You strike a button here, @near_blind. Realism =/= fun.
I really really love how the missions and activities are strung together in Ace Combat.
Some of them at least, Ace Combat 4 for Ps2 was an absolute experience- Ace combat 3 for PSX was a disaster (mainly for the "lost in translation" thing).
Assault Horizon was depressing.
I hate to repeat myself but there were so many storylines, aural cues, and different takes on "pilots" in Ace Combat 4...
I'm actually starting to feel uncomfortable with the passion I feel for that silly console game. But I still do.
The same could almost be said for Sky Crawlers for Wii- Except they missed grandeur by a not so thin margin.
Probably the setting, or the storyline that was dictated by the Manga/novel...
Eh... Sorry guys.