Macross Ace Frontier

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Macross Ace Frontier
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Japanese boxart of Macross Ace Frontier.
Developer(s) Artdink
Publisher(s) Bandai Namco
Series Macross
Engine Gundam Battle engine
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Shooting
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer
Distribution UMD

Macross Ace Frontier (マクロス エース フロンティア makurosu ēsu furontia?) is a shooting game developed by Artdink for the PlayStation Portable. The game is based on Studio Nue's popular Macross series, one of which is known in the West as the first generation of Robotech. It features original elements as well as characters, mechanics, episode plots and BGM borrowed from 1982's The Super Dimension Fortress Macross original TV series, the 1992 Macross Plus OVA series, the 1994 Macross 7 TV series and the 2008 Macross Frontier TV series, as well as incorporating more elements from the 1984 Macross: Do You Remember Love? feature film and the 2002 prequel OVA series Macross Zero.

Gameplay[edit]

It is a 3D shooter action game with multiplayer capability (1 - 4 Players) over the PSP ad hoc feature. It features various characters and mecha from the last 25 years of the series, ranging from the VF-1 Valkyrie up to the most recent variable fighter craft in the Macross universe, including the VF-25 Messiah and also featuring the VF-0, the VF-19 Custom Fire Valkyrie as well as various enemy class mecha from Zentradi, Varauta, Anti-UN and Vajra [1] forces. The game was developed using the Gundam Battle engine. [2] [3] [4]

Game modes[edit]

The game allows Single player and four-player Network modes. Single mode includes Campaign and Freeplay. Network mode can be played ad hoc with up to four players, and it is compatible with adhoc Party for PlayStation Portable beta version for PlayStation Network.

Gallery mode gathers unlockable collectible items such as character profiles (with voice preview), mecha profiles (with 3D model preview), pictures and songs.

Characters[edit]

  • Macross (1982) / Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
Hikaru Ichijyo (Voiced by: Kenji Nojima)
Roy Focker (Voiced by: Akira Kamiya)
Hayao Kakizaki (Voiced by: Katsumi Suzuki)
Maximilian Jenius (Voiced by: Shou Hayami)
Milia Fallyna (Zentradi and Miclone Version) (Voiced by: Eri Takeda)
Zentradi Soldier
Quamzin Kravshera (Voiced by: Kousuke Meguro)
Vrlitwhai Kridanik (Voiced by: Ohtomo Ryuzaburou)
Lynn Minmay (Voiced by: Mari Iijima)
Misa Hayase (Voiced by: Mika Doi)
Golg Boddole Zer (Voiced by: -)
  • Macross Plus (1994)
Isamu Alva Dyson (Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki)
Guld Goa Bowman (Voiced by: Unshou Isizuka)
Sharon Apple (Voiced by: -)
  • Macross Seven (1994)
Basara Nekki (Voiced by: Kanna Nobutoshi)
Mylene Flare Jenius (Voiced by: Tomo Sakurai)
Gamlin Kizaki (Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu)
Gavil (Voiced by: Akio Suyama)
Maximilian Jenius (Voiced by: -)
Milia Fallyna Jenius (Voiced by: -)
Gigile (Voiced by: Tomohiro Nishimura)
Gavil (Voiced by: -)
Geppernich (Voiced by: -)
  • Macross Frontier (2008)
Alto Saotome (Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura)
Michael Blanc (Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya)
Ozma Lee (Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi)
Clan Clang (Zentradi and Miclone Version) (Voiced by: Megumi Toyoguchi)
Luca Angelloni (Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama)
Brera Sterne (Voiced by: Souichirou Hoshi)
  • Original characters
Yuuto Kagura (Voiced by: -)
Pilot Male B (Voiced by: -)
Miyuki Shirakawa (Voiced by: -)
Pilot Female B (Voiced by: -)
Akimizu Yuu (Voiced by: -)
Claire Stanford (Voiced by: -)
Yamashiro Itsuki (Voiced by: -)

Playable mecha[edit]

