History VideoGame / AceCombat

27th Apr '16 10:05:48 AM Eyeshield
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** Phoenix from the first two games has had three canonical planes. In the original release he used the Su-37 Flanker. In the remake, it was changed to the F-22 Raptor. In either game, it's "canon" that Scarface Squadron gets a MidSeasonUpgrade to the fictional [=XFA-27=].

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** Phoenix from the first two games has had three canonical planes. In the original release he used the Su-37 Su-35E Flanker. In the remake, it was changed to the F-22 Raptor. In either game, it's "canon" that Scarface Squadron gets a MidSeasonUpgrade to the fictional [=XFA-27=].[=XFA-27=].
** Talisman from ''6'' is shown with the F-15E Strike Eagle, while his wingmate Shamrock (plus most of the Emmerian Air Force) is shown with the F-16C Fighting Falcon. This is inline with the game's [[FractionalWinningCondition mission operations]], as you have to juggle going around the map and supporting all your allies with many different objectives.
24th Apr '16 12:25:04 AM Eyeshield
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* CataclysmBackstory: The Ulysses Meteor defined the Strangereal universe. When it was first found, many countries scrambled to create weapons capable of destroying it, leading to the building of the many doomsday weapons faced in the franchise. When it actually crashed, the economic and political consequences led to two of the wars in the games, the Anean and Second Usean Continental Wars.
** This also applies to the ''Infinity'' universe, where the "Ulysses disaster" led to the setting of the game being what it is.



* TheDreaded: You. Yes, you!

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* TheDreaded: You. Yes, you!A staple of the franchise. Due to how impossibly good your characters are, enemies crap their pants in fear at THE VERY POSSIBILITY of your presence. A few enemy squadrons also have the same reputation, until they're shot down by you
23rd Apr '16 7:06:20 AM Eyeshield
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* AntiVillain: The PS2 series hammer in the fact that your enemies are people too, with the wars being waged due to economic strife caused either by the Ulysses meteor or from the country itself.



%% * {{Badass}}: The player characters, but not the only ones.

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%% * {{Badass}}: The player characters, but not characters are routinely realized as the only ones.reason behind your forces' victories in battle, and your wingmates are no different. The enemy aces, of course, are no different.



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* CerebusSyndrome: More dramatic and realistic elements have crept in over time.

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* CerebusSyndrome: More dramatic and realistic elements have crept in over time.time, the biggest examples being [[DeconstructorFleet Zero and Electrosphere]].



** It's very rare to find out anything about the character's name, appearance, or even ''gender''. A few of the games have played with this, notably ''Electrosphere'', where it turns out the PC is an [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror AI, designed to test if one pilot could turn the tide of a war.]]]]

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** It's very rare to find out anything about the character's name, appearance, or even ''gender''. To that end, most of the games' stories focus on people affected by the protagonist's actions (4 being the biggest example). A few of the games have played with this, notably ''Electrosphere'', where it turns out the PC is an [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror AI, designed to test if one pilot could turn the tide of a war.]]]]



* IconicLogo: In a series where nearly every protagonist is a FacelessProtagonist, the only things identifying each game's hero are their [[WeaponOfChoice signature planes]] paired with their squadrons [[NoseArt unique logo]]. Lacking either one, and it definitely isn't them.

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* IconicLogo: In a series where nearly every protagonist is a FacelessProtagonist, FeaturelessProtagonist, the only things identifying each game's hero are their [[WeaponOfChoice signature planes]] paired with their squadrons squadrons' [[NoseArt unique logo]]. Lacking either one, and it definitely isn't them.



** The series loves doing this.

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** The series loves doing this. Colors, animals, famous people, they've all been done.



* TheWarSequence: Several missions in the games really drive home the point that you are fighting a war.

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* TheWarSequence: Several missions in the games really drive home the point that you are fighting a war. A case of RealLifeWritesThePlot with ''6'', as a better graphics engine allows for nearly every mission to have this scale.



* WeaponOfChoice: Each game generally has the pilot have a "canon" plane they preferred, which is featured on the boxart.
** Mobius One and his Raptor, even though it's only available from the penultimate mission of ''Shattered Skies'' on. It later returns in Ace Combat 5 as his plane for [[GaidenGame Operation Katina]].
** Almost all of the promotional material for ''Zero'' shows Cipher and Pixy in [=F-15s=].
** The official planes of the Wardog/Razgriz squadron are F-14A Tomcats. This is actually justified in game, as after a certain mission you're immediately given four F-14As for free and are required to play that specific plane for the next mission because [[spoiler: you're limited to carrier based aircraft]].

