GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: Set in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, Medal of Honor Pacific Assault for the PC represents a unique addition to the award-winning Medal of Honor franchise. Players step into the boots of Marine Private Tom Conlin and feel his shock at the destruction of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, his growing resolve in the fight for Henderson Field on Guadalcanal, and his triumph at the battle for Tarawa Island.
Medal of Honor Pacific Assault covers 25 levels with over eight new multiplayer maps and includes new locations, new weapons, and new soldiers.
Players will work alone and with the help of squad members to complete their missions. As the squad members gain more experience, they will develop their own personality and fight more efficiently. Periodically, green replacements will arrive, and these recruits will need battle experience to become as proficient as the veteran members of the squad.
Multiplayer modes will allow the player to go head-to-head in Free-for-All or join a team to complete objectives in an all new class oriented, objective based Invader game type or Team Deathmatch mode.
EA Los Angeles continues to work closely with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS) to ensure the Medal of Honor Pacific Assault reflects the ideals and integrity of the prestigious Medal of Honor. Electronic Arts is privileged to be partnered with CMOHS in the Society’s continuing education and awareness efforts. You can learn more about the Society and the recipients at the official Society website, www.cmohs.org.
The team also consulted with Capt. Dale Dye, one of the most respected military technical advisors in Hollywood today, to ensure the authenticity of the game. Dye has made his mark with projects such as Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, and Band of Brothers as well as all previous games in the Medal of Honor franchise.
Destroy the Japanese Empire-Defend Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor then fight your way through 25 levels of daring raids and fierce combat.
All-New Multiplayer Elements-Wage war online in more ways than ever with class-based gameplay, all-new Invader mode, integrated PunkBuster™ Technology, and eight original gameplay scenarios.
Ground-Breaking Technology-Medal of Honor Pacific Assault sets a new benchmark in real-world visuals, WWII era vehicles, mind-blowing lighting, textures, and much more. With the Havok™ physics engine, every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
Destructible Environments-Explore your surroundings and interact with objects in unexpected ways. Accomplish missions by solving problems creatively, such as blowing away wooden supports on a guard tower.
Verge of Death-With life draining from your body and your senses failing, use your dying breath to call for aid and hope they can heal you in time to carry on the fight.
Authentic WWII Weapons-Arm yourself with Reising SMGs, Arisaka rifles, M1 carbines, and other historical weapons.
Gear Up, Soldier-New soldier models, skins, and voices including Japanese, Australian, and British troops.
The Sounds of War-Sound effects by the award-winning Medal of Honor sound design team help bring the environments to life.
The Real WWII-Expert input and advice from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and war veteran Capt. Dale Dye, U.S. Marine Corps, ensures the authenticity of the game.
PLAY: Pacific Assault is a massive set of missions even though they aren’t exceedingly long. You are a marine named Tommy Conlin who along with his squad must fight through hell to win.
You fight on the ground and also fly an airplane. The hand to hand is quite scary. The enemies will stop at nothing to flush you and only to put burning metal into your flesh.
The game starts with training and a tour of Pearl Harbor. After this it’s all battle from there. You’ll crawl along the ground, hide behind anything you can, and fire into the bushes because you are afraid that someone might be hiding ready to kill or be killed.
An amazing addition is that you don’t get health level ups but instead must rely on your squad to help nurse you with gauze and medicine to keep you alive. It’s often ridiculous that you get healthy so quickly, but its more realistic than picking up a little medicine bottle as you walk and all of the sudden you are better. The differences? You or one of your partners could die while others are being attended to.
Nothing about Pacific Assault is easy. It is almost as scary and creepy Doom style game simply because you recognize that some time somewhere people actually had to deal with something similar to this in real life. Some are dealing with this now in Iraq.
GRAPHICS: One of the biggest issues is the load times and it doesn’t matter what kind of computer you have. The maps are huge and it takes time to load them into your memory. There are some clipping errors. Animations might get repeated quickly such as walking through a wall or repeat a sentence over again.
The player models and weapons are rendered magnificently. The environments are well done with the trees and underbrush. The weather effects literally affects things and you see it instead of rain just falling it lands and drips and comes off as very realistic.
SOUND: There is a really nice sense of being in battle—not that I know what battle actually sounds like. You often feel frightened by what you hear and what you don’t hear. The dialogue is nice and the enemies are scary. The soundtrack is fantastic utilizing sounds from the 1940s.
FRANKLY: With the addition of online play where you can jump right into an assault it is action packed right to your bloody end. If you are looking for WWII action then this is sure to wet your appetite.
+ Richie Wright