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8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 105
  2. Negative: 6 out of 105
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  1. Uter
    Aug 16, 2003
    6
    It's more of a rental than a purchase.
  2. Jan 20, 2017
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Mnnnn. Well I know i'm going against the grain here but I don't really see why this game is still so hot today in 2017. Like the Indiana Jones movies they can be runined by realizing that actually Indiana Jones himself could have been removed from the movie and it would have played out the same. I feel this game is much the same in fooling people. It did a fantastic job gimmick tricking everyone into thinking its a pretty advanced game but in my opinion its not: The enemy AI is nothing special the planes just fly in circles at different speeds. The guns on the planes are very minimal and limiting such that missile use is 100% necessary and guns are almost just for crowd pleasing that they are there. No real fun dogfighting here. The missions extend without warning hoping to catch you off guard so that you are challenged to fail and try again extending gameplay. If you catch on you just bomb stuff, head back and refuel and bomb stuff again this game is pretty simplistic. All these things are awesome gimmicks. I will admit the game was worth playing but i say a 7 is plenty high for me. I didn't watch the cutscenes much it sounds like many people enjoyed the whole story but for me i was after the plane controls and i think the plane AI without question seems like this game was made about 2005. Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2013
    9
    It's been 10 years since I got this game. Yet every year since, I always find time to play this game. Sure, I play games like Battlefield and Call of Duty today, but this game will always be hold a special place in my gaming library. Graphics were stunning in its time, almost on par with MGS2 (released in the same year). And gameplay, it defines fun. Of course, when you play it for tooIt's been 10 years since I got this game. Yet every year since, I always find time to play this game. Sure, I play games like Battlefield and Call of Duty today, but this game will always be hold a special place in my gaming library. Graphics were stunning in its time, almost on par with MGS2 (released in the same year). And gameplay, it defines fun. Of course, when you play it for too long, it gets boring (like any other game). But after a couple days (or maybe hours), when you pop it in again, it feels like a new game. If you still have a PS2, or a PS3 that plays PS2 games, go find this game. You won't regret it. Should it be released on the PS Store, buy it. If they ever release an HD remake, buy it. Collapse

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#15 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#13 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    Its gameplay isn’t revolutionary, and a couple of its missions get a tad tedious, but Ace Combat 4 sure looks pretty, which is half the reason flying buffs play these air-combat games anyway. [Dec 2001, p.234]
  2. netjak
    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.
  3. The best flight game ever made.