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  • Summary: Strap yourself into the cockpit of some of the worlds most formidable fighter planes and skim through the clouds embarking on daring aerial stunts and nerve-shredding tactical dogfights.

    In Ace Combat 7, you take on the role of an Ace an elite fighter pilot tasked with patrolling the
    Strap yourself into the cockpit of some of the worlds most formidable fighter planes and skim through the clouds embarking on daring aerial stunts and nerve-shredding tactical dogfights.

    In Ace Combat 7, you take on the role of an Ace an elite fighter pilot tasked with patrolling the most open and intimidating space on Earth: the sky. Choose from an array of authentic modern and futurist aircraft and load them up with an arsenal of cutting-edge super weapons as unfolding events drive you into ever more dangerous aerial face-offs.

    PlayStation VR support will allow you to actually climb inside the cockpit with a series of exclusive features that create a new level of death-defying immersion.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    90
    Overall, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is an awesome game and a must-have for any Ace Combat fan, as well as a great game for players who enjoy fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill rides in short doses.
  2. Jan 17, 2019
    90
    Though not without flaws, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown manages to deliver an awe-inspiring and action-packed experience.
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    85
    The content is plentiful, replayability remains high, and the presentation easily makes Ace Combat 7 one of the better arcade-style flight games on the PC. It has been a long time coming, but action flight fans and those who love the series won't be disappointed by Ace Combat 7.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    Ace Combat 7 is a fantastic return for a series that is at its best when it wears its heart on its wings.
  5. Feb 3, 2019
    78
    Ace Combat 7 is a thrilling game due to its varied missions, but the story can't repeat the magic of older titles of the series.
  6. Feb 10, 2019
    77
    Ace Combat 7 is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea — even though its impressive single-player campaign is packed with exciting action, the multiplayer part feels like an afterthought, and the quirky story has way too many cliches.
  7. Jan 18, 2019
    70
    Easy to master and a campaign full of action movie-worthy missions but the game is let down by frustrating checkpointing and simplistic combat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Feb 3, 2019
    10
    Those who specifically underestimate the estimates, so they do not understand what they are talking about. Developed to make the right move,Those who specifically underestimate the estimates, so they do not understand what they are talking about. Developed to make the right move, unlike the last part of the spinoff. And you will whine that the plot is **** etc. As for the HOTAS, they say that they fixed it, but damn it, play on the gamepad, especially in PS4 / XBOX, you won’t miss it Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2019
    9
    AC 7 is a lot of fun for those who enjoyed the earlier installments. Flying feels smooth and responsive and the dogfights are action packed.AC 7 is a lot of fun for those who enjoyed the earlier installments. Flying feels smooth and responsive and the dogfights are action packed. It feels like AC 4 but with modern graphics and a wider/modern plane selection. The story can be confusing at first but as soon as you figure out whats going on and pay attention to the briefings as well as the cut scenes its really not bad. Graphic wise, its great on PC i have no complaints. Overall great experience for a veteran of the series but new players be warned it doesn't hold your hand at all, but, the formula used is very simple to understand once you get used to it and pay attention to your HUD. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2019
    9
    Господа, вы обезумели? Всё прекрасно проходится на клавомыши, ни одного бага, ни одного вылета даже в самый первый день. Перевод на огромноеГоспода, вы обезумели? Всё прекрасно проходится на клавомыши, ни одного бага, ни одного вылета даже в самый первый день. Перевод на огромное множество языков присутствует.
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  4. Feb 20, 2019
    8
    If you've been away from Ace Combat for some time now (played ace combat 1, tried and gave up on Assault Horizon), this is a fun and nostalgicIf you've been away from Ace Combat for some time now (played ace combat 1, tried and gave up on Assault Horizon), this is a fun and nostalgic romp.

    Sound design is good. Music is fantastic. Visuals, planes, clouds, and effects look great, except for ground assets (which I'm fine with, cause it keeps frame rates up). HUD could use some updating; it could stand to relay more useful information. Performance was good (144 fps on GTX 1070 max settings). Controls need to be re-mapped, but the game controlled well enough on keyboard; there is support for mouse control, but it's a joke. Don't bother.

