Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown - Xbox One
- Innovation in the Sky: Breathtaking clouds coupled with highly detailed aircraft and photorealistic scenery makes this the most engaging Ace Combat to date.
- Return to Strangereal: The alternative Ace Combat universe composed of real-world current and near-future weapons, but with a history steeped in Ace Combat lore.
- Virtual Combat for unprecedented immersion
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Putting gamers in the cockpit of the most advanced war planes ever developed, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown delivers the fiercest air combat experience ever created through photorealistic visuals, intense dog-fighting action, a multitude of authentic and futuristic aircraft to fly, an immersive storyline, and even virtual reality! Leveraging the power of the newest generation gaming consoles, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will blow players away with the evolution of its graphics engine. Beautifully rendered cloud-filled skies and highly detailed cityscapes enhance the sense of unparalleled speed and set the stage for the most engaging aerial battles in the franchise's storied 20 year history. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will provide an arsenal of ultra-modern super weapons and formidable enemies that the series is known for. Genres flight/combat, simulation.
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Despite some really annoying missions; it also has some really fun moments.
Try to unlock the F-22 ASAP.
I recommend the top route starting with the F-2A.
I farmed Mission 11 “Fleet Destruction”, the F-2A with the LSAM makes short work of naval targets. I then resupply and use rockets on the platforms.
The next Mission Stonehenge Defense is a huge pain. I couldn’t complete it until I had enough to buy the F-15E “Strike Eagle” and the SFFS, which is a sort of cluster bomb that makes short work of ground targets.
After that I used either the F-15E or F2-A until I unlocked the F-22
Ace Combat 7 completely blew my expectations out of the water. It's gameplay is honestly the best the franchise has ever been. Gone is the canned dogfight mode quicktime events, and control is once again in your hands. The way planes handle in this game is so great. You can practically feel the pressure as you execute maneuvers. The new High G maneuvers are an excellent way to still pull cool action movie-esque stunts while leaving the player in control.
The world now feels alive, with the clouds, wind currents, and turbulence. I was afraid that some of these things would be annoying, but they have been used in just the right amount, and have managed to balance the fine line between being too little to be non-relevant and too much to be annoying. In some missions they actually made the gameplay much more interesting, its clear the devs really thought about how they would implement these systems.
There is also so much gorgeous attention to detail in this game that it adds so much to the immersion. Flying through a cloud covers your canopy in water droplets, and potentially even icing. The lighting model is extremely good, and the way shadows are cast on your aircraft or in your cockpit, with each individual part of the cockpit casting shadows on everything else, makes everything very lifelike. Little touches in obscure situations are great too, one time, I was flying very close to sea level and destroyed an enemy ship. As I passed through the rising cloud of fire and steam from the water, I was impressed to get a splatter of water on my canopy from the sea water thrown up in the explosion.
Finally, the story. Is it ridiculous? Yeah, pretty much so, but exactly what you'd want from an Ace Combat game. The manner in which it is presented though, is top notch. Voice actors are excellent, and line delivery is pretty much perfect from all characters. The dialogue is actually pretty believable, at least compared to the other games in the franchise. The previous games in the series are referenced and paid homage to, but not to the point where it feels like fan service, and basically all the references actually make sense or serve a purpose. The most I can say without spoiling anything is that I actually felt a little emotionally touched by the end, which is the most I can say about a video game in years.
Overall, I would 100% recommend this game. To fans of the franchise, this is the sequel you've been waiting for. To new comers, the gameplay here is still very fun, even without any background, but I would recommend playing Ace Combat 4 and 5 if possible before hand, as they provide a nice background for what is happening in this game. ACB5 is probably the most relevant, if I had to pick one.
Easily a five star game. If I could give it more, I would.
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Gameplay is classic Ace Combat- no DFM nonsense, just really clean dogfighting with a great range of missions. It almost plays like a "greatest hits " of ace combat missions at times but nothing gets too old or boring. The story is classic for this long running franchise, although I feel some characters and plot points could have been fleshed out a bit more.
There are many callbacks to previous ace combat games, as mentioned- the fan service is great. Multiplayer is fun but lacks a co op component.
Fantastic graphics and a soundtrack that really sticks with you.