Part 2: Mission 2 Operation Easy Money, March 31st, 1998Pursuit of Reconnaissance Unit
Mission 2: Operation Easy Money March 31st, 1998
Mission 2: Operation Easy Money (Legacy Verison)
Overview: Scarface squadron is dispatched to run down an enemy reconnaissance flight passing over Mt. Lambert in Rebel occupied Erusian territory and encounters one of the Rebels top ace squadrons.
Guest Commentators: I am joined by both Blind Sally and ACES CURE PLANES for this brief second mission in the Ace Combat 2 version. Both of them are in between what I suppose you could call tentpole LPs at the moment, though Sally has a pair of mini LPs going in the Casual Thread of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Remastered and Off-World Interceptor: EXTREME. ACES, meanwhile, is gearing up to continue his run through the PS2 Armored Cores with Armored Core 2: Another Age.
Meanwhile, in the Legacy version, Im joined by Trizophenie. In addition to providing all the gameplay footage for this run through of Assault Horizon Legacy, he also did a really cool LP of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II aka The Game That Killed LucasArts along with Simply Simon. Hes also doing a de-hanced edition LP of the Wii version FU2 for the Casual LP thread along with Simon, Sally, kalonZombie, and myself.
Federation of Central Usea Allied Air Force, 16th Air Force Unity, 4th Fighter Wing, 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (Defected)
- Lancer 1 Albert Pride Wahlberg
- Lancer 2 [NAME REDACTED]
- Lancer 3 [NAME REDACTED]
- Lancer 4 [NAME REDACTED]
Once one of the top squadrons in the FCUs Allied Forces, Lancer Squadron defected and joined the rebellion at the outbreak of the Continental War. Flying a flight of four F-14D Super Tomcats, Lancer was posted to the far western front of the FCUs military control zone, along the Erusian boarder. Despite flying a quartet of aging, heavy, carrier based jets, Lancer flight proved particularly effective thanks to the tactics of its flight lead, Albert Wahlberg.
Wahlberg studied the tactics of the once-mighty Belkan Air Force and its legendary pilots such as Lt. General Dietrich Kellerman and modeled Lancers attack patterns off of the Belkan knights of old. This is reflected both in the squadrons name and emblem, and in their primary attack: the Lancer Charge. All four Lancer planes would charge at their target and launch their missiles simultaneously, giving their prey next to no time to react.
As you can tell by them not appearing in the Ace Combat 2 video and by the better graphics of the screenshots above, Lancer Squadron is one of the four boss squadrons exclusive to Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy. Now, it might seem like a bit of a dick move to throw a boss squadron at you in only the second mission, but the truth of the matter is that Lancer is a flying joke. Theyre a gussied up tutorial designed to teach you how to use Attack Maneuvers and Evasive Maneuvers, Legacys stripped down version of Assault Horizons much maligned Dogfight Mode. Its basically just Press Y to insta-kill your target / Press Y to evade enemy missiles.
The key to this fight, as with the other three boss squadrons in the game, is to focus on taking out the squadron leader first. Without Wahlberg, the remaining Lancers break into a disorganized mess; their formation falls apart, they cant use their special charge attack any more, and are easy pickings from there on out.
By and large, theyre designed to be Babys First Ace Combat Boss Squadron. If you lose to these jokers and their predictable, telegraphed attack patterns, then perhaps Ace Combat just isnt for you.
Real Name: Albert Wahlberg
Callsign(s): Pride, Lancer 1
Nationality: Erusea (Western Usea)
Signature Plane: F-14D Super Tomcat
Voice Actor: Bryce Papenbrook
The son of a Major General, he joined the Air Force to follow in his fathers footsteps and out of a strong sense of duty and nationalistic pride. That selfsame pride led him to join the rebellion against the FCU government after the southern states failed attempt to join the Osean Federation.
His isolated upper class background fostered in him an arrogant personality, and he would often look down upon others around him, believing them to be beneath him in life. Regardless, his patriotic pride drove him to act in what he believed to always be the best interests of his homeland and its people, placing their needs above his own when push came to shove.
