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  • Summary: The Ace Combat series soars once again. Experience aerial combat like never before. A brand new gripping storyline and 18 fabulous missions will keep pilots-to-be on the edge of their seats. Released as "Distant Thunder" in UK & Europe. [Namco]
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
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  1. 100
    Offers a heady, elating sense of flight, adrenaline-charged combat, perfect controls, and breathtaking visuals that will humble titles played even on the mightiest PCs.
  2. This game is so beautiful and addictive that I fear the quality of the writing in this review has greatly suffered, since I find it difficult to concentrate as the game beckons to me even now.
  3. If you are looking for a topnotch flier, you can call off the search. This one is a must-have for any PS2 owner.
  4. 90
    The arcade gameplay retains the Ace Combat trademarks: tons of firepower and a simple control scheme.
  5. netjak
    88
    This is probably as close as a game is going to get to realistically portray what it’s like to get behind the helm of a fighter jet and waging battle in the air. Even though the game is over a year old and at a measly $20.00, Ace Combat 4 is a must have for the Playstation 2.
  6. That the plot is furthered only periodically, rather than religiously at the end of each mission, highlights Namco’s tempered hand, ensuring that it’s the gameplay which remains firmly at centre stage.
  7. Accessible and exciting. It's also disappointingly easy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Mar 25, 2015
    10
    The photo realism must be seen first hand to be believed, screen shots and movie clips found around the net cannot describe half the beautyThe photo realism must be seen first hand to be believed, screen shots and movie clips found around the net cannot describe half the beauty that this game is. The graphics, consistent frame rate, and responsive controls successfully creates an immersive environment of flight. There are times where I would ignore the mission objectives and fly at incredible speeds, low to the ground, amongst snow-capped mountains. One word: Bliss. Expand
  2. AnT.
    Jun 26, 2002
    10
    This game is why I ever bougt a PS2 - it the best graphic I've ever seen...
  3. MichaelF.
    Jan 11, 2002
    10
    This is the first ever flight sim game i've ever bought and I have to say it will probably will be the best i'll ever buy too. This is the first ever flight sim game i've ever bought and I have to say it will probably will be the best i'll ever buy too. Unless of courses Namco comes out with Ace Combat 5. I highly recommend this game to everyone out there in cyber space and who own a PS2 to spend the money and purchase Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies. Expand
  4. MarioN.
    Jun 26, 2005
    10
    If not the real thing, this is almost.
  5. Aug 14, 2020
    9
    While Ace Combat 3 introduced features that would set the standards for the rest of the AC series, AC4 was the big game-changer. This was theWhile Ace Combat 3 introduced features that would set the standards for the rest of the AC series, AC4 was the big game-changer. This was the series' big Sixth Generation debut, launching shortly after the release of the PS2, while also adding a few touch-ups. Not only was this my first AC game, It was one of the first games I ever played on the system...and I was absolutely miserable at it. My closest experience with flight games up to that point was Star Fox 64, but that game certainly didn't require the level of skill and precision needed for Ace Combat, so sadly I wasn't able to fully appreciate it as a kid. When I got older, however, and decided it to give it another go, I immediately fell in love with the game, and it helped to kick-start my love for the series.

    While the series started providing a heavier emphasis on story back in AC3 (at least in the Japanese version), one of the biggest additions in AC4 was the creation of it's own alternate universe called Strangereal, a setting which would become the basis for future games in the series. The story is told from the perspective of a man recounting the days of a devastating war he gets caught up in, and reacting to not only the enemy forces (the Eruseans) that occupy his city, but also the actions and consequences caused by you, the player. It's a very well-told and interesting story, with characters that aren't just blatantly evil. Hell, the narrator even hangs out and befriends a few of the opposing forces. One of the enemy ace pilots in the game, codenamed Yellow 13, has a real sense of honor to him. He's not interested in showing off his incredible kill count or trying to impress anyone. He's just doing his job. He prides himself on never losing a wingman, and yearns to face an opponent in battle that is worth a damn (a.k.a you). As the up and coming pilot Mobius 1, you'll need to push back against the Erusean forces and basically save the world by the end of it.

    The core gameplay of AC4 is fundamentally the same as previous entries. It's an arcade-style flight sim where you pick your aircraft, set to the skies and complete the objectives of the given mission, whether it be destroying all primary targets or getting a high enough score before time runs out. For each scenario, you'll need to pick and choose which aircraft is right for the job. AC3 was the first in the series to make full 3D analog movement the standard, and that same great feeling of control is improved here thanks to the game running at a buttery smooth framerate. Regardless of what you choose, each of the planes feel immensely satisfying to control. One of the most rewarding parts about the game is just being able to master the levels; pulling off all kinds of advanced techniques and maneuvers to become a real ace of the skies. Of course, the biggest difference between this game and the previous three is its jump in visuals. The game looks absolutely gorgeous for its time, and even as an early release on the system, it's one of the best looking PS2 games around. Holding up just as well is it's stellar sound design. The roaring howls of jet engines, the crashing explosions caused by a missile, the authentic voice chatter, and the phenomenal soundtrack all help to make playing through this game even more satisfying.

    That isn't to say it doesn't have a couple of blemishes. The biggest issue being this game's lack of check points. This isn't so much of a problem for levels where the only requirement is to destroy all primary targets (the final mission being an exception), but when you get to score attack missions that can last nearly half an hour that can be frustrating. You can be at the very tail end of one of those missions, but the moment you screw up and either die or don't reach the score threshold, you gotta re-do those 20+ minutes all over again.

    it's very easy to see why AC4 is one of the most popular games in the franchise. It polished an already winning gameplay formula and helped to create a new universe that would give Ace Combat its defining characteristics. It's not simply on of the best games in the series. AC04 is one of my personal favorite games period. It's a must play.
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  6. Jan 15, 2016
    9
    Ace Combat 5 is an epic installment in the fight simulation genre. Even after more than 10 years the graphics still hold up to the test ofAce Combat 5 is an epic installment in the fight simulation genre. Even after more than 10 years the graphics still hold up to the test of time.The story is exceptional, and variety of aircraft to choose from ensures you have an aircraft for every occasion. If you are a PS2 collector, or an aircraft enthusiast, definitely pick this up wherever you still can. Expand
  7. Dec 25, 2020
    0
    game developers and producers do not deny even this is a **** game Where in war times saw timer either aviation war iron land war or naval wargame developers and producers do not deny even this is a **** game Where in war times saw timer either aviation war iron land war or naval war the timer has been exceeded by never because it is exaggerated small weapons are not actually can not advance not at all It's not worth playing this garbage better missing something like that You can't slap him on the cheek American aviation nothing else I don't do that if I were in charge because you don't have a stopwatch when you fight a foreign enemy the only goal is whispering to beat him not to compete with him to beat him and for that you don't need a stopwatch you have to have Wikipedia to help you what in this game is not it happens to revolve around enemies without even pulling light forms Nae and the like. There is no war if your colleague does not help you and leaves you prey to the enemies. if I was in charge of the American Aviation, he forbade you this game and the one who developed this game should not develop games his life because that would have been a rest in the memory of those who fought with aviation and not only that is done in other games which is not where you can deal with a stopwatch not something like that because the enemy invites you continuously depends on How I manage to catch the enemy does not depend on the stopwatch does not exceed you straight line that arrives first on arrival Here it is which also wins here and we were looking for the meter together than in the sick minds of the developers there will probably be a stopwatch that always ticks you know it's Expand

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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