The thirteenth game in the Ace Combat series—despite the name, Assault Horizon Legacy (known in Japan as 3D Cross Rumble) is a return to the world of Strangereal and an updated remake of Ace Combat 2 for the Nintendo 3DS, putting the player back in the flight suit of the leader of the Special Tactical Fighter Squadron "Scarface," who now has his own callsign—Phoenix.The plot for Assault Horizon Legacy expands upon that of Ace Combat 2 to more neatly fit into the Strangereal timeline. Here, the reason for the Usean Rebellion is rooted in the aftermath of the Belkan War; the nations of the Usean continent—who have a long history of political and military conflicts amongst themselves—banded together to form the USEA Allied Forces in response to the threat posed by two growing superpowers, the Osean Federation and the Union of Yuktobania Republics.However, a group of southern Usean nations preferred an alliance with Osea. The Federal Republic of Erusea, Republic of North Point, and other nations in Northern and Western Usea protested this; they resented the idea of Osean military presence and feared that Osea would take USEA's natural resources for itself, but the southern nations negotiated a military pact with Osea anyway.On the day that the USEA Allied Forces were to formally sign a treaty with Osea, conservative extremists organized a continent-wide coup d'etat, headquartered in North Point's capital of St. Ark. Many Allied Forces units joined the rebellion, warring on their former comrades. With fears that the rebellion would successfully take over the USEA government, the faltering Allied Forces launch Operation Fighter's Honor, assembling the 37th Air Force 18th Fighter Wing 9th Special Tactical Fighter Squadron, "Scarface." Leading the charge is Scarface One, TAC Name "Phoenix."Compared to Ace Combat 2, Assault Horizon Legacy brings a lot of features from later installments—notably the involving radio chatter from Ace Comba 04 onward, unlockable custom parts for aircraft as in Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, and ace squadron battles in the style of Ace Combat Zero. Similar to the Close Range Assault system in Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Tactical Maneuver Command system in The Sky Crawlers, Assault Horizon Legacy has a Maneuvers system which allows players to get behind enemy aircraft (provided the Maneuvers Meter is charged enough) or dodge missiles at the touch of a button.Oh, and we can't forget the music.Assault Horizon Legacy was released first on November 15, 2011 in North America, followed by a European release on December 2. Japan got it last, on January 12, 2012.Be sure to check out the character sheet as well.
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