Modified Air Combat Heroes
M.A.C.H. (Modified Air Combat Heroes) is the
latest and dare I say it... greatest PSP game to be released all year
which transforms gamers into a fighter pilot in the year 2049.
casualties of war rise, governments around the globe turn to unmanned
aircrafts for combat in order to reduce the casualties of war. With
thousands of planes decommissioned and thousands of pilots no longer
able to fly these man made metal eagles, entrepreneurs have started
selling these jets on the black-markets to the highest bidders.
these planes falling back into the hands of the underground, ex-pilots and
wealthy enthusiasts now challenge each other for fortune and glory
through races and dogfights across the globe.
The storyline of M.A.C.H. may sound clichéd but where the story may lack,
the gameplay more than makes up for this addictive and entertaining
title. In its basic essence, M.A.C.H. is an arcade flight simulator that
allows the gamer to either race their jets on a dangerous circuit or
challenge their opponents to dogfights in the high skies.
features two main modes of play which include Arcade (quick play) and
Career that allows the gamer to start as a Rookie and fly their way
through to Combat Hero. The career mode also awards the gamer for their
standing in the race and dogfight and the cash which is awarded to you
can then be used to upgrade your jets or purchase new aircrafts.
the career mode, you will need to compete in races where you must use
your afterburner and wits to win the race. In order to assist you, there
are various powerups littered through the gaming environment such as
missiles and cloak to blow your opponents into next week.
completely different to races and you need to defeat as many enemies as
you can through missiles and bullets. The afterburner gauge is located
on the lower-left hand side of the screen and is activated via
double-tapping the X button, giving you a short burst of speed.
The gameplay of M.A.C.H.. is perfect and it uses the PSP controls to its
limits with the analog stick used to control your aircraft in the gaming
environment, the X button used for afterburner (which is limited) and
the shoulder buttons for attacking your enemies.
intelligence of your opponents range from easy to difficult, however as
you progress, you slowly learn how to adjust to your opponents. There
are also a variety of challenge modes and some great multiplayer fun
over Adhoc wireless networks or via Game Sharing.
I must reiterate that
the gameplay of M.A.C.H. is perfect and I haven't had this much fun on
the PSP in a long time. The game is extremely reminiscent of an old PC
game called Plane Crazy which is now emulated and improved on the
Graphially, M.A.C.H. is a visual treat on the PSP that
colourful and detailed background environments that go hand-in-hand with
the gameplay. Match that with some great looking aircraft models and a
variety of special effects from Hollywood style explosions to Star Trek
like cloaking effects, it's all been perfectly implemented into the
As with the graphics, the sounds effects are top class which feature
realistic aircraft sounds with an impressive soundtrack. The small
touches such as the sounds of the afterburner or the sounds of your
machine gun really help push the gameplay to the next stage of
In conclusion, M.A.C.H.. is definitely a fun experience on the PSP that
is recommended to those that love those classic arcade flight simulators
with a 21st century twist. The gameplay does become a little repetitive
but it's still a wild ride from start to finish that will definitely
have a multiple replay value.
Arcade - Arcade mode is designed to throw gamers into the action as
quickly as possible and, although only one plane will be available
initially, progressing through the Career mode to unlock other planes
will gradually give access to the full Arcade experience.
Career - This mode consists of a collection of high-octane tournaments
spread over various landscapes. As gamers progress through their career
from a Rookie through Pro, Ace, Elite and finally to a combat Hero,
they'll gradually win access to enemies' planes and earn cash, which
will enable players to upgrade capabilities and keep up with the
Challenge - Each tier consists of five challenges - MACH Melée, MACH
Dash, Time Check, MACH LAP and Dog Tag - in different locations in the
quest for ultimate glory.
Multiplayer - Players race or dogfight against up to eight opponents
over an Ad Hoc wireless network or via Game Sharing with rival PSP
system owners for the ultimate deathmatch experience! (Game sharing mode
requires only one copy of M.A.C.H..)
Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad-Hoc)