Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  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. From the beautifully modeled and textured aircraft, to the expansive ground below, everything looks incredible for a PSP game. Explosions look natural, cutscenes are well choreographed, and the anime art looks as good as ever.
  3. 87
    Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception makes a spectacular landing on the PSP.
  4. 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.
  5. The missions find the right balance between challenge and ease of play. Having battles against enemies like giant flying fortresses offers enough fantasy to balance the realistic military vibe. There’s even some ad hoc multiplayer, if that’s your thing.
  6. One of the best names in flight combat delivers another standout installment in Ace Combat X for the PSP, which features its own story and well-designed gameplay twists.
  7. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Pretty similar to PS2 efforts but X's multi-player side helps elevate it to 'well worth a play' status. [Nov 2006, p.72]
  8. The multiplayer aspect is better drawn out, the storyline is fantastic, and the visuals and sound deliver on every accord. Namco's delivered a real top gun.
  9. 80
    It's fun, it looks good, it has a solid set of multiplayer options, while also bringing some new features to the series. Though the series has been getting stale, Ace Combat X does a great job of reminding us of what it can be.
  10. Big, brash and beautiful, Ace Combat X is a prime example of the PSP's capabilities and deserves a place in every thrill-seeking PSP owner's collection.
  11. 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.
  12. 80
    Aside from the snub for online, Ace Combat X definitely makes the most of the PSP. It's mercifully not a port but does justice to its roots, and has enough G-forces to make you crap your pants.
  13. It's a well done port that runs superbly well on Sony's little unit.
  14. netjak
    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.
  15. 75
    One of the finest games to come from a console to a handheld and is easily the best flight sim on a handheld.
  16. Play UK
    On a DualShock it would be great. On an analogue nub it isn't. Despite this, it's still a pretty solid game. [Issue #147, p.92]
  17. 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.
  18. PSM Magazine
    Ace X gets bonus points, however, for being a completely new title, with no "new for PSP" content shoveled over from an older PS2 game. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
  19. 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.
  20. Pure Magazine UK
    If only there were a longer solo mode and game sharing option, it could have been really ace. [Jan 2007, p.60]
  21. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    My thumb got so sore from the continuous U-turns that soon I was looking for relief in the form of the eject button on my PSP. [Dec. 2006, p.160]
  22. The gameplay is solid enough, but it just seems to be lacking effort, failing to make best use of the PSP hardware (multiplayer dogfights, but no online support) and not taking the series forward creatively.
  23. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It's not bad, but the whole experience is so deeply familiar that it's hard to muster excitement for the new PSP features. [Dec. 2006, p.130]
  24. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Well-presented and weirdly therapeutic mix of flight sim and arcade shooter that doesn't quite satisfy on either front, but is a decent enough game for all of that. [Christmas 2006, p.85]
  25. As a game in its own right, and if you compare it to combat flight sims on other platforms, it simply doesn't really ever get off the ground.
  26. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#14 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#11 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 7, 2013
    good game and definitely the best plane/simulator game for the psp....................................................................................
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    This is everything you expect from an Ace Combat game, the electronic music, the fast paced action, the occasional side mission, branchingThis 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...
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  3. May 8, 2012
    After playing AC games on Playstation 1 I felt in the right place with this game.