History VideoGame / AceCombat3Electrosphere

3rd Apr '18 2:19:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ArcWords: "Discard your flesh and transcend your limits", referring to Sublimation, an Arc Word unto itself.

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
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"Discard your flesh and transcend your limits", referring to Sublimation, an Arc Word unto itself.



* AnimalThemeNaming: Neucom's R-series planes are most often named after Latin genuses of aquatic creatures. Case in point are R-101/102/103 Delphinus (Dolphin), R-211 Orcinus (Orca/Killer Whale), R-201 Asterozoa (starfish), etc.

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Neucom's R-series planes are most often named after Latin genuses of aquatic creatures. Case in point are R-101/102/103 Delphinus (Dolphin), R-211 Orcinus (Orca/Killer Whale), R-201 Asterozoa (starfish), etc.



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Park]]. This shouldn't come as ''too'' much of a surprise, though, considering how fishy he acts in general and the fact that [[SpoilerOpening he's playing chess of all things in the Japanese intro video]], but other than those dead giveaways, it's supposed to be revealed slowly.

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[[spoiler:Park]]. This shouldn't come as ''too'' much of a surprise, though, considering how fishy he acts in general and the fact that [[SpoilerOpening he's playing chess of all things in the Japanese intro video]], but other than those dead giveaways, it's supposed to be revealed slowly.



* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:AI!Dision's true aim is to exact revenge on the feuding corporations over the death of Yoko Inoue, even if it means killing multitudes and dragging the survivors with him into the Electrosphere.]]
** According to translations of the Secret Ending [[spoiler:Simon hates Dision for stealing Yoko from him - so much that he wants to erase Dision's AI-copy, and runs multiple simulations of a possible Corporate War just to make sure it happens.]]
* TheDogBitesBack: Cynthia, having been fed up by Dision's propaganda, abject lack of respect for her and his doting on Rena, decides to do this.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:AI!Dision's true aim is to exact revenge on the feuding corporations over the death of Yoko Inoue, even if it means killing multitudes and dragging the survivors with him into the Electrosphere.]] According to translations of the Secret Ending [[spoiler:Simon hates Dision for stealing Yoko from him - so much that he wants to erase Dision's AI-copy, and runs multiple simulations of a possible Corporate War just to make sure it happens.]]
* TheDogBitesBack:
** According to translations of the Secret Ending [[spoiler:Simon hates Dision for stealing Yoko from him - so much that he wants to erase Dision's AI-copy, and runs multiple simulations of a possible Corporate War just to make sure it happens.]]
* TheDogBitesBack:
Cynthia, having been fed up by Dision's propaganda, abject lack of respect for her and his doting on Rena, decides to do this.



* HighAltitudeBattle: There's a special case where you fly an RF-12A2[[note]]futurized [[RealLife/CoolPlane A-12 Oxcart]][[/note]] into the stratosphere via rocket engine and shoot down bombers.

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There's a special case where you fly an RF-12A2[[note]]futurized [[RealLife/CoolPlane A-12 Oxcart]][[/note]] into the stratosphere via rocket engine and shoot down bombers.



* KillSat: General Resource's satellites. In the Neucom route, you get to destroy them, and in a subroute, you need to protect a fallen one in order to capture it and prove that GR really was up to no good.

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General Resource's satellites. In the Neucom route, you get to destroy them, and in a subroute, you need to protect a fallen one in order to capture it and prove that GR really was up to no good.



* PropagandaMachine: There are several "news" outlets. The take on these propaganda vehicles is a bit more realistic than most; the networks' bias in favor of their sponsors is apparent, but isn't over the top. GBS (General Resource's TV news network) in particular is a censored news source and makes few bones about it.

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* PropagandaMachine: PropagandaMachine:
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There are several "news" outlets. The take on these propaganda vehicles is a bit more realistic than most; the networks' bias in favor of their sponsors is apparent, but isn't over the top. GBS (General Resource's TV news network) in particular is a censored news source and makes few bones about it.



* SadisticChoice: In the aptly-named mission [[MeaningfulName Scylla and Charybdis]], you are to protect Fiona and Chairman Clarkson from GR attacks. Later on, Park order you to shoot it down on charges of treason. Shooting them down means killing your heretofore loyal friend, killing your UPEO reinforcement signals treachery to your organization. Take too long though, and [[spoiler: Rena]] will do the job for you.

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* SadisticChoice: SadisticChoice:
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In the aptly-named mission [[MeaningfulName Scylla and Charybdis]], you are to protect Fiona and Chairman Clarkson from GR attacks. Later on, Park order you to shoot it down on charges of treason. Shooting them down means killing your heretofore loyal friend, killing your UPEO reinforcement signals treachery to your organization. Take too long though, and [[spoiler: Rena]] will do the job for you.



