Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy Review

Legacy of what, exactly? Ace Combat may be in the aerial dogfighting niche, but previous entries go all the way from heavy simulation to frothy action. The recent Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is the obvious starting-point, but Legacy also pays homage to the series' distant PlayStation past - and has ended up with baffling priorities.

Legacy's 3D dogfighting is a slim and feature-light offering with high production values but zero online functionality: no multiplayer, no leaderboards, no system for swapping its in-game replays. The PSP's Joint Assault had online multiplayer. Legacy is on 3DS, a portable where online functionality is even more central. It's a missed opportunity at best, criminal at worst.

Legacy's budget has gone on the audio and visuals, and it shows. The 3D effect has great subtlety, raising out landmarks by degree rather than 'popping' them forwards, and contributes to an enormous sense of speed and inertia when near land. What it does best is the big picture - that sweeping cityscape, a sunset over a mountain range, or a vast tundra dotted with settlements.

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Ace Combat Assault Horizon release date

Ace Combat Assault Horizon release date

Ace Combat 3DS announced.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon launches in Europe on 14th October, Namco Bandai has announced.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game launches on 11th October in the US.

The Limited Edition includes the game's soundtrack and downloadable content.

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