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Ace Combat continues to fly high as 2011 approaches. Ace Combat 6 is still one of the more popular Xbox 360 titles out there, and the newly announced Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is looking very promising, despite the all-too-brief teaser trailer. In the middle, we have another aerial outing for the PSP, Ace Combat: Joint Assault, a game that features a much-requested new feature that lets you play alongside your friends, squadron style. It’s just too bad it didn’t bring that same level of freshness to the rest of the game. In Joint Assault, you’ll tackle a campaign mode that has you performing a number of outlandish tasks that are better left for, say, the Rebel Alliance. You’ll attack everything from cargo planes to ground cannons to flying fortresses (apparently, today’s technology allows for hovering bases). It’s silly, and half the time doesn’t even make sense. To make matters worse, you’re stuck with a co-pilot who doesn’t really contribute to the mission, and you keep finding yourself wishing that Namco had installed an ejector seat, just so you can dump him. That leads us to the mission structure. If you’re familiar with the Ace Combat games, then no doubt you’ll be experiencing déjà vu as you fly through these.
There is a stretch of time during which every adolescent male is obsessed with posters. I have vivid memories of being dropped off at the mall with my friends, where we would scour the two or three stores with the best selections. We argued endlessly about which comic book characters, rock stars and supermodels were worth putting on our bedroom walls, but we all agreed on two things. First, the Lamborghini Countach was f**cking awesome, and anyone who didn't have a poster of it was a total loser. Second, we all wanted to be military pilots. And we came to the conclusion that the easiest way to get started was to buy totally sweet posters of F-15s, F-16s and F/A-18s and stare at them while pretending to do our homework. Videogames like Ace Combat: Joint Assault exist because that sort of jet craziness never really goes away. If you think airplanes are just big hunks of boring metal, you'll probably never change your mind. But if you think they're cool as hell, you always will. The problem is, it's tough to bring the excitement, complexity and drama of piloting military aircraft to the masses. Games that attempt to simulate the experience risk jettisoning the fun.
By now, the Ace Combat name has practically become synonymous with reliable, high-quality dogfighting action. Joint Assault, the second outing on the PSP for the series, certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard. Unfortunately, the story and the campaign don't reach the impressive heights to which other Ace Combat games have flown. But thanks to the solid level of air combat the series consistently delivers and some particularly enjoyable cooperative play, Joint Assault is still a very good game that armchair fighter pilots are sure to enjoy. Joint Assault leaves the fictional world of previous Ace Combat games behind and sends you into the skies over London, Tokyo, the Midway Islands, and numerous other real-world locations. Dramatic cutscenes tell the tale of a world besieged by a global terrorist organization called the Valahia, which has a penchant for employing massive flying fortresses in its attacks. You play as a pilot with a private military company that finds itself cooperating with armed forces around the world to stop the threat posed by the Valahia. A rivalry with a turncoat squadron of pilots you used to fly with makes some of the action feel personal, but the finer points of the plot are muddled and the game does a poor job of establishing the villainous conspiracy at the heart of the story, which makes this tale less involving than those told by some of the earlier games in the series.
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