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* WeaponOfChoice: Each Though you can choose any plane available in the game and are encouraged to choose different planes for different missions, each game generally has the main pilot have a "canon" plane they preferred, which is featured on the boxart.
** Mobius One and his Raptor, even though it's only available from the penultimate mission of ''Shattered Skies'' on. It later returns in Ace Combat 5 as his plane for [[GaidenGame Operation Katina]].
Katina]]. The F-22 is also the "canon" plane of Gryphus One in X and Reaper in Infinity.
** Almost all of the promotional material for ''Zero'' shows Cipher and Pixy in [=F-15s=].
[=F-15Cs=].
** The official planes of the Wardog/Razgriz squadron are F-14A Tomcats. This Unlike other examples, this is actually justified in game, as after the game's story. After a certain mission you're immediately given four F-14As for free and are required to play that specific plane for the next mission because [[spoiler: you're limited to carrier based aircraft]].aircraft [[spoiler: due to being labeled as traitors by your country]]. This later gets a MidSeasonUpgrade into the F-14D Super Tomcat, which then becomes Blaze's official plane in all future appearances.
** Phoenix from the first two games has had three canonical planes. In the original release he used the Su-37 Flanker. In the remake, it was changed to the F-22 Raptor. In either game, it's "canon" that Scarface Squadron gets a MidSeasonUpgrade to the fictional [=XFA-27=].



* WorthyOpponent: Various enemy aces view the player characters this way.
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* WorthyOpponent: Various enemy aces view Due to the reputation of the various player characters this way.
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characters, the enemy's top aces all wish to fight you.
22nd Apr '16 7:05:10 AM Eyeshield
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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'' - In the 2040s, the world is ruled by [[MegaCorp corporations]] who fight over territorial disputes. The rumours of a new SuperPrototype threaten to upset the balance of power.

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** ''VideoGame/AceCombat3Electrosphere'' - In the 2040s, the world is ruled by [[MegaCorp corporations]] who fight over territorial disputes. The rumours of a new SuperPrototype threaten to upset the balance of power.
power. Released outside of Japan as a BadExportForYou, lacking StoryBranching, the cutscenes or anything that made the game iconic.
22nd Apr '16 7:03:52 AM Eyeshield
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* IconicLogo: In a series where nearly every protagonist is a FacelessProtagonist, the only things identifying each game's hero are their [[WeaponOfChoice signature planes]] paired with their squadrons [[NoseArt unique logo]]. Lacking either one, and it definitely isn't them.



** "First Flight" from ''5'' is listed in the OST as an arranged version of "Blockade" from ''04'', but there's really not much similarity between the two. Operation Katina also has a remix of "Elemental Particle" from ''2''.

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** "First Flight" from ''5'' is listed in the OST as an arranged version of "Blockade" from ''04'', but there's really not much similarity between the two.two unless you can slow it down massively. Operation Katina also has a remix of "Elemental Particle" from ''2''.



** The straightest examples are with 4, 6 and Zero. 4 takes the cake in that all of the cutscenes in the game are about your rival, developing and building up to your final clash with him.



* MassOhCrap: ''Zero'' has a spectacular one when [[SuperweaponSurprise Excalibur makes its debut]]. One second, all the pilots in the operation relax after having cleared the airspace from enemy fighters, Cipher and Pixy form up with a flight of five cargo planes for what looks like an EscortMission... then suddenly a laser beam sweeps down from the sky and instakills three cargo planes with zero warning. Cue everyone still alive screaming over each other in confusion and panic as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUsZZgjAws this]] kicks in - including resident wisecracker Pixy, who for the first time in the game sounds more than a little nervous.

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* MassOhCrap: Usually signalled by [[TheDreaded the arrival of your squadron]].
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''Zero'' has a spectacular one when [[SuperweaponSurprise Excalibur makes its debut]]. One second, all the pilots in the operation relax after having cleared the airspace from enemy fighters, Cipher and Pixy form up with a flight of five cargo planes for what looks like an EscortMission... then suddenly a laser beam sweeps down from the sky and instakills three cargo planes with zero warning. Cue everyone still alive screaming over each other in confusion and panic as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUsZZgjAws this]] kicks in - including resident wisecracker Pixy, who for the first time in the game sounds more than a little nervous.


