Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault

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Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
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Developer(s) EA Los Angeles
Publisher(s) EA Games
Composer(s) Christopher Lennertz
Series Medal of Honor
Engine LithTech Jupiter
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release
  • NA: November 4, 2004
  • EU: November 19, 2004
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is a first-person shooter video game, the story of which takes place during the Pacific War. It is the 7th installment of the Medal of Honor series.

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault introduced some new features to the franchise, such as recovering health by calling the corpsman, and the ability to order squad members to find give covering fire, regroup, move up and fall back.

In Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault, it was important for the developers to have a full story line, emphasizing Sergeant Thomas Conlin and his squad.

Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Director's Edition features some additional content, such as a presentation that shows the real history of American-Japanese war, behind the in-game missions (levels). and a built-in music player that allows the user to listen to the soundtracks of the game.

Plot[edit]

The game puts the player in the role of Pvt. Thomas Conlin, a U.S. Marine in the Pacific Theater of World War II, stationed aboard the USS Arizona during World War II. He arrives at Pearl Harbor early on the morning of December 7, 1941. As the planes begin the attack, he takes part in the defence by stopping the zero aircraft from attacking the battleships in the harbour. He then enters one of the damaged battleships, the USS West Virginia, to save it from capsizing and to rescue the wounded sailors.

After that, Conlin is then reassigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion joins with his old bootcamp training mates which are Frank Minoso (squad leader and BAR gunner), Willy Gaines (rifle sharpshooter) and Jimmy Sullivan (corpsman), (Medal of Honor Pacific Assault is the first game the player can recover health by help of a medic) as they take part in the notorious Makin Island raid. During the raid, they are tasked with destroying a radio tower, destroying a supply dump, and rescuing a downed airman, before returning to their insertion point to fend off a Japanese counter-attack and defend their submarines from an aerial attack.

Following the Makin raid, the squad is assigned to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and deployed in the Guadalcanal, where they are first tasked with the defence of Henderson Field and the outlying area against a Japanese attack, culminating in a push to re-take the airfield. They also take part in the Battle of Edson's Ridge and patrols of the Lunga River. As part of the Guadalcanal Mission, Conlin becomes an impromptu pilot, as he is required to take control of the SBD Dauntless.

Afterwards, Conlin is promoted to sergeant and squad leader, and takes part in the Battle of Tarawa. It took only three days to take Tarawa. Where Conlin secures the Tarawa beachhead then he neutralizes a huge Japanese command center and destroys some Japanese AA guns which are used by Japanese forces to prevent American boats from coming to Tarawa atoll then he continues to clear Tarawa from the remaining Banzai forces, including some Japanese soldiers who booby-trapped themselves.

Development[edit]

The game was developed by EA Los Angeles and published by EA Games for the PC. It is primarily a first-person shooter, with the exception of one level in which the player flies an SBD Dauntless in the middle of a dog fight. The engine of the game is a modified Lithtech Jupiter, and Havok physics engine. The music was composed by Christopher Lennertz.

In July of 2017, EA made the game free to download on Origin.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 5/10[2]
Eurogamer 8/10[3]
Game Informer 8.5/10[4]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[5]
Game Revolution B[6]
GameSpot 8.3/10[7]
GameSpy 3.5/5 stars[8]
GameZone 9/10[9]
IGN 7.8/10[10]
PC Gamer (US) 79%[11]
The Sydney Morning Herald 3.5/5 stars[12]

The game received "favorable" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[1]

Pacific Assault's computer version received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[13] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Edge staff (December 25, 2004). "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault". Edge (144): 92. 
  3. ^ Reed, Kristan (November 10, 2004). "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Biesener, Adam (January 2005). "Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director's Edition". Game Informer (141): 142. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bones in Britain (December 7, 2004). "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Review for PC on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Gee, Brian (November 12, 2004). "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kasavin, Greg (November 4, 2004). "Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Review". GameSpot. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Accardo, Sal (November 5, 2004). "GameSpy: Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault". GameSpy. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Giacobbi, Kevin "BIFF" (November 15, 2004). "Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director's Edition - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2008. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ Adams, Dan (November 4, 2004). "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault". IGN. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault". PC Gamer: 70. January 2005. 
  12. ^ Ring, Bennett (November 20, 2004). "No killer, this". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. 
  14. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017. 

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