Namco Bandai has announced that Ace Combat Assault Horizon is now available to buy on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
And the latest instalment of the Ace Combat arcade style jet fighter simulations is pretty gripping stuff, if the developer Project Aces is to be believed.
The outfit boasts that it brings “a new intensity to the franchise, escalating combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky.”
The game engine has been built from the ground up for Assault Horizon, and involves a pacey storyline that takes the player around the globe, whizzing through real world locations and weaving between skyscrapers at Mach silly.
The plot has been penned by New York Times’ best-selling military author, Jim DeFelice, so should be something pretty special (you would hope).
Locations such as Dubai, Russia, Washington DC are involved in the campaign mode, as well as lots of new planes which have been modelled, not to mention attack choppers too, this time around.
Along with the single player campaign, a co-op mode is promised, and online multiplayer combat featuring standard deathmatch modes, alongside the likes of domination and capital conquest.
One of the biggest introductions in gameplay terms is a “revolutionary close-range assault system that delivers high-speed acrobatics and one-on-one encounters to make dogfights more tense and exciting.”
Essentially, if you can keep an enemy plane in your sights for long enough, you can lock onto it and enter dogfight mode, which then keeps you on its tail.
In essence, there’s no more spending minutes upon minutes spinning around banking and trying to get a flustered shot off on your enemies, yet the game still requires skill and isn’t just a purely brainless arcade style shooter. Or that’s the theory, anyway.
The game is out now on PS3 and Xbox, and a Legacy version is set to arrive on the 3DS on December 2nd.