Gamers interested in games in the flight genre, but who aren’t interested in the in-depth simulation aspects many of them include, don’t have many games to choose from. Luckily for those gamers, the one series they do have, Ace Combat, has a stellar track record of combining only a few simulation aspects with an emphasis on arcade-like gameplay. The latest game in the series is Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, coming soon for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon seems to add just enough new elements while maintaining what has made the series popular for so many years; a winning combination for both new and old fans to the franchise. The first noticeable change Ace Combat fans will notice is that the storyline in Assault Horizon is distinct from past games; no longer does the story take place on a fictional version of Earth with made-up governments. Assault Horizon plants its feet firmly in current day Earth in a tale not connected to any previous Ace Combat game. While long-time fans of the series may not initially find this change of setting ideal, the new setting works to bring in new fans to the series and will win over the older fans with its strong story. Another new addition to the series is the inclusion of Dogfight Mode. When activated, your plane locks on to a nearby enemy’s plane, while your controls become automated. The focus in Dogfight Mode is solely on shooting down the enemy in the same dramatic fashion you see on movies such as Top Gun: intense battles between two planes at high speeds. Accompanying these new changes is a new graphics engine making Assault Horizon look as good as it plays. Everything is lovingly detailed; you’ll feel as if you were actually flying through an actual canyon or a city. With every aircraft you destroy, your reward is an impressive display of smoke and fire. Rounding out the robust single player package is a full suite of multiplayer components featuring both cooperative and competitive online play. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon will be released on October 11th, 2011. Fans of the flight genre, and even those who aren’t, should keep it on their radar.