#5 in the series is heading our way and looking good
Wed, 16 February 2005
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Ace Combat: Squadron Leader is set to land on Australian shores on Thursday 24th February courtesy of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and Namco. So go ahead and give your flight goggles a bit of a spit and polish and prepare for take off (yeah I know, that was lame) with this promising new addition to the great series of âflight combatâ games on the PS2.
Probably the most immediately noticable thing about Squadron Leader is its impressive graphics. Flying through the clouds has never looked better or more realistic. There are plenty of exciting special effects included and a high level of detail. One thing the screenshots cannot show you is that the gameâs frame rate remains smooth and steady at all times. Thereâs no doubting that this is one of the best looking PlayStation 2 games around.
As most gamers should know by now, the Ace Combat games are not intended as serious, complicated, in depth flight simulators. They are more action packed, arcade-style games. Thatâs not to say that they are overly simplistic, or that they are lacking in depth to the gameplay. Far from it, there are a huge amount of different planes to get to grips with and they do each have slight differences in how they handle. You just wonât need to be able to pilot a plane in real life to be able to use the ones in this game, for that kind of thing youâre better off sticking with a PC.
Some extra tactical aspects have been included for this instalment, the most obvious of which is the addition of wingmen. You can issue commands to these wingman which theyâll carry out whilst in battle. All up the gameplay looks to stick quite closely to the last game in the series, while adding enough improvements to make it an even more enjoyable experience.
The sound of the game is also of an excellent standard. With fitting music, realistic sound effects and decent quality voice acting especially considering the huge amount of in-mission chatter.
It has been a long time now since us Aussies saw a new Ace Combat game in and Iâm sure the seriesâ many fans are looking forward to this one anxiously. It seems pretty likely that they will not be disappointed when Squadron Leader hits the shelves. It might even attract some brand new fans with its slick and striking visuals. I, for one am really looking forward to playing the final product.
SCEA also sent us the Aussie press release for the game, so Iâve included that for you below. Enjoy!
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust.)are pleased to announce the PAL title for the 5th instalment in the Ace Combat series will launch in Australia on Thursday 24th February 2005. Exclusive to PlayStation 2: Ace Combat: Squadron Leader is a highly anticipated aerial combat game.
Ace Combat: Squadron Leader combines the adrenaline rush of high-altitude dogfights with the tactical dimension of squadron command and real-life graphics to deliver the most complete aerial combat experience on PlayStationÂŽ2.
Featuring a detailed storyline with more than 30 missions and over 50 licensed planes, players are consistently challenged with air-to-air combat, air-to-ground fighting, air-to-sea assaults, rescue and recon sorties and more. With the addition of Wingman Command, players can issue mid-mission directives to three wingmen and carry out coordinated group attacks. In-game radio communications add further depth, strategy and realism to the gameâs dynamic battle sequences.
To promote this game Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Namco have developed an official Ace Combat: Squadron Leader website www.acecombatgame.com. The website showcases the titleâs stunning in-game graphics, the extensive array of licensed planes featured in the game and details regarding the campaign mode, all this in an online environment that is representative of the game experience
The physics applied in the development of Ace Combat: Squadron Leader provide a realistic flying experience â allowing gamers to soar to new heights in over 50 of the worldâs most advanced fighters - licensed from leading manufacturers including Boeing.
Ace Combat: Squadron Leader âlaunchesâ on Thursday 24 February 2005.
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