(www.acecombatja.com)  Rated T form Teen by ESRB. The arcade-style aerial combat series published by the Japanese company Namco Bandai Games never disappoint gamers. Even if you are new to the genre, you will fall in love right away with its face-paced action and intense dogfights. For more than 15 years of development, the series continue to master its gameplay and establish itself as one of the most successful flight sim franchises around. Along with its well-detailed aircrafts, impressive graphics and sound design, and exciting CO-OP mode, Ace Combat: Joint Assault carries on the legacy of its high-quality and reliable aerial combat series.

(www.acecombatja.com)  Rated T form Teen by ESRB. The arcade-style aerial combat series published by the Japanese company Namco Bandai Games never disappoint gamers. Even if you are new to the genre, you will fall in love right away with its face-paced action and intense dogfights. For more than 15 years of development, the series continue to master its gameplay and establish itself as one of the most successful flight sim franchises around. Along with its well-detailed aircrafts, impressive graphics and sound design, and exciting CO-OP mode, Ace Combat: Joint Assault carries on the legacy of its high-quality and reliable aerial combat series.

 

Presentation:
Ace Combat: Joint Assault smoothly transitions to the real-world setting for the first time in the series. Here you can fly over familiar real-world locations including Tokyo, London, San Francisco and more. Monuments such as the pyramids in Egypt and the Tokyo Tower in Japan are great resemblances of the reality, which allows you to experience the fierce of real dogfights. As the second outing on the PSP, it certainly doesn’t disappoint in any regards. Instead, it improves dramatically on its gameplay and online game mode.

Dramatic cutscenes launch you to the tale of a world surrounded by the terroirst group called “Valahia” and you play as a pilot with a private military company to stop the dark forces. Two dozen of levels are waiting for you to tackle. More than 40 state of the art combat aircrafts and the ability to customize for a winning formula should equip you well to destroy the crazy giant gunships and other enemies throughout the game.

Graphics:
Ace Combat: Joint Assault isn’t going to stun anyone visually, but points taken with its effort. It does a solid job in trying to fit everything within the small screen of a portable. The aircrafts are refined visually. The game also runs smoothly and properly conveys the speed of an aircraft in flight. Missiles tearing across the sky and explosions when they hit the targets look excellent as well. Majority of the 3D renderings are satisfying and air-to-air battles look real and exciting. Air combat is also intensified with the new enhanced combat view system (Enhanced Combat View mechanic), enemies and combat are shown closer with higher intensity. It is also very nice to see the unique design for the cockpits of each aircrafts. No lags or delays in graphics are pluses of Ace Combat: Joint Assault as lots of PSP games suffered from that.

Though the real-world environments are very appealing, its ground graphics happen to be pixilated and require some work. The textures are repetitive and flat when you get close and take a good look at. But since the actions are good and exciting, you won’t have much time to focus on those.

Sounds:
The overall sound effects and background music are well tailored for the game. From its excellent engine sounds and gunfire/explosion sound effects to its engaging voiceover work and soundtrack, nothing is less from expectations. The background music is one of the gaming elements you would not get disappointed from these Japanese producers. An eclectic group of soundtrack selections range from exciting and intense to somber and haunting, compelling and fitting to different situations. For those who have been following Ace Combat for sometime, you will find the songs of the Briefing and Hangar familiar as they are from AC2 and AC3. Constant voice chatter from allies and enemies also keeps things lively.

Gameplay:
On top of decent visuals and excellent audio efforts across the entire package, the core gameplay further makes this game a success. Controls and handling are pretty standard, smooth and logical. Enemies look very slow in the beginning but as you progress or perhaps they get different planes, they becomes much harder to destroy. The game also features a multiplayer mode supporting Ad-hoc and Infrastructure mode. You get a chance to cooperate and compete globally. The CO-OP mode can be played with up to four players and you can prove your supremacy in eight player wireless online verse mode as well. Some missions in the campaign will make use of Joint Assault Mission System, which breaks the players into teams and has them coordinate attacks where each effort can affect the other team’s situation. In general, missions are easy to follow but not too inspiring. It lacks a compelling storyline or a gripping conspiracy theory to keep things interesting, in turns campaigns get repetitive except for a few. However, you will be able to unlock different aircrafts and weapons throughout the game as well as get an upgrade or a tune-up with your rewards to keep yourself entertained.

Conclusion:
Ace Combat: Joint Assualt is truly an outstanding aerial combat game, just like other titles in the series. The action is fast, the dogfighting is intense. The sound is amazing and the graphics are solid. Everything that you need from a flight-combat has been offered here. So what are you still waiting for, ace?

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