The W in AWACS stands for Waifu, also known as Ace Combat 7.
Campaign shots, in no particular thematic and/or chronological order. Mild spoilers ahoy.
I really like the taking off/landing/refueling sequences, they add a lot of life to the game. Also the AWACS trolls you if you fail at landing.
I am convinced the transport I just downed was carrying half of Erusea’s strategic reserve of vodka and whiskey.
Mission 16 has a very interesting mechanic with “unknown” targets that can be either friendly or hostile and that you have to identify by either flying over them or carefullly watching their reaction. The idea isn’t fully exploited - the only real consequences is that you have to make two passes over a target instead of one - but still adds to the ambience of the mission.
Things become quite tense when the same system is applied to a set of aerial targets, one of them being what looks like an airliner. Late-era Cold War flashbacks ensue unless you realize it’s a scripted sequence and you can’t actually shoot a civilian plane down by mistake. Still a good way to add narrative tension.
Rafale goodness, also Gulf War - like ambience with the dark plumes of smoke.
Colored livery ? Check. Baroque callsign ? Check. Flies on a canard plane ? Check. Long-winded speech about war, peace, life, death and the meaning of a nation ? Check. Can shrug off three missile volleys ? Check. Ignores the laws of physics ? Check.
Wouldn’t be an Ace Combat game without one of these aces, right ?
This kind of shit right here is why you always bring a railgun pod on late game attack missions. (You will notice that I didn’t but this is because I’m an idiot).
Went down pretty easily, in fact. Certainly more than the elite drones that defy physics AND shoot down missiles with lasers (I think they are the most Ace Combat enemies of Ace Combat 7, they’re borderline parody).
Creepy space elevator themed mural in a cutscene.
It’s a shame the game had such an evocating concept (the space elevator + the drones protecting it because it’s a lutteral umbilical cord for them) and did pretty much nothing with it aside from “war is bad, drones are bad, also Belka evil and Erusea stupid.”
(Also anyone has any idea why my 1080p pictures are uploaded there in 720p ?)