You can replay missions for MRP to unlock aircraft and enhancements.
This game has 20 missions.
Hold L2 to brake which allows for a smaller turn radius. Hold L2+R2 to do a quick turn. Let go as quickly as possible to avoid stalling.
The F-35C cost 840,000 MRP, which is very expensive. Funny, given that the current discussion about this aircraft program is that the cost is ridiculously high.
I think I got the hang of avoiding enemy missiles. It's surprisingly simple: enemy missiles have slower turning radius than your plane. You wait until they are close (when the HUD alert starts beeping fast), and do a quick turn, and they will fail to hit.
I played through mission 1-2. Like the other Ace Combat games, this is a great looking arcade air combat game.
I exchanged the F-104C for the F-14D Super Tomcat for mission 5. For mission 6, I tried using the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II from 1972 (also known as the 'Warthog'). The damage from AA guns slowly overwhelms me, but it turns out that you can get your plane fixed in the far east corner of the map.
This was the first time I tried flying a plane in VR. I've flown plenty of space ships, but a real plane on Earth is different, it feels more intense and exciting. The simple but effective graphics really shine in this mode.
I've been playing Air Combat on the PSX, and I remembered that I had this awesome modern version lying around unfinished. I really should get back to this.
I completed missions 8-10, having lots of fun. I don't like their style of campaign missions where surprises always happens mid-mission, turning a ground attack into a dog fight, and you have to fight off F-15s with your A-10. Every time it happens I just want to restart the mission with the appropriate aircraft instead. I guess some sort of multirole aircraft would be the choice for new missions.
Completed the game on Easy difficulty.
I completed my first Ace Combat game. The last mission was annoying - for the game to tell its silly story, the final mission ends with a climactic flight into a tunnel and through a space elevator, relying on abilities that you never learned through the rest of the game. But overall, I had a lot of fun with Ace Combat 7, the dogfighting combat is fun and has mechanics that were fun to learn and make sense, and the game looks and sounds great.