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RETAILBIZ: ACE COMBAT JOINT ASSAULT & FITNESS FUN 72 MCV 13/08/10


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Namco Bandai works up a sweat with the latest entry in the Family Party series...


by Billy Langsworthy


Ace Combat flies through real locations as the series soars back onto the PSP...


by Billy Langsworthy


FIFTEEN YEARS since the first Air Combat flew onto shelves, Air Combat: Joint Assault sees the series return to the PSP for the second time. Developed by Namco Bandai, the game showcases online and Ad-Hoc party play. It also boasts some impressive graphics, with the game’s developer declaring it has the best visuals ever seen on a PSP flight sim. One of the major changes from any of the other titles in the franchise is the fact that the game takes place in the real world with settings including the skies of Tokyo, London and San Francisco among others.


Players control allied pilots in a series of intense airspace combat, with high- speed action and enemies appearing closer than before due to the new Enhanced Combat View.


Attention has also been paid to online play in the game with an eight-player online versus Battle mode and online co-op gameplay for up to four players. A co-op campaign mode is available, as


RELEASED: SEPTEMBER 3 FORMATS: PSP PUBLISHER: NAMCO BANDAI DEVELOPER: NAMCO PRICE: £25.99 DISTRIBUTOR: ADVANTAGE CONTACT: 0121 506 9585


well as the new Joint Assault Mission system, which allows teams of players to work through different maps at the same time and in turn affect each other’s tactical situations.


Accompanying the new real world locations and online gameplay, the game also includes more than 40 authentic licensed combat aircrafts. The game trailer displaying impressive ‘news footage’ style FMV sequences intercut with impressive in- game visuals, the aesthetics of the game, alongside improvements made to online play, all indicate that Ace Combat: Joint Assault will mark a successful return to the PSP for the franchise. Ace Combat: Joint Assault will be released on September 3rd on the PSP for £25.99.


THE FAMILY PARTY series has covered outdoor fun, winter fun and party games, all with an emphasis on, as its name suggests, fun for all the family. The series now turns its attention to getting the family in shape with Fitness Fun. With the trailer for the game stating ‘Get Up! Get Down! Get Active!’ developer Tamsoft has focused on making the latest instalment in the series give families a workout that’s suitable for both parents and kids. Once again, the game can be played by up to four players simultaneously and retains the bright colourful visuals that have made previous entries a hit with families. High scores and medals are up for the taking as players take control of over a dozen characters that come equipped with customisable workout outfits. In a first for Family Party, players can use the Wii Balance board for a more full-bodied workout experience in more than 10 of the 30 games present in the game.


There are four categories of games for players to choose from, each targeting different elements of fitness training, with some displaying a calorie count so players can see the actual health benefits of the workouts.


RELEASED: SEPTEMBER 24 FORMATS: WII PUBLISHER: NAMCO BANDAI DEVELOPER: TAMSOFT PRICE: £19.99 DISTRIBUTOR: ADVANTAGE CONTACT: 0121 506 9585


Players can move and shake through boxing, roller derby, volleyball, basketball and super squash in the cardio training section of the workout, or choose to indulge in a mental workout with the counting mania, smart dieting and steady hand games forming the Brain Fitness Training side of the game. The Balance Training will see players tested on their poise with games including skydiving, hoverboard racing and giant ball rolling, all of which go some way to suggest the more playful aspect of the game has not been lost through the inclusion of its fitness aspect. By combing fun, families and fitness, Namco Bandai looks to have created an addition to the Family Party series that retains the party atmosphere of previous titles but introduces a workout element that will still appeal to parents and children alike.


Family Party: Fitness Fun is released on 24th September on Wii.


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