Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Big on violent blow-up effects but light on gameplay.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 1 review

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Fell far short of expectations

The game's only bright spots are the scenery. The DFM (dog fighting mode) ruined this game's potential. The 300 missiles you have won't work against Ace pilots. And they send Ace pilots at you. What good are the over 300 missiles I'm carrying if they won't bring down a target? What you must do is get as close as possible to enemy planes from behind and you'll see a blue square light up and "RB and LB" on your enemy's wings (after locking on your targeting with "Y") You must quickly (very quickly) press LB and RB simultaneously to enter "DFM" mode. Then it's basically like an arcade mini-game where it's easy to blast the enemy out of the sky with missiles or your machine gun. But up until then you may pass by the same enemy plane 5 times before you can get the DFM to kick in. As you're coming up from behind they'll go very low to try to get you to crash. Even though you're really close to the surface, they still duck under you. They're so fast they can do a hairpin U- turn under you at 200 feet altitude like they switched instantly into reverse in mid-air with out losing speed. So the game is incredibly monotonous. You chase bogies around trying to get the DFM to light up. It becomes ultra-tiresome. The monotony especially stings because the missions go on for seemingly ever. The aircraft repairs itself while in the air. You're more likely to crash into the ocean while trying to get close to the enemy in this game than be shot down. I loved Ace Combat 6. Compared to that, this game is garbage.
age 16+

A good flight action game

Not the best Ace Combat game, but definitely not the worst. I suggest getting either AC4 or AC5 if you enjoyed this one.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: October 11, 2011
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: October 5, 2021

Our Editors Recommend

For kids who love fast action and realism in their games

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