I might have to give the demo a shot. I'm not sure if I still like flying games. Did love me some xwing / tie fighter though! I've also been intrigued/hoping for a good fighter jet game since nintendo, lol.
Sublime, I think the big difference is that the games you mention offer a lot of very different stuff to do. Look at the MW3 trailer, or the BF3 trailer, and look at how much different stuff is going on! Jets, choppers, tanks, humvees, guns, grenades, robots, different landscapes to explore, different killstreaks, maps, cool toys, guns, etc. Then look at the ace combat trailer. Flying what looks like the same plane (maybe it's not) in every clip, shooting at what looks like the same types of planes, with the same types of weapons, in what looks like roughly the same map/location (guess maps don't matter when you're in the air, just something to look at), etc. I guess I just didn't see too much variety which is why I asked. Maybe all of the planes and weapons are more or less the same (what I'm worried about). Games like world of warcraft offer hundreds of places to visit, each unique, many different types of characters that can learn and use so many different spells and weapons, etc, etc. If there's any game to use to compare to, I think that has to be the worst example. There probably has never been a game created as deep as that one lol.
An example of a game that I found to be very repetitive (in a bad way) was the first assassin's creed. The concept, like ace combat, sounds awesome, but I found all of the places, characters, missions, etc, to be quite repetitive, and the combat pretty basic and definitely repetitive. I guess the trailer made me think ace combat would be that way? Can anyone weigh in here? What keeps it interesting? Do you "level up" and unlock different planes, missiles, etc? Or is it all about mastering your ability to fly and play at higher difficulties? Is it the multiplayer and trying to take down other human piloted planes? Do you get missions where you need to bomb specific targets and I can feel like I'm the pilot from Iron Eagle? Does it ever get really intense?
I don't mean to take away from the game too much as I've not played it. I guess I was just waiting to be blown away by the trailer and want to go right out and buy it, but instead I was trying to figure out what all the hype is about. So now I'm trying to get to the bottom of the hype. Maybe I'll find that it's a niche game for a niche market that I'm not part of? I'm not trying to rain on the parade