzer you've proved me wrong But on a manned plane the fastest ever if I remember correctly is the SR-71 which was Mach 3.2 at above 80000 feet But then again it would be fun to flay a rocket with wings with smaller rockets mounted onto those wings
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - August 10, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    Mach 9 was also joke, so there's that.
  • Levy - August 10, 2010 6:58 p.m.

    I am excite

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