Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Review — The Sky’s The Limit?
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is the latest entry from the game's series. Initially set for a 2017 release, the game was delayed for two year. The game is a mixture of arcade-style shooter while having a bit of a flight simulator essence to it.
+ Wide selection of planes available
+ PSVR makes the game intense
+ Manageable farming (in-game currency)
+ Fun gameplay
- AI allies are practically useless
- Can be a bit repetitive
- Too little game modes
- VR missions are limited
- In-game text can be a little weird
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Review
What is Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown About?
Enter the world of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, the latest addition to the famous combat flight action series. The story begins where you play Avril Mead, a mechanic who basically built a jet fighter from scraps. She is caught in the middle between the Osean and Erusean forces.
In the war, she encounters Rosa Cossette D’Elise, the princess of Erusea, who is filled with regrets by supporting the war that was going. The story goes on how they would stop the war and put an end to the chaos once and for all.
Dive Straight into Action…After Some Dialogues
Off to the campaign, there’s a backstory that you’d need to listen to (or you can simply skip it to get straight to the action). I feel that Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown attempts to bring in an in-depth story compared to its predecessor, but I wasn’t a fan of that choice.
Aside from that, the game is a mixture of a flight simulator with your typical arcade style gameplay. If you have never played one from their series, the new game will feel similar to the gameplay of jet fighters in Battlefield 3 or even 4.
The controls are easy to get used to, where you have three weapons of choice; your primary weapon, special, as well as your machine gun at the start of the game.
Missions are pretty much direct, where usually you’ll have to shoot your way through targets and escort/protect allies. Not to forget, there’s a timer as well for all missions. One fact that I would like to point out is that ally NPC is pretty much useless in the game. You’d need to do all the dirty work, and if you don’t do it quickly, something is bound to happen and you’ll end up seeing that ‘mission failed’ status on your screen.
Since we’ve got our hands on the PS4 version of the game and it is supported by PSVR, we thought that we might as well test it out there. Needless to say, the game feels more immersive and intense in virtual reality.
Initially, I thought that I would feel dizzy after a couple of minutes, but it wasn’t that bad after all. Sadly, there’s only 3 missions for you to enjoy in VR mode. I wished there was more content for VR here but at this point, it’s more of a glorified demo.
Now this may not be a big issue, but for some it may be. The texts in the game can be a little bit ‘off’, as you can see from the picture above. Note that this isn’t a one-time thing, there’s a couple of incidents such as this in the game.
Good Variety of Aircrafts but Limited Game Modes
Aside from the campaign, there’s the mentioned VR mode at hand (be sure you have a PSVR though!) and the game’s multiplayer mode.
When you’re playing the game’s online mode, be prepared to face hell. I wouldn’t say that I’m a very skillful pilot but nevertheless, I was overwhelmed with the players that I found in matchmaking.
There’s your classic Team Deathmatch as well as a Free-for-all mode to choose from. They are pretty much common modes. If you want to grind your way to better ships, well playing online doesn’t feel too ‘grindy’ as they give quite an amount of credits after each game (depend on how your performed though).
Now here’s the problem, I started to feel like the game was beginning to feel repetitive. I had already finished all the VR missions and it wouldn’t take long for me to finish the campaign mode. I don’t really see myself playing further once I’ve finished the story, so there’s that issue for replayability.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Verdict
I certainly had fun with the game when I first played it, but after playing for awhile, I started to lose interest. I wished that they had offered more things that you could do in the game, maybe more game modes or even a longer campaign? As for the game’s price which is RM239 (Launch Edition) on PS4, I think it’s a bit too high for my liking.
I’m sad to say that the game’s 2 year delay from the original release date didn’t fulfill expectations. I was hoping for more out of the game. Despite that, I can still see fans of the Ace Combat series looking past some of the flaws and still get the game because it is still fun to play, especially for PSVR users. For that, I give Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown our Bronze Pokdeward.