Ace Combat 7: A return to the days of PC simulators

by Nathan Dutil

Marcelo Jabulas | GameCoin Newsroom – Aviation games had their big moment in the 1990s, with the popularization of personal computers. These were very technical games, aimed at a niche audience of aircraft enthusiasts, such as 1988’s “F-16 Combat Pilot”, as well as Microsoft’s famous “Flight Simulator” franchise. But there were simpler options, like Top Gun on the NES, and After Burner and G-Loc on the Mega Drive. Despite being cool, they succumbed to time and became set productions, facing the most demanded genres. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown appears in this scenario, with the mission of reviving interest in aviation games.

Personally, the game brought back memories of when I used to spend hours playing airborne stuff on PC, like A10: Tank Killer, Flight Simulator, B-17: Flying Fortress, and my favorite, Strike Commander. The difference is that instead of using a mouse and keyboard, using the Dualshock 4’s triggers and analog sticks makes piloting much more intuitive. For a richer experience, I opted for the more realistic “driving”. It was time travel.


With exquisite graphics, Bandai Namco’s production puts the player in front of legendary war machines and with great richness of detail. Flying with the view from the cockpit or behind the aircraft allows you to notice details of the operation of the instrumentation, as well as the movement of flaps, ailerons, rudders and even the diameter of the afterburners.

Also in the visual part, the title prints with the effects of light and shadows, whether in flight from outside the aircraft, from inside the cockpit, or simply with the view of the head-up display high. From outside the ship, it is possible to see the mechanisms in operation, as well as the condensation of the air. From the inside, it feels like you’re inside the plane, with the right to “turn your neck” and see the diagonal of the aircraft and have blurred vision of water drops. water when entering a cloud.


The game lets you pilot machines like the F-4 Phantom, the F-15 Eagle, as well as the modern F-22 and F35 and the coolest of them all, the F-14 Tomcat, star of the feature film Top Gun from 1986.

And also the coolest toy of the 1980s, the Commandos in Action Fighter Bomber. It was very crazy, he opened and closed his wings. What a beautiful childhood!


The game’s story takes place on a very different geopolitical map than the one we live in today, dominated by the Osea and Erusea nations. This hypothetical world is trying to rebuild itself after the fall of an asteroid, which ended up generating warlike instability. The protagonist Avril Mead – a pilot who, together with her grandfather, restored an F-104 Starfighter. During the test flight, she was shot down and captured by the neighboring nation. The story serves as the backdrop for the most diverse battles that will be presented during the campaign.

Placing everything in an imaginary scenario avoids geopolitical polemics in the real world. A strategy very similar to that adopted in the scenario of Strike Commander, a 1993 classic in which the player was a mercenary pilot aboard an F-16.


With versions for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Ace Combat 7 allows the player to choose an arcade piloting mode, with simpler gameplay, or a physical model closer to a simulator. However, it is an arcade game at its core. This is because the player has an arsenal with dozens of missiles and a volume of cartridges for the cannons which would be impossible in reality, but which are necessary to give dynamism to the game.

Shooting missiles is no problem. The player has a lot at his disposal. No need to lock aim. The game does it for you. Simply place the enemy inside the HUD and shoot.

With the cannon, the process is more complex. You have to center the aim, which does not mean success in shooting. The ideal is to shoot with the opponent at close range, which reduces the chances that he dodges.

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The last episode of the series, Ace Combat 6, was released in 2007 on Xbox 360 and offers an online mode. In the current episode, network matches create real war scenarios from the sky.

Thus, it is possible to face squads, with dogfight sequences, which will certainly make you feel like Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell himself shooting down 28 fictional MIGs (which were in makes Northrop F-5s).

Ace combat 7 is a new light for aviation games, which had its “golden age” in the 1990s

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Style: AviationStudio:Distributor: Bandai NamcoOnline mode: YesLanguage: Portuguese subtitles and menusAvailable: PC, PS4 and Xbox OneAverage price: R$ 250

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Fasten your seatbelts, the simulators are gone!

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