Namco's top-selling Ace Combat series soars onto Xbox 360 with support for up to 16 players. A new graphics engine attempts to create photorealistic environments and aircraft, while more expanded missions feature up to 300 targets to seek out and destroy. The futuristic single-player campaign follows multiple characters from the fictional country of Emmeria, which has been attacked by the neighboring nation of Estovakia. As part of the Emmerian Air Force, players must fight back in a series of 15 missions across land and sea. A total of 14 planes are available to pilot, including an F-15E Strike Eagle, F-22 Raptor, Su-33 Flanker-D, and an A-10A Thunderbolt II.

Fires of Liberation is the first Ace Combat game to include online action in four distinct play modes. Battle Royale is a 16-player free-for-all where each defeated rival is worth a point. Team Battle follows the same format, only with two custom-sized teams against each other instead of every man for himself. Siege Battle, which supports up to eight players, has one team trying to take out a specific target as quickly as possible while a second team defends. Finally, Cooperative Mode lets up to four friends join forces to challenge the computer in a choice of missions. Leaderboards are available for each online game mode, with special titles awarded to those who achieve specific milestones. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide