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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
  opened by paleface at 20:49:41 11/23/07  
  last modified by paleface at 12:27:18 03/05/24  
  paleface [sys=X360; cat=Driving; reg=NA]
I'm not much of a flight sim fan--I like arcadey dog-fighting, but not blowing up blips miles away with auto-killer missiles--so I didn't expect to be too keen on AC6. They do make an effort to close the range on missiles a bit, so you may actually be able to see a few pixels of your target before your rockets blow it to smithereens, but it's still mostly blasting itty blips.
For those who are into that kind of thing, though, there seems to be a lot to like. The graphics really are gorgeous, and the sensation of flying in a massively powerful jet fighter plane reasonably believable. The missions I saw didn't leave the player treading water for very long at any one time, as a new festoon of blips is usually right around the corner after you finish off the old one.
There's even a story going on here, although the few parts I saw didn't seem all that interesting. It's set in a completely made-up country and scenario, for one thing, which is all right for fantasy or sci-fi, but a little weird for what is otherwise a modern-day setting. And then, it follows this wife of a pilot, and something about the city's legendary king's armor or something that's being stolen by the enemy other words, something pretty silly, that's supposed to be taken seriously within the context of the story. Oh, and her daughter is missing, I think. All very melodramatic, and slow, and really didn't do anything to pull me in; I was waiting impatiently to get back to the blip-shooting.

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