Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+
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If you had low expectations for this one, let them be lifted -- this is a surprising hit of a game. Namco's still got room to improve here, and hopefully a future sequel will add a greater wealth of single-player missions and some multiplayer modes to this foundation. But Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy is truly impressive just as it is, and it deserves the attention of any Nintendo fans who've either always been curious about this series or just love flying through the sky to blow stuff up.
Ace Combat Horizon Legacy Plus is exactly what you want from the series: Ace Combat on the go. This new version isn't essential if you have the original 2011 release, but if you've never bought the game, the new Amiibo support and other features make the Plus edition the one to own.
Ace Combat flies onto the 3DS in impressive fashion. Worth checking out for series fans and anyone that likes aerial combat.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + is an exhilarating portable combat flight sim with some fun tweaks for New 3DS owners. Thrilling mechanics, plentiful missions and robust unlocks make it the Top Gun for genre fans who own the system.
Although this version of the game changes very little and only really adds in a bit of Nintendo fan service, the quality of the original still shines though in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+. A true example of how the 3D effect can enhance games, with both a compelling narrative and gameplay structure, and plenty of reason to take back to the skies after finishing.
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy succeeds primarily because it sticks to the original Ace Combat format without trying to dress the series up as something it's not. It doesn't try to tell a huge story or take hints from other current franchises, but presents you with a simplistic and portable-friendly game that is fun to play and doesn't require a lot from the user.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ won't set your world on fire like another remakes well, but when it comes to staying in the air and doing a great deal of damage, it's a few good afternoons well spent – especially if you're a fan of the original games.
Legacy is a fun game, but it is limited and dated. The mechanics are decent, although you will come to rely on the maneuver button more than a flying game should, and it ends up taking away from the gameplay a bit. Despite the decent use of the 3D, the game does not make good use of the 3DS' hardware, and as a result Legacy feels primitive by modern standards.
Even with its issues, Assault Horizon Legacy provides a solid Ace Combat experience on the 3DS. Yes, the game may have landed on the small screen. When it comes to the overall gameplay experience, however, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ delivers a solid spike on Nintendo's portable console, just like make-believe, volleyball savant Tom Cruise.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ is a minor and slightly cheeky update - despite Nintendo planes and amiibo support it's certainly not worth a double dip for those with the original. It does serve as a handy reminder to those that ignored it first-time around, however, and it's an entertaining arcade experience that does its job as throwaway action fun. It's the sort of title that one can revisit every once in a while, just to fly through the skies and pretend it's the '80s and that Top Gun is cool. Often silly but always enjoyable, it's certainly worth some air miles for new recruits.