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    • So I’ve never been big into these kinds of games, but I just downloaded this game for PS4 on a whim, and holy cow is it fun!

      I needed a break from the multiple big open world games I’ve been plodding along with (Red Dead, Assassins Creed), and was looking for a game I could just casually get in and out of... something with shorter missions and fun gameplay.

      This game, let me tell you, has delivered! I’ve always been fascinated with planes and jets. This game lets me indulge in an immersive air combat experience, with absolutely stellar graphics, amazing sound design, and very friendly gameplay. I’m not that deep into it yet, but am enjoying it immensely thus far. At this point, even though I’m not that deep, I’d be happy just replaying the first few missions over and over.

      It even has a very intriguing back story (so far), and the main character is a female fighter pilot who builds her own planes. There’s even a future-tech component to the universe you inhabit, and it includes force fields and space elevators. This game is surprisingly well designed.

      The most fun thing about it, though, are the full replays of your missions from different camera angles. They are actually really fun to watch! Which I think has to do with the incredible visuals and sound. In this regard, it reminds me of a game I loved as a kid: Top Gear Rally for N64. Here’s a clip:

      Anyway, if you’re looking for a break from enormous open worlds, this game is a fun getaway.

    • Woah! I thought the thumbnail in that video was stock footage of an actual F-16. Then I hit play and realized it's in-game rendered graphics. 🤯

      A million years ago I played Ace Combat 4 for the PS2 and found it frustrating because it was super arcadey and the controls were difficult for me to master. I grew up playing realistic PC flight sims with a joystick, so I found it hard to adjust to controlling a plane with tiny PS2 thumbsticks.

      Have you found that to be a problem in Ace Combat 7?

    • Not at all! The controls seem pretty slick and easy to master using the PS4 controller. The only control that’s frustrating, because it’s way to sensitive, is the left joystick which lets you look around. It goes a little too fast I think. Haven’t looked into whether that sensitivity is adjustable though.

    • Wow, this gave me some nostalgia of a game I used to play as a young kid in the 90s. My uncle had a couple of working SGI computers. Someone in the family worked there I think. And they could run SGI Dogfight.

      My cousins and I would dogfight over the local network and shoot square bullet sprites at each other to shoot each other down. We would spend hours just trying to land, and getting stuck in tailspins. Makes me wonder what it would be like to try a much more modern game like this.

    • Woah, that card is awesome!

      After watching the first couple minutes of that video, I am extremely bewildered. The first song starting around 3:20 in the video is etched into my brain. But I don't think I have ever played that game. Maybe it made it into some retro game remix somewhere.

    • That song's not part of the game (at least, not that I remember!). It's the theme to the original Battlestar Galactica, which probably explains why it's etched into your brain. 😄

    • I remember playing some of those early flight simulators and finding them incredibly difficult. Not sure if it’s because the gameplay and visuals were so primitive or if I was just bad at them.

      I replayed the first mission and captured some video from Ace Combat 7 (embedded below). Still can’t get over how fun it is watching these mission replays.

    • Here's some more fun in game footage I captured. This is a replay of a mission I did. The missions are definitely getting harder! Took me a while to get through this one unscathed.

    • You may have noticed that the missiles replenish out of thin air (you get 75ish per mission), and that I’m probably pulling G’s that would tear me and my plane apart, but if you can let that slide, it’s pretty fun.