Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 1 out of 54
Buy On
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Frequent fliers of the Ace Combat series will feel like they've been on this flight before. [Dec 2007, p.122]
  2. games(TM)
    70
    It’s as if Michael Bay defected to Japan and made a videogame, and we mean that in the best way possible. [Dec 2007, p.118]
  3. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    70
    If you want something more than that, you might find that this is a little shallow and over too quickly, but if you are looking for nothing more than some dogfighting craziness, this could just be a match made in the clouds.
  4. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    Stunningly beautiful, easy to pick up and ultimately satisfying to play. Shame about the terrible storyline, tediously long missions and a distinct lack of variety. [Issue 26, p.86]
  5. Yes, the jets look stunning and at a great distance, so do some of the landscapes. Get closer however, and Ace Combat 6 doesn't hold up to scrutiny, with both its visuals and gameplay coming up short.
  6. 65
    Namco Bandai says downloadable planes, maps, and levels are to come, but unless they can fix the frustrating mission structure -- the game's largest problem -- I'm only mildly interested.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 104
  2. Negative: 12 out of 104
  1. Mar 19, 2015
    10
    This game is responsible for my most fondest gaming memories to date. Solid gameplay, Deep storyline and an amazing soundtrack. spent hoursThis game is responsible for my most fondest gaming memories to date. Solid gameplay, Deep storyline and an amazing soundtrack. spent hours playing this game. a must have for series fans. also great for getting friends into the game. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2015
    8
    For a game released in 2007, the graphics are incredible. The gamplay is fun and challenging when on higher difficulties. The storyline isFor a game released in 2007, the graphics are incredible. The gamplay is fun and challenging when on higher difficulties. The storyline is okay. The only thing making it feel less than worthy of a "great" or "perfect" is because of the voice acting. It was cheesy, I will admit. animations were meh for cutscenes but remember, the game is from 2007! Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2016
    3
    Unfortunately poor game. The graphics are decent, and some of the sounds are good, though I'm not too impressed with the music. Sadly that'sUnfortunately poor game. The graphics are decent, and some of the sounds are good, though I'm not too impressed with the music. Sadly that's about it for positives. It's supposed to be an arcade game. OK, fine. So get rid of the long delays getting from one section to another, particularly if you have to go back to reload. The biggest problem I have with it, though, as an arcade game, is the controls. It's very easy to overcontrol and lose your direction. Worse, the targeting is abominable. There are WAY too many targets and no good way to choose the one you want. It picks one and shows which is "next." One button cycles through the available choices, and often there are dozens. You can't filter them or cycle backwards, so if you miss selecting the one that's in front of you, you have to keep hitting y-y-y-y-y until it comes up again. By that time you've flown past it. IMMENSELY frustrating, especially since it doesn't lock on as fast as it should.

    Lots of other gameplay issues. The targets you need to clear to complete a mission are marked in red, but the constant chatter has nothing to do with your assigned tasks. It goes on and on about stuff related to the overall mission, but nothing to clearly direct you to your targets. I guess it's more realistic that way, and provides some atmosphere, but listening to the same stupid script the twentieth time you try to complete a mission is just annoying. Oh, and the wing man is useless.

    The overall story line is completely lame, and pretty dark, all at the same time. Again, if it's supposed to be an arcade game, lighten up a bit. If it's supposed to be a realistic war-and-battle simulation, it needs to be more realistic. I don't know of any real plane that can carry multiple hundreds of missiles.

    Clearing some missions opens up new planes and even new tutorials. Then it auto-saves. So far so good. So now you purchase and select a new plane and work through the tutorials. The planes are in your "hanger" and the tutorials are marked "complete." But then it DOESN'T save progress. If you fail to complete the next mission (the usual case, since they're long), the next time you play you have to buy the planes again and do the tutorials again! Wow! If I want frustration, I can just go to work. . . .

    The manual is about par for the course, that is to say, pretty incomplete.

    I bought my first computer in 1979, and bought the original "Flight Simulator" along with it. This one, sadly, goes in the stack of "makes me want to throw the controller at the screen."
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