XBOX PREVIEW: HEROES OF THE PACIFIC

A game based on World War II? Finally! How long do we WWII fans have to wait? I mean, come on already! I can't get enough of good old World War II.

Okay that was enough concentrated sarcasm for one day. Heroes of the Pacific isn't like those other WWII games though - it's not a FPS. It's an aerial combat game and I have to concur that this particular genre has not been well represented on the consoles during any point in videogame history.

Heroes of the Pacific begins on December 7, 1941, with the attack on Pearl Harbor and lets the player participate in the most memorable battles of the Pacific campaign including Wake Island, Midway and the Coral Sea. For the first time players will experience the epic scope of the battles, placing hundreds of planes on the screen in a single confrontation.

Heroes of the Pacific features six game modes and more than 35 upgradeable WWII aircraft, a compelling story through the war, and arcade and professional controls, as well as a workshop to customize the plane’s weapon loadout and plane setup.

“Ubisoft is pleased to bring gamers the intense dogfighting experience of Heroes of the Pacific,” said James Regan, director of new business development at Ubisoft. “The realistic and historical environments recreated in this game will launch players into the action-packed skies of the Pacific as if they were part of history themselves.

Features:

  • More than 150 planes fighting on-screen, each with full artificial intelligence and physics.
    10 campaigns, with 26 missions taken from real events of the Pacific campaign including Pearl Harbor and Iwo Jima.
  • Six game modes (Campaign, Instant Action, Single Mission, Historical, Training, Multiplayer and Online (fierce online multiplayer support for up to 8 players).
  • Compelling and dramatic story featuring historical footage.
  • Arcade and professional control modes.
  • Player-controllable wingmen through a fast and intuitive menu system.
  • Highly detailed plane and ship models with complex lighting and environment effects.
  • Varied mission types: Ground attack, ground support, escort defense, patrol, torpedo and dive-bombing.
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System: Xbox, PS2, PC
Dev: IR Gurus
Pub: Ubi Soft
Release: Sept 2005
Players: 1 - 8
Preview by Vaughn
RATING (OUT OF 5)
OVERALL
NA
GRAPHICS
NA
CONTROL
NA
MUSIC/FX
NA
VALUE
NA