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The History Channel Battle for the Pacific Review - -

Gameplay 7.8
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.5
Value 7.6
Distributor: THQ
Eddie Millarion


The History Channel Battle for the Pacific

Even though the gaming world is inundated with World War II first person shooters, there is always room for one more and this time the History Channel Battle for the Pacific makes its way on the Nintendo Wii which promises gamers a truly realistic war experience.

Featuring a variety of realistic campaigns from World War II, the History Channel Battle for the Pacific allows gamers to experience some of the most harshest and deadliest skirmishes in history as they attempt to retake strategically important locations of this heinous war.


  • Fight from Henderson Field in Guadalcanal through the Philippines to Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Experience some of the most exotic and forbidden battlefields including dense jungles and barren volcanic islands.

  • Face the harsh realities of war as you engage the enemy on the frontlines. Fight alongside squadron members reacting to the events of the battlefield, where fighting is often hand to hand and your objective is simple - defeat the enemy at all costs.

  • Based on actual battles including storming the beaches in an amphibious assault, recapturing a strategic airfield, defending against an enemy assault, going on a search and destroy mission, fighting through fortified caves and scaling Mount Suribachi to plant the American flag.

  • Play online as an American or Japanese soldier in your favorite individual and team based modes including elimination, team elimination, death match, team death match and capture the flag on battlefields painstakingly recreated from topographical maps and historical records.

  • Battles come to life amidst exploding artillery, whistling bullets, falling comrades, unrelenting enemies and much more!

In Battle for the Pacific players become an American GI in the single-player mode as they attempt to liberate and protect a variety of key locations in real-world World War II battles.

The game itself is your traditional first person shooter game where the player must use not only their weapons but also the environment to defeat the enemies that lay before them.

As mentioned before, the game faithfully recreates a variety of historical campaigns of World War II, however it manages to keep a great arcade feel to the title without becoming overly complex.

The title makes use of the innovative Wii control system that will give gamers one of the most realistic experiences ever *control wise* as they attempt to battle the Axis of World War II. The control system of Battle for the Pacific is quite good on the Wii with the player needing both controllers to interact with the gaming environment.

One is used to navigate your war hero through the game while the other is used to target your enemies and dispatch them. All in all, the developers have made good use of the Wii capabilities. The good thing about the title is that the targeting system has been "dumbed" down a little which makes for targeting a much simpler and more productive system. 

Once you have completed the title in the single-player mode or if you're feeling up to the challenge early on, the game contains a great online mode which allows players to play as either the American's or Japanese in a variety of different modes that include team elimination, death match and capture the flag.

Connecting online is an easy process as all you need to do is log onto one of the online servers and begin "fragging" your opponents and is actually more entertaining the single-player mode which was quite good.

Graphically, the title is a little dated on the Wii, however the title makes good use of the gaming environments from their detail and great character animation. The weapon effects and lighting is quite impressive as are some of the shadow effects that when matched with the Hollywood type explosions, you have something quite impressive.

Musically, the score suits the title perfectly and changes as you progress throughout the game which is dependent on the action which is occurring in the game at the moment. The sound effects are quite realistic and go hand-in-hand with the gameplay. The voice acting is professional and has this almost documentary aspect to it.

In conclusion, The History Channel Battle for the Pacific is a good first person shooter on the Nintendo Wii, although not as impressive as some of its competitors at the moment still gives the gamer a decent title with good graphics, good gameplay and entertaining online fun. Definitely a game for World War II first person shooter fans. Check it out!


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