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  • Summary: (Also known as "Ace Combat 5: Squadron Leader") With more than 50 different licensed planes and an intense storyline extending over 30 missions, players will be put to the ultimate test, including air-to-air combat, air-to-ground fighting, air-to-sea assaults, rescue, recon and much more.(Also known as "Ace Combat 5: Squadron Leader") With more than 50 different licensed planes and an intense storyline extending over 30 missions, players will be put to the ultimate test, including air-to-air combat, air-to-ground fighting, air-to-sea assaults, rescue, recon and much more. Incorporating ultra-realistic beautifully rendered in-game graphics and cinematics along with unparalleled game play; ACE COMBAT 5 goes a step beyond the traditional air combat gaming experience. One of the exciting new features to the sequel includes Wingman Command, where players can issue directives to their wingmen mid-mission to carry out coordinated group attacks. Additionally, the in-game radio communications with the squadron and enemies adds to the realism and intensity of the dynamic battle sequences. In the game's premise, it is September 23, 2010 on distant Sand Island, a small island in the Ceres Ocean that divides the two superpowers, Osea and Yuktobania. An entire military base is on red alert--the 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron intercepted an unidentified aircraft and the entire squadron was decimated. You are a fighter pilot, part of the new squadron that's been called into action to protect your nation of Osea. Now, the story begins to unfold. [Namco] Expand
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  1. Positive: 50 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Heavy on action and heavier on story, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is without a doubt the finest flight combat game on the PS2.
  2. Play Magazine
    91
    What's important here is the execution and level of player involvement, not that we haven't done all this before, because we have. And believe me, I was involved. [Dec 2004, p.78]
  3. AceGamez
    90
    The intensity the radio chatter brings, matched with amazing music, exciting missions and fantastic storytelling makes one game that every gamer looking for a great action game should not miss, despite the short nature of the main story.
  4. netjak
    85
    It's EXCELLENT fun with the flight stick, but it's also $130 plus tax for that bundle...it had better be that good. (Add a +1 onto the gameplay, replay, and overall score for the scores with the Flight Stick.)
  5. GMR Magazine
    80
    Boasts ideal handling and control, near photo-realistic graphics, and digital surround sound. Where the game staggers is in its defiantly single-player focus. [Jan 2005, p.86]
  6. 80
    AC5 ups the ante once again for console dogfight games, combining the tight, exciting gameplay and gorgeous visuals and atmosphere of AC04 with added challenge and a superb story tied together by some brilliant cinematic cutscenes.
  7. It’s a shame, too, that the levels aren’t more exciting and spontaneous. Such predictability stops this game from being any more than an enjoyable flight simulator.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. StevenK.
    Nov 1, 2004
    10
    The graphics are awesome it has a great storyline and there are many planes to choose from. goerge W. all the wa.y
  2. Feb 13, 2012
    10
    This game is incredible. Although the actual game-play graphics are rather poor, the CGI animations during cut scenes is so high-quality thatThis game is incredible. Although the actual game-play graphics are rather poor, the CGI animations during cut scenes is so high-quality that there are even a couple of small moments when I mistake them for real actors. The plot is incredible, and is not just another cheap war game where you work your way into the enemy and hit their capital and wipe them out. The whole complication with the Gray Men of Belka made it really interesting, especially with the 8492nd Squadron and Captain Hamilton. Like the previous game in the series, Shattered Skies (A.K.A. Distant Thunder in Europe), it does not take the war lightly. For example, in the mission where you escort the Kestrel and other ships out of Port Hewlett, there is a brief cut scene in the middle, which is appropriate seeing as this is the first mission that you fight planes that aren't unmanned aerial drones, in which the news reporter narrates seeing living people drowning in the ocean after shooting down the Yuktobanian planes, and becomes emotional and begins saying "Just stop this! I can't take it anymore!" This game amazes me even further with the new addition of commands to your wingmen. The action your wingmen take can really change the course of the battle, because they do not go off and clear out enemies if you have them following you in cover-mode the whole battle. Expand
  3. WhiteWarrior
    Jan 14, 2005
    10
    It's not very often that I give a game a perfect 10, but this game most definitely deserves it. The graphics are absolutely phenomenal, It's not very often that I give a game a perfect 10, but this game most definitely deserves it. The graphics are absolutely phenomenal, the game play and controller response is superb, the storyline is intriguing and keeps you immersed in the game, and it surprises me that no one else in this review has mentioned the intensely realistic sound effects. From the jet wash, (I play with a 5.1 digital surround sound system and with the sub woofer turned up it sounds like the U.S.A.F. is doing flyby's over my house) to the explosions from long distances. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase the flight stick that was included with this game as a limited edition and this game is as close to flying the real thing as it gets. A no-brainer for anyone interested in flying the unfriendly skies. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2021
    10
    Everything that worked for AC4 comes back and is better than ever. The speed is still there, the variation of missions and the tenseness thatEverything that worked for AC4 comes back and is better than ever. The speed is still there, the variation of missions and the tenseness that sets in during missions all comes back. Now you're in charge of a squad of 3 other pilots who are fleshed out characters that you get attached to really quickly as you all ride or die together in a campaign that honestly feels like a Hollywood blockbuster in its presentation but it honestly feels so right in the way it comes across with cutscenes and full dialogue between characters. Like I said, this is basically Ace Combat 4's foundation but with more added onto it and it culminates in a great story and an even better game that I found to be an absolute delight to play Expand
  5. Jan 25, 2019
    10
    The best Ace Combat title there is and my personal favorite game ever. Amazing story, tons of planes to choose from, great mission variety,The best Ace Combat title there is and my personal favorite game ever. Amazing story, tons of planes to choose from, great mission variety, spectacular music. The graphics are a little dated, and even the update on the PS4 can only make the models sharper and clear out some busted particle effects from the PS2 version, but it's still an incredible game that stands the test of time even to this day. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2020
    9
    The PS2 series of Ace Combat games are often seen as the crown jewel of the entire franchise. Whether you prefer Shattered Skies, The UnsungThe PS2 series of Ace Combat games are often seen as the crown jewel of the entire franchise. Whether you prefer Shattered Skies, The Unsung War or the Belkan War, there was no real wrong answer. If people really had to choose, I often hear AC5 as their preferred choice, and it's absolutely understandable why. Ace Combat 5 was able to move the series forward in a lot of different ways, from storytelling to mission variety. While I still hold nostalgic value for AC04, AC5 is still a more than worthy addition.

