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Video Game Vintage Title Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation

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Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation

Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is the sixth installment developed by Project Aces and published by Namco Bandai Games exclusively for the Xbox 360 as part of the Ace Combat franchise. It was released on October 23, 2007, in North America, November 1 in Japan, November 23 in Europe, and December 13 in Australia.

Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation Plot

Ace Combat 6 follows the fictional war between the Republic of Emmeria and the Federal Republic of Estovakia on the Anean continent, north of Yuktobania. It begins with the invasion of the Emmerian capital, Gracemeria, by the Estovakian Air Force on August 30, 2015. Players take on the role of an Emmerian pilot and squadron leader who has the callsign Talisman. The player's wingman goes by the callsign Shamrock, and will fight alongside Talisman throughout the entire game. Both characters are assigned to the Garuda team of the Emmerian Air Force's 28th Tactical Fighter Squadron. Prior to the war, an asteroid shower (Caused by fragments of the Ulysses 1994XF04 Asteroid, previously mentioned in Ace Combat 04) devastated Estovakia while Emmeria was left unscathed. After a period of chaos and civil war, the country was taken over by The Generals, who begin a massive military buildup to invade Emmeria.

The story begins in the Emmerian capital of Gracemeria, with the story of Melissa Herman as she watches her daughter getting on to a school bus for a field trip. As she watches,enemy planes suddenly swoop in and fire on the King's Bridge, the one Matilda's school bus will be crossing, cutting it in half. Emmerian pilots scramble to fight off a surprise invasion by the Estovakian Air Force, resulting in a war between the two nations.

The Emmerian Air Force and Navy manage to hold back the first wave only to suffer heavy casualties from Nimbus cruise missiles launched from the P-1112 Aigaion. Ace pilots from the Estovakian Air Force's "Strigon Squadron" arrive on the heels of the attack to establish air supremacy over Gracemeria. An evacuation is ordered by Air Defense Command and all pilots are informed that the Army is planning a massive rendezvous on Khesed Island, still under the control of Emmeria for all remaining Emerian forces to regroup for a counterattack against the invasion.

Over the next 3 months of fighting, the Emerians maganed to repel bombing strikes in Khesed Island and has pushed forward where Garuda Team are tasked to assist ground and air forces cut off from the bulk of the Emmerian Army and eventually aid in conducting a landing at Rargom Beach in Anea, before rescuing various units trapped at Silvat Town. An eventual confrontation with the P-1112 Aigaion leads to its destruction alongside several members of the Strigon Squadron assigned to protect it, removing the threat of its Nimbus anti-air missile system in future operations. During the attack on the Moloch Desert, Air Defense Command orders all forces to suddenly withdraw just as they are on the verge of success. Shamrock ignores the order and engages members of the Strigon Squadron that are in the area, forcing Talisman to assist. They are both severely suspended from all combat operations and reprimanded for disobeying orders. It is revealed that Estovakia is planning to disperse chemical weapons inside Gracemeria as a last resort option should Emmeria succeed in breaking through. Talisman and Shamrock are tasked to destroy a convoy carrying the WMDs which would redeem themselves from a short restriction from flying, Garuda Team is tasked with the destruction of the WMD catalyst stationed at Fort Norton and retreats until they realized that the Estovakians have set a trap in order to destroy Emmeria's best combat ace in the military, but the Garuda team managed to repel their attacks with a help from their squadrons who are loyal to their beact ace in their Air Force. After its destruction, the Emmerian military is now free to begin their operation called the "Liberation of Gracemeria".

After an intense ground, naval and air battle, the Emmerians manage to liberate Gracemeria. Ilya Pasternak, the new leader of the Strigon Squadron, orders his squadron to retreat and faces off against the Garuda Team in the skies over the city alone and nobly sacrifices himself, knowing that Garuda Team is superior, but wanting the final challenge. Garuda team and various other pilots are then assigned to a night-time air patrol over the capital city in celebration. During the patrol, Shamrock reveals that his family, his wife and daughter, who he had been fighting for all along, were killed in the war and that he could not call himself an Ace pilot since he was unable to defend those he cared most about, and announces that he intends to resign after the mission. Subsequently, a surprise wave of cruise missiles are launched at Gracemeria from a previously unknown Estovakian weapon, the Chandelier (which had been originally constructed as a defense against the Ulysses 1994XF04 Asteroid), accompanied by stealth fighters which engage the pilots. Garuda Team proceeds to shoot down the missiles before any serious damage is done. During this time, Melissa is reunited with her daughter. Lt. Colonel Voychek, an Estovakian officer, is disgusted at his country's willingness to slaughter civilians and hands over vital information concerning Chandelier, including its weaknesses.

The final mission takes place deep within Estovakian territory, the only time Emmeria enters Estovakian territory throughout the game. They manage to slip past the Chandelier's defenses and damage the railgun's cooling systems but fail to destroy the weapon. Shamrock then goes on a suicide mission to locate the final weakness of the weapon by performing a recon of the loading trench below the gun to confirm the position of a backup cooling unit. With his plane heavily damaged by anti-aircraft fire, he crashes his plane into the ground. Talisman follows through with the destruction of the cooling unit, before flying into the barrel of the cannon to blast the core, destroying the Chandelier. Voychek narrates the ending, stating that Estovakia's war was born out of desperation and convinced that it was still the right thing to do under the circumstances, but also hoping for a peaceful future between both nations. He also reveals that The Generals were ousted from power as a result of the war and the new government negotiated a peace deal with Emmeria. Shamrock is also seen narrating the ending, however he is restricted to a wheelchair due to injuries sustained from the crash. The final cutscene shows him arriving at the Herman household, which has become a shelter for war orphans. The scene finishes with Shamrock narrating to Talisman that the peace between both nations had been what they'd always been fighting for and that it had finally come.

Ace Combat 6: Fires Of Liberation Gameplay

Throughout Ace Combat 6, the player must pilot a fighter jet or other aircraft to destroy foes both in the air and on the ground. As an arcade flight game, it simplifies flight controls and gives the player a large amount of bullets, missiles and other weapons, putting them up against a very large amount of enemy forces. In addition to missiles and a vulcan cannon, the player can equip special weapons such as heat-seeking missiles, bombs, rocket launchers, and others. The player can lock on to a number of foes, and assist different tactical squads by switching between their respective HUD readouts.

The game includes 4 default multiplayer modes: Battle Royale, Siege Battle, Team Battle, and Co-Op Battle. In Battle Royale, the basic Deathmatch game mode, up to sixteen players shoot each other down to earn the highest points at the time limit. In Team Battle, a basic Team Deathmatch game is created. Points are awarded based on the type of aircraft destroyed. A unique type of multiplayer game, Siege Battle is played with two teams, Attacking and Defending. The Attacking team attempts to destroy the target (usually heavily defended by flak) within the time limit. The Defending team tries to halt their attack. The co-op battle mode consists of two single-player missions without AI that can be played with up to three other humans.


The game received generally positive reviews from critics, although these were slightly lower than the previous games. TeamXbox gave it an 8.8/10 rating, while X-Play rated it a 4/5.

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