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2.3 out of 5 stars
History Channel: Battle For the Pacific - PC
Platform: PC|Change
Price:$10.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime

on October 16, 2012
very realistic. My grandson loves WWII. This game made him happy. Easy to play. Easy to install. A good value for the money.
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on January 14, 2011
After the week wait for it to be shipped, I finaly got the game. I had anticipated that this game would be life like and an almost direct insight into the battle it's self. WRONG! Honestly I've had more fun playing Pong. Everything about this game says "Let's hurry up and put something out so that we can make some cash from unsuspecting buyers." There is honestly nothing about this game that can possibly keep anyone's attention. If you are looking for a game with a feel of history and a sense or realism, well look elsewhere.
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on December 23, 2007
This game was extremely disappointing. It sounded like a good idea, pairing up with the History Channel to create realistic battles from the Pacific theater. However, this game is quite lacking in many areas.

The game-play started to get repetitively boring and pointless on the first level, and stayed the same throughout the entire game. Most frustrating was the lack of freedom your character actually has in the game. You are forced to follow a computer controlled leader that can never die. If you you don't keep up with him, the game ends, and it says "Mission Failed." If you take too long fighting some Japanese after he and the other computer GI's have run off, "Mission Failed." If you do anything except stay next to him the entire time, "Mission Failed" regardless of whether or not there has been a single shot fired yet.

You also have to stay on only one path throughout the game. It looks like the area of play is really big, and you could go anywhere, but it's just an illusion. You have a very narrow strip of area to play in, and you can hardly spend any time in one area, because you are being dragged along this little narrow path.

The graphics are nothing to be excited about either; if this game was released 4 or 5 years ago, that would be different. Every single Japanese soldier was exactly the same. What happened to the different kinds of soldiers, the uniforms, the officers with their swords? That got really boring after a while. One of the worst aspects of this war was the civilian casualty rate on these islands. Yet not one civilian is to be seen anywhere during the entire game; not people, no villages, or anything.

The AI of the enemies is terrible as well. While the Japanese were famous for suicidal bayonet charges and such, they were also brilliant at land combat strategy, and jungle-warfare, and are horribly misrepresented by the terrible AI in this game.

And lastly, most dissapointing for me was that the entire Battle of Okinawa was left completely out of the game. Okinawa had the fiercest and worst ground battles of anywhere in the Pacific, with the Japanese dug into the island's castle ruins as command posts; and yet it was left out completely.

The game was easy to beat in about two days of playing a couple hours each day. And there's not much point and playing it again after that, since there's nothing that you could have missed the first time around; nothing new to discover because of the game's stupid restrictions.

In closing, I feel that this game is a complete waste of money.
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on April 27, 2008
This game has only been out a few months, luckily I paid 10 bucks for it on sale, but even that is way too much. Once I got the box and saw it said Activision Value, I figured it was not going to turn out good. To sum it up the best part of the game are the video clips in between levels which is only old news footage with new voiceover. The guns are kinda boring, and the model quality not very good at all. You can aim with the crosshair or down the sight, but you still have the crosshair. Not that it matters much as 9 out of 10 times the japanese just stand there and let you shoot them. Only you and the Japanese will die besides one or two scripted scenes. Your leader can be 2 feet from a japanese blasting a entire mag at him, and nothing but your not that lucky. However the AI is so bad, very rarely do they land hits and usually a killing shot is not to often. I finished the game in about 2 hours on normal. As the other review said, most of the battles are skipped and other than entering MG's or a Quad .50 to shoot at planes. There is not much good to say. The game is completely linear and you have no freedom of your actions. If your a couple seconds to slow mission failed happens as it says your not following orders. Graphics are weak, but not terrible except on the weapons are a little dull, and the Aircraft look very dull and move a bit to slow for fighters. The levels are pretty basic and youll find yourself in the jungle or the trench for most of the game. Often going back and forth in the same spots over and over. It was no surprise that not a single multiplayer server was available. This game has nothing to offer any player. Its fine if you have kids as the skill level is very basic, however a little foul language is in the game. Im leery of the other history channel games now. Not sure who was trying to make a quick buck.
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on December 30, 2011
Gee, this might have been an OK game...IF THE VIDEO WOULD WORK AND I COULD SEE ANYTHING!

Don't bother trying to get a fix, they don't have one, and Activision could now care less about it on PC. I had another Activision game for PC, same BS. No picture and I've got WAY more than the specs call for, including a 500 mb video card. "Civilization" works just fine on my PC.

I got this game and the Activision Civil War game on sale for five bucks each...now I know why.

Complete waste of money. I can't give it a zero or negative rating so one is as low as I could go.
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on August 24, 2008
The other reviews do a good job of explaining the shortcomings of this game. I just have to wonder what the game designers were thinking and, more importantly, what the History Channel was doing attaching their name to this abomination. At some point in the development process, it would've been clear to the game play testers that this game would not be fun for the modern game player. I'm actually pretty sure that this game would not even have been released if it didn't have the History Channel's name on it. Stick to television, guys.
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on June 1, 2009
I does not know why in this game is not more popular. It is hard to find other people on the Internet to play against but I am fortunate that my grandson has a copy so we battle. I think the game is fun can you get a large variety weapons. Maybe not as much fun as call of duty 4 but it is good sometimes have a little change. He did not have all the bells and whistles is some of the more expensive warnings that if you're just into shooter fun I think you would like this.
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on November 4, 2008
Battle for the Pacific not that great. I have Medal of Honor series,Call of Duty series,Brothers in Arms series. Rainbow Six Lockdown,Vegas Blackhawkdown series. Battle for the Pacific doesn't hold a candle to the ones I mention. They should make a Battle for the Pacific two and put it on the same level as Brothers in Arms etc.
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on December 26, 2007
I may never get to find out if the game is fun or not. The minimum system requirements as listed on the packaging are 256 MB RAM, Pentium 1.0 GHz, 64MB video card. When you call technical support they tell you the minimum requirements are 512 MB RAM, Pentium 2.5 GHz and 256 MB video card.
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