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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: 56 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Jan 23, 2019
    95
    A fantastic campaign mode, a VR mode so great that it should go down in history, and so many other aspects make Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown an incredible package. However, it helps to be familiar with the series in order to savor its greatness.
  2. Jan 21, 2019
    90
    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown finally fulfills the expectations of those players from my generation who loved Ace Combat 04 and 5, bringing the series back to its roots in a masterful way. While there are a few relevant innovations, the good folks at Project Aces kept their eyes and ears open and listened to the fans of the franchise who wanted to return to Strangereal and to the Ace Combat that we know and love.
  3. Jan 17, 2019
    87
    Neither newcomers nor long time Ace Combat fans will be disappointed by Skies Unknown.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a top entry in the long-running series that sees a return to the PS2 glory days. The war opera story is enjoyably charming, despite a rather flat cast of characters, while the gameplay is, crucially, as dramatic and slick as it's ever been. Online multiplayer and PSVR are both implemented well, and serve as great companion pieces to the main campaign. Whether you’re a diehard fan or coming to this game fresh, Skies Unknown is a joy, and a series highlight.
  5. Mar 24, 2019
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Jan 21, 2019
    80
    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a fantastic return to form that benefits from modern console hardware, making a more dynamic air combat experience. The story, told from different perspectives on both sides of the war, has a tendency to be too serious and overwrought to the point of hilarity but I always give it a pass because it’s so endearing.
  7. Jan 17, 2019
    60
    Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a solid experience for fighter plane enthusiasts, but it plays things too safe. Sticking to a tried-and-tested formula that has ensured the series' success and continuation for nearly 25 years is a sound strategy, but it lacks in innovation and any new exciting creative direction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 83
  2. Negative: 7 out of 83
  1. Feb 18, 2020
    10
    Wow! I'm playing only the VR content on PS4 and I must tell you that it is absolutely fantastic, outstanding and worth the price of admission!Wow! I'm playing only the VR content on PS4 and I must tell you that it is absolutely fantastic, outstanding and worth the price of admission! It's jaw-dropping intense and I'm so impressed with the immersion and sense of motion and speed of movement. It's only 3 missions on VR, but they are each fantastic with unlimited replayability to improve grades and scores and times. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who loves gaming! It's as close to a flight simulator as most of us are ever going to get...and it's just so impressive!! A++ 10/10 Masterpiece of design! Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2019
    10
    Ace Combat's return to its original formula. Good graphics, good gameplay, and quite decent story
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    This is the game that all fans were waiting for a whooping 12 years. This is a piece of an art, polished to a highest degree. The team behindThis is the game that all fans were waiting for a whooping 12 years. This is a piece of an art, polished to a highest degree. The team behind this are professionals and their passion for the airplanes is absolute. Visuals and soundtrack will completely blow you away.
    Gameplay has a great value of replayability without getting you bored.
    Don't buy this solely for VR, enjoy the story instead.
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  4. Aug 30, 2020
    9
    An excellent single player mode and a super fun multi mode accompanied by quality graphics, an incredible soundtrack ... Ace Combat 7 is anAn excellent single player mode and a super fun multi mode accompanied by quality graphics, an incredible soundtrack ... Ace Combat 7 is an exceptional game for lovers of gunfight, Top Gun and the series. I only put 9 because the music is a little worse than that of 6. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2020
    8
    Been with the series since I was old enough to hold a controller. The game is excellent, addictive and beautiful just like it's PS2 era games.Been with the series since I was old enough to hold a controller. The game is excellent, addictive and beautiful just like it's PS2 era games. However the story does not move me like what Unsung War and Zero did for me all those years ago which leads to it not receiving a perfect score from me. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2019
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I’ve only previously played AC 5 and Zero on the PS2.

    AC 7 makes a fresh start on current gen flight combat. In terms to flight controls and gameplay they didn’t change much from previous games which isn’t a bad thing because it was good to begin with. One thing that disappointed me was that they removed wingmen commands which they had previously on AC 5. The wingmen AI is horrendous and is a lot worse when you have no control over it. You end up having to do everything yourself. There was one mission where you had to escort a transport with a single wingman while taking out SAMs bombarding the transport in every fkn direction while also tracking back and taking out any bandits intercepting said transport. They put too much emphasis on you the player taking total control of the battle by shooting down 50 + enemies while the wingmen are there just for fodder which really ruins immersion and realism.

    Also another thing they removed was wingmen assignment. In AC 5, for missions that require elimination of Air and Ground targets you can assign your wingmen to different planes that have different roles (fighter/multi role/ground assault). In AC 7 it’s just you who can choose and end up having to use an A10 to have enough firepower to take out 100 + ground targets then have to contend to fighting Mig 29s and some OP boss with a modified SU 33 (my poor A10 got lucky on the 5th go of that mission).

    Typical AC series is the graphics and sound are all excellent. All planes have great detail and the payload is accurate apart from Railguns and lasers (wish they brought back the Napalm bomb for the F4s. The music nostalgic especially during the multiplayer where they brought some classics back and remixed a bit.

    The Campaign is a bit all over the place looking at both sides of the war. Wingmen didn't really gel and I didn't really care if they died compared to Nagase, Archer and Chopper (Team Razgriz!). It didn’t really engage me but I’m just playing this to shoot planes and blow **** up anyways.

    Multiplayer is pretty meh and time consuming as they’re player lobbies and no quick match options. All you get is Free for All and team Death Match which you’re only gonna use Air superiority planes like the F15 Eagles and F35s because you’ll get totally wrecked using Assault and Multi Role planes. They should have siege modes where one defends and the other have to destroy a target like the Ark bird or Stonehenge but this could be added in future.
    Overall, the game play is non stop action and excitement…and somewhat annoying as you’re a one man team against 100. Air plane fans will love it, I’ll give it a 6 but since they threw in my AC 5 in my preorder I’ll push it to a 7.
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  7. Feb 12, 2020
    0
    This is one of the most unfunctional games I have ever played. You cant lock on to the enemies that you want ro lock on to. THE LOCK ON IS RNGThis is one of the most unfunctional games I have ever played. You cant lock on to the enemies that you want ro lock on to. THE LOCK ON IS RNG BASED. THE. LOCK ON. IS. RNG. Unplayable. Expand

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