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  • Summary: The Ace Combat series soars once again. Experience aerial combat like never before. A brand new gripping storyline and 18 fabulous missions will keep pilots-to-be on the edge of their seats. Released as "Distant Thunder" in UK & Europe. [Namco]
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    Offers a heady, elating sense of flight, adrenaline-charged combat, perfect controls, and breathtaking visuals that will humble titles played even on the mightiest PCs.
  2. This game is so beautiful and addictive that I fear the quality of the writing in this review has greatly suffered, since I find it difficult to concentrate as the game beckons to me even now.
  3. If you are looking for a topnotch flier, you can call off the search. This one is a must-have for any PS2 owner.
  4. 90
    The arcade gameplay retains the Ace Combat trademarks: tons of firepower and a simple control scheme.
  5. 88
    This is probably as close as a game is going to get to realistically portray what it’s like to get behind the helm of a fighter jet and waging battle in the air. Even though the game is over a year old and at a measly $20.00, Ace Combat 4 is a must have for the Playstation 2.
  6. That the plot is furthered only periodically, rather than religiously at the end of each mission, highlights Namco’s tempered hand, ensuring that it’s the gameplay which remains firmly at centre stage.
  7. Accessible and exciting. It's also disappointingly easy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. PeterC.
    Dec 25, 2001
    10
    Ace Combat 4 is one of the best flight simulators I have ever played. The gameplay is awesome and it has a very high replay value. This is a Ace Combat 4 is one of the best flight simulators I have ever played. The gameplay is awesome and it has a very high replay value. This is a must have game in everyone's game library. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2015
    10
    The photo realism must be seen first hand to be believed, screen shots and movie clips found around the net cannot describe half the beautyThe photo realism must be seen first hand to be believed, screen shots and movie clips found around the net cannot describe half the beauty that this game is. The graphics, consistent frame rate, and responsive controls successfully creates an immersive environment of flight. There are times where I would ignore the mission objectives and fly at incredible speeds, low to the ground, amongst snow-capped mountains. One word: Bliss. Expand
  3. TetsuoH.
    Feb 4, 2002
    10
    Right off the bat, the graphics blew me away. The plot, which was surprisingly deep for a flight sim was awesome, and the controls were Right off the bat, the graphics blew me away. The plot, which was surprisingly deep for a flight sim was awesome, and the controls were perfect! I felt like I was getting combat from the adrenaline! Definitely worth buying. Expand
  4. NathanielD.
    Aug 19, 2002
    10
    This is one of the few games presently existing that makes you feel warm and tingly all over. Visually stunning, easily used controls, and This is one of the few games presently existing that makes you feel warm and tingly all over. Visually stunning, easily used controls, and just about the best flight sim to date. The games graphics are probably what get you the most, there so real it's frightening. you can see whisps of clouds as you gain altitude. The only thing more real is joining the air force. Expand
  5. NateW.
    Nov 26, 2003
    10
    Have you ever gotten the urge to fly an F-15 into enemy airspace to clear the skies? Do you see those jet pilots on the news and say "I want Have you ever gotten the urge to fly an F-15 into enemy airspace to clear the skies? Do you see those jet pilots on the news and say "I want to do that!"? Look no further than this game. The physics are so accurate and the sounds soo realistic that you'll feel sorry for those little buggers you just sent to hell. If you get this game turn the sound way up, your niebours will think a jet just made a "flyby". This is the ultimate Jet Fighter Sim EVER! Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2012
    9
    The graphics aren't the best. That's inevitable. But as long as you don't crave the absolute best graphics, this is a phenomenal game. TheThe graphics aren't the best. That's inevitable. But as long as you don't crave the absolute best graphics, this is a phenomenal game. The missions are engaging and aren't different versions of the same goal over and over again. But what really never seizes to amaze me is the incredible story-line. It gives a great look at what war is really like. It gives an inside look at the civilians in towns that have been victimized by wars. It shows that the enemy in war thinks the exact same thing of us as we think of them. They think we're the trigger-happy murderers. They aren't bad people in many cases. They are simply people who have views, opinions, and actions that conflict with us, and so we respond with violence. Of course, there are people like Bin Laden and Hitler who really are horrible people, but in this game, that's not the case. What also makes it unique is that it doesn't take the violence lightly. It doesn't make it seem fun to kill all the time, like C.O.D. and Battlefield do. It shows how war breaks hearts, kills innocent civilians, and we aren't necessarily the good guys. For example, the cut scene in which they say that Yellow-13's pride doesn't come from his kill record, but from his record of never losing a squadron member, shows that the enemy isn't a gun-toting demon. Expand
  7. Uter
    Aug 16, 2003
    6
    It's more of a rental than a purchase.

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