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Heroes of the Pacific

User Reviews

The story of WWII according to Uncle Sam ... Windows thud (88)
Back to Bataan! Fair History, Fair Game Play PlayStation 2 D P (124)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 2 15 3.9
Windows 14 3.6
Xbox 11 3.8
Combined MobyScore 40 3.7


The Press Says

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88
XboxGame Informer Magazine
There is one final thing to bear in mind: Heroes is definitely a difficult game. Almost all the missions require you to keep multiple objectives in mind simultaneously, which can be tough - I replayed some missions upwards to 20 times. Fortunately, I had fun every time. If you like flight sims, you will too, although you'll occasionally get frustrated.
88
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
There is one final thing to bear in mind: Heroes is definitely a difficult game. Almost all the missions require you to keep multiple objectives in mind simultaneously, which can be tough - I replayed some missions upwards to 20 times. Fortunately, I had fun every time. If you like flight sims, you will too, although you'll occasionally get frustrated.
87
WindowsGame Chronicles
If you’ve been looking for a flight combat sim that truly captures the essence of blowing things up, then you’re in for a treat. Heroes of the Pacific is an extremely Arcady, historical WWII fighter with enough planes and amazing explosions than Pearl Harbor alone. If you like flying combat and extremely diverse gameplay, then become a hero to yourself and buy this game.
86
XboxGamers' Temple, The
Overall I had a lot of fun with the game. I really liked the work done to give the game a 1940s feel and the overall quality of the game’s graphics. While not as challenging as it could or should have been, it’s still an enjoyable flight and is easily recommendable to anyone looking for a little aerial action.
86
XboxGame Chronicles
As long as you don’t enlist in Heroes of the Pacific thinking you are going to play some amazing flight sim you are going to be in for a real treat. This is the perfect marriage of fun and historic realism with a flight scheme that can be tweaked for those who require a bit more control over their planes. Plus, the added flexibility of commanding your wingmen will appease those who favor squad-based games.
86
XboxTeamXbox
Heroes of the Pacific is a fairly surprising title, mainly because it has somehow slipped under the radar as one of the better titles slated for a pre-holiday release. With gads of planes and missions, a moving story mode, and total multiplayer functionality, Heroes of the Pacific sets it apart from the competition and puts this into the “worth owning” category. The air and land missions make this one a keeper, but if the jury is still out, then rent Heroes of the Pacific and SWON at the same time and make your own determination of which one holds air superiority.
85
XboxGame Informer Magazine
The variety of the missions is refreshing, there are tons of planes to unlock, and longevity is achieved by replaying missions to unlock much-needed upgrade points. Heroes may have been flying below the radar, but it has "surprise hit" written all over it.
85
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The variety of the missions is refreshing, there are tons of planes to unlock, and longevity is achieved by replaying missions to unlock much-needed upgrade points. Heroes may have been flying below the radar, but it has "surprise hit" written all over it.
85
WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Pour la rentrée, Codemasters nous livre un jeu qui pourrait bien être la surprise de l’année en matière de dogfight nerveux. Heroes of the Pacific vous propose d’incarner un jeune pilote de L’US Navy, patriote et assoiffé de vengeance, qui durant la seconde guerre mondiale défendra son pays et ses amis en survolant les eaux bleutées du pacifique à bord de multiples appareils.
83
XboxWorth Playing
Though far from perfect, Heroes of the Pacific does a great job of combining a fun, loose aerial shoot-'em-up with real-life battles from the Pacific Theater of World War II. Looking for a week or two of simple, white-knuckle fun from 50 years ago, with nothing but your gunsight and your wits against the entire Japanese navy? Sign up for a tour of digital duty and become one of the Heroes of the Pacific. Your country is waiting for you .…
83
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
The War to End All Wars has been accurately represented in videogame form for years. Call of Duty and Brothers in Arms, the most popular offerings, represent the infantryman, the hardened grunt that powered much of the Allied war effort. WWII games have sold millions of copies over the years, ranging from real-time strategy to lone-wolf shooter to squad-based action. Despite the airplane's crucial role in winning the war, flight games based in the period (LucasArts' Secret Weapons Over Normandy comes to mind) have not enjoyed as much success as their twitch-action shoot-'em-up brethren. Heroes of the Pacific may not be the crossover hit that puts WWII flight games on the map, but it definitely deserves attention.
82
XboxGameBump/Gaming Horizon
Questionable physics (gravity + giant hunk of metal + ground = bounce and takeoff ?) and personal petty gripes aside, Heroes of the Pacific is a good time. In fact, it’s probably one of the last good times you’re going to squeeze out of your Xbox before the 360 comes around next month. It’s fair to think of it as the WWII version of Rogue Squadron, and if there’s a little bit of historical fact worked in the cracks somewhere, who am I to complain? If you like your dogfights fast and furious you owe this game a play test. The verdict: Heroes of the Pacific isn’t perfect but it’s close enough for government work and the result is the most enjoyable dogfight you’re likely to see on the current Xbox.
82
XboxIGN
This is good fun. There might be a healthy amount of flying games on PS2 and PC, but the dearth of air combat games on Xbox fills in a big empty hole in the Xbox game library. It's not as arcade-like as Crimson Skies, but it's far from being a sim (and the controls are tweakable for sim-heads, too). Even so, on all systems, this is a solid, likeable World War II flying game that does justice to both flying games and World War II.
81
PlayStation 2IGN
No more than five years ago on consoles, platformers, shooters, and 2D fighting games still weighed in heavily with the popular vote. A generation of games later, none of these genres holds a candle to their former selves, despite the advances games in these genres have made. As a genre, air combat shooters and flying sims never experienced the trendy rollercoaster rides in popularity those other genres did, but not long