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** And of course, [[AirstrikeImpossible tunnel flights, canyon flights]] and fights against humongous superweapons.
16th Apr '16 11:06:18 PM DRCEQ
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Some games have a color associated with them and their menus. Blue for 4 and X, Green for 5 and 6, and Yellow for Zero.
16th Apr '16 9:05:55 PM Eyeshield
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Some games have a color associated with them and their menus. Blue for 4 and X, Green for 5 and 6, and Yellow for Zero.
16th Apr '16 4:17:22 PM amitakartok
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* MassOhCrap: ''Zero'' has a spectacular one when [[SuperweaponSuprise Excalibur makes its debut]]. One second, all the pilots in the operation relax after having cleared the airspace from enemy fighters, Cipher and Pixy form up with a flight of five cargo planes for what looks like an EscortMission... then suddenly a laser beam sweeps down from the sky and instakills three cargo planes with zero warning. Cue everyone still alive screaming over each other in confusion and panic as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUsZZgjAws this]] kicks in - including resident wisecracker Pixy, who for the first time in the game sounds more than a little nervous.

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* MassOhCrap: ''Zero'' has a spectacular one when [[SuperweaponSuprise [[SuperweaponSurprise Excalibur makes its debut]]. One second, all the pilots in the operation relax after having cleared the airspace from enemy fighters, Cipher and Pixy form up with a flight of five cargo planes for what looks like an EscortMission... then suddenly a laser beam sweeps down from the sky and instakills three cargo planes with zero warning. Cue everyone still alive screaming over each other in confusion and panic as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUsZZgjAws this]] kicks in - including resident wisecracker Pixy, who for the first time in the game sounds more than a little nervous.
16th Apr '16 4:16:21 PM amitakartok
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--->'''Pixy:''' Now you tell us?! Where should we fly?!
--->''(Excalibur fires again, destroying the last two transports)''
--->'''Allied pilot:''' Plane 4 just vanished! Allied planes are disappearing from radar!
--->'''Pixy:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere This is bad, I'm outta here!]]

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--->'''Pixy:''' -->'''Pixy:''' Now you tell us?! Where should we fly?!
--->''(Excalibur -->''(Excalibur fires again, destroying the last two transports)''
--->'''Allied -->'''Allied pilot:''' Plane 4 just vanished! Allied planes are disappearing from radar!
--->'''Pixy:''' -->'''Pixy:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere This is bad, I'm outta here!]]
16th Apr '16 4:15:14 PM amitakartok
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* MassOhCrap: ''Zero'' has a spectacular one when [[SuperweaponSuprise Excalibur makes its debut]]. One second, all the pilots in the operation relax after having cleared the airspace from enemy fighters, Cipher and Pixy form up with a flight of five cargo planes for what looks like an EscortMission... then suddenly a laser beam sweeps down from the sky and instakills three cargo planes with zero warning. Cue everyone still alive screaming over each other in confusion and panic as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvUsZZgjAws this]] kicks in - including resident wisecracker Pixy, who for the first time in the game sounds more than a little nervous.
-->'''Allied pilot:''' AWACS, requesting orders!
-->'''Allied pilot:''' What was that? Where did that attack just come from?!
-->'''Pixy:''' What the hell happened?! AWACS, what's going on?!
-->'''AWACS:''' Hold on! Incoming emergency message from Operations HQ: enemy launching long-range attacks, current airspace is within range.
--->'''Pixy:''' Now you tell us?! Where should we fly?!
--->''(Excalibur fires again, destroying the last two transports)''
--->'''Allied pilot:''' Plane 4 just vanished! Allied planes are disappearing from radar!
--->'''Pixy:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere This is bad, I'm outta here!]]


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** ''Zero'' has a rather good example in the first Round Table mission if the player is up against the Rot Squadron.
--->'''Final Rot pilot:''' Impossible! Am I the only one left?! ''Requesting backup!!''
*** And in the penultimate mission:
--->'''Enemy:''' He's coming... the Demon Lord is coming here!


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** Not that the others are any weaker, mind you. Especially Cipher.
-->'''Enemy:''' It's that Ustio mercenary, damn him! He's turning the tide of battle in their favor!
-->'''Enemy:''' He can't be human!
-->'''Enemy:''' He's like a demon...
-->'''Ally:''' That kind of pilot... they call a Demon Lord...
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