Ace Combat 2 PlayStation

  • Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Jul 31, 1997
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Bottom Line: Palm sweating in your face explosive action that will please both Rookie and Veteran flight sim pilots. Some of the most exciting and realistic dogfighting you'll ever experience in a PSX game. Ace Combat 2 contains the right mix of realism and arcade action to equal absolutely outstanding fun.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Sure, "Ace 3" has better graphics, and sure, there might be a little more variety in the missions. But the laughable challenge level in "Ace 3" makes it hard to recommend it over its older brother. [Nov 2001, p.38]
  3. 90
    Ace Combat 2 possesses some of the cleanest polygons ever to grace the PlayStation. This game possesses fully rendered levels ranging from submarine infested oceans, to anti-aircraft plastered canyon trenches.
  4. There has not been a flight combat sim released on any console system that can even come close to the quality and value of this title.
  5. This game has some of the most simplistic controls and easiest flying system around. Outstanding graphics and intense gameplay make this game fun that will last for a while.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    83
    The highly acclaimed sequel to Namco's arcade-style flight sim. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  7. Sure, there are a lot of levels, but most of them are very easy. The result is a great game you'll be done with in about two days.

Awards & Rankings

#6 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 1997
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Jul 2, 2012
    8
    Ace Combat 2 really pioneered the arcade flight genre and was clearly the best at its time and still shows today, it's almost funny to see howAce Combat 2 really pioneered the arcade flight genre and was clearly the best at its time and still shows today, it's almost funny to see how many things implemented in modern Ace Combats and other titles in the genre exist in this game from 1997. This game is great, the gameplay is solid, plane selection is good(mainly just for looks, besides looks the only real difference is maneuverability), and the mission design is excellent, but the music is really what blows you away while playing this game, some real classics. The story is a standard arcade setup, you're in charge of killing bad guys, not really anything else. It makes up for it with some seriously good mission design, even games today could learn a lot about variety and layout from AC2, it constantly throws in out of the box ideas that live to this day. The one thing that really hasn't aged well is the movement of planes, it can sometimes be hard to tell exactly how you're angled in comparison to buildings and the ground, but for the most part it isn't an issue. The game is about 4-5 hours to beat, with 21 missions in all, some taking 2 minutes to beat and some taking 12. The plane physics can feel a bit odd, they have some basic gravity physics,but sometimes the movement of the plane can feel a bit odd and not being able to move the camera really detriments the game. Amazing music, some of the best level design, awesome variety Full Review »
  2. Dec 13, 2015
    9
    This is my first dive into Ace Combat series and it's really awesome. Although this is from '97, gameplay still gave a lot of fun even today.This is my first dive into Ace Combat series and it's really awesome. Although this is from '97, gameplay still gave a lot of fun even today. If you want some pure arcade dogfights and nothing more, this game is exactly for you. Full Review »
  3. Jun 5, 2016
    9
    This game was the start of everything for me. My dad went into the Air Force with the dream to one day become a pilot. While that neverThis game was the start of everything for me. My dad went into the Air Force with the dream to one day become a pilot. While that never happened, the PlayStation 1 promised him a chance to experience that feeling behind a screen with Ace Combat 2. This was the console my family owned when I was born and this game was the first I'd ever play. I remember I was 4 when I saw my dad staying up late one day playing this game and he offered to let me try. I was hooked. As a PlayStation 1 game, the game looks good. It's an upgrade from the original, but by today's standards it's obviously dated and hasn't aged as well as other games of its time have. However the combat is timeless and to this day can still be a thrill for anyone wanting to experience what it might be like to be a fighter pilot. There are a total of about 15 missions with some that you get to choose between. Where one might give you more money, it is also more difficult and every time you are shot down or crash, you have to pay for a replacement jet, which might not make it worth the risk. The music is strong for a game like this, really adding to the overall feel of the game. The story is there, but it is not really the focus. Essentially you are an ace pilot tasked with stopping a coup of rebel forces from gaining power. While it's simple in nature, it's simplicity actually adds to the gameplay, as in real life, a soldier's job is to defined his nation and follow orders. You don't really need a special story to make this game. It's the gameplay that counts and this game will still make you feel like an ace fighter today with tight, realistic controls and radio chatter between your allies that adds for a nice touch. The biggest complaint would be that this game is relatively short, as the missions take about 5-15 minutes to beat each making the game somewhere around 4-6 hours long. But the replay value is there between the well designed missions that are a pleasure to revisit and the missions you didn't choose on your first play through. In short this game is a fun classic for anyone looking to expand thier PlayStation 1 library that I would highly recommend for anyone who has wanted to know what a dogfight feels like. While there are other games in the series equally as fun and the dated graphics may off-put some, this game will always have a special place in my heart and again I'd still recommend it. Full Review »