That’s why I love Ace Combat. They sure know how to bring a bit of romance to flying, not just dry interface and Tom Clancy techno-babble (although it also has plenty of those). Do other flying games start with a gratuitous picture of the sky and a monologue on its color?
On the other hand, more than half of the enemy planes are just drones now. I guess Ace Combat is keeping up with the times… but that’s just a bit boring, isn’t it? Drones have literally no personality. Where are all the mercenary squads from Zero or those evil Nazis Belkans?
Multiplayer is PvP only, which is a missed opportunity. It should have some PvE missions like Ace Combat Infinity. Otherwise, why would you ever bring an attacker or anti-ship missiles and such? On the other hand, multiplayer matches are quick and give good money for either single or multiplayer items, so it’s a pretty fun mode. Plus, most multiplayer trophies are based on games played and not insane levels of achievement (remember that game with a trophy for being no.1 ranked player in the world?), so it’s a nice way to encourage participation.