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Simulation/Flight Combat Simulation
TEEN, Mild Language, Violence
Namco Bandai Games, Inc., Project Aces
Namco Bandai Games America, Inc.
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Namco's signature flight combat series returns to PlayStation 2 in Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War. Set 15 years before the events found in 2005's Ace Combat 5, the game has players slipping into the flight suit of a mercenary pilot working for the fictitious country of Ustio. Ustio is engaged in a bitter war with its neighbor, Belka, with the conflict being decided in the air. New to the series is the addition of skilled rivals and their specially decorated planes. These squadron leaders will employ new tactics in dogfights, requiring more skill to shoot down than typical enemies.
Ace Combat Zero also features a number of gameplay tweaks from its predecessor. Players can now assign weapon payloads for their computer-controlled wingmen, and a gallery option shows exactly what requirements are needed to unlock an assortment of bonus features. The main game mode follows a multi-mission campaign that offers a documentary film approach to the cinematic cut-scenes. After taking out enemy structures and planes in the single-player game, pilots can challenge a friend in split-screen versus play in a choice of modes, from straightforward dogfights to more elaborate capture-the-flag variants. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide