This looks really good. It definitely gets the gameplay right while making some significant improvements, like being able to take more than one special weapon. But they need to get rid of that filter they're using for the radio messages. Everyone sounds like they're talking through a kazoo inside a Pringles tube. The menu for setting the controls is also a little awkward to use.
I really, really hope this eventually gets modding support, or at least a mission editor. I've always wanted a moddable Ace Combat. I had high hopes for Vector Thrust, but it didn't work out. So now it's either hope that Project Wingman gets an editor or hope that FS2 gets an Ace Combat total conversion.
Ace Combat is VERY arcade-y, I could only play Assault Horizon (which has some forced QTE events which are absent from the main series or so I've heard) and just to give you an idea you tend to have a payload of tens if not hundreds of AA missiles.
Assault Horizon is very different from all the other Ace Combat games. Most fans of the series don't like it. The main series doesn't have QTEs, "dogfight mode", regenerating plane health (complete with BLOODY SCREEN SO REAL), a main character that speaks, or any of the various Call of Duty crap that Assault Horizon does. It also doesn't take place in the real world, but in a fictional world that's a lot like our own, with some differences (like nuclear weapons being far more rare and every country using every plane). It does have arcadey gameplay and huge missile capacities, though.
I would say, these kind of Games has more in common with FreeSpace than with Flight Simulations .
Yeah, that's about right. Ace Combat is like Freespace with jets, at least in terms of basic gameplay. Freespace has a lot more complexity in other areas, though. Ace Combat doesn't have a ton of wingman commands or 26 different targeting functions, for example. It doesn't even have missile countermeasures. You have to dodge every missile - no chaff or flares for you. However, as others have said, "Call of Duty with planes" doesn't really apply to any of the games except Assault Horizon.