A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
On one hand the message is to fight evil -- which seems like a positive message -- but in the process you're causing death and inflicting massive amounts of damage. Therefore, whether the game offers a positive message is subject to opinion; but we don't think it's very good for the amount of glorified violence in the game.
Positive Role Models
You are a top gun pilot in an international task force. Your mission is to fly the unfriendly skies in a number of real-world locations to take down enemy aircraft and destroy various targets on the ground -- including rebel soldiers.
Ease of Play
Depending on the mode and mission, this game can be somewhat easy to play -- such as some missions in a helicopter or "on rails" elements that don't require you to control a vehicle. But at other times, controlling the aircraft can be difficult. Plus, the game offers easy and hard control settings, too.
Violence & Scariness
This game has plenty of shooting and explosions, including enemy aircraft that explode into bits, along with buildings, ground targets, and human soldiers killed on the spot. Players can use machine guns, bombs, and missiles to do damage to others. Blood can be seen on fallen enemies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some suggestive dialogue in the radio chatter, such as a reference to "getting in my pants" and "chasing tail."
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The radio chatter has some profanity, including words like "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is some radio chatter dialogue that refers to drinking beer and how much vodka there is in Russia.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is an aerial combat game where you destroy aircraft and buildings more than people. However, the game displays violence graphically, often with big, dramatic explosions. You can kill people on the ground, too, such as firing at rebel soldiers, and you'll see them fall and bleed. There is also some profanity and sexual references in the radio chatter between pilots.
Is It Any Good?
Yes and no. Despite Ace Combat: Assault Horizon's breadth (many modes and aircraft) and high production values, it's short on depth and replayability. Think of it like a Michael Bay popcorn flick. Those who climb into the cockpit will experience some thrilling action, tight controls, and near-photorealistic graphics (including aircraft that are shown being torn apart, scattering debris and spewing fuel). But, the gameplay doesn't quite match the visuals. For example, the "on rails" shooter portions when you serve as door gunner on a Blackhawk helicopter isn't as much fun. Also some missions are quite lengthy, without many checkpoints, so you might find yourself repeating a good chunk of a mission if you die. In short, if you don't expect serious depth from this game, you'll likely enjoy yourself for its good-looking and fast-paced action.
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