Aces land on the PSP

It's a good time to be an Ace Combat fan. The sixth game in the series, The Belkan War, hits the PlayStation 2 next week, and there's already more good news on the horizon. Namco Bandai has announced the tentatively titled Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception for the PSP, to be released this fall.

Ace followers already know that the series is the flight game to beat - nail-biting dogfights, sci-fi twists and authentic, licensed airplane action have made each entry a mid-air cluster of adrenaline. Much like The Belkan War, decisions you make mid-battle will affect what happens later in the mission, from enemy placement to dialogue from your comrades.

The same smooth flying and missile-happy shooting will be found in X, but the major addition is four-player, ad hoc multiplayer gaming. Better still, you'll be able to tweak a set of your own custom planes with parts you unlock in the single-player campaign.

If you follow the story oh-so-closely, it's worth noting that X takes place in a totally different world than the console games - but honestly, it still boils down to blasting enemies out of the sky. Good thing Ace Combat does that better than any other jet-on-jet game out there.

April 20, 2006

A fomer Executive Editor at GamesRadar, Brett also contributed content to many other Future gaming publications including Nintendo Power, PC Gamer and Official Xbox Magazine. Brett has worked at Capcom in several senior roles, is an experienced podcaster, and now works as a Senior Manager of Content Communications at PlayStation SIE.