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This game is brilliant. You play as a marine, Thomas Conlin. First, you're a green recruit, but at the end, you're a battle hardened veteran. The graphics are realistic. In Boot Camp, you make a few friends, who will be fighting alongside you in the battles ahead. After Boot Camp, you are shipped to Pearl Harbor, where you face and fight the Japanese attack. After Pearl Harbor, you fight on 3 more islands: Makin Atoll, Guadle Canal, and Tarawa Attol. Sometimes in combat, you can make the decision for the squad: Move up, fall back, assemble, or suppressing fire. There are many guns you can use, both American and Japanese. The Japanese soldiers sometimes make lethal Bonzai charges. Once you've run out of health, you don't automatically die, if your medic (Jimmy Sulivan) is nearby, and has medical supplies, he'll save you. But, if you're unfortunate, you'll naturally die, or a Japanese soldier will finish you off. Take back the Pacific one island at a time!
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In Pacific Assault, you experience the beginning of the USA's entry into the war through the eyes of Private Tommy Conlin, a recruited U.S. Marine. There are some especially tense moments in the game, and one of these stand-out moments is the Pearl Harbor level, where Jap planes fly all around your character, and you are lucky if you make it to the PT boat alive, as you don't know exactly where the Japanese planes will bomb next-will it miss or hit you? But, not everything about it is perfect. A few cons of the game include: --Loading times: There are ridiculously long loading times that break up certain levels, and it can be a real pain as well. You may be in the middle of a big level, and suddenly, you see 'loading'. We could have done without the long loading times needed for each section in each level.
--Mouse lag: Sometimes, there may be a noticeable mouse lag, but this shouldn't be too much of a problem if your computer is up to it (and I mean really up to it, as PA eats up the computer's RAM very fast).
--Audio synchronisation: In the cut scenes, particularly, there is a noticeable audio mis-synchronisation, as the characters' do not move in time with the words being spoken. Occasionally, there may be parts missing (especially in Tarawa level).
--Limited playability: I have played this a few times through, but at the end of the day, you can play it only so many times, before you want to move on. However, it is one of those which one may go back to later in the future.
--Short playing time: I was somewhat disappointed by the length of each level, and found that Now the good news: --Music: Played by a live orchestra, the music is very uplifting, moving and, not least of all, carries a very patriotic feeling with it. It has a very emotional feel to it, and enhances the emotional intensity of the various battles your character is involved in, from Pearl to Makin Atoll to Tarawa itself.
--Sound: The sound is clear, pristine and very accurate. The makers of this game went to great lengths to ensure that the weapons, etc had a realistic sound, even going so far as recording live sounds. You can hear the Marines (not soldiers) calling to you or the corpsman (Jimmy Sullivan) for help, and each word is enunciated clearly. However, it can get a bit repetitive sometimes, especially during battle when you might hear the same "Good shot, Tommy!" about five times in a single fight. They even have authentic Japanese speaking in the game as well.
--Storyline/Characters: For once, this has an actual storyline that helps you connect with and even grow attached to the characters. The characters of Frank Minoso, Willy Gaines, Jimmy Sullivan and Tommy Conlin are fleshed out, and you see them evolve throughout the game.
--Miscellaneous: The visual effects are a par above excellence, and the jungles, etc looks so real, it's almost like being in a film. Things actually fly out at your screen, and you might find yourself recoiling slightly on one or two occasions. You can almost feel the bayonets sticking into you, and almost feel the earth shake from an explosion. And you know what, things can get very intense when you hear the ominous "BANZAI!" and then next thing you know, Japanese soldiers are pricking bayonets into you.
All in all, this is one excellent game, and I would be very happy if there was a sequel to this after all, especially with Iwo Jima. Hope you found this review helpful!
All in all, Pacific Assault was one of the best Medal of Honor games
I've ever played and perhaps, one of the most realistic of its time.
The game could allow you to use the M1 rifle with a bayonet (very deadly too!) and for historical accuracy, I have no complaints save for the fact that the ship the player was in at the first level was actually badly damaged during the Pearh Harbour attack.
PA also contrasts differently to its predecessors. You can order your squad mates to advance, provide cover fire, retreat and rally up. Good thing you don't die automatically too (since there's more wounded than dead in war). Though I admit, fighting in jungles most of the time was a bit of a drag despite being set in the Pacific Theatre.
The dialogue is also fairly alright, your character, Tom Colin with his squad mates nearly all the time (since boot camp actually)and they sure do stand out quite well. Unfortunately, they're the only marines you'd survive with usually.
All in all, PA is a recommended game to play though in the harder levels, you just can't finish it!
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