Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Namco's update to its long-running shooter series, is – like its predecessors – closer in tone to Star Fox than a flight sim. For this clip, though, the “this ain't your daddy's flight simulator!” positioning is kept to a minimum: with the year's biggest games being mainly tech-heavy military shooters, you'd be a damn fool not to play up the similarities between the new title and, say, some sort of warfare title in a modern setting, or perhaps a game about a field with battles on it. And Ace Combat: Assault Horizon may be loud, brash and wantonly destructive, but it's no damn fool: check the green-on-black titles, blood-on-lens damage effects and wealth of shots that could have come straight out of Infinity Ward's or DICE's latest.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon launches October 11 – right when the military-shooter hype is at fever pitch, and players, whipped into a competitive frenzy, will indiscriminately play anything where pulling the Right Trigger unleashes a cacophony of gunfire noises and makes onscreen explosions happen. That's not to say the title doesn't have its own tricks, of course: oddly enough, the game's main goal is the elimination of the “assault the horizon” sequences that typify the genre. The new “Close-Range Assault” mode, highlighted here, aims to eliminate lengthy periods of squinting into the distance, training your weapons on a single distant pixel – you know, 90% of most combat flight-sims. Say what you will for this explosive clip – the game sure looks to have nailed that element.
Aug 11, 2011