Yes and No, There are only 5 or 6 different "protagonist" aircraft featured in cover of the ace combat games.
Air Combat: F-22
Ace Combat 2: SU-35
Ace Combat 3: SU-37 (both JP and US ver)
Ace Combat 4: F-22
Ace Combat 5: F-14
Ace Combat Zero: F-15C
Ace Combat 6: F-15E
Ace Combat X: F-22
Ace Combat Assault Horizon: F-22
Cliche? Not yet (At least not in ace combat). Over used? Maybe.
Now look at what all of these planes have in common. They are all Air Force type fighters except for Ace Combat 6's F-15E (multi-role) and the F-14 (Navy aircraft). Also they are all relatively high tier aircraft.
I think the raptor may be a place holder aircraft just to hide the other aircraft scene we expect the F-22 to be there because it has been in EVERY ACE COMBAT GAME.
you forgot the AH Legacy, Phoenix used F-22 as his main fighter in that game
ACJA is the most debated topic because the cover feature the Raptor as its center alongside with the Tomcat,Rafale and Terminator,and in ACI we got his Raptor(the one with the red canopy) as an sp plane, but the ending of ACJA showed Antares 1 piloted Su-37,so im not very sure about this case
Beside,strapping the the Raptor on the box art would appeal much more people than something like....i dont know?J-35 Draken maybe? XD
Edited by FoxHoundElite, 26 January 2016 - 04:16 AM.