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Friday, November 27, 2015

Game Music Showcase: Ace Combat

Namco's Ace Combat series is probably the most well-known flight sim/arcade shooter hybrid, combining the graphics and real-world planes with fun dogfighting. The games typically take place in an alternate world called Strangereal, with its own military and political timeline, and has games take place in various conflicts in that world over different time periods. Some other games take place in a real world setting, with stories seperate from the Strangereal continuity. What remains constant however is the music, ranging from sweeping orchestral pieces to hard rock songs to electronic songs, all prime for inclusion in Taiko no Tatsujin.


-Ace Combat series-


 IN THE ZONE Ace Combat X2 Joint Assault
Taiko PSP 2x5 (161)x6 (222) x8 (493)x10 (765) 
Taiko 14, Taiko Wii 3 x5 (161)x7 (222) x8 (493)x10 (765) 
Taiko 0x4 (161)x6 (222) x8 (493)x9 (765)
 Taiko 14, Taiko 0, Taiko PSP 2, Taiko Wii 3

Previously a Song of the Week, IN THE ZONE originates from Ace Combat X²: Joint Assault, which is one of the few set in the real world. IN THE ZONE plays during the 6th mission, Desert Dawn, and is one of the few songs to contain vocals. To see more about this song, check out the link to its Song of the Week page above!

 Fighter's Honor (Flying Remix) Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble
Allx3 (136)x3 (196)x4 (304)x7 (527)
 Taiko 3DS 1

Also previously a Song of the Week, Fighter's Honor (Flying Remix) originates from the only Ace Combat on 3DS yet, Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble, also known as Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy. The game is actually a remake of Ace Combat 2, which initially did not have much of a story, but has now been expanded upon to fit better into Strangereal lore. To see more about this song, check out the link to its Song of the Week page above!

 Night And Day Ace Combat 2
Allx4 (156)x6 (259)x8 (481)x9 (698)
 Taiko 3DS 2, Taiko 0 Mu

Also previously a Song of the Week, Night and Day, much like Fighter's Honor, has a great-grandfather in source in the form of Ace Combat 2; this song, however, originates from the original Ace Combat 2 rather than its 3DS remake. To see more about this song, check out the link to its Song of the Week page above!

 Comona Ace Combat 04
Allx3 (157)x5 (214)x7 (455)x9 (726)
 Taiko V

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies was perhaps the game that put Ace Combat on the map, at least for the western audience. Having a compelling story to go along with the new and shiny PS2 graphics helped a ton, as well as memorable squadrons and enemy aces to dogfight against, not to mention a shift in music towards having some movie-style influences. Out of all the tracks from the game's soundtrack, though, Comona is perhaps the most famous of them all; playing during the mission 'Shattered Skies', where our protagonist Mobius 1 eventually ends up dogfighting the fearsome Yellow Squadron.

Comona is a mix of orchestra and electric guitar that would soon be associated with Ace Combat, providing the basis for the chart in this song. This gives it a nice rhythmic chart, with a few offbeat but still intuitive sections. Along with the usual 1/16s are some 1/24s to watch out for, but otherwise this is a rather simple 9* Oni, albeit a bit long since it's a full loop of the song.

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