It's already tough to identify with the faceless, supersonic stars of Ace Combat, but when you add three minutes of financial discussion, incessant fly bys and underwhelming PSP graphics, the urge to hop aboard the latest entry, Joint Assault, quickly fades. Don't get me wrong, I'm a major Ace fan and have beaten every game in the series, but this trailer ain't exactly aftering my burner.
That said, the real-world locations and four-player campaign co-op are definitely enticing, as both are brand new to the series. The idea of soaring over San Francisco, Tokyo and Egypt with three buddies, locked in battle with a sun-blotting super jet, has a certain appeal, as do the proposed eight-player multiplayer modes. However, those aging PSP visuals aren't selling the experience too well, especially for a series that's historically ushered in amazing new graphics with each console shift. If this were in development for PS3, we'd be singing a different tune.
Hopefully some hands-on time will quell these initial impressions, and further Ace Combat's dominance of the virtual flight scene. Joint Assault is down for a "summer" release, so we should know pretty soon either way.
April 22, 2010