Combat Advance offers the most basic gameplay design
imaginable. It may have a sophisticated graphics engine
and a good assortment of aircraft but for a game that
should be presented in 3D, it falls flat.
no sense in comparing Ace Combat Advance to the console
version of Ace Combat. The further that you can get
your expectations away from this game resembling the
latter the better off you might be, although this
game would still get a bad review even if it went
by a new name.
the near future, megalithic corporations rule the
planet, muck like Wal-Mart does now. One company in
particular, General Resources Ltd., even has its own
airforce. It's a large and hostile company and it's
making life miserable for people all over the world.
The United Air Defense is committed to challenge General
Resources but first it must take on its airforce.
Thus the game begins.
are 10 planes and 12 missions. The missions take place
over diverse locations such as the arctic, ocean,
forest and desert. Piloting various jetcraft you shoot
down targets and bomb installations. There is little
variation in the missions.
aspect that separates the GBA version from the console
is the lack of the third dimension. All battles take
place on the same 2D plane. There is no variation
in the altitude. You are either up in the air or down
near the ground. In many cases you will have to swoop
down to take out specific targets on the ground in
which case all you will be doing is moving up and
down repeatedly to do your business and then get the
hell out of the way. Even approaching enemy aircraft
will be at the same altitude. I realize the GBA is
incapable of processing subtle altitude discrepancies
and it would be harder to see these differences and
make the necessary control adjustments without a large
HUD. I shouldn't have to make excuses for a game but
maybe the developers should have thought about converting
this game to the PSP which might have been able to
do it some justice.
face it, the GBA and aerial combat just doesn't work.
At best you could say this is an average 2D shooter.
The dogfight sequences are nothing more than a game
of chicken where you try to get the enemy to veer
off course by driving straight at him.
Mode-7 style engine scrolls smoothly but it can't
work miracles. The artwork could have been a lot better
at showing relief. Not only is there a huge lack of
detail but it everything looks flat. Instead of a
top-down view the developers should have skewed the
view at a slight angle to better simulate depth.
can play the game as both a novice and an ace with
the two difficulty settings. Other than that there's
no replay value. There are no extra single or multi-player
modes and nothing to unlock other than the planes.
As a final kick in the pants there is a password save
to contend with. Rent it if you must but don't buy