Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is more immersive history lesson than video game and I mean that in a very, very good way. The game opens up with you storming the beach on Tarawa Atoll with a bunch of fresh-faced kids, but then begins to flip back and forth to different times in your storied service. You'll go through basic training under a Marine-loving leather-necked sergeant whose performance is right up there with the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket. After basic, you flip to your first assignment in Hawaii on the day Pearl Harbor is attacked. And that is where it all begins.
The thing that is so amazing about these levels is the unbelievable level of detail. The attack on Pearl Harbor is particularly amazing. You will spend a chunk of the level tooling around in a PT boat attempting to locate your ship as Zeroes buzz down around you attack your ship and the city of vessels around you. You actually get to watch as some famous battle ships catch on fire and slowly sink.
The game doesn't stop with just amazing sea and ground battles. You will also take to the air as you relive and play through the famous battles of the 1940s pacific in some of the two dozen single player missions. The game plays mostly like the original Medal of Honor with a few twists; for instance you now need a medic to heal you instead of just relying on scavenged health packs and canteens. In addition, a new, realistic setting removes all of the game's on-screen displays, making it hard to judge your health and even aim.
The multiplayer mode includes three game types; invader, free-for-all and team deathmatch, and can support up to 32 players in nearly lag free play.
The game is on a DVD and seems to access it quite a bit for cut scenes, which really adds to the load-times, but it is worth it. The Director's Edition comes with an exclusive light machine gun, music from the game, a timeline presentation, interviews from actual veterans, propaganda videos from both sides and a behind the scenes video of the making of the game.
This game is a must for fans of history or gaming, offering up a blend of both in a package worthy of Medal of Honor's excellent reputation.