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''Ace Combat: Joint Assault'' (also known as ''Ace Combat X2'' in Japan) is the eleventh game in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series and the first one to be set on our familiar Earth, rather than the ConstructedWorld of Strangereal. Released in 2010.

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''Ace Combat: Joint Assault'' (also known as ''Ace Combat X2'' X2: Joint Assault'' in Japan) is the eleventh game in the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series and the first one to be set on our familiar Earth, rather than the ConstructedWorld of Strangereal. Released in 2010.


* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: [[spoiler: Final boss Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-defying missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: [[spoiler: Final boss Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-defying missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]


* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler: Final Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-defying missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]


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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: [[spoiler: Final boss Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-defying missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]

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It was the third Ace Combat game made by an external developer (Access Games, although Project Aces assist with the development).

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%%* HateSink: The Rigel Squadron, [[spoiler: later known as Varcolac squadron,]] is this. They're first introduced as arrogant mercenaries concerned only for profit [[spoiler: and even more so after they betray Martinez, with the BigBad only seeing the protagonist as just another money bag]].


The year is some unspecified number in [[YearX 20XX]], some years after the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis. It is your first day on the job as Antares One, a rookie pilot in the private military company, Martinez Security. The company is hired to participate in a joint exercise between the American 7th Fleet and the Japanese Self-Defense Force but is waylaid by fighter planes from a terrorist group calling themselves the Valahia.

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The year is some unspecified number in [[YearX 20XX]], some years after the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis. [[note]]The European version mentions that the game takes place between late 2010 to early 2011.[[/note]] It is your first day on the job as Antares One, a rookie pilot in the private military company, Martinez Security. The company is hired to participate in a joint exercise between the American 7th Fleet and the Japanese Self-Defense Force but is waylaid by fighter planes from a terrorist group calling themselves the Valahia.


* GuideDangIt: Wondering why [[spoiler: final Sulemanji]] seems to take no damage during your showdown against him? That's because when he turns off his rear-mounted CIWS and starts doing his physics-sodomizing flips, he's actually INVINCIBLE until he finishes rattling off his entire back-story. As with [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon Markov]], you don't get an indication as to the fact he's invincible.

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* GuideDangIt: Wondering why [[spoiler: final Sulemanji]] seems to take no damage during your showdown against him? That's because when he turns off his rear-mounted CIWS and starts doing his physics-sodomizing flips, he's actually INVINCIBLE until he finishes rattling off his entire back-story. As with [[VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon Markov]], you don't get an indication as to this, and also no explicit indication as to when the fact he's invincible.invincibility wears off.


* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler: Final Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-sodomizing missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]

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* BeyondTheImpossible: [[spoiler: Final Sulejmani]] in his second phase uses a physics-sodomizing physics-defying missile-dodging roll maneuver no one else can pull; not his teammates using the same plane and [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard not the player, either.]]

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* CoOpMultiplayer: The first Ace Combat that allow the player to play the campaign with up to 4 players.


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* OneManArmy: Antares Squadron is basically a one-man squad if one plays the campaign solo.


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: In contrast to the past Ace Combat games except Videogame/AirCombat and Videogame/AceCombat2.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: In Played completely straight, in contrast to the past Ace Combat games except Videogame/AirCombat and Videogame/AceCombat2.


* BilingualBonus: [[spoiler:Varcolac]] is named after the Romanian word for werewolf. The Balaur as well, which is a kind of monster in Romanian folklore.

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* BilingualBonus: [[spoiler:Varcolac]] is named after the Romanian word for werewolf. The Balaur as well, which is a kind of monster in Romanian folklore. The Valahia is also an alternate, obscure pronounciation for Wallachia.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: In contrast to the past Ace Combat games except Videogame/AirCombat and Videogame/AceCombat2.


* NGOSuperpower: The enemy, Valahia, is supposedly a terrorist group. Nevertheless they have access to flying battleships, a massive railgun and lots of conventional forces in all three mediums. [[spoiler:Justified, as they're being funded and supported by Andrei Olivieri, via his life insurance company and Golden Axe PMC for technology. The railgun is also specified as having been captured by them, rather than built.]]

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* NGOSuperpower: The enemy, Valahia, is supposedly a terrorist group. Nevertheless they have access to flying battleships, battleship with a seemingly alien technology, a massive railgun and lots of conventional forces in all three mediums. [[spoiler:Justified, while still being very weird, as they're being funded and supported by Andrei Olivieri, via his life insurance company and Golden Axe PMC for technology. The railgun is also specified as having been captured by them, rather than built.]]


* NGOSuperpower: The enemy, Valahia, is supposedly a terrorist group. Nevertheless they have access to flying battleships, a massive railgun and lots of conventional forces in all three mediums.

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* NGOSuperpower: The enemy, Valahia, is supposedly a terrorist group. Nevertheless they have access to flying battleships, a massive railgun and lots of conventional forces in all three mediums. [[spoiler:Justified, as they're being funded and supported by Andrei Olivieri, via his life insurance company and Golden Axe PMC for technology. The railgun is also specified as having been captured by them, rather than built.]]


* ReverseEscortMission: "Grand Flight" has you pilot a personal Boeing 747-200B of Olivieri Life Insurance CEO [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Andre Olivieri]] so he can get through the Turkish region of Mora, which is filled to the brim with Valahian forces. The 747 is slow with average armor, you need to fly through a ravine to avoid instakill SAM network there, gunboats and choppers are everywhere, and after the ravine is a jet fighter ambush. [[HarderThanHard Ace difficulty]] cranks this UpToEleven. [[spoiler: You will later kill Olivieri at the end of the game ''while he's on foot, with man-size anti-vehicle weapons''.]]

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* ReverseEscortMission: "Grand Flight" has you pilot a personal Boeing 747-200B of Olivieri Life Insurance CEO [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Andre Olivieri]] so he can get through the Turkish region of Mora, which is filled to the brim with Valahian forces. The 747 is slow with average armor, you need to fly through a ravine to avoid instakill SAM network there, gunboats and choppers are everywhere, and after the ravine is a jet fighter ambush. [[HarderThanHard Ace difficulty]] cranks this UpToEleven. [[spoiler: You will later kill Olivieri at the end of the game ''while he's on foot, with man-size anti-vehicle weapons''.foot and wielding an anti-tank missile launcher''.]]


* ObviouslyEvil: Played straight with [[spoiler: Olivieri. Hint: the guy that's profiting from war? he's a ''bad'' guy.]]

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* ObviouslyEvil: Played straight with [[spoiler: Olivieri. Hint: the guy that's profiting from war? he's He's a ''bad'' guy.]]


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* ReverseEscortMission: "Grand Flight" has you pilot a personal Boeing 747-200B of Olivieri Life Insurance CEO [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Andre Olivieri]] so he can get through the Turkish region of Mora, which is filled to the brim with Valahian forces. The 747 is slow with average armor, you need to fly through a ravine to avoid instakill SAM network there, gunboats and choppers are everywhere, and after the ravine is a jet fighter ambush. [[HarderThanHard Ace difficulty]] cranks this UpToEleven. [[spoiler: You will later kill Olivieri at the end of the game ''while he's on foot, with man-size anti-vehicle weapons''.]]

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