AC2, AC04, AC5, and ACZ are my favorite Ace Combats by far, so I am really happy to see a little bit of everything thrown into the mix here. I remember playing AC04 well after its initial release, which really got my mind off of what happened on 9-11-01
The "Escort" mission of AC04 is one of my favorites because the civilian aircraft were targeted by Erusean forces. It was this game and the first SOCOM that got me interested in military service too... man I miss these days. But what a great story the AC series created. Nothing else comes close to this date.