Developers: Project Aces
Publishers: Namco Bandai
After getting hands-on with two levels of the upcoming Ace Combat: Infinity and chatting to series producer Kazutoki Kono (via a translator) for well over half an hour, I'm still not entirely sure of the big picture regarding Project Aces's free-to-play title. And neither it would seem, are the developers themselves.
Let's start with the hands-on. There are fingerprints of Assault Horizon visible here: the blistering damage modelling, the gloopy oil splashes that hit the camera when a plane goes down. But the best thing about that game -- the whole 'Make Metal Bleed' mentality and the up-close-and-personal, Close-Range Assault system -- is nowhere to be found. Instead, Infinity plays a lot like Ace Combat 6, and that's no bad thing necessarily. But I do kind of wish we could have had the best of both worlds, with a more dynamic camera when it comes to dogfighting.
The controls have been simplified to a certain extent to cater for players who've never taken to the skies in an Ace Combat game. The whole point of this F2P venture is to attract new attention to the series and expand the franchise's audience, that's something Kono was very upfront about. Standard controls will automatically attempt to balance out the plane for you, but if you purposefully want to throw your aircraft into loops and barrel-rolls (and you should!), then the full control that Expert controls offer is really the only way forward.Click here to read more...
We've got two Ace Combat: Infinity gameplay trailers for your viewing pleasure today, showing off a ground assault mission against weapons of mass destruction and a high altitude dogfight. The free-to-play arcade flight sim is coming out later this year on the Japanese PlayStation Network, though Western launch plans haven't yet been confirmed.
All the voice work and text is already in English, though. Come on now.Click here to read more...
Ace Combat Infinity was confirmed as a free-to-play Japanese PSN exclusive several weeks ago, but Project Aces have now explained exactly how the system will work. The campaign will be free to play, as will 4v4 multiplayer matches that blend cooperative and competitive gameplay... but if pilots want to run cool, they'll have to run on heavy fuel.
However, "as long as you are willing to take the time, you can play the entire game for free.”Click here to read more...
We mean that literally.
There are big rocks in this Ace Combat: Infinity TGS trailer. Asteroids abound! The event is calle Ulysses Disaster, and it sees the Earth ravaged by interstellar chunks of space rock. Then gameplay footage happens, planes get blown up, a massive flying fortress appears, and we drown in a puddle of ecstasy.
Namco Bandai are bringing Ace Combat: Infinity, which will be a free-to-play title, to PS3 later this year.
Revvin' up your engines, listen to the howling roar. Metal under tension, begging you to touch and go.
Indeed, you could describe this latest teaser trailer for Ace Combat: Infinity as some sort of road leading to a hazardous area. More specifically, though, it shows some of the cooperative missions that will feature in the free-to-play PS3 exclusive, including four-player assaults against some of the floating fortresses we've grown to love from the series and competiton between teams for the biggest kill counts. As rabid Ace Combat fans to a man, we can't wait to see how Infinity shapes up on the PSN later this year.
Ace Combat: Infinity has finally broken cover after several days of teasing, with this new debut teaser confirming that Project Aces will return to their futuristic 'Strangereal' canon full of insane floating fortresses and meteorites rather than continuing with Assault Horizon's real-world setting.
Interestingly, it appears to be a PS3 exclusive. Since the excellent Ace Combat 6 was only available on Xbox 360, I suppose this redresses the balance. More as we hear it.