  • Macross (1982)/Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
MBR-04-Mk.IV Tomahawk
ADR-04-Mk.X Defender
SDR-04-Mk.XII Phalanx
MBR-07-Mk.II Spartan
Destroid Monster
VF-1D Valkyrie
VF-1A Valkyrie (一般 Version)
VF-1A Valkyrie (FAST Pack) (Hikaru Ichijyo Version)
VF-1J Valkyrie (Hikaru Ichijyo Version)
VF-1J Valkyrie (Maximilian Jenius Version)
VF-1J Valkyrie (Milia Fallyna Jenius Version)
VF-1J Armored Valkyrie (Hikaru Ichijyo Version)
VF-1S Strike Valkyrie (FAST Pack) (Hikaru Ichijyo Version)
VF-1S Valkyrie (Roy Focker Version)
VF-1S Super Valkyrie (FAST Pack) (Roy Focker Version)
SDF-1 Macross
Regult
Glaug
Nousjadeul-Ger
Queadlunn Rau
Queadlunn Rau (Maximilian Jenius Version)
Queadlunn Rau (Milia Fallyna Jenius Version)
Zentradi Soldier
Vrlitwhai Kridanik
Golg Boddole Zer
  • Macross Plus (1994)
VF-11B Thunderbolt
VF-11C Thunderbolt (一般 Version)
YF-19 Prototype
YF-21 Prototype
  • Macross Seven (1994)
VF-11MAXL Custom (Mylene Flare Jenius Version)
VF-17D Nightmare (一般 Version)
VF-17S Nightmare
VF-17S Nightmare (Milia Fallyna Jenius Version)
VF-19 Custom Fire Valkyrie (Nekki Basara Version)
VF-22S Sturmvogel II (Maximilian Jenius Version)
VF-22S Sturmvogel II (Milia Fallyna Jenius Version)
Fz-109A Elgerzorene (一般 Version)
Fz-109F Elgerzorene (Gigile Version)
Glavil
Geperuniti
  • Macross Zero (2004)
VF-0S Phoenix (Roy Focker Version)
SV-51α (一般 Version)
SV-51γ (Nora Polyansky Version)
SV-51γ (D.D. Ivanov Version)
  • Macross Frontier (2008)
VF-171 Nightmare Plus (一般 Version)
VF-171 Nightmare EX
VF-25F Messiah (Alto Saotome Version)
VF-25G (Michael Blanc Version)
VF-25S (Ozma Lee Version)
RVF-25 (Luca Angelloni Version)
VF-27 Lucifer
Queadlunn Rea (Klan Klang Version)
Queadlunn Rea (Nene/Raramia Version)
Battle Frontier
Vajra (S)
Vajra (L)
Queen-Vajra

Sequels[edit]

The success of Macross Ace Frontier resulted in a sequel called Macross Ultimate Frontier. The six Macross installments included in Ace Frontier are also supplemented in the sequel by Dynamite 7 and Macross II. The game also features playable mecha from the videogames Macross Digital Mission VF-X2 and Macross M3.

New game elements include additional variable fighters, a “Missile Alert” system, new pilot and operator characters created exclusively for the game by Macross character designer Haruhiko Mikimoto, and special missions as they were played out in their respective series, including those from the antagonists' point of view. The loading screens also feature screenshots from all Macross installments. Ultimate Frontier was released in October 2009 in Japan.[5]

The game is available in standard and limited versions. The latter features a preview of the first Macross Frontier movie (being released in Japan on November 21, 2009), a UMD which features all the opening and end titles from all the Macross titles released so far and an interview with Macross creator Shoji Kawamori.[6]

A new sequel called Macross Triangle Frontier was released during February 2011 in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SCEJ PSP Software Catalog". http://www.jp.playstation.com/. Retrieved 2007-09-12. 
  2. ^ Famitsu: Macross Ace Frontier Coming to PSP
  3. ^ Official Macross Ace Frontier Site
  4. ^ Macross Ace Frontier to Ship in Japan on PSP in Fall
  5. ^ "Bandai Namco To Announce Macross Ultimate Frontier" (in English). PSP Hyper. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  6. ^ http://www.gamekult.com/tout/jeux/fiches/J000097154.html

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