This is a flight simulator which uses a slightly modified version of the RealSpace engine from Strike Commander. You play a World War 2 pilot and get to fly in various historic missions such as dogfights, bombing runs and missile attacks, many of which are based on real battles. The US and Japanese planes of the time, and their weapons, are brought to life.
One thing that makes Pacific Strike unique is that rather than a simple retelling of historical battles, the course of World War II is affected by the player. Failing to destroy particular targets will ensure that they remain problems in future missions, and doing extremely well will allow the allies to be more successful. Thus regardless of the actual course of the war, events unfold. For this reason it's possible to can end the war prematurely before Hiroshima was bombed or end up in a situation where American forces surrender to the Japanese.
Pacific Strike is based on a similar engine as Strike Commander. In this game, you play a naval aviator during WWII in the Pacific Theater of Operations. You begin your career during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour, and then continue your career sailing through the Pacific Ocean in your effort to bring the war back to the Japanese homeland. During your cruise, you will be performing strike or escort missions. Unlike in Strike Commander, you will have more liberty in planning your missions. You'll even be able to choose what plane to fly when you have attained a high enough rank. Pacific Strike have a very familiar feel if you have played Roberts' other sims. The story is intertwined with the actual history of the Pacific Air War and, combined with the very well done history-section of the manual, gives you a fairly good atmosphere.
Graphically, this sim is richer than its much more popular contemporary, Microprose's 1942 Pacific Air War. Graphical effects like tracer fire, and black/red outs are very well done. But as far as gameplay goes, I have little to recommend. The flight modelling is questionable. This does not only mean that it is simplified. It IS questionable. This, and other historical inaccuracies, will surely put off realism-buffs. Sadly, action-oriented player will also be put-off by the sluggish flight model. If you want to experience air combat over the Pacific, you'd be better served by Dynamix's Ace over the Pacific or, even better, by MicroProse's 1942: Pacific Air War Gold.
People who downloaded Pacific Strike have also downloaded:
Wings of Glory, Pacific Fighters, Strike Commander (CD-ROM Edition), Operation Overlord, Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater, Red Baron 3D, Rowan's Battle of Britain, Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series
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