H.A.W.X. doesn't deviate much from the template set forth by the Ace Combat series but it manages to do well within that template and is a serious competitor to the long established Namco series which was starting to suffer due to a lack of competition. Although it is debatable which game is better, if you like Ace Combat you will also like H.A.W.X. . Hopefully this will lead into a sort of flight game arms race which would only benefit the consumer.