292411_2Namco's highly anticipated jet fighter game Ace Combat Xi Skies of Incursion [App Store] was released this evening, the most recent in a very long line of Ace Combat games that spans nearly all home and portable consoles.

The game itself doesn't have much of a tutorial, but the controls and gameplay are exactly what you would expect out of a game like this, and anyone who has played an Ace Combat game (or similar jet fighter game like F.A.S.T.) will feel right at home without instruction.

We will have a full review posted soon, but having only played the first few missions so far I'm happy with the game in it's exactly what I expected out of an Ace Combat game for the iPhone. The story seems decent, the gameplay is fast paced, and the graphics are phenomenal. I imagine for a lot of fans of the series, that's all you will need to hear before purchasing, otherwise check back tomorrow for an in-depth look at the game.

First impressions are being collected in our forums with some detailed notes from jmax99.

App Store Link: Ace Combat Xi, $4.99

  • jmax99

    Thanks for the add, Eli. THAT'S AWESOME. LOL!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      "Thanks for the add"? Sounds like someone needs to attend a MySpace Addiction Recovery Center course.

      • Orions Raiser

        lolllllllll

  • jmax99

    Thanks for the add, Eli. THAT'S AWESOME. LOL!

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      "Thanks for the add"? Sounds like someone needs to attend a MySpace Addiction Recovery Center course.

      • Orions Raiser

        lolllllllll

  • Adams Immersive

    That terrain does look great.

  • Adams Immersive

    That terrain does look great.

  • liquidmutiny

    That terrain does look good. That's the first thing I noticed. I hope the really push the graphics on this one. btw, I think 2010 is the year of the iPhone. It's going to take mobile gaming to the next level. can't wait...

  • liquidmutiny

    That terrain does look good. That's the first thing I noticed. I hope the really push the graphics on this one. btw, I think 2010 is the year of the iPhone. It's going to take mobile gaming to the next level. can't wait...

  • pachi72

    Holly crap i am on a shopping spree. Just bought Cobra Command and now this...wow....i have so far bought 80+ games since i had the iphone...

  • pachi72

    Holly crap i am on a shopping spree. Just bought Cobra Command and now this...wow....i have so far bought 80+ games since i had the iphone...

  • pachi72

    One more thing you can't beat the prices on this games compare to a psp or DS game...

    • poopy

      true, but the psp game is a complete game. this only has 5 levels, and no boss levels.

      • http://www.fsdreamteam.com frank

        and no online multiplayer... sob :-(

  • pachi72

    One more thing you can't beat the prices on this games compare to a psp or DS game...

    • poopy

      true, but the psp game is a complete game. this only has 5 levels, and no boss levels.

      • http://www.fsdreamteam.com frank

        and no online multiplayer... sob :-(

  • Septimus

    Damn, this iPhone really is getting expensive :)

    Some great games coming out ion it. I wish I had a 32GB S instead of the 16 as it is pretty much full now.

  • Septimus

    Damn, this iPhone really is getting expensive :)

    Some great games coming out ion it. I wish I had a 32GB S instead of the 16 as it is pretty much full now.

  • MrMuesli

    So, if I already own F.A.S.T is there enough of a difference that I should own this too. It looks pretty much the same to me, just without online multi?

  • MrMuesli

    So, if I already own F.A.S.T is there enough of a difference that I should own this too. It looks pretty much the same to me, just without online multi?

  • thr

    I wasn't aware of that during purchase... only 5 missions, and more to come via in-app purchase... yeah right. and does anybody succeded in finding the controls of the camera ?

  • thr

    I wasn't aware of that during purchase... only 5 missions, and more to come via in-app purchase... yeah right. and does anybody succeded in finding the controls of the camera ?

  • Frumius

    jmax99, I read your notes in the forum last night and greatly appreciated them. I'm glad Hodapp linked to them directly from his announcement.

    The main Touch Arcade thread: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=35349

  • Frumius

    jmax99, I read your notes in the forum last night and greatly appreciated them. I'm glad Hodapp linked to them directly from his announcement.

    The main Touch Arcade thread: http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=35349

  • dumas1000

    Well, yeah, sending the game to you in installments is really the only way to convert an AAA to the iphone. Ace Combat NEEDS to cost more than 9.99. It just does. No one will pay more than 9.99, though. At least not in one installment. Hence, multiple installments. If you add them all up in the end, the game comes out costing probably what it should. I doubt you can get Ace Combat for the PSP for less than 19.99, and the game has been out for quite while already. A true full version of Ace Combat (a version that consists of 15 missions or so) should come with a similiar price tag.

  • dumas1000

    Well, yeah, sending the game to you in installments is really the only way to convert an AAA to the iphone. Ace Combat NEEDS to cost more than 9.99. It just does. No one will pay more than 9.99, though. At least not in one installment. Hence, multiple installments. If you add them all up in the end, the game comes out costing probably what it should. I doubt you can get Ace Combat for the PSP for less than 19.99, and the game has been out for quite while already. A true full version of Ace Combat (a version that consists of 15 missions or so) should come with a similiar price tag.

  • akira01

    @Duma1000 says:"A true full version of Ace Combat (a version that consists of 15 missions or so) should come with a similiar price tag."

    not necessary

    The settlers: full game, under 10 dollars
    Civilization Rev: full game, under 10 dollars
    Rogue Planet: full game, under 10 dollars
    Katamari: full game, under 10 dollars
    Super Monkey ball 2: full game, under 10 dollars
    Rolando 2: full game, under 10 dollars

    The price is the choice of the editor, NOT an obligation.
    But many of them don't want to cut on absurd price for portable games.
    THAT is the problem. Not the price himself for a full game.
    There are more and more full game on Iphone. So, those who can't play the same "game" will finish like this: NO sells.

  • akira01

    @Duma1000 says:"A true full version of Ace Combat (a version that consists of 15 missions or so) should come with a similiar price tag."

    not necessary

    The settlers: full game, under 10 dollars
    Civilization Rev: full game, under 10 dollars
    Rogue Planet: full game, under 10 dollars
    Katamari: full game, under 10 dollars
    Super Monkey ball 2: full game, under 10 dollars
    Rolando 2: full game, under 10 dollars

    The price is the choice of the editor, NOT an obligation.
    But many of them don't want to cut on absurd price for portable games.
    THAT is the problem. Not the price himself for a full game.
    There are more and more full game on Iphone. So, those who can't play the same "game" will finish like this: NO sells.

  • Capt Haddock

    Just a tip: Hold the "Target" button to padlock (lock the camera on the selected target).

  • Capt Haddock

    Just a tip: Hold the "Target" button to padlock (lock the camera on the selected target).

  • d

    this was going to be an instant purchase for me, but now i don't know...only 5 levels?

    I guess I'll wait for the toucharcade review...which hopefully will come before the five-day sale ends. Hurry up and review it! Please!

  • d

    this was going to be an instant purchase for me, but now i don't know...only 5 levels?

    I guess I'll wait for the toucharcade review...which hopefully will come before the five-day sale ends. Hurry up and review it! Please!