    Story is...okay. Sometimes it's hard to tell who's talking cause they all sound the same through the radio filter. And their characters are really not so distinct, except Count, I guess. I'm not too harsh on Ace Combat games when it comes to story, because the gameplay has always been fun.

    Gameplay is solid. It's as fun as it was on PS1. Unfortunately, very little has changed since AC1. Mission types are pretty much the same. I do believe AC7 should be the last of the old guard. If I'm not mistaken, AC7's ending is hinting strongly at space or futuristic combat in future AC games, which would be a breath of fresh air. I think it's time to shake things up in the franchise.

    So yeah. 8/10 for me. A good and solid game, which harkens back to the good old days of gaming on a PS1. If it had a better story, and added more fun mechanics or mission scenarios, then this would easily be a 10/10.

    Review ends here. The rest of this is just a quick wishlist for the next AC games.

    1) Add even more gigantic enemies. The Arsenal Bird was great, but it was rather rare. Giant enemies should now be staple in AC. They are frightening to look at due to sheer size, and are fun to fight. They don't have to be bosses all the time, though.

    2) Start looking into space combat or futuristic weapons and aircraft. This is risky, but I do believe this is the way to go with AC moving forward. Laser and plasma weapons would be great. Unique looking ships would be great, too. I think it's time to move away from the semi-realism AC has been known for, and start focusing more on what looks cool and fun to play.

    3) Add more engaging flight mechanics. For example, a quick burst of speed that has a cooldown or "ammo", or at the cost of damaging your aircraft a bit. Another would be a recharging shield that blocks one missle every 30 seconds or so, so that you can incorporate tanking hits into your strategy. Another would be melee weapons, such as some kind of plasma torch that bursts from the wings of your plane, allowing you to flyby and slice targets - yeah this is pretty goofy, but I imagine it would be extremely fun and satisfying if implemented propery. Another would be a quick deceleration on cooldown to open up more maneuvering options. Another would be short-duration stealth cloak on cooldown to lose missles and anyone on your tail. There are so many ways to spice up AC games. Granted, again, this is risky and may alienate some hardcore fans, but I think it's worth it cause it'll make the game so much more fun to play and more enticing to newcomers.

    4) Take it to other planets! Honestly, that will add SO MUCH visual appeal. Once you leave earth you can literally do ANYTHING with your visuals. You can make it as colorful as you like. You can add new and intersting environmental hazards. You can add alien structures to fight in or gawk at!

    5) Taking it to other planets also opens up more potential story elements. Aliens with advanced weaponry? Why not! Gigantic hostile alien creatures? Why not! This is all crazy, but as long as the core gameplay doesn't deviate too much, I believe you can literally get away with anything to make AC more fun and interesting.

    6) You could even add story choices. Do I defend a helpless city from attack, or continue with my mission? Do I kill alien lifeforms getting in the way, or do I work aroud them if they're not really a threat? I think little story elements like that will further spice up the game. I'm not looking for Dragon Age-levels of winding storylines, just a few critical choices here and there to give the player character, well, more character.

    That's it for me. AC7 was great. Can't wait for what they have in story for AC8.
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  5. Feb 19, 2019
    8
    As someone that fondly remembers playing Ace Combat 4 & 5, which were great, then playing the mostly disappointing Assault Horizon. This is aAs someone that fondly remembers playing Ace Combat 4 & 5, which were great, then playing the mostly disappointing Assault Horizon. This is a huge step up from that game. I won't put it level with 4 & 5, purely as the story isn't quite as strong. But playing this game feels & plays how an Ace Combat should.

    As i said, i don't think the story is the best in the series but it's definitely very good. I like the addition of the aircraft tree/progression style & the graphics are very nice, although i do feel like the plane textures could've been better but it's not a problem or anything.

