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User Rating: 8.5 | Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception PSP
"Ace Combat X - Skies of Deception" isn't by any means the best game in the recent "Ace Combat" series. Though the graphics aren't as fancy, nor is the storyline particularly engaging, this game shines in its' ability to make do with what it's working with. The controls are the best I've played with in a PSP game, the customization of the more fictional aircraft is a nice touch, and the unlockable achievements, planes, weapons, and upgrades give tons of replay value to an otherwise short single-player game.

Multiplayer is available for this game, though it requires two PSP users that both have a copy of the game. For that reason, I'm at a loss as to how the multiplayer plays out.

The physics, handling, and weapons payloads are exaggerated to arcadey degrees like other games in the Ace Combat Series, which may turn off die-hard realistic flight sim buffs. Yet as with the other games in the series, "Ace Combat X" features faithful recreations of real life jet fighters from all over the world; from the old reliable F-4 Phantom to new high-tech planes such as the F-35 Lightning and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Fictional aircraft such as the Wyvern, Falken, and Fenrir round out the selection of aerial ownage machines.

Bottom line, if you're expecting console Ace Combat, you may not get your money's worth. But if you are looking for an Ace Combat (or flying game in general) that you can play on a handheld anytime and anywhere, "Ace Combat X - Skies of Deception" is a lock-on.