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Heroes of the Pacific
From: Ubisoft
For: Xbox
Genre: Action, Combat, Flying
ESRB Rating: Teen (13+)
Heroes of the Pacific
For some odd reason, there's a surprising shortage of aerial combat games on Xbox, even though the system, its controller and innate online multiplayer capabilities are perfectly suited to them. Hence, it's not too hard for Ubisoft's Heroes of the Pacific to stand-out in such a sparse crowd...
Posted October 19, 2005
By SHAUN CONLIN, EVERGEEK MEDIA
 
For some odd reason, there's a surprising shortage of aerial combat games on Xbox, even though the system, its controller and innate online multiplayer capabilities are perfectly suited to them.

Hence, it's not too hard for Ubisoft's Heroes of the Pacific to stand-out in such a sparse crowd. Fortunately, it's also really good in its own right, offering historic dog-fighting circa WWII (i.e. Wildcats, Corsairs, Warhawks, etc; Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, etc), but with mercifully loose attention to technical intricacies and finicky physics.

That is to say, Heroes lets just about anyone fly like an Ace with very little practice; it's not a flight simulator so much as a full throttle, hugely explosive shooting game where you just happen to airborne. It features a series of superb single-player campaigns, quick fix "Instant Action" as well as online play for remote opponents aplenty.

It might lack depth, but shallowness goes a long way when it looks this good, plays easy and blows up often.

    TIP: At the main menu of Heroes of the Pacific (Xbox) and using the right analog thumbstick, press Up, Down, White, Black, Left, Right to unlock all planes and missions.

 
 
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Bang for your buck:
Excellent Rental 
Good New Purchase 
Good Pre-played 
Great Bargain-bin Buy 

Score:  3.75  (out of 5)