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Air Combat 22
Box artwork for Air Combat 22.
Japanese titleエア·コンバット22
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Combat flight simulator
System(s)Arcade, PlayStation
Mode(s)Single player
Preceded byAir Combat
Followed byAir Combat (1995)
SeriesAce Combat
TwitchAir Combat 22 Channel
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Air Combat 22 marquee

Air Combat 22 is a combat flight simulator arcade game that was released by Namco in 1995; it runs on Namco System 22 hardware, and as the name suggests, it is the sequel to Air Combat which was released three years earlier. As with its predecessor, it was also later ported to the PlayStation under the name of Ace Combat 22 - and although the arcade version (as with its predecessor) takes place on Earth, the PlayStation version of the title apparently takes place on a fictionalized version of Earth.

The player must take up control of one of three different aeroplanes (one of which is the F16 from the original), through three new stages of play (Two Cadet, Top Gun, and Dog Fight); there are also six new bonus stages, two of which will appear between the regular ones (and will get determined by the level of difficulty and player's skill), as well as a "viewpoint change button", which allows the player to choose from three different perspectives. The amount of enemies remaining on the current stage will also be displayed up in that top-right corner of the screen - and several new features such as mid-air refueling, landing on aircraft carrier ships, and anti-aircraft carrier attacks have also been introduced.

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