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  • Summary: With licensed aircraft such as the F-14D and Tornado F3, and a strategic AI system where the course of the player’s actions directly affect their mission objectives, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception allows the player to take on the role of an ace pilot trying to liberate his home country of Aurelia from its neighbor, Leasath. A country filled with secretive motives veiled behind long-internal conflicts, Leasath, has invaded and taken over Aurelia. Defending the invaded country, the player's mission is to take them to the battle-filled skies in order to take down the enemy and restore freedom and peace to his homeland. Rounding out the list of features, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception allows players to tune their original aircrafts with parts unlocked in Campaign Mode to further enhance their flying experience. [Namco Bandai] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Instead of simply porting over one of their best-selling PS2 titles, NamcoBandai took a couple extra steps to move the series forward as it made it portable. With only the small misstep in the customizable planes department, Skies of Deception could very well be seen as one of the best titles in the series.
  2. A must-own flight/combat game. It’s not just the best PSP has to offer – it’s the best any handheld has ever seen.
  3. But it's the single-player campaign which really shines, thanks to a branching storyline set over 15 different arenas that alters as you make certain decisions.
  4. 78
    The splendid level design, and the attention to action make this worth playing, and if you're into the local multiplayer, it makes it worth buying.
  5. Too bad it's only ad-hoc - a true online mode would have brought all the Ace fans together in a maelstrom of missiles and inappropriate language. Instead, we'll all happily settle for a portable version that, despite its flaws, is a rocket-powered ballet that'll ensnare new and old players alike.
  6. Ace Combat: Skies of Deception is an ok PSP game, it’s just a shame it also happens to be one of the few flight games found on the PSP, so while it is only moderately impressive, you’re probably not going to do much better if you want airborne action on the go Sony style.
  7. There's certainly a decent sized campaign and there is the added multi-player to increase longevity, albeit not online enabled, and graphically the game is very impressive for a PSP game which means long loading times are not created along the way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 16, 2013
    This is everything you expect from an Ace Combat game, the electronic music, the fast paced action, the occasional side mission, branching paths to take and replay value to earn every unlockable.

    Compared to other entries in the franchise this one holds up really wel, especially knowing it's a portable game, the story is perhaps the most meager part, but that is definitely no reason not to play it.
    Controls are tight and while it may feel awkward to control your plane with only 1 analog nub, you will be used to it by the end of the 2nd mission...

    One point of negativity tho, the game sometimes has slowdown when there is a lot going on...

    If you are a fan of arcade like flight action games, this is the game for you...
  2. MatS.
    Oct 14, 2007
    I love this game. Got it for christmas one year and beat it in a day. Then I proceeded to play it again on Hard and Ace mode. Easily my favorite PSP game, and the graphics are great. I just wish the storyline was deeper, like AC5. Expand
  3. May 8, 2012
    After playing AC games on Playstation 1 I felt in the right place with this game.
  4. SteveD.
    Oct 24, 2006
    This is better than AC0, but not as good as AC5. They need to find someone who can write a real story, too. It's like they're on autopilot with these things. Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2013
    good game and definitely the best plane/simulator game for the psp....................................................................................
  6. Aug 13, 2010
    It is a great game from the start. Game-play is very good, sounds are excellent and graphics are awesome. But play it again and again and you will just get used.. The levels will be very easy for you and eventually you will be bored.. But this is a great game and i recommend it for all people. Expand
  7. ACE5
    Dec 18, 2006
    I had high hopes for this game, and was very excited to hear that the psp would finally get some quality titles. However this doesn't fill the void the way I want it to. The graphics are decent the gameplay is decent... but for some reason... it just doesn't feel quite right. Not to mention the fact that I didn't like the controls too much or the combat, and I was mostly bored playing it. Expand

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