* SuperPrototype: Many General Resource planes are actually born from real-life prototypes of otherwise abandoned or shelved projects. Discounting the F-15 S/MTD which appears all over the series, the RF-12A2 is not actually a variant of the SR-71, but of an earlier prototype interceptor called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12 A-12 Oxcart]]. This is the same case with the F/A-32C Erne being the finalized product of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-32 Boeing X-32]], and the XFA-36A Game derived from the otherwise proof-of-concept plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-36 McDonnell Douglas X-36]]. Others include the F-16XF Gyrfalcon, based on the [[http://www.f-16.net/f-16_versions_article13.html F-16 AFTI]], and F-16XA Sakerfalcon, based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Dynamics_F-16XL F-16XL Cranked Arrow]] concept.

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* SuperPrototype: SuperPrototype:
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Many General Resource planes are actually born from real-life prototypes of otherwise abandoned or shelved projects. Discounting the F-15 S/MTD which appears all over the series, the RF-12A2 is not actually a variant of the SR-71, but of an earlier prototype interceptor called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_A-12 A-12 Oxcart]]. This is the same case with the F/A-32C Erne being the finalized product of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-32 Boeing X-32]], and the XFA-36A Game derived from the otherwise proof-of-concept plane [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-36 McDonnell Douglas X-36]]. Others include the F-16XF Gyrfalcon, based on the [[http://www.f-16.net/f-16_versions_article13.html F-16 AFTI]], and F-16XA Sakerfalcon, based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Dynamics_F-16XL F-16XL Cranked Arrow]] concept.



* TomatoInTheMirror: The final ending, obtained by completing all five story paths, is this. See TheEndingChangesEverything above.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: TomatoInTheMirror:
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The final ending, obtained by completing all five story paths, is this. See TheEndingChangesEverything above.
22nd Feb '18 1:39:15 PM LordKaarvani
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The world is Strangereal, a [[ConstructedWorld not-Earth]] from the previous games that was first [[WorldBuilding fleshed out]] in this installment. The year is [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2040]]. In the past few decades, the national governments of Strangereal have decayed beyond repair and were replaced by a global rule of {{Mega Corp}}s, chief among whom are [[GermanicEfficiency General Resource Limited]] and Neucom Incorporated. Naturally, the two companies' [[CorporateWarfare competition for power is far from friendly]], and the only thing standing between them and an all-out war is the [[FictionalUnitedNations Universal Peace]] [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower Enforcement Organization]]. Further upsetting the fragile balance of power are: the GR's latest SuperPrototype fighter jet, the Night Raven, and its groomed pilot, the [[IllGirl sickly]] Rena Hirose; the Neucom scientists' questionable experiments on the recently discovered {{Cyberspace}} and BrainUploading; an overzealous military commander's schemes; and a NebulousCriminalConspiracy lurking in the background and pulling every string.

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The world is Strangereal, a [[ConstructedWorld not-Earth]] from the previous games that was first [[WorldBuilding fleshed out]] in this installment. The year is [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2040]]. In the past few decades, the national governments of Strangereal have decayed beyond repair and were replaced by a global rule of {{Mega Corp}}s, chief among whom are [[GermanicEfficiency General Resource Limited]] and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Neucom Incorporated.Incorporated]]. Naturally, the two companies' [[CorporateWarfare competition for power is far from friendly]], and the only thing standing between them and an all-out war is the [[FictionalUnitedNations Universal Peace]] [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower Enforcement Organization]]. Further upsetting the fragile balance of power are: the GR's latest SuperPrototype fighter jet, the Night Raven, and its groomed pilot, the [[IllGirl sickly]] Rena Hirose; the Neucom scientists' questionable experiments on the recently discovered {{Cyberspace}} and BrainUploading; an overzealous military commander's schemes; and a NebulousCriminalConspiracy lurking in the background and pulling every string.
1st Aug '17 2:53:50 PM Bisected8
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* FictionalDisability: Rena Hirose suffers from the "Silverstone disease", meaning that her skins lacks any protection from UV sunlight radiation whatsoever. As a result, the only way she has to be outside during daytime is inside the fully-enclosed cockpit of her plane.
2nd Jul '17 7:35:32 PM MarqFJA
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The world is Strangereal, a [[ConstructedWorld not-Earth]] from the previous games that was first [[WorldBuilding fleshed out]] in this installment. The year is [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2040]]. In the past few decades, the national governments of Strangereal have decayed beyond repair and were replaced by a global rule of {{Mega Corp}}s, chief among whom are [[GermanicEfficiency General Resource Limited]] and Neucom Incorporated. Naturally, the two companies' [[CorporateWarfare competition for power is far from friendly]], and the only thing standing between them and an all-out war is the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower Universal Peace Enforcement Organization]]. Further upsetting the fragile balance of power are: the GR's latest SuperPrototype fighter jet, the Night Raven, and its groomed pilot, the [[IllGirl sickly]] Rena Hirose; the Neucom scientists' questionable experiments on the recently discovered {{Cyberspace}} and BrainUploading; an overzealous military commander's schemes; and a NebulousCriminalConspiracy lurking in the background and pulling every string.

