Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception - PSP - Preview
The Ace Combat series has seen many releases during it's life span on the Playstation and PS2. It's popularity is due to the fact that it's not a complex flight simulator. Instead it's an easy to pick up and play sky combat game. It only makes sense that Namco Bandai would bring this game to the Playstation Portable.
As with many other 2nd generation PSP games on the E3 show floor, the graphics in this game look nearly as good as their PS2 counterpart. From the clear blue skies, to the accurately modeled license aircraft, down to the ground terrain, this game just looks good. You have the ability to fly in a cockpit view, but I've also liked the behind the plain view that allows you to see how cool your fighting craft is. The widescreen format also works perfect in this game. Your map, weapons, altitude, and other instruments are placed on the far left and right leaving the middle area clear for the targeting icons. Good dogfighting requires a lot of turning, and the analog nub feels good. Changing directions to break a missile lock, and turning around to face your opponent is done with relative ease.
Along with the single player story, this game also supports multi-player dogfighting over wi-fi. It was fun to shoot down the guy next to me, who was probably just enjoying the scenery. Unfortunately, it doesn't support multiplayer over the internet. This is a disappointing trend on the PSP. A very small fraction of people will use the ad-hoc mode, compared with the large percentage of people that would enjoy dogfighting online if it were available.