One of the new additions to this latest outing for the long-running PlayStation series is Dogfight Mode, which can be initiated once you are in range of a target by pressing the L2 and R2 buttons at the same time on your wireless controller.
Once in Dogfight Mode, you'll have to keep your enemy in your sights before destroying them with a homing missile or using machine gun fire. This new mode is developer, Namco Bandai's, own version of Close-Range Assault (CRA), which aims to increase the intensity of the battles you take part in by keeping you close to the action at all times.
For the first time in the ACE COMBAT series' history, you'll also be able to take control of other aircraft in battle including attack helicopters and stealth bombers, and you can even step into the boots of a door gunner on a Black Hawk. Here's a tip - at the outset of the game be sure to select Optimum Controls from the menu and not Original unless you are an ACE COMBAT expert. Optimum Controls are perfect for getting to grips with the game's intense style of gameplay, which is sure to test even hardened gamers.