Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Review
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation box art
System: X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Project Aces 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 23, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The online gameplay is solid enough, but there were too many parts that left me wondering, "What the…." One of these things is being able to call for aide to other members of your squad even though it is a free for all match. Then, of course, nearly everyone seems to be on the Alpha Squad. In other forms of online play this works well, but here it seems to miss the mark more often than not. Another gripe I have with the online is the lobby itself. You have the option of Team Battle 1 or Team Battle 2, but you are never given a decent explanation for what separates them.

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Since I am on grievances of the game, there is another that bugs me in every flight simulator game: the feeling of never being prepared. Before your missions, you can select how you approach the battle ahead. However, there are several instances where an objective will arise that you are not prepared for. While this is something that I should already be used to by now, it is something that I wish had already been corrected in the genre. As I said, it is a small thing and doesn't really take away from the game; just be prepared for anything.

The graphics are where authentication really starts slapping you in the face with next-gen greatness. I cannot praise the beauty of this game. Believing commercials that brag about photorealism is difficult, but Ace Combat 6 delivers on the promise, especially in regards to the aircraft. However, the voice acting and abysmal cutscenes will make a friend of mine go into horrendous flashbacks of "Downtown." I found myself not caring about the cutscenes because of the dribble I heard through my speakers more and more. Thankfully, the jet engines represented their models nicely.

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Hands down, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is the best console flight simulator to date. This may not have been a hard achievement, but it is nice to say that there is finally an aerial combat game worth racing to the store to pick up. If you are new to the genre, this may be a bit too much for you to begin with. Having said that, if this doesn't grip you then you may never travel the highway into the danger zone.

By Matthew Walker
CCC Project Coordinator

Features:

  • Live the war zones in photo-realistic detail: Witness the high definition graphics rendering the world around you into super realistic war zones, made possible only by the superior power of the next generation console system. Glide through breathtaking vistas of nighttime metropolitan skylines, snow-covered mountain ranges, gaping canyons, and skies full of beautifully rendered 3D clouds with tangible density and volume.
  • Command the allied assault force of aerial, naval, and ground combat units: The superior processing power of the next-gen console system gives players the ability to lead not only aerial combat units but also naval and ground combat units. The "Allied Support System" lets you call an army of loyal allies to your aide. Fight alongside fighter planes, gun ships, attack helicopters, tanks, naval fleets, heavy bombers, and electronic warfare vessels. Issue commands with split-second precision and witness the massive combined assault destroying numerous enemy forces at once!
  • Engage in fierce combat at an unprecedented scale and intensity: Massive conflicts unfold on a "living battlefield" integrated by the "Dynamic Operation System" where up to six independent aerial, ground, and naval battles can break out at once at multiple locations as allies and enemies clash in real-time. Experience the intense realism of war when battlefields come alive with engagingly authentic audio and visual effects: thundering explosions, dense vapor trails of air to air missiles, piercing machine gun fire, booming anti-aircraft artillery fire exploding in mid-air, and more.
  • Prove your supremacy on a global scale in the intense multi-player online mode via Xbox Live: The long awaited Online-Mode has finally arrived! For the first time in the Ace Combat franchise, several modes of online play with various rules become available, including death match style missions, an all out battle for control of the sky, team death matches, and co-op games, where players cooperate with friends to take on computer-controlled adversaries. Online rankings are calculated on both global and regional levels, with high-ranking players being granted honorable titles on a global scale, adding fuel to the fires of furious competition.
  • Pilot the authentic licensed combat aircraft of your dreams: Get in the cockpits of your favorite authentically detailed aircrafts from air forces around the globe such as the F-15 E Strike Eagle, F-22 Raptor, and Tornado for the most realistic flight combat action.
  • Enjoy an action packed ace pilot experience of unsurpassed quality: Seamless pacing and intuitive controls provide an immersive and stress-free gaming experience. Command an array of licensed aircraft as you break the sound barrier and soar 360 degrees through the sky. Player's performance directly affects the course of battle.
  • Experience firsthand the intense drama and emotions of the battlefield: Become entangled in an authentic war drama told from the perspectives of seven main characters, both friends and foes, from officers to soldiers to common citizens. Real-time allied and enemy radio communications change according to ever-changing events in battle.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).

    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.5
    Graphics
    The realistic beauty of this game is amazing.
    3.8
    Control
    Spot on controls really capture what it must feel like to be in a real dog-fight.
    3.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The dialogue is sometimes forced and really hinders the rest of the sounds.
    4.0
    Play Value
    The online play here is were the replayabilty really excels. Missions are great but the bread and butter are online.
    4.0
    Overall Rating - Great
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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