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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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Score distribution:
  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: 42 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. MatthewH.
    Dec 24, 2001
    10
    Inarguably the best flight sim yet on PS2. Great graphics, story, game control, and sound. Very challenging, one of the best darn games Inarguably the best flight sim yet on PS2. Great graphics, story, game control, and sound. Very challenging, one of the best darn games I've played on PS2 to date. Keep 'em coming, Namco! Expand
  2. 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
  3. JayA.
    Jan 25, 2002
    10
    This game is truly terrific!!!
  4. JacobC.
    Apr 17, 2003
    10
    Great graphics and adrenaline rush makes this game so good you can't put it down.
  5. AlexE.
    Sep 3, 2005
    10
    I have played this game many times and would recomend it.
  6. Nov 22, 2013
    9
    It is truly a master piece. A game with an amazing story, game play, music, graphics, and easy to use controls. It is one of the unknown gamesIt is truly a master piece. A game with an amazing story, game play, music, graphics, and easy to use controls. It is one of the unknown games that not many people know. This makes me a little sad to hear. Expand
  7. Uter
    Aug 16, 2003
    6
    It's more of a rental than a purchase.

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#14 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#15 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001