Putting gamers in the cockpit of the most advanced warplanes ever developed, Ace Combat 7 delivers the ﬁercest air combat experience ever created through photorealistic visuals, intense dog-ﬁghting action, a multitude of authentic and futuristic aircraft to ﬂy, an immersive storyline, and even virtual reality!
Leveraging the power of the newest generation gaming consoles, Ace Combat 7 will blow players away with the evolution of its graphics engine. Beautifully rendered cloud-ﬁlled skies and highly detailed cityscapes enhance the sense of unparalleled speed and set the stage for the most engaging aerial battles in the franchise’s storied 20-year history. Ace Combat 7will provide an arsenal of ultra-modern super weapons and formidable enemies that the series is known for.
Become an ace pilot and soar through photorealistic skies with full 360-degree movement down enemy aircraft and experience the thrill of engaging in realistic sorties! Aerial combat has never looked or felt better!
Project Aces aims to revolutionize the sky with this entry in the series, offering an experience so immersive it feels like you’re piloting an actual aircraft! Weather and the environment affect your aircraft and the HUD, adding a sense of extreme realism never felt before in a flight combat game. Epic dogfights await!
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – Review
Ace Combat 7 is packed with moments like this and it feels better than ever when engaged in combat. There are weight and a sense of momentum to your plane now – like a steel blade slicing through the clouds. When engaged in dog fights, you have options for making high-G turns, using your aerial brakes and strategic stalls to almost drift around your foes which feels so satisfying to master. Add in the flares for shaking incoming missiles and the dogfighting system feels more tactical yet engaging than any previous entry.
Thanks to the increase in fidelity you have a better grasp on each of these actions as well. There are enemies you’ll face that really force you to master these manoeuvres and, once you get the hang of it, it’s extremely gratifying.
As in the last few games, players have the option to select between two control schemes. The default controls handle more like arcade game – almost as if you’re piloting the F-14 from After Burner 2. With the new camera system and more fluid movement, however, it feels much less twitchy than in previous games and is a great way to fly. The other ‘expert’ option, however, offers a flight model more in line with what you’d expect from a traditional flight sim – you can execute more complex moves, but it demands more skill to pull them off.
You earn credits that can be used to purchase new planes and special weapons via the aircraft tree. This feature was first introduced in the mostly forgotten free-to-play game Ace Combat Infinity but it’s a great idea and it works well here. There are a lot of planes to unlock and each plane can equip a variety of special weapons in addition to performance upgrades.
There’s also multiplayer this time with a pair of modes at launch including a Battle Royale mode, which is actually free for all battle mode based on score, and Team Deathmatch which has two teams aiming to achieve the highest score. It’s a fun little addition and I’ll be curious to see where it goes in the future but, for me, the draw is still very much the campaign.