The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific Review
PS3 | PC
The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific box art
System: PC, PS3, X360, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Cauldron 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 30, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-12 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Weapons can be awkward to use, even with the mouse. It would be nice to spray some machinegun rounds into the jungle, but more often than not you'll be relegated to the semi-automatics or even a pistol. Aiming your sights to the onscreen environment is tricky, as all it really does is allow you to zoom in. Good luck finding ammunition for the American weapons. There just doesn't seem to be enough dead Americans lying around that you can scavenge ammo from. Fortunately you don't have to search for health kits. You will automatically regenerate your health if you can stay out of the line of fire for a while.

The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific screenshot

There are some really nice graphics in the game, but so much of it seems repetitive. There are way too many jungle and trench scenes with only slight variations, many of which are just static. The cutscenes are well produced and even display some decent voiceacting. The same can't be said in-game. Even with the resolution set higher, the overall quality of the graphics and animation see only the most marginal of improvements.

Many of the A.I., both friendly and enemy, look the same. There are only a few different character models. They animate well, but at times they will get stuck in the scenery or just freeze. There are also some framerate issues that make the game look choppy. Some sound effects, especially during melee combat, don't trigger. The result is some silent battles which you get little satisfaction when dropping the enemy. The rifles can be dull sounding at times, and other times they will be so damn loud you can't hear the voiceovers. Even the music is unbalanced and will attempt to drowned out the firefight.

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I didn't have any luck finding more than two people to play with online, and since some of the modes require at least four people, so I didn't get to try them all out. And I certainly have no desire to check it out again. I might actually find some people online and then end up having to play some portion of this game again.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features

  • Fight from Henderson Field in Guadalcanal through the Philippines to Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Experience some of the most exotic and forbidden battlefields including dense jungles and barren volcanic islands.
  • Face the harsh realities of war as you engage the enemy on the frontlines. Fight alongside squadron members reacting to the events of the battlefield, where fighting is often hand to hand and your objective is simple - defeat the enemy at all costs.
  • Based on actual battles including storming the beaches in an amphibious assault, recapturing a strategic airfield, defending against an enemy assault, going on a search and destroy mission, fighting through fortified caves and scaling Mount Suribachi to plant the American flag.
  • Play online as an American or Japanese soldier in your favorite individual and team based modes including elimination, team elimination, death match, team death match, and capture the flag on battlefields painstakingly recreated from topographical maps and historical records.
  • Battles come to life amidst exploding artillery, whistling bullets, falling comrades, unrelenting enemies and much more!


    RATING OUT OF 5
    RATING DESCRIPTION
    4.0
    Graphics
    The graphics are the best part of the game, but there are some framerate issues.
    2.4
    Control
    Weapons are sluggish. Aiming is not very precise.
    2.3
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Some sound effects don't trigger at all. Guns sound muted.
    1.1
    Play Value
    Short single-player mode. Few people online to play with.
    2.2
    Overall Rating - Poor
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.
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