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.
As we explained in our recent preview, the latest Ace Combat is a modern-era departure from the series' fictional, melodramatic roots. Where there was once a made-up army fighting in a made-up country, there's now a battle taking place over a besieged African city. Real-world locations, helicopters and close-quarters combat highlight the game's many new points, but this trailer emphasizes the gritty, darker tone of Assault Horizon, which roughly translates to "make it look like Modern Warfare" and soak that sucker in guitars!
Namco's drastic re-imagining of its Ace Combat flight series is now officially slated for an October 11 US release date, with the Europe release following on October 14. Gone are the fictional cities and near-space-age tech from earlier Ace games - now it looks to feature real-world locations with comparatively serious storytelling.
Here's the latest trailer out of Namco, called "The Shark." It features an evil ace pilot who's earned the titular nickname.
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...
This latest trailer for Namco Bandai's Ace Combat: Assault Horizon takes a
break from the frenetic action that's characterized the game so far. Instead,
the clip offers the opportunity to expand your horizon-assaulting experience
with some multiplayer DLC. Have you always wanted to visit Tokyo? Do so via
this trailer: in the game, you'll be too busy dodging missiles and screaming at
your co-pilot (as is our understanding from Top Gun) to enjoy the view...
Released less than a month ago, you may have already
forgotten about the jet-fighting awesomeness that was Ace Combat: Assault
Horizon, but Namco hasn’t. They’ve had a steady stream of downloadable jets
released post-launch, but this upcoming DLC pack is for fans of both fighters
and fighter jets. Coming November 15 is a set of planes featuring Tekken stars
Jin and Kazuya...
Dec 21, 2007
December is the month of giving and, better yet, receiving. December is the month when sugarplum visions of $400 consoles and $60 games dance through your head. And, of course, December is the month when your loved ones usually just cheap out and buy you a gift card instead.
So long as that gift card is an online points card from Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo, however, you'll be alright. With so much downloadable content available for so little money, you could stretch a few
In all the TGS chaos, it's nice to see some of that next-generation oomph going towards relaxation rather than stressful combo-chasing and time-trialing. For Xbox 360 owners, it's the lovely ladies of DOAX2, and for would-be PS3 owners, it's the lovely wildlife of Afrika.
Check the Movies tab above for some truly nature documentary-worthy footage of cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and (our favorite) hippos doing their thing on the virtual savannah.
While some TGS attendees were still none the
20th Dec, 2007
Gaming is an up and down experience. Some years cram top quality titles into our every orifice until were bursting with videogame joy and have excess polygons dripping messily out of our ears, while some other years… Well, some other years are 1983.
In 2007 though, weve had a very good year indeed. A scarily good year in fact. One which has provided us so much brilliance on every format that its a genuine worry that the laws of karmic balance will soon bring us a plague
19 Sept, 2007
Weve managed to track down and capture the new trailer for Afrika, PS3s safari-cum-photography game, and its looking more and more intriguing every time we see it. Details are still scarce about how it'll actually work, but seeing as youll be using a camera, at least in some way, we can almost guarantee that any pictures could be used as your wallpaper on the PS3 XMB.
And Sonys adventuring doesnt end there; not content with housing tropical fish in a virtual fish tank, in PSN
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