IMG_0004We finally got our hands on the demo version of Ace Combat Xi that was shown at the Tokyo Game show last month. The early impressions from this build were positive, and after seeing it first hand, I can confirm all the great things that were said about the game.

Overall, it just looks and feels like an Ace Combat game. They did a surprisingly good job at capturing the essence of the console games, and the tilt controls work great. This development version of the game lacks any kind of sensitivity configuration, so there were times where I felt like I was tilting the phone a little too much, but other than that flying a jet in Ace Combat Xi is a ton of fun.

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In the right hand corner of the screen are a series of buttons to fire your various weapons and switch targets, the bottom left side of the screen controls your throttle. The rest of the screen is framed in a somewhat cluttered but really cool looking heads up display showing other information like the location of enemies and how many there are left.

This version of the game is very limited, but even as a brief demo, the overall experience of the Ace Combat console games is absolutely thriving on the iPhone. The constant radio chatter, the great texturing of the ground and sky and the sound of your afterburners rumbling all come together to create one of those "Wow, this is running on an iPhone?" moments.

For increased immersion, you can switch in to first person view and fly your plane using nothing but the HUD. I found this to be a little disorienting, but your visibility is definitely improved without your jet taking up the bottom third of the screen.


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Namco hopes to release Ace Combat Xi this winter and we will continue to post preview information as it's revealed and while this version of the game is little more than a mid-development preview, it is remarkably impressive.

  • Maverick

    There's too mush sh*t on the screen at once. it's not like the touch screen is big anyway, cramming all that stuff just makes it look too cluttered.
    i'll stick to f.a.s.t.

    • Ken

      Then you must have never played an Ace Combat title. When I bought F.A.S.T. I was hoping for an Ace Combat like experience. It didn't even come close.

  • Maverick

    There's too mush sh*t on the screen at once. it's not like the touch screen is big anyway, cramming all that stuff just makes it look too cluttered.
    i'll stick to f.a.s.t.

    • http://www.cavanaughphotocom Ken

      Then you must have never played an Ace Combat title. When I bought F.A.S.T. I was hoping for an Ace Combat like experience. It didn't even come close.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelCheungPhotography mike

    Looks great! Hopefully it's as good as the PSP Ace Combat.

    • LBG

      The graphics are actually quite a bit better than the PSP version. Hopefully the gameplay will be better too.

  • http://picasaweb.google.com/MichaelCheungPhotography mike

    Looks great! Hopefully it's as good as the PSP Ace Combat.

    • LBG

      The graphics are actually quite a bit better than the PSP version. Hopefully the gameplay will be better too.

  • currymutton

    Due to my weakness to good flight combat game, looks like if it ever goes to the local App Store, it is a must buy. Will there be any story or just action? The framerate is a little behind FAST, from the video.

  • currymutton

    Due to my weakness to good flight combat game, looks like if it ever goes to the local App Store, it is a must buy. Will there be any story or just action? The framerate is a little behind FAST, from the video.

  • Jas

    Looks good to me.

    I've always hated Ace Combat et al on consoles as I've felt they made the air combat too dumbed down (as an old PC flight simmer) and arcadey, but on the iPhone this type of game will be perfect for me.

  • Jas

    Looks good to me.

    I've always hated Ace Combat et al on consoles as I've felt they made the air combat too dumbed down (as an old PC flight simmer) and arcadey, but on the iPhone this type of game will be perfect for me.

  • Pheebau

    Looking real good - terrain does seem pretty detailed.

    Never played Ace Combat - I do hope one an actually land the plane.

  • Pheebau

    Looking real good - terrain does seem pretty detailed.

    Never played Ace Combat - I do hope one an actually land the plane.