Friday, December 28, 2018

Flying to the horizon

I kinda rushed at playing Ace Combat Assault Horizon but I actually enjoyed it and I did as much as I could [I mean getting the basic achievements for completing the missions].

It's an arcade combat flying game, it's a little old now, it was released for PC in 2013 but still looks good, at least the planes because the characters don't look that good.

I can say the flying is satisfying, it is challenging in combat, specially when there are several enemy planes. Sometimes it can get tedious though, the map doesn't do a good job showing all the enemies, perhaps the enemies were using cyberwarfare tactics to jam my radar, who knows. Also, since I was in a hurry to finish this game I died sometimes, I even crashed the plane a few times, I had to take it seriously because there were some hard to accomplish missions, specially when driving the Apache or Black Hawk, you just can't take it easy.

I like how much planes you can choose to fly, at start there are a few options only but as you progress you unlock new planes. I do like russian planes and I'm glad that I could fly the most iconic ones, the MiGs and Sukhois and other one that I won't spoil.

What I didn't like much was the cliche story: some russians were rogue and the americans allied with the good russians to stop the bad russians, what an amazing and innovative story lol

Good thing is it offers different sceneries, you fly at day and night, also I remember in one mission it was a heavy rain and there are some beautiful landscapes, though while in combat you don't have much time to appreciate it.

Anyway, since I played a lot of HAWX 8 years ago or so, I kept comparing both of them. I think they both have their merits, I didn't like much the dogfight mode in Assault Horizon though, I think HAWX requires more skill while dogfighting. While bombing surface targets they pretty much did it the same, but taking down 4 planes at once with multi target missiles was easier in HAWX.

Sadly, you can't get HAWX even in Ubisoft store and I don't find Assault Horizon in Steam store, I guess it's not available anymore. Anyway, if you like flying games, you can have some fun with Assault Horizon, if you can get it in other online store.

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