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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon [Online Game Code]

by Bandai
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews) 77 / 100

Price: $29.99
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  • Exclusive for PC : Improved graphics (resolution up to 1900x1600)
  • online play up to 16 players and a huge bonus content pack (8 aircraft, 2 maps, 27 skins, 9 skills upgrades).
  • Dramatic realistic story line ? Written by New York Times Best Seller and military author Jim DeFelice, players will experience an engaging war drama spanning real-world locations across the globe.
  • Steel carnage destruction ? Incredible detail and visual reaction for every explosive attack (aircrafts are shredded to pieces, enemy troops annihilated, buildings shattered, machines bleed)
  • Entirely new aircrafts to pilot ? Experience split-second maneuvering and positioning, pinpoint targeting, hovering attacks and other gameplay diversity through the introduction of the Attack Helicopter, Door Gunner and more.
  • Revolutionary Close-range Assault system ? Delivering high-speed acrobatics, dizzying one-on-one encounters, satisfying visceral low-attitude and high-flying death from above.

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  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B00B4Y7OP0
  • Release Date: January 25, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,046 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Developed by the Project Aces team, ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON intensifies the franchise, escalating combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky. Players will engage in combat across the globe, dodging skyscrapers, and turning their enemies into fiery supersonic debris in both single player and online multiplayer. Never before has combat been so fast in-your-face.



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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz or ADM Athlon X2 2.4 Ghz
RAM: 2 GB
Hard Drive: 16 GB
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800GT and higher ; ATI radeon HD 3850 and higher
Additional Info: Unknown


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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In my honest opinion: April 18, 2013
PROS:

1) Excellent choice of aircraft

2) All Aircraft models are superbly detailed

3) Great graphics

4) Great visual effects

5) Runs great even on a medium spec system

CONS:

1) Realism factor is almost zero

2) Air-to-air missiles (including special weapons) are hopelessly inaccurate even after getting a loud lock-on tone.

3) Flying attack helicopters is next-to-impossible

4) Your wingmen practically do nothing, not even cover you; You'll have to take down enemies all by yourself

5) Multirole aircraft can't carry a combination of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons as they were designed to do in reality

6) The dogfight mode / close range assault system ruins everything.

7) Certain aircraft are mis-classified; for example the Mitsubishi F-2A Viper Zero, being a multirole fighter in reality is classified as an attacker and cannot carry special air to air weapons, and the Su-24 Fencer being a long range tactical strike aircraft in reality is classified as a fighter...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks pretty (but thats about it) May 22, 2013
This is a very pretty game and, though accurate, that is NOT a compliment.

Yes, the graphics are great. Yes, the selection of air craft is respectable and is basically what you should expect. But that's where the good points end, and rather abruptly to boot.

Here's the bad news: even though I purchased the game through Steam (for less than the Amazon price I might add) it still requires Games for Windows Live! I cannot fathom Microsofts logic in perpetuating such a horrible gaming experience as Games for Windows Live while they at the same time they run XBox Live so well. The only bright point to this is that you can create a local Live Id so you can play the game (single player only though) without having to go through the brunt of the bs of Games for Windows Live (there's only so many times you can recreate an account, create a new account and have the "new" account not work properly before wanting to have a "conversation" with Bill Gates). As such I cannot comment on the multiplayer aspect of the game.

But leaving the software aggravation aside, Assault Horizon suffers from several glaring problems.

As other reviewers have commented the DOG FIGHT MODE (DFM) and the ASSUALT STRIKE MODE (ASM) are nice ideas poorly executed and don't add anything to the game and just detract from it. Basically the DFM puts you the player on a flight path determined by your target with limited mobility withing that path. Why is there a DFM when I'm supposed to be the one flying the plane?

Conceptually the DFM isn't really as much an affront to the gaming experience as the ASM, which is totally illogical from a gameplay perspective and from just logic in the generic sense.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars People, the worst Ace Combat is still a great game! March 19, 2013
I've noticed the majority of negative reviewers for this title, now and in the past when it was released on consoles, hammer home the fact that it's an action game with stupid rock music and missions stolen from Call of Duty and therefore it's terrible. Controls are fine, graphics are more than fine, guns feels satisfying, campaign isn't too short and there's a lot of variety in the missions, multiplayer (if you can find a match) is exhilarating, plot points and voice acting are pretty much the same, so why the hate? The game was changed somewhat and the fanbase got angry. It happens and sometimes the gamers are wrong - this is one of those times.