It was speculated that Wahlberg was eying a transition to a political career in his home country once his service tenure was up. His colleagues would often note how he seemed more adept at playing politics and glad-handing than he ever was handling a flight stick.
A mountain range in northern Erusea. Its highest point is Mt. Lambert itself, one of the highest peaks on Usea. Along with the Amber Mountains in the south, they form a natural wall effectively fencing Eursea in from the rest of Usea, or more pertinently, keeping Erusea a supposedly safe distance away from the rest of the FCU.
One of Eruseas many early warning radar installations is situated atop the mountains, but beyond that there is very little of interest to say about them. They do play a larger role in Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, however.
The Named Ace in the Ace Combat 2 version of this mission is called "Superfly" (and while he's replaced by Cosmic in AHL, he does shows up in a later mission in that game). The ace takes his name form the 1972 blacksploitation crime drama Super Fly. The film follows a one-time cocaine dealer named Youngblood Priest (Ron O'Neal) as he tries to buy his way out of the drug trade and land a regular 9-to-5 career with one last massive coke sale. The title song of the movie was sung by Curtis Mayfield.
The mission contains a second hidden reference to Super Fly the movie, as the track that plays over the Ace Combat 2 version is called "El Dorado", a reference to Priest's custom Cadillac Eldorado, which was owned by an actual pimp from Harlem who had a role in the film. The car itself is credited with starting the trend of the Pimpmobile car style.
There will also be a mission itself coming up later in both 2 and AHL called El Dorado.
Aircraft featured in Mission 2: Operation Easy Money
Manufacturer: Israeli Aircraft Industries
Role: Fighter bomber / trainer
Primary Operators: United States, Israel, Columbia, Sri Lanka
- Appears only in Ace Combat 2.
- Doesnt appear in the remake Assault Horizon Legacy.
- Better than the Skyhawk or the Phantom, but still very low tier.
- A proprietary model built off a Dassault Mirage 5 airframe.
- Formally known as the IAI Kfir.
- In the late 80s, the Kfir C.2s were upgraded to the C.7 models seen in the game.
- The C.7 features an improved weight ratio, forward canards, and a suite of upgrades to enhance its capabilities as a bomber.
- Kfir (כְּפִיר) means lion cub in Hebrew.
Role: AWACS / Electronic support
Primary Operators: Japan
- Technically a Repeat Offender entry, but I never actually did a write up for it for Zero, so
- Is the Japanese proprietary equivalent of the Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS.
- All our in-mission AWACS operators like Keynote, Eagle Eye, et al. operate out of E-767s.
- Is built off a heavily modified civilian 767-200 airframe.
- Serves as an airborne command center for fighter operations in combat situations.
- AWACS stands for Airborne Warning And Control System.
- Usually the player AWACS in any given Ace Combat game only makes an appearance at or near the end of the game, as weve already seen in Zero at Avalon.
- F-14D Super Tomcat
- MiG-21bis Fishbed
- F-4E Phantom II
- B-2 Spirit
- C-17A Globemaster III
[ACE COMBAT 2]
Awarded for: Shooting down enemy Ace Superfly in Mission 2.
- Plane: F-4E Phantom II
- Game: Ace Combat 2
- Mission 2
- Spawn conditions: Appears by default.
Medal: Bloody Dragon
Awarded for: Defeating Lancer Squadron in Mission 2.
Description: Awarded to pilots who defeat Lancer Squadron.
- Plane: B-2A Spirit
- Game: Assault Horizon Legacy
- Mission 2
- Spawn conditions: Flies at low altitude in a ravine near the E-767.
Tracks featured in Mission 2:
Tracks featured in Mission 2:
We also get some sweet fan art from ElTipejoLoco depicting potential squadron emblems for me and some of my fellow co-commentators like Blind Sally and ACES CURE PLANES. Hell yeah