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  • Summary: Pilot more than 40 fully licensed aircraft and control the skies in the latest flight-action game in the Ace Combat series.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a phenomenal aerial action game with every conceivable feature from online cooperative multiplayer and loads of missions to solid controls and customisable aircraft.
  2. Small issues do exist, such as the goofy storyline and a not-so-useful copilot, but Assault makes an admirable outing for anyone who's ever sought to become Top Gun's Maverick. [Oct 2010, p.79]
  3. There is no need for checking engine lights or other technical difficulties. Just hop on the jet and let the action roll.
  4. Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a fun ride and it was great to finally play a classic Ace Combat game, even if it wasn't totally next-gen.
  5. This is a perfectly acceptable game, but it's also mostly boring and safe. We all know that the game of life boils down to "no risk, no reward," so this mediocre game gets a mediocre score.
  6. 65
    Ace Combat: Joint Assault is really two games: a dull, going-through-the-paces solo experience and a clever multiplayer approach to the handheld flying niche.
  7. It may take some finagling to find it, but there is a solid flight game beneath the problems. It's just a bummer that you have to dig into several menus, find some buddies, and replay the campaign repeatedly to get to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 24, 2011
    This game is outstanding! even though its on the PSP,it has everyting an Ace Combat game should have.great handling & playability,the missions are good,& theres plenty of them(though you could always do with more of them in Ace Combat games),& 2 very welcome 'firsts' fot the Ace Combat series.Firstly,the game is set in the real world,not some made up alternate reality,& an absolute blast to play Campaign Co-Op,for up to four players! I cant strees enough how much fun it is,playing the campaign in Co-Op,& was the one thing that let Fires of Liberation down on the 360.. I thank Project Aces for making this a Co-Op game,& hope you make Future Ace Combat games with Co-Op campaign.I HIGHLY recommend this game,& is a must buy if your into flight combat games.Dont let the fact its on the PSP put you off. Collapse
  2. Aug 31, 2010
    i jacked me little bro's PSP today and started messin with this and it's like the moxt next level game i tink i've played since mario cart six, i seriously think this is the best game i played since that time and now i don't even know what to do with meself, thank you namco for the best game since mario cart six!!!!!!!!11 Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2013
    This is the 2nd Ace Combat title on the PSP.

    Story: The story isn't too overly complicated too follow, it paints you as the hero of the
    story, pushing your country out of the oppression of another, you also build a nemesis relationship with one of the enemy pilots as an added bonus.

    Gameplay: If you played an Ace Combat game before you know EXACTLY what to expect here, this is a dogfighting action packed, arcade like flight-sim. The more you fly a plane the more colour schemes and weapons you unlock for said plane, making you try out what every plane has to offer. It has a mission type selection screen, with branching paths, this gives the ability to replay the game and play previously unplayed missions with the already unlocked planes at your disposal.
    The controls are tight and there are 2 types of controls, expert gives you full control of your plane, beginner levels you out when hanging upside down which makes it easier for people not used to flying game, personally I think expert is better, since it gives you more freedom to get behind enemies..

    Graphics: The graphics are very much like the previous Ace Combat on PSP, they look pretty good, the plane models are well done just as the menu interface is pretty sleek.

    Music: The music was hit and miss for me, there were some good songs in there, but it was not very memorable.

    All in all, Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a step down from the superior Skies of Deception, the mission select is not ordered well and the CPU usually is not doing much to help you, while I did find the rivalry with the other squadron a plus point, the rest of the story is a let down. If you're a fan of Ace Combat or action games alike you might find something good here... My verdict: good game with some shortcomings.