It goes extra far for me since I'm a big fan of the Macross franchise. This game's a blast though. The variety of gorgeous planes (slash giant robots), tons of explosions, a big world to fly around in, Macross songs ;) (Seikan Hikou!), Macross characters, and the game plays fast. The story missions should feel repetitive, but everything else about the game is so much fun they don't.
The only segments I don't enjoy are carrier ship battles, which are either a drain on resources or long and tedious, depending on how I handle them, although even then these aren't terrible since I can do other things while fighting them, and the ravine segments, which are thankfully very few and very far between.
>_> Being import only, it's all in Japanese, but I don't mind keeping my laptop by me as I play. Not sure I can recommend this if you don't like Japanese games (this is fairly high on the "This is Japanese" scale), but if you do, and especially if you like Macross and have a little cash on the side to import it (and if you like transforming planes/giant robots and explosions), I wholly recommend it.
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