The second game in the Ace Combat series. Released in 1997. You fly as the leader of the Special Tactical Fighter Squadron "Scarface" to thwart a rebellion across the continent of Usea.
Tropes found in the game
- As You Know: Crops up in a pre-flight briefing.
- Attack Drone: Five AI-controlled Z.O.E. planes.
- Badass Back: The Z.O.E. Commander's FALKEN can fire missiles backwards. Truth in Television: Some of the latest AAMs, like the Python 4/5 or AA-11/R-73, have a 360-degree targetting capability.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In-Universe. Ace Combat 2 had the series' first two superfighters, the ADF-01 FALKEN and the XFA-27. Neither were noticeably important to the plot at all: the XFA-27 would unceremoniously become available for purchase in an Extra mode playthrough at the same point the F-22 would be unlocked the first time around, and while the FALKEN was treated as the True Final Boss (with the player only getting the chance to fight him if they shot down all the other Z.O.E. planes across the campaign to gain access to the last two missions), it was ultimately still an optional boss which was only set apart from any other enemy by its extreme aggressiveness (being, like the other Z.O.E. planes, one of the only five in the entire game to actively hunt down the player) and an ability to launch missiles backwards it rarely actually takes advantage of.
- Bowdlerise: One of the "bonus" tracks in the OST opens with a section backed by the briefing message from the final mission. For reasons unknown, a part from the end of the message, "go out there and give 'em hell", is changed into "go out there and give 'em all you've got".
- Heroic Mime: Only very slightly subverted - Scarface One talks, but only when requesting assistance during landings.
- Mook Maker: Some enemy bases do this.
- N.G.O. Superpower: A continent-wide rebellion.
- Non-Standard Game Over: In the late-game, failing to to stop a MIRV from hitting the city of North Point results in a unique cutscene and mission failure.
- Optional Stealth: In the mission "Dead End", you're supposed to stay low to avoid radar contact, but you don't fail the mission immediately if you fly too high. The upside to staying stealthy until you reach the base is that you catch them off-guard and can kill some of the enemy planes before they can, or as they're attempting to, take off, including a pair of cargo planes that lead you to an alternate mission if you shoot them down.
- Two of the enemy aces early on are "Tallman" and "Metal Sphere".
- Another two are "Max" and "Goose".
- A group of four aces are named "Fox Force Four", which recalls the "Fox Force Five" mentioned in Pulp Fiction.
- The semi-fictional F-15S in the game bears a noticeable resemblance to the F-15J Kai+ from the Patlabor movie.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Some of the songs qualify, though not intentionally. It's still an arcade game through and through, but some of the mission's music sound a little too cheerful and peppy for the situation. Almost J Pop type music.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Averted. You're fighting for the government.
- Video Game Remake: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy .