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One of the crowning achievements of the Ace Combat series is its ability to weave fast-paced aerial combat with engaging and powerful stories. The final mission of Ace Combat 5 is a culmination of so many fantastic elements that it almost seems unfair to other flight combat games.
Ace Combat 5 focuses on a squadron of pilots named Wardog. A war erupts between Osea and Yuktobania, the two fictional world superpowers, after a mysterious attack on the Osean airforce base on Sand Island. The only pilots to survive the attack are the trainee pilots of Wardog Squadron. Wardog then defends Osea against Yuktobania and later participates in a counter-offensive on Yuktobanian soil. Despite the success of the squadron, Osean officials remain distrustful and eventually frame Wardog for the death of civilians. Shortly thereafter their government brands them as traitors after attempting to kill the aces at the base on Sand Island. Wardog fakes their deaths and takes shelter aboard the aircraft carrier Kestral.
It is then revealed that a secret society called “The Grey Men,” an organization dedicated to exacting revenge on both Yuktobania and Osea for what was done to the country Belkan in the last great war, has been pitting the two countries against one another. The Grey Men even staged a coup d’etats and secretly assumed control over both countries’ leadership to continue the war. Wardog, now known as The Ghosts of Razgriz, participates in operations to save the president of Osea and the prime minister of Yuktobania. Both officials broadcast orders to end the war, causing the Grey Men to resort to the use of V2, a weapon of mass destruction capable of destroying half the cities in either Osea or Yuktobania.
For the final mission, both countries come together in a desperate attempt to stop the weapon’s deployment and restore peace. After heavy fighting, including a battle with several enemy aces, mission 27 culminates with the player flying through an underground tunnel in a scene very reminiscent of the Death Star assault from Return of the Jedi. Touching any of the walls, ground, doors, or crashing into other aircraft results in instant death.
Immediately after completing mission 27, the game throws the player into mission 27+ in which The Ghosts of Razgriz are tasked with shooting down the SOLG weapons satellite that has been set in a descent path toward the Osean capital. It is guarded during it’s descent by the remnants of the notoriously skilled Ofnir and Grabacr squadrons.
Moments like these occur constantly throughout Ace Combat 5, framed by great graphics, a masterful soundtrack, and great dialogue, making it one of the best aerial combat games ever made.
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I used to love Ace Combat. It struck the perfect balance between frantic arcade shooting, and hardcore flight-sim.
Ace Combat is just fro too arcady for my taste. Planes do not carry 84 missiles. They cant run with the afterburners on forever, the would run out of fuel in minutes. Maybe Ace Combat is what people currently want, I for one miss the days of Jane's combat simulators.
damn that tunnel!!! i remember crashing at the vary last part right before the exit of the tunnel and having to that mission over...
i would say 5 was the best over all out of the PS2 games, 4 had the best super weapons, and zero had the best dog fighting with the Round Table. I don't know which story i like better 4 or 5 they were both good and i wish they go back to old world
Interesting video flyer look black good
Aww... this was probably my favorite game as a casual gamer. I seriously played this game for 3 months straight, and some of the boss battles were actually pretty hard. Beat it though, it was such a fun game.
Holy cow, I need to play this series immediatly!
The story elements were way to anime-esque for me
Would you kindly continue this thread? Maybe even give it its own segment on the site...