M.A.C.H. Modified Air Combat Heroes PSP

Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
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  1. It’s a decent racing and dogfight hybrid that will appeal to some but leave many others feeling a bit let down by the repetitiveness and the lack of online play. [JPN Import]
  2. M.A.C.H. is a solid flight game that offers plenty of speed and high-flying antics, but it's grounded by a limited selection of stages and activities.
  3. 70
    The game's style suits portable gaming perfectly, it's just a shame that there isn't much there to keep any gamer occupied for long.
  4. It's not like M.A.C.H. is going to set the world on fire. We're not saying that. But for a game that's pretty much gonna fly right into bargain bins due to zip awareness, it's a shockingly tight package.
  5. Many will find M.A.C.H.'s fuselage a little thin and the solo flight briefer than it deserves to be. But if they get together, they'll also discover it offers some of the finest multiplayer gaming on PSP.
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    If there were more track variation, more weapons, and a bit more effort in the presentation, M.A.C.H. could have easily have been a must-have PSP game. [Apr 2007, p.86]
  7. Pure Magazine UK
    70
    Well-designed high-speed racing with great dogfight arenas for single and multiplayer fun. [Apr 2007, p.83]
  8. The sense of speed is fantastic and the visuals are divine, but the openness of the tracks, cautionary AI opponents, and fact that you really have to go out of your way to wreck serve to suck all of the excitement out of the experience.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    There's just no lasting appeal. [Apr 2007, p.97]
  10. Given how fast and exciting jet fighters are by their very nature, it takes a real effort (or in this case, lack of one) to make a game about them as pedestrian as this. Modified Air Combat Heroes? Mediocre Aeroplane Crap Hour, more like.
  11. 60
    The whole package fails to do the actually racing justice. You'll be bored of the small number of courses within the first few hours and, unless you have a decent number of friends who own copies, the multiplayer mode won't ever get enough use to make it worthwhile.
  12. AceGamez
    60
    I can only recommend M.A.C.H.: Modified Air Combat Heroes to racing enthusiasts with a love of science fiction who have already played Wipeout Pure to death.
  13. 60
    A decent, speedy racer that is unfortunately cut down by a lack of lasting appeal.
  14. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    60
    There's not enough to it, and what there is of it, there's too much of, if you follow us. Good, but in an oversaturated market it needs more. [Apr 2007, p.97]
  15. 59
    Although the gameplay is fun and the controls are easy to master, the fact that you can play the game for half an hour and see just about everything possible makes M.A.C.H. an experience you don't need to plunk your hard-earned money to purchase.
  16. Play Magazine
    55
    It simply wallows in its competence, but doesn't do much - okay, anything - to try and exceed it. [Mar 2007, p.71]
  17. 55
    The game itself is polished and, for a while, a lot of fun -- it's just that, unfortunately, there isn't that much game here.
  18. It lacks longevity, has some gameplay flaws, and has no personality whatsoever.
  19. Edge Magazine
    50
    While there are occasional sparks from things like laser weapons, or games of tag in the arena combat, too much time is spent racing the same courses at the same speed, with only a very gradual increase in AI awareness to differentiate each step up through the ranks. [Mar 2007, p.85]
  20. M.A.C.H is technically a near-perfect game; smooth, easy to play, good looking, well implemented multiplayer modes and so on. What it doesn't have is a single spark of originality or even the smallest bit of personality. Is polish more important than originality? GameStyle thinks not.

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2007
#63 Most Shared PSP Game of 2007
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BennyK
    Feb 13, 2008
    7
    This is good arcade game with good gameplay and a nice fresh idea. One of the best points about this game is the gameshare ability, whichThis is good arcade game with good gameplay and a nice fresh idea. One of the best points about this game is the gameshare ability, which makes it as a good game to buy if you have a lot of friends and play multiplayer often as it is a good quick game that players can get into easily, a bit like Fired Up and Wipeout. However the single player isn't too briliant. After about 20 mins, you can see all the game has to offer and parts to get boring. It's not a game you can play solid and might not be worth the money, but is nevertheless a good multiplayer and arcade game. Full Review »