* DemonicSpiders: The Strigon team planes can be REALLY REALLY ANNOYING to get a bead on, while they don't have as much of a problem shoving missiles up your tailpipe. And that's assuming that you're on a mission where [[HopelessBossFight you can even shoot them down]].
** The ultimate [[DemonicSpiders spiders]] of ''AC'' have to be the Nimbus Drones from ''6'', and Pasternak's [=UAVs=] are even worse than those. Even once you master the art of shooting them down, it still comes done to whether or not the computer allows you to hit them or not.
*** Actually, you can hit them - it's just very hard to get a very good lock-on and catching them when they're not maneuvering like sparrows on steroids. Same thing goes with Pasternak's UCAVs, but that has more to do with how long you can dodge the constant barrage of ADMMs and gunfire.
*** Once you get the hang of it, it's not hard to destroy a Nimbus drone. They sit pretty well in one place for a short time when the missiles come in, letting a quick QAAM shot get the best of them.
* GameBreaker: As standard for the series, this game has a few:
** The CFA-44 Nosferatu's [[MacrossMissileMassacre ADMMs]] can kill up to twelve targets and has a ridiculously long lock range, and the [[MagneticWeapons EML]] can deal severe damage if not instakill anything. Oh, it also can be bought as special DLC, so you can start with it from the get go.
** The Su-47 [[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster Miki-EX]] is this in ''multiplayer'', thanks to reality-defying maneuvers and a metric ton of [[RoboTeching QAAMs]], allowing thousands of points to be racked up with ease. Yes, like the CFA-44, the Miki-EX is DLC and can be made available from the start.
* HarsherInHindsight: The story starts off with the Russian/Eastern European-expy Estovakia going to war as a last ditch attempt to recover it's economy after being devastated by meteor impacts. On February 14th, 2013, [[http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/europe/russia-meteor-shower/?hpt=hp_t1 hundreds of people in Russia were injured (thankfully no deaths or major damage) as a direct result of a meteor shower.]]
* {{Narm}}: "Go Dance With the Angels!"
** Get used to hearing that nearly every cutscene. ''[[MostAnnoyingSound Every cutscene.]]''
** Don't forget Ghost Eye's reaction to [[spoiler:Shamrock getting shot down]]. He sounds almost bored when it happens to you!
** Let's face it; it's hard to take ''any'' moment in the game seriously if you're using one of the DLC {{VideoGame/The Idolmaster}} planes.
* TierInducedScrappy: The aforementioned GameBreaker planes, due to their immense power in multiplayer. Also, ''anything'' that carries QAAMs, because of cheap abilities like extreme maneuverability, lots of damage, and the fact that they disappear off radar.
* Coincidence seems to be out of the question with the names of the countries involved; Emmeria sounds very much like America. Estovakia, not so much with Soviet Russia.
** 'Stovie' is an anagram of 'Soviet' when the letters are re-arranged. Let that sink in. Mind: blown.