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  • Summary: Strap yourself into the cockpit of some of the worlds most formidable fighter planes and skim through the clouds embarking on daring aerial stunts and nerve-shredding tactical dogfights.

    In Ace Combat 7, you take on the role of an Ace an elite fighter pilot tasked with patrolling the
    Strap yourself into the cockpit of some of the worlds most formidable fighter planes and skim through the clouds embarking on daring aerial stunts and nerve-shredding tactical dogfights.

    In Ace Combat 7, you take on the role of an Ace an elite fighter pilot tasked with patrolling the most open and intimidating space on Earth: the sky. Choose from an array of authentic modern and futurist aircraft and load them up with an arsenal of cutting-edge super weapons as unfolding events drive you into ever more dangerous aerial face-offs.

    PlayStation VR support will allow you to actually climb inside the cockpit with a series of exclusive features that create a new level of death-defying immersion.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    90
    Overall, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is an awesome game and a must-have for any Ace Combat fan, as well as a great game for players who enjoy fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled thrill rides in short doses.
  2. Jan 17, 2019
    90
    Though not without flaws, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown manages to deliver an awe-inspiring and action-packed experience.
  3. Apr 11, 2019
    85
    The content is plentiful, replayability remains high, and the presentation easily makes Ace Combat 7 one of the better arcade-style flight games on the PC. It has been a long time coming, but action flight fans and those who love the series won't be disappointed by Ace Combat 7.
  4. Feb 3, 2019
    78
    Ace Combat 7 is a thrilling game due to its varied missions, but the story can't repeat the magic of older titles of the series.
  5. Feb 10, 2019
    77
    Ace Combat 7 is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea — even though its impressive single-player campaign is packed with exciting action, the multiplayer part feels like an afterthought, and the quirky story has way too many cliches.
  6. Jan 17, 2019
    75
    Uncomplicated but gratifying flying, in scenarios of increasing silliness and therefore likeability.
  7. Jan 18, 2019
    70
    Easy to master and a campaign full of action movie-worthy missions but the game is let down by frustrating checkpointing and simplistic combat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 45
  2. Negative: 11 out of 45
  1. Feb 3, 2019
    10
    Those who specifically underestimate the estimates, so they do not understand what they are talking about. Developed to make the right move,Those who specifically underestimate the estimates, so they do not understand what they are talking about. Developed to make the right move, unlike the last part of the spinoff. And you will whine that the plot is **** etc. As for the HOTAS, they say that they fixed it, but damn it, play on the gamepad, especially in PS4 / XBOX, you won’t miss it Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2020
    10
    the best Flight game of the generation, good graphycs, wonderfull soundtrack and good action. one of my favorites of this generation.
  3. Feb 9, 2019
    9
    Game is very polished. Works great with gamepad (I'm using XBONE controller), just how it is originally designed. Running the game on high,Game is very polished. Works great with gamepad (I'm using XBONE controller), just how it is originally designed. Running the game on high, 60+ fps, GTX 1060. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2020
    8
    Pros:
    + standard and expert controls options
    + good mission objectives variety + pretty graphics + good presentation + controls well
    Pros:
    + standard and expert controls options
    + good mission objectives variety
    + pretty graphics
    + good presentation
    + controls well

    Cons:
    - convoluted story
    - npcs are too chatty during missions
    - airship upgrades doesn't affect it visually
    - music fells off for some missions
    - ugly graphics when close to the ground
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  5. Feb 19, 2019
    8
    As someone that fondly remembers playing Ace Combat 4 & 5, which were great, then playing the mostly disappointing Assault Horizon. This is aAs someone that fondly remembers playing Ace Combat 4 & 5, which were great, then playing the mostly disappointing Assault Horizon. This is a huge step up from that game. I won't put it level with 4 & 5, purely as the story isn't quite as strong. But playing this game feels & plays how an Ace Combat should.

    As i said, i don't think the story is the best in the series but it's definitely very good. I like the addition of the aircraft tree/progression style & the graphics are very nice, although i do feel like the plane textures could've been better but it's not a problem or anything.

    Last couple notes; it's slightly disappointing they locked a plane away as an exclusive pre-order. I don't feel like the landing controls/physics/speed are very good, but i'm fully aware Ace Combat has always been & is an arcade game, it's just a little unpolished part of the game compared to everything else. This game sorely needs an fov slider, since theirs only 1 exterior & interior camera, which both feel too close. Lastly this game is much more enjoyable on the more realistic expert controls.
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  6. Dec 15, 2020
    6
    Ace Combat 7 is really dumb but addicting. As somebody who played Air Combat, Ace Combat 2 and Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, I find this gameAce Combat 7 is really dumb but addicting. As somebody who played Air Combat, Ace Combat 2 and Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, I find this game to be severely lacking in story, quality writing and realism. Overall, it feels like a regression.

    To start, the plot is absolutely dumb and the characters are wearing plot armor until it's their turn to die. I didn't expect this game to be a flight simulator, but they should have not thrown everything out the window. Mihaly is a total ripoff of Old Snake, but much worse. The rubberbanding enemy AI is absolutely terrible and ignores aircraft physics when convenient. Your teammates are a joke window dressing and I've seen my teammates hit an enemy plane with 8 missiles and the enemy fighter just went on as if nothing happened. Trigger, the player character is a poorly executed and awkward silent protagonist. Your teammates in the story, will do nothing but kiss your @ss and compliment, nag and scream at you all of the time: "Trigger you have an incoming missile!"; "Trigger the enemy has you locked on!"; "Trigger, you have taken a direct hit!"; "Trigger has fired a missile!"; "Trigger has destroyed the enemy!" and so on. You can't play this game for at least 2 minutes without some teammate or enemy screaming poorly-written drama in the radio. It's just absolutely irritating. Ace Combat 3 had a far better writing and story than this, with choices that mattered and affected the ending.

