Ace Combat 2 PlayStation
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  • Summary: We've devised a weapon that's deadlier than a smart bomb. It's called a smart pilot. Now, Ace Combat 2 pits you against a whole squadron of them - 3-D polygonal jet jocks that maneuver like the real deal, turning every scorching sortie and dogfight into a kill-or-be-killed situation. With nearly double the missions of its predecessor, you'll double your chances of taking out the enemy. (Or taking a heat-seeker up the exhaust.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. 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. The highly acclaimed sequel to Namco's arcade-style flight sim. [Jan 2004, p.188]
  5. 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.
  6. While Ace Combat 2 is loads of fun, it can get a bit monotonous. Essentially, the mission objectives are all the same (blow up the enemy) and this could lead to some boredom. If you look into this game, be sure to play it in moderation -- play a few missions a day and then give it a break for a while.
  7. Flying through a city at night has to be the graphical pinnacle of the game and squeezing between two buildings while flying at a high speed is also a great thrill, especially if you can survive it!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Ahoy
    Jan 27, 2008
    My favorite AC game of all time. The best arcade flight combat game of it's time.
  2. D.D.
    Apr 6, 2005
    Best game ever.
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    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 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 Collapse
  4. Thisgameisterrible
    Nov 4, 2005
    I dont like this game at all, not because of the graphics, but becaue of the control you have over the planes.