Ace Combat

Kotobukiya Ace Combat 1/144 X-02S and XFA-27 Model Review

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I wanted to take a quick minute to write about the new Ace Combat 1/144 scale models from Kotobukiya. There’s not too much to say, and depending on how you look at it, that’s a good thing.

For those out of the know, Kotobukiya recently released two 1/144 aircraft kits from Ace Combat. There are two fighters, the XFA-27 from Ace Combat: Infinity and the X-02S Strike Wyvern from Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. There are two versions of each release, the first is painted, and the second is a gray “For Modelers Edition” ready or paint. Each kit comes with decals, different sheets for each aircraft, but thankfully the same both in the painted and unpainted releases. 

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Reviewed - Everything you heard is true

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I’m not sure if we’ve ever had a game review here on OR but I felt it necessary to vent about Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. I’ve been a fan of the series since Ace Combat 4 for the PS2, and despite my better judgment, ended up purchasing this game. I should have canceled my preorder after playing the demo.

The most common criticism you hear about this game, the plethora of comparisons to Modern Warfare, are completely true. It’s as though Project Aces and Namco looked at the success of the franchise specifically and said, “Well fuck, we want to make that kind of money too!” Besides taking the game into the ‘real world’ they’ve pulled the same enemy: militaristic nationalist Russian fringe groups. They’ve even gone as far to include an extremely similar C-130 Spooky support mission and define approach vectors ala HAWX.