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Reviewed: Space Ace Blu-Ray Edition
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: April 4th, 2008
Page: 2

Digital Leisure have spent a lot of time transferring old '80s arcade machines that used weird hardware for advanced graphics, and every time they do a new transfer, it gets a little better. So it is with Space Ace; like the BD Dragon's Lair, the graphics are much better than an arcade machine, if only because the film's been re-transferred and restored into high-definition detail.

Look closely on a big set, and you can even see the film grain - it's a wonderful job transferring. Digital Leisure also offer up the opportunity to work with your set's aspect ratio; if you have a 4:3 set, you're good to go, but for players with a big widescreen job, the options are open; run in 4:3, or clip a bit from the top and bottom to view the action in 16:9 format. The screens below are great, but you can also get a quick clip of the action at Digital Leisure's website.

Another good set of solid extras are included on the disc as well; a viewing-only mode in which the game plays for you, 5.1 surround sound audio remastering, multiple "difficulty levels" (defined as how many scenes to pass before the ending scene, and with the full game available only on hard) and the obligatory interviews with the game's creators and artists.

As far as gameplay goes, if you needed any reminders, Space Ace is much harder than its earlier brother - but the difficulty also opens up some gems of nonlinear gameplay, moments in which players can decide whether to be re-aged to the 20-something, he-man-esque "Ace", or remain as the diminutive, cracking-voiced Dexter. Depending on the scene, each has their advantages, and ultimately it offers up some added replay value to try to get through different scenes as one or the other; Ace can often fight back against enemies, while Dexter's pretty much limited to dodging and running.

If you're looking to pad your collection and need some nostalgia titles, especially if (as mine) you've got a PS3 and hate the lack of decent games for it, you should definitely look into this one.

Added:  Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 2/3

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