    The game takes place in the fictional setting of Strangereal in the year 2010. The country of Yuktobonia has just declared war on the Osea Federation, and it's up to you and your ragtag team of wingmen to put a stop to it all. While having knowledge of a few AC games is helpful, The Unsung War works just fine as a stand-alone narrative with likable characters and an interesting narrative with some genuine surprises thrown in, as well as the usual AC staples. It is certainly much more story heavy compared to AC04, with moments of character development and much more personal stakes compared to previous games. The game also looks just as great as AC04 and the soundtrack is once again brilliant.

    Like previous games, the game is an arcade-style flight sim where you tackle a variety of missions ranging from destroying all indicated targets, to reconnaissance, to defeating large-scale machines. AC5 offers a lot more mission variety compared to its predecessor, which is perfect for those who would feel the previous games got too repetitive. Controls are once again silky smooth and, in fact, feel much more refined. You can also give basic command to your teammates, like having them cover you, spreading out and doing whatever they wish or being directed toward a specific target. The AI is surprisingly effective, able to help you take down enemy aircraft without weakened firepower. There's a solid variety of aircraft to choose from, and you'll need to pick and choose the best ones for you and your team to get the job done. Sadly, like in previous games, there are no mid-level check points, so if you die just before the end of a long mission, you're gonna have to start all over.

    As I've said, I still have more of an affinity to AC04 just simply on the basis of nostalgia, but there is no denying that AC5 is a fantastic game, and an absolute must-play for those getting into the series or those just looking for a fun arcade flight game with an engrossing story to accompany it.
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  7. Oct 3, 2015
    4
    No me llego ha gustarme cuando lo tuve hace tiempo . Hay gente que seguro que le gusto o le gustara , pero para mi no dio la talla . MeNo me llego ha gustarme cuando lo tuve hace tiempo . Hay gente que seguro que le gusto o le gustara , pero para mi no dio la talla . Me decepciono , por suerte lo tenia pirata y no me gaste nada por el Expand

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#27 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
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