Gone is the slower-paced action and serious feel of the series, of which I am a fan as well, and introduced is the design choice of oil-bleeding jet planes and helicopters that do barrel rolls. Any sense of realism is shattered completely and that's ok because it works. It's fun to play, fun to watch, and if you would allow yourself to enjoy some good old stupid fun, you'd be hard pressed to find what's really wrong with the title. Really, that's what it boils down to: if you want the game to be serious and more than the sum of its parts, you've come to the wrong party. I get it, you want to prove to the world that video games are art. Well, so is cinema and we have Michael Bay movies. That's what this game is. It's stuff blowing up nonstop as hard rock plays. Sound awesome? That's because it really is!

Minus one star for Games For Windows Live... If you've had problems with them before (and I have, indeed), be wary. However, I've yet to experience any issues with them and game saves or them trying to ban my gamertag for whatever reason. That was GTAIV. Since then, they've just been a means to get achievements.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hope you like flying on rails July 30, 2013
Story: Forgettable

Characters: Same

Graphics: Fancy

Gameplay: Give / Take

Controls: Need help

The story is pretty much what happened throughout the Modern Warfare series but on a plane. Another difference is you'll be hard pressed to remember any character's name or personality despite much effort put into them. The meager 4-6 hours of gameplay doesn't allow for character building in any viable amount. The graphics are fantastic however. Lots of sprites, particle effects, bump-maps, dynamic shadows, and explosions make for good eye candy. The controls need work as there are 3 different control sets needed for this game (Gunner, Helicopter and Jet/Bomber). For PC, these controls are all sub-par. I've attempted to modify them and/or use a controller; but, they are still bad. This game really falls short on its application of forced events, rails and poor application of difficulty.

The Bad: The forced events (such as some enemy jets being invulnerable until a certain task has been accomplished or them being immortal unless taken out in DFM). are bothersome. What is worse; when forced into DFM for a mission goal, you are placed on flight rails. There is no freedom here; you fly a predetermined path through predetermined events to a predetermined destination. What is annoying is if you lose your target, you must start over. The game utilizes forced DFM for pretty much every other mission. The worst part of the game is how it approaches difficulty. Normal enemies dies easy. Enemy squad leaders somehow have more armor on their jets and an infinite amount of flares (this mean yet more DFM). What is better is their missiles home better and do more damage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars They really missed the mark on this one.
I love the Ace Combat series. Unfortunately, this one was somewhat disappointing. The new dog-fighting mechanic really takes the enjoyment out of chasing down enemy planes. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Alexander Thomas Espinosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but no Ace Combat 5.
This game does no favors to those looking to avoid using Dogfight Mode to take down ace pilots. It's nearly impossible, no matter how good you are or how much you cheat, if you're... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kyithios
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
The controls are great with the Joystick I purchased. Very Smooth with graphics. Would Recommend to AC Fans of all ages.
Published 4 months ago by Alan Galla
1.0 out of 5 stars Stay Away!
Do not buy this you'll never be able to play online and you won't be able to save your game progress.
Because the CD Key Steam hands out is incorrect. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Faisal Bahashwan
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but gets boring fast
The Good: Dog fight mode is fun, some nice lighting effects, planes look great, varied aircraft is a nice change

The Bad: Boring and repetitive missions, dull story and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars NO COMMENT
NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED WISH THEY HAD A SHORT DEMO SO I COULD HAVE TRIED OUT FIRST. MONEY DOWN THE TUBES.
Published 11 months ago by DEVAL ROBINSON
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Ace Combat I remember
The Ace Combat series was great because it was set in a somewhat alternate history without the modern politics and all the baggage that it includes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by N. A. Rowland
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game for those who are into airplanes and stuff.
The game is great, especially the graphics. Only flaws are that the joystick support is terrible and the story is rather short, but for the price I got this for I can't complain!
Published 12 months ago by Johnny Yan
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately not many games like this for PC
Time ago Jet Simulation Games were popular in PC with many released by year and tons of joysticks from manufacturers. But not anymore. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AlHudson
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Garbage
The plot is about as intriguing as watching grass grow. The characters were meh at best, and that's just the start. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Perry
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