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The world is Strangereal, a [[ConstructedWorld not-Earth]] from the previous games that was first [[WorldBuilding fleshed out]] in this installment. The year is [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2040]]. In the past few decades, the national governments of Strangereal have decayed beyond repair and were replaced by a global rule of {{Mega Corp}}s, chief among whom are [[GermanicEfficiency General Resource Limited]] and Neucom Incorporated. Naturally, the two companies' [[CorporateWarfare competition for power is far from friendly]], and the only thing standing between them and an all-out war is the [[FictionalUnitedNations Universal Peace]] [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower Universal Peace Enforcement Organization]]. Further upsetting the fragile balance of power are: the GR's latest SuperPrototype fighter jet, the Night Raven, and its groomed pilot, the [[IllGirl sickly]] Rena Hirose; the Neucom scientists' questionable experiments on the recently discovered {{Cyberspace}} and BrainUploading; an overzealous military commander's schemes; and a NebulousCriminalConspiracy lurking in the background and pulling every string.
4th May '17 7:05:05 AM Ominae
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...unless, of course, you live in the insignificantly tiny portion of the world that is not Japan, for which the story was remade into a lone pilot working for the UPEO, trying to keep the peace between General Resource and Neuwork. {{Creator/Namco|Bandai}} currently has no plans to deliver the original ''Electrosphere'' to the outside world, but the release of [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]] of ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' for [=N3DS=] gives us a faint glimmer of hope. Don't hold your breath, though. In the meantime, a fan-driven [[http://projectnemo.net/ Project]] [[http://useatoday.blogspot.com/ Nemo]] has released an [[http://useatoday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ac3-e-ie-discs-22-h-e-v-e-n-n-d-e-r-t-h.html?m=1 unofficial English translation patch]].

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...unless, of course, you live in the insignificantly tiny portion of the world that is not Japan, for which the story was remade into a lone pilot working for the UPEO, trying to keep the peace between General Resource and Neuwork. {{Creator/Namco|Bandai}} Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment currently has no plans to deliver the original ''Electrosphere'' to the outside world, but the release of [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]] of ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' for [=N3DS=] gives us a faint glimmer of hope. Don't hold your breath, though. In the meantime, a fan-driven [[http://projectnemo.net/ Project]] [[http://useatoday.blogspot.com/ Nemo]] has released an [[http://useatoday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ac3-e-ie-discs-22-h-e-v-e-n-n-d-e-r-t-h.html?m=1 unofficial English translation patch]].
26th Mar '17 9:35:28 PM jnv11
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* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:In the international version of this game, the BigBad is an artificial intelligence that has went rogue and tricked General Resource and Neuwork into getting into a war in order to wear them out to allow it to TakeOverTheWorld.]]

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* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:In the international version of this game, the BigBad is an a rogue artificial intelligence that has went rogue which leads Ouroboros and tricked General Resource and Neuwork into getting into a war in order to wear them out to allow it the rogue A.I. to TakeOverTheWorld.]]
26th Mar '17 9:33:19 PM jnv11
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* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:In the international version of this game, the BigBad is an artificial intelligence that has went rogue and tricked General Resource and Neuwork into getting into a war in order to wear them out to allow it to TakeOverTheWorld.]]
26th Mar '17 6:48:38 PM jnv11
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...unless, of course, you live in the insignificantly tiny portion of the world that is not Japan, for which the story was remade into a lone pilot working for the UPEO, protecting the world from Neucom's increasingly desperate attacks. {{Creator/Namco|Bandai}} currently has no plans to deliver the original ''Electrosphere'' to the outside world, but the release of [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]] of ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' for [=N3DS=] gives us a faint glimmer of hope. Don't hold your breath, though. In the meantime, a fan-driven [[http://projectnemo.net/ Project]] [[http://useatoday.blogspot.com/ Nemo]] has released an [[http://useatoday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ac3-e-ie-discs-22-h-e-v-e-n-n-d-e-r-t-h.html?m=1 unofficial English translation patch]].

