Ace Combat 5


Computer Platform: PlayStation 2 (Sony)
Produced by:
Price Range: $11-20
Learning curve time: 31-60 min.
Age level: Children (Older)
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

     Reviewed By: Mitchel Pederson

Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Rating: 3 of 5 (average)
Gameplay: 5 of 5 (excellent)
Violence: 3 of 5 (mild)
Adult Content: 4 of 5 (barely present)

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The Ace Combat series is definitely the best game within all air combat simulators. It’s also one of the most underplayed series. Personally, I think they are better than the “blockbuster” titles like Halo and Guitar Hero. They mix an awesome blend of story, game play, and epic battles.



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The story starts off with a cutscene depicting an air battle of your captain and a few fellow trainees. After the surprise attack is fended off, the remaining squad lands. Only the captain, Jack Bartlett, call sign Heartbreak One, and Kei Nagase, call sign Edge. A journalist that was covering the lives of the soldiers on their island base is forced to stay on the island, as the attack is classified. Your character, an un-named pilot, call sign Blaze, and Alvin Davenport, call sign Chopper, were trainees that were left on the island, with one other character that is introduced later. More unidentified aircraft appear on the base’s radar, and your first mission starts. A few battles around your base happens, and a country across the ocean, Yuktobania, declares war on your country, Osea. You defend a port, and go through a few more missions. You’re then introduced to the Ark Bird, a giant spacecraft that is equipped with a laser that can literally hit a dime from space. It’s sabotaged and Belkan forces, the main enemy in the game, use it against you. Some missions later, Chopper is shot down. You’re framed for betraying your country, along with a carrier and it’s fleet, the Kestrel. Now a naval fighter pilot joins your ranks. You continue your fight against everyone except your close allies on the Kestrel and it’s fleet. A new super weapon is in play, called the SOLG, a satellite that can launch warheads. The second to final mission reveals that your old base commander on the island is part of the Belkan forces, and you have to dodge him while destroying the SOLG command center. The final mission has you destroying the falling SOLG before it hits the Osean capital.

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The game play is the same through out the game. You fly around a battle field taking out targets. The game spices it up every now and then, giving the player a few escort missions, one recon mission, a search and rescue mission, and a few “boss battles”. The bosses are super weapons, such as the aforementioned Ark Bird and SOLG. There are various licensed aircraft to choose from, such as the F-22, F-4, A-10, F-35, and SU-37.

The most offensive thing in Ace Combat 5 is probably the swearing. While they aren’t too bad of words, they come quite frequently over the radio. D**n, b***h, b*****d, and occasionally s**t are thrown around as final swears before being blown up. No f*** is said. Violence is present, but there is absolutely no blood or gore, and violence is limited to explosions from missiles and machine gun fire. There is one cut scene were a gun is present and shot, but no one is hit.

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Ace Combat 5 doesn’t directly talk about religion, but it shows example of many values such as perseverance, trust, teamwork, and bravery. The story line has many tough challenges for the characters, but they stick together and reveal the truth about the war, despite being falsely named traitors to Osea. The civilian character is put right into the middle of it and he has to keep his strength and grow close to the pilots.

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Year of Release — 2004

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