Review : Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a joy to play...

Review : Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a joy to play and with added VR content for PSVR owners, whats not to love


Having played my fair share of flight simulators back in the day on the Amiga, not to mention countless hours on Afterburner in any arcade I could find with a cabinet, I felt more than ready
to take on Project Aces’ latest offering in the Ace Combat series.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown


Boy, was I wrong. As much as the game itself would fall in the category of arcade rather than simulation, the aesthetic look of it would have you thinking otherwise thanks to the great use of graphics and current gen consoles (playing it on PS4 Pro is at times jaw-dropping).

One thing I didn’t expect was a storyline. I found myself pretty enamoured with what would happen next and how much fun I was going to have during the next mission.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown


AC7 throws you into all sorts of situations, and lets you fly great winged war machines and creates some great set pieces, from dogfights in China forests, to dodging falling skyscrapers in fictional world Strangereal.

This is arcade flying with a hint of realism and being loaded out with vast amounts of ammo, and slick controls, you believe you ARE indeed an ace fighter, you would be right at home in the new Top Gun film and are just waiting on the call from Tom.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown


Skyboxes (as opposed to “sandboxes”) that you fly in are beautifully detailed with cloud formation adding extra tension when you breach them as you will have ice on your wings and no doubt your radar will be knocked out for a few seconds so hopefully there are no Migs flying around nearby.

PS4 players (me) have the extra bonus of a VR experience where you can literally be Maverick and embark on a thrilling ride across the skies. The planes look incredible and the explosions and set pieces are outrageously good although the whole thing is criminally short.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown


I was gutted to find I couldn’t play the whole game in VR but what I was able to play was epic and while using a great set of earphones and borrowing flight controls from a pal, the only thing I was missing was an oxygen mask. I could have used one at times throughout the explosive gameplay.