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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
    Without a doubt the best flight sim available for a next-gen system. Ace Combat 04 shatters the competition.
  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. Controls are practically perfect, plane selection is extensive, and the whole package is exceptionally polished. [Dec 2001, p.160]
  5. A highly enjoyable, well-executed flight sim that perfectly blends the action elements found in the series' earlier games with the sort of narrative typically reserved for other genres.
  6. Although some graphical elements are not what they should be, others look amazing. In addition, there are eighteen different jets with assorted armaments available, and they all handle well.
  7. Accessible and exciting. It's also disappointingly easy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. PeterC.
    Dec 25, 2001
    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. JacobH.
    May 17, 2006
    One of the best games iv ever played.
  3. TetsuoH.
    Feb 4, 2002
    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. AnT.
    Jun 26, 2002
    This game is why I ever bougt a PS2 - it the best graphic I've ever seen...
  5. Robert
    May 23, 2003
    By far the best flight sim out now. Beat the game 5 times so far under each difficulty setting... ACE still remains. GREAT multiplayer as well.
  6. Feb 13, 2012
    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. 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
    It's more of a rental than a purchase.

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