Heroes of the Pacific

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Heroes of the Pacific
Heroes of the pacific.jpg
Xbox Cover Art
Developer(s) Transmission Games
Publisher(s)
Designer(s) Shane Collier
Justin Halliday
Engine Renderware
Platform(s) Xbox, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
Release
  • EU: September 23, 2005
  • NA: September 28, 2005
  • NA: October 25, 2005 (PC)
Genre(s) Combat flight simulator
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Heroes of the Pacific is an aerial combat simulator game set in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

Overview[edit]

The game allows the player to assume the role of a combat pilot named William Crowe as he experiences the various phases of the Pacific War with Japan, beginning with the Pearl Harbor attack. There are six game modes: Campaign, Instant Action, Single Mission, Historical, Training, and Multiplayer. One or two players can play simultaneously on the console or up to eight players can play on the network via Xbox Live or using a PlayStation 2 with network adapter.

There are two different control schemes for flying the planes, Arcade and Professional. The Arcade control scheme allows for easier control of the plane via a single joystick with automatic rudders, while the Professional controls offer separate control of the pitch, roll and yaw of the plane.

Heroes of the Pacific also offers multiple difficulty levels: Rookie, Pilot, Veteran, and Ace. Completing missions on higher difficulty unlocks more planes and rewards the player with more upgrade points, which can be used to upgrade your unlocked aircraft after missions are accomplished.

This simulation also allows players to pilot famous planes such as the P-40 Warhawk, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-47 Thunderbolt and a number of Japanese and German planes from World War II, including several experimental planes, such as the Blohm & Voss BV P.215 and the J7W Shinden.

Ten campaigns, with 26 missions taken from real events of the Pacific campaign. While some of the missions in Heroes of the Pacific require specific planes (such as the PBY Catalina), the player can usually choose which plane to fly from the allowable classes for each mission (Fighter, Dive Bombers, Torpedo Bombers, Bombers).

Plot[edit]

Development[edit]

Heroes of the Pacific was developed by Melbourne development company Thatgame, who merged with IR Gurus shortly after the release of the game. In 2008, IR Gurus was renamed Transmission Games.

Many of the members of the development team previously worked together at Melbourne House, on titles such as Test Drive: Le Mans, Grand Prix Challenge, and KKnD2: Krossfire.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PCPS2Xbox
Game InformerN/A8.75/10[2]8.75/10[2]
Game RevolutionN/AC[3]C[3]
GameSpot7/10[4]7.2/10[5]7.2/10[5]
GameSpy3.5/5 stars[6]3.5/5 stars[7]4/5 stars[8]
GameTrailers7.2/10[9]N/AN/A
GameZone8/10[10]7.6/10[11]8/10[12]
IGN8/10[13]8.1/10[14]8.2/10[15]
OPM (US)N/A3.5/5 stars[16]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/A8/10[17]
PC Gamer (US)81%[18]N/AN/A
VideoGamer.com7/10[19]7/10[19]7/10[19]
The Sydney Morning Herald4/5 stars[20]4/5 stars[20]4/5 stars[20]
Aggregate score
Metacritic76/100[21]76/100[22]76/100[23]

According to the review aggregation website Metacritic, Heroes of the Pacific received 'generally favorable' reviews on all platforms.[21][22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lackey, Jeff (January 2006). "Heroes of the Pacific" (PDF). Computer Gaming World. No. 258. p. 102. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Zoss, Jeremy (October 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific (PS2, Xbox)". Game Informer. No. 150. p. 124. Archived from the original on September 5, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Hurh, J.P. (October 21, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific Review (PS2, Xbox)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on October 1, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (February 2, 2006). "Heroes of the Pacific review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Gerstmann, Jeff (October 10, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific Review (PS2, Xbox)". GameSpot. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  6. ^ Osborne, Scott (December 20, 2005). "GameSpy: Heroes of the Pacific (PC)". GameSpy. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Leahy, Dan (November 3, 2005). "GameSpy: Heroes of the Pacific (PS2)". GameSpy. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Leahy, Dan (October 18, 2005). "GameSpy: Heroes of the Pacific (Xbox)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 24, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Heroes of the Pacific Review (PC)". GameTrailers. October 27, 2005. Archived from the original on December 9, 2006. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Lafferty, Michael (December 14, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Grabowski, Dakota (October 30, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 31, 2008. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (October 19, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  13. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 4, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific (PC)". IGN. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  14. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 4, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Perry, Douglass C. (November 4, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific (Xbox)". IGN. Archived from the original on November 7, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "Heroes of the Pacific". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. January 2006.
  17. ^ "Heroes of the Pacific". Official Xbox Magazine. December 25, 2005. p. 89.
  18. ^ "Heroes of the Pacific". PC Gamer. December 2005. p. 92.
  19. ^ a b c Orry, Tom (September 29, 2005). "Heroes of the Pacific Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c Fish, Eliot (September 10, 2005). "Joy, oh, joystick". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Heroes of the Pacific for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Heroes of the Pacific for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Heroes of the Pacific for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 31, 2017.

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