E3 2017: Ace Combat 7 Gameplay Footage Previews Graphical Upgrades And A Drone Boss
Ace Combat 7
(Last Updated On: June 15, 2017)

12 minutes worth of footage have surfaced for Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The E3 2017 footage features a look at mission 3 in an F-14 fighter plane. The mission involves regaining control of the Space Elevator and having to fight of drones and other enemy forces in typical Ace Combat fashion.

The footage of the Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown mission from E3 was uploaded by YouTuber Matthew Pablo. Sadly it’s off-screen capture so you get to hear a lot of car porn taking place in the background from Project CARS 2 where a car is making love to some asphalt, but otherwise it doesn’t distract too much from the gameplay of Ace Combat 7.

The mission starts with some basic reconnaissance, and then transitions into a find and eliminate sequence.

The game looks marvelous in action. They’ve added some great visual effects, such as the moisture from the clouds fogging up and wetting the cockpit windshield, as well as very subtle blur effects during quick movements, and the vapors streaming off the flaps while moving quickly through the clouds. It’s some good stuff.

A lot of the mission involves tracking down opponents, tailing them, attempting to pepper them with gunfire and then finishing them off with missiles.

To be such a goofy game, there’s a really strong sense of realism added to the visuals, the plane designs and the look and atmosphere of the environments. It’s also funny because there are a lot of simulators out there that don’t even look half as good as Ace Combat despite the game veering more-so on the side of being an arcade game.

Anyway, the mission rounds out with a brief encounter with what’s obviously going to be a boss later on in the game, but there’s enough in the E3 demo to at least give you an idea of what you’ll be sinking your teeth into when the game launches in 2018 for PS4, PSVR, Xbox One and PC.


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