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Lock on to your targets and take to the skies!

Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ is a new release of a title originally released back in 2011, a time when the Nintendo 3DS was just starting to take off. While the original release was decent, this “+” edition helps to seal the deal.

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There are “classic” controls as well, for veterans to the series, that add a nice difficulty if you’re finding the game too easy.

Taken from the launch press release: “Set in an alternate-reality, ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY+ places players into the role of a fighter pilot on a string of missions to prevent the Usean government from spiraling into total collapse. Flight fanatics will be able to launch into campaigns featuring both aerial and ground attack missions and pilot powerful and famous aircraft to deftly complete each mission. ” While the story is nothing amazing, the voice acting and vocal quips during missions make the title feel like an actual dog fight. The missions are usually quick and exciting, so the title is great to pick up and play at any time. The game features an interesting maneuver button that allows you to lock on and fire missiles at your opponents or dodge incoming missiles, all while looking good. Looking good is important too, as you’re shown a replay of your mission after you’re done, allowing you to see the action from different angles. This is where the New Nintendo 3DS shines, for watching the replays with the new Aware 3D really helps make it feel like a show.┬áThere are “classic” controls as well, for veterans to the series, that add a nice difficulty if you’re finding the game too easy.

Taken from the launch press release: “Set in an alternate-reality, ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON LEGACY+ places players into the role of a fighter pilot on a string of missions to prevent the Usean government from spiraling into total collapse. Flight fanatics will be able to launch into campaigns featuring both aerial and ground attack missions and pilot powerful and famous aircraft to deftly complete each mission. ” While the story is nothing amazing, the voice acting and vocal quips during missions make the title feel like an actual dog fight. The missions are usually quick and exciting, so the title is great to pick up and play at any time. The game features an interesting maneuver button that allows you to lock on and fire missiles at your opponents or dodge incoming missiles, all while looking good. Looking good is important too, as you’re shown a replay of your mission after you’re done, allowing you to see the action from different angles. This is where the New Nintendo 3DS shines, for watching the replays with the new Aware 3D really helps make it feel like a show.

wowNew Nintendo 3DS owners also have another interesting feature, Amiibo support! Certain amiibo unlock special themed planes and items. These themes and planes draw inspiration from a plethora of different Nintendo franchises and characters; although, two of my personal favorites are the Bowser and Star Fox themed ones. These planes and items can be really helpful if you get stuck or just want to sport your favorite series’ main character. Alongside this, the game features customization on your planes, allowing you to play the way you feel is the best for each mission. The immense customization drives my main issues with the title, its lack of multiplayer.

With any dog fight game, you instantly want to blow your friends out of the sky. With all of the customization that can be done to your planes, it feels weird that there isn’t an online or even local multiplayer experience. Even a simple 1-on-1 match would add something to the gameplay, may be by promoting or unlocking new stages via the story mode. As it stands, the only real benefit of story mode is unlocking levels for Free Play. The story takes roughly four to five hours to complete, so the game is a bit short in that respect.

All in all, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + is a fun title with nice graphics and a decent soundtrack. The New Nintendo 3DS features make it a worthy purchase if you’re a fan of the genre, but if you’re not, I’d advise waiting for a sale. That said, the game is fun and I highly suggest picking it up if you grew up on Star Fox, as the mission layouts and in-mission quips feel very similar to the childhood classic. There’s a ton of classic 80s and early 90s vibe to the game and it left me with a smile on my face.

 

 

Pros:
  • Great 3D Effect, especially on New Nintendo 3DS.
  • Easy to jump into with a classic arcade feel.
  • Amiibo support brings your favorite Nintendo characters to your planes.
Cons:
  • A bit overwhelming if you're new to the series.
  • Lack of multiplayer.
  • Textures can be a bit muddy.
  • Game feels a bit short, more modes would have added to the experience.
Graphics Pixl Score 4 4
Story Pixl Score 3 3
Sound Pixl Score 3 3
Controls Pixl Score 5 5
Fun Factor Pixl Score 4 4