    My main problem with the aircraft is that they all have set special weapons and you can only choose 1 of 3 to take on a mission. They should have made it so that you could choose any special weapon you wanted for any aircraft or an aircraft group, at the very least. Since I have a preference for the most effective special weapons only, I will always fly only the aircraft that have the ones I need and totally ignore the other aircraft, which is a shame, since some of them are really cool and fun to fly.

    The multiplayer is where the game should shine, but it is full of players who are spamming EMLs and QAAMs. That's just bad design that forces you to do the same if you are to survive. Also, why are there 'Multiplayer-only' aircraft parts? Will the campaign AI, who cheats all the time, complain about it in single player?

    For controls, use an XBOX controller as it gives a better experience than keyboard. This game does not support many flight simulator HOTAS joysticks, so check for compatibility prior to buying the game or just use a controller.

    The graphics are okay. Not great. There are absolutely no damage decals on your aircraft and there are none on anything, even on the environment. Your bombs and missiles will hit the ground and not leave a scratch. Total Air War, back in 1998, had very good aircraft and environment damage decals. Buildings and houses get destroyed if you hit them, dams burst and cause flooding if you bomb them, even if they are non-targets. 22 years later, we have greatly regressed. That's just lazy game design. Don't even get me started on your standard missiles having only a 2-kilometer range. That's just stupid, when real equivalent missiles have a 120km or 200km range. Would it have killed the developers to extend it to 6 kilometers? In an era of rail guns, laser weapons and 5th generation advanced stealth fighters, we still use Korean war era missiles with their 2km range? Do the developers think we are this dumb?

    Overall, Ace Combat 7 is an arcade game that tries very hard to be addicting and mediocre and, it succeeds. But if you wanted an addicting mediocre game, why do it on PC when there are tons of mobile games that accomplish this? You need to turn your brain off to enjoy Ace Combat 7, otherwise, it becomes a confusing mess and a disappointment.
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  7. Feb 1, 2019
    0
    Ce ne sera pas une critique très constructive de ma part, (avec une telle note, on pouvait s'y attendre) car je ne peux pas jouer à Ace CombatCe ne sera pas une critique très constructive de ma part, (avec une telle note, on pouvait s'y attendre) car je ne peux pas jouer à Ace Combat 7 en l'état. Pour ma part, les standards minimums ne sont pas respectés : bugs (légers, certes) de chargement, aucune prise en charge de joysticks (ah oui, pardon un modèle pris en charge, le Hotas 4 et son équivalent XBOX, fin de la liste), pour un jeu de simulation de combat aérien, même très arcade, il fallait oser.

    En l'état, ces soucis ne sont pas bloquants. En pratique, je peux jouer à Ace Combat, mais je ne veux pas y jouer si les conditions ne sont pas réunies. Cela reste un jeu, je dois y prendre du plaisir. Nous sommes en 2019, pas dans les années 90, les joueurs PC ont maintenant des standards élevés et un choix de jeux considérables pour patienter, ce qui sera mon cas tant que Bandaï-Namco ne fera rien pour rectifier le tir.

    Pourquoi une note si faible, alors que j'aurais pu me contenter d'attendre les rectifications ? Pour jeter du sel, pardi. Il est inacceptable qu'une fois de plus, le standard soit revu à la baisse par un éditeur qui souhaite venir sur le marché PC avec des réglages et une programmation prévue exclusivement pour consoles. Non mais, la souris qui ne marche pas dans les menus, obligeant à se servir du clavier si on n'a pas de manette, c'est une plaisanterie ? Là, on ne joue plus la carte de la nostalgie, on voyage dans le temps !

    Si le choix de jeux est immense dans les collections PC, en revanche les simulations de combat aériens semblent passées de mode. C'est donc une double punition pour les amateurs du genre : peu fournis et mal fournis. Peu fournis parce qu'ils achèteront un matériel qui n'est pas donné (joystick, manette des gaz) et qui ne leur servira pratiquement jamais, prenant la poussière en attendant désespérément le prochain titre digne de les passer au chiffon microfibres ! Mal fournis parce que lorsque l'un des fleurons du genre arrive enfin, avec son lot de promesses, il leur rote au visage en expliquant que 1 : il ne prendra en charge que quelques modèles, donc achetez-les ou tant pis pour vous que et 2 : ce sont des modèles milieu voire bas de gamme, donc on s'en fiche si vous aviez investi dans quelques chose de mieux. On ne va quand même pas faire l'effort de rendre notre jeu agréable aux fans du genre, si ?

    Pour l'instant Bandaï-Namco n'a pas encore décidé de répondre officiellement aux nombreuses plaintes émises sur ces questions, ne confirmant ni n'infirmant que cela restera en l'état. La note Steam (30% de critiques positives, ouch) reflète la colère des amateurs du genre, il me semble que la note Metacritic doit en prendre un coup, elle aussi.
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