Ace Combat 2
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|Ace Combat 2|
|Release date(s)||May 30, 1997|
|Genre(s)||Arcade, Combat Flight Simulator|
|Distribution||CD-ROM / Nintendo Game Card|
Ace Combat 2 is a semi-realistic combat flight simulation game made by Namco for the PlayStation game console. It is the company's second console offering in the Ace Combat series and continues the arcade style gameplay of the first game Air Combat, with major improvements.
The player character is a pilot in a mercenary airforce. Money for the air force can be earned by destroying various targets and completing missions. The money which can be used to buy new aircraft. As more aircraft are unlocked, the player also rises in rank. If the player is shot down or crashes in a mission, a replacement aircraft will be acquired at a cost from the player's account. The player can also face deductions from the mission total if any neutral targets were destroyed in a mission.
The missions in the game are presented in a 3D briefing, where the player's expected route of attack is shown. The briefing also displays information on all targets in the map.
The wingman system present in the first game returns as well, with the player offered a chance to use a male or female pilot in the mission. The wingman can be assigned to engage air or ground targets, support the player, or complete mission objectives, and will fly a plane appropriate to the task.
The game also has an option for the player to view the destruction of the target from a different angle.
Many of the flyable aircraft seen in the first game also return in Ace Combat 2, which also includes new real-life aircraft. The game also introduces to the franchise the concept of superfighters, or jets that are unique from existing aircraft in design and performance. Two superfighters are introduced - the ADF-01 and the XF/A-27; players can only access the latter. A bar graph also indicates how many times the aircraft have been used. The planes also sport actual military color schemes, dispensing of the phoenix-style scheme found in the first game. Operation time can be dictated through a fuel gauge.
Later in the game, the player will have a choice of two branching mission paths (called Alphaville and Belissima). Certain targets in missions can also unlock secret missions and alternative endings.
Ace Combat 2 introduces the concept of aces, elite pilots that have better flight performance than standard enemy pilots. They are identifiable by their planes' unique color schemes and their callsigns. Some of the aces fly together as a squadron. Shooting down a legendary pilot or squadron will earn a medal in the player's record.
A group of rebel military forces launch a massive insurrection all over the Usean continent. The takeover occurs just as several political leaders attend a peace summit in a faraway location. The speed of the coup enables the rebels to acquire special strategic weapons. The danger of such a threat prompts the deployment of Scarface, an elite mercenary air force, to quell it.
The above plot is fleshed out in the 3DS remake, Assault Horizon Legacy. Fearful of being caught in the saber-rattling between the Osean Federation and Union of Yuktobanian Republics four years after the events of the Belkan War, the nations of the Usean continent agree to unite and form a third-force alliance. However, countries in southern Usea consider joining the Osean Federation after it offers to sign a military treaty with them. The other countries in Usea object to this move, but the southern nations press ahead with the treaty. Conservative military personnel in these countries engineer a coup on the day of the treaty signing, and even military forces in the other Usean nations join the rebellion. In danger of total collapse, the Usean government executes an offensive codenamed Operation Fighter's Honor, with the Special Tactical Fighter Squadron Scarface leading the attack.
Nintendo 3DS Remake
A Nintendo 3DS remake was released as Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy in North America on November 15, 2011 and Europe on December 2, 2011. The Japanese version, titled Ace Combat 3D: Cross Rumble, was released on January 12, 2012. This remake features reworked voice acting and a reimagining of the level design.
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