    Last couple notes; it's slightly disappointing they locked a plane away as an exclusive pre-order. I don't feel like the landing controls/physics/speed are very good, but i'm fully aware Ace Combat has always been & is an arcade game, it's just a little unpolished part of the game compared to everything else. This game sorely needs an fov slider, since theirs only 1 exterior & interior camera, which both feel too close. Lastly this game is much more enjoyable on the more realistic expert controls.
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  6. Feb 1, 2019
    3
    This game is joke. Seriously. Its a same stuff that was in 04 and there is nothing new since 2001. Storytelling is crap and full of boringThis game is joke. Seriously. Its a same stuff that was in 04 and there is nothing new since 2001. Storytelling is crap and full of boring cliches. Some of missions is just copy paste from previous games with slight changes and still stupid dialogues that extends already LONG missions. And overall missions is just only 20. Just 20. Remember Ace Combat 3 from 1999? Then AC7 game is the real MQ99 destroying and MISSILE evading simulator and nothing else.
    Ace Combat is dead.
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  7. Feb 1, 2019
    0
    Ce ne sera pas une critique très constructive de ma part, (avec une telle note, on pouvait s'y attendre) car je ne peux pas jouer à Ace CombatCe ne sera pas une critique très constructive de ma part, (avec une telle note, on pouvait s'y attendre) car je ne peux pas jouer à Ace Combat 7 en l'état. Pour ma part, les standards minimums ne sont pas respectés : bugs (légers, certes) de chargement, aucune prise en charge de joysticks (ah oui, pardon un modèle pris en charge, le Hotas 4 et son équivalent XBOX, fin de la liste), pour un jeu de simulation de combat aérien, même très arcade, il fallait oser.

    En l'état, ces soucis ne sont pas bloquants. En pratique, je peux jouer à Ace Combat, mais je ne veux pas y jouer si les conditions ne sont pas réunies. Cela reste un jeu, je dois y prendre du plaisir. Nous sommes en 2019, pas dans les années 90, les joueurs PC ont maintenant des standards élevés et un choix de jeux considérables pour patienter, ce qui sera mon cas tant que Bandaï-Namco ne fera rien pour rectifier le tir.

    Pourquoi une note si faible, alors que j'aurais pu me contenter d'attendre les rectifications ? Pour jeter du sel, pardi. Il est inacceptable qu'une fois de plus, le standard soit revu à la baisse par un éditeur qui souhaite venir sur le marché PC avec des réglages et une programmation prévue exclusivement pour consoles. Non mais, la souris qui ne marche pas dans les menus, obligeant à se servir du clavier si on n'a pas de manette, c'est une plaisanterie ? Là, on ne joue plus la carte de la nostalgie, on voyage dans le temps !

    Si le choix de jeux est immense dans les collections PC, en revanche les simulations de combat aériens semblent passées de mode. C'est donc une double punition pour les amateurs du genre : peu fournis et mal fournis. Peu fournis parce qu'ils achèteront un matériel qui n'est pas donné (joystick, manette des gaz) et qui ne leur servira pratiquement jamais, prenant la poussière en attendant désespérément le prochain titre digne de les passer au chiffon microfibres ! Mal fournis parce que lorsque l'un des fleurons du genre arrive enfin, avec son lot de promesses, il leur rote au visage en expliquant que 1 : il ne prendra en charge que quelques modèles, donc achetez-les ou tant pis pour vous que et 2 : ce sont des modèles milieu voire bas de gamme, donc on s'en fiche si vous aviez investi dans quelques chose de mieux. On ne va quand même pas faire l'effort de rendre notre jeu agréable aux fans du genre, si ?

    Pour l'instant Bandaï-Namco n'a pas encore décidé de répondre officiellement aux nombreuses plaintes émises sur ces questions, ne confirmant ni n'infirmant que cela restera en l'état. La note Steam (30% de critiques positives, ouch) reflète la colère des amateurs du genre, il me semble que la note Metacritic doit en prendre un coup, elle aussi.
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