Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game was rated Teen because the core gameplay mechanic is attacking and destroying enemies as you fly around. Defeated enemies explode, but you are always fighting vehicles and never uncovered soldiers out in the open. Bad language doesn't escalate above "damn" or "hell." This game has an online multiplayer component; Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for kids younger than 12.
What's it about?
In ACE COMBAT 6: FIRES OF LIBERATION for the Xbox 360, players climb into the cockpit of authentically detailed modern aircrafts -- such as the F-15 E Strike Eagle, the F-22 Raptor, and the Tornado -- as well as give commands to allied fleets, including aerial, naval, and ground combat units. While dog-fighting enemies over ocean water or taking out ground targets in a huge city, the action keeps you glued to the screen for \"just one more\" mission.
Multiple Xbox Live game modes include straight-forward \"kill or be killed\" death-match play, team-based head-to-head matches, and co-op gaming to work together when taking on computer-controlled adversaries.
Is it any good?
What do you do for an encore after selling 10 million copies of intense aerial combat action games? If you're Namco Bandai, the creators and publishers of the Ace Combat series, you make it bigger, better, and even more photorealistic than its predecessors. And then add a multiplayer component so you can play against friends online.
If you concentrate more on your missions and less on the corny story, characters, and dialogue, players will get a lot out of the 20-hour single-player campaign (and if you're good enough, you'll unlock a very hard mode by completing the game). Serious aerial combat fans can get even more out of the game by picking up the optional Ace Combat 6 bundle ($149.99), which includes the game, a durable flight stick and throttle controller, and an Xbox 360 faceplate to decorate your console.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why these types of modern war games are popular. How does a game about aerial combat set in the current time frame compare to one set in World War II? Does the United States' presence in Iraq affect how you react to this game?