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9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 97
  2. Negative: 4 out of 97
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  1. 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
  2. Uter
    Aug 16, 2003
    6
    It's more of a rental than a purchase.
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    0
    The gameplay lacks, there are simply too many missions where the objective is "score x amount of points in y amount of time". It gets a bit tedious, however thankfully this is not every mission and some inspired missions are added in like one based on D Day, the gameplay is very much in touch with the arcade roots and some of the planes are a bit too roller coastery at times. The somewhatThe gameplay lacks, there are simply too many missions where the objective is "score x amount of points in y amount of time". It gets a bit tedious, however thankfully this is not every mission and some inspired missions are added in like one based on D Day, the gameplay is very much in touch with the arcade roots and some of the planes are a bit too roller coastery at times. The somewhat lacking mission variety is balanced out by the amazing storytelling and fun missions thrown in, The story is told only in pictures paired with dialogue and missions. The slideshows really show how simple a concept paired with good voice acting and exceptional writing can make a great story, you don't need animations and cutscenes. The main character, Yellow 13, has depth and you really get a feel for who he is by the time you fight him in the final mission. It also sets up the stage of the war and the town, having the feeling of an occupied town during WW2. Seeing the characters on the ground in cutscenes gives the locations life, to the point where while flying overhead you really feel as though you're affecting the local population. The final mission isn't anything too complicated, but it's built up so much by in game dialogue that it still feels as though you're at the climax of the war. Less melodramatic chatter compared to 5 really gives it a more mature feel. Flawless story paired with some good gameplay Collapse

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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.