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...unless, of course, you live in the insignificantly tiny portion of the world that is not Japan, for which the story was remade into a lone pilot working for the UPEO, protecting trying to keep the world from Neucom's increasingly desperate attacks.peace between General Resource and Neuwork. {{Creator/Namco|Bandai}} currently has no plans to deliver the original ''Electrosphere'' to the outside world, but the release of [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]] of ''VideoGame/AceCombat2'' for [=N3DS=] gives us a faint glimmer of hope. Don't hold your breath, though. In the meantime, a fan-driven [[http://projectnemo.net/ Project]] [[http://useatoday.blogspot.com/ Nemo]] has released an [[http://useatoday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/ac3-e-ie-discs-22-h-e-v-e-n-n-d-e-r-t-h.html?m=1 unofficial English translation patch]].
27th Jan '17 1:56:36 AM jormis29
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* CuttingOffTheBranches: Subverted, as Namco never confirmed which ending (if any) was canon. After jumping from 2040 back to 2004 in ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' (and even to 1995 in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''), the series took TheSlowPath back, slowly approaching the ''Electrosphere'' times... and then, just before running out of options and making a canon sequel to ''[=AC3=]'' (the [[VideoGame/AceCombatAdvance most (in-universe) recent Strangereal game]] was set in 2032), Namco instead relaunched the series on the real world - between ''Skies of Incursion'' in 2007 and the announcement of ''Ace Combat 7'' in late 2015, the only game set in Strangereal has been [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]].

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* CuttingOffTheBranches: Subverted, as Namco never confirmed which ending (if any) was canon. After jumping from 2040 back to 2004 in ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' (and even to 1995 in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''), the series took TheSlowPath back, slowly approaching the ''Electrosphere'' times... and then, just before running out of options and making a canon sequel to ''[=AC3=]'' (the [[VideoGame/AceCombatAdvance most (in-universe) recent Strangereal game]] was set in 2032), Namco instead relaunched the series on the real world - between ''Skies of Incursion'' in 2007 and the announcement of ''Ace Combat 7'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown'' in late 2015, the only game set in Strangereal has been [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizonLegacy a remake]].
14th Dec '16 7:01:27 PM CakeMix
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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Abyssal Dision. Shortly before her death, Yoko Inoue copied Human!Dision's consciousness into the Electrosphere, creating the self-aware AI!Dision, the first ever human to be Sublimed. Before either of them realized it, however, they were killed by a bomb and their laboratory was destroyed along with their research.]]

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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Abyssal Dision. Shortly before her death, Yoko Inoue copied Human!Dision's consciousness into the Electrosphere, creating the self-aware AI!Dision, the first ever human to be Sublimed.Sublimated. Before either of them realized it, however, they were killed by a bomb and their laboratory was destroyed along with their research.]]



* NonStandardGameOver: This game has quite a few of them. Some honourable mentions include Zero Gravity, which shows your R-352 getting toasted by one of the satellite lasers if you run out of time; Guardian Angel, which shows the R-808 going down and crashing (with Cynthia's complaining included in the original version of the game); and the UI-4053 getting blown out of the sky by a submarine cruise missile.

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* NonStandardGameOver: This game has quite a few of them. Some honourable mentions include Zero Gravity, which shows your R-352 getting toasted by one of the satellite lasers if you run out of time; Guardian Angel, which shows the R-808 going down and crashing (with Cynthia's complaining included in the original version of the game); and Liquidation, which shows the UI-4053 getting blown out of the sky by a submarine cruise missile.



* SpaceBattle: The only example in the entire series has you controlling Neucom's R-352 Sepia manned starfighter, killing orbital satellites. The controls of a spacecraft in zero-G feels ''entirely'' different than in atmosphere, throwing players out of the loop and forcing them to unlearn everything and adapt in one minute or else. [[DoingItForTheArt All this for one mission]].

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* SpaceBattle: The only example in the entire series has you controlling Neucom's R-352 Sepia manned starfighter, killing orbital satellites. The controls of a spacecraft in zero-G feels feel ''entirely'' different than in atmosphere, throwing players out of the loop and forcing them to unlearn everything and adapt in one minute three minutes or else. [[DoingItForTheArt All this for one mission]].



** Conversely, if you don't take the Neucom route, you never even ''meet'' Cynthia.

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** Conversely, if you don't take Cynthia only shows up outside of the Neucom route, you never even ''meet'' Cynthia.route in the General Resource route in one mission before being shot down or disappearing for the rest of the route.
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