Ace Combat: Assault Horizon trailer stresses importance of staying fly, staying strong

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


  • SnowCat - August 12, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    Kinda sad, that AC goes for "bad russian" theme, still hope to see some interesting story, not another CoD MW idiocy. Also bad, that no more chose you favorite plane and so. Hello H.A.W.X. 2 and it preset planes and armament :(
  • FoxdenRacing - August 12, 2011 1 a.m.

    Other confirmed palyable planes [due to having the in-game HUD on them at one point or another] are the standard compliment of F-series, the A-10, the SU-33, the Typhoon, the Mirage, the AH64, and the HIND. Here's hoping they don't screw it up by trying to turn it into "Michael Bay presents: Ace Combat - HAWX 3".
  • FoxdenRacing - August 12, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Anybody that's curious, the F22 lookalike in the final flyby is the Sukhoi PAK FA [official designation T-50], Russia's answer to the F22. Real plane, set to enter production in 2015. 1 crew, capable of 16,000lbs of armaments, capable of cruising at about Mach 1.5, pulls 11G, and can go from 0 to its ceiling limit of 65,000' in one minute flat. That was a hard one to track down...thank you Google and Wikipedia.
  • Red - August 12, 2011 12:40 a.m.

    I always get such a nerd boner when I watch Ace Combat trailers.
  • Alomeigne - August 12, 2011 12:34 a.m.

    They're the Razgriz :p, and this game looks pretty awesome, played every Ace Combat so far, glad to finally see a change to the formula.
  • Redeater - August 12, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    Everytime I hear this name I hear Puddle of Mud in my head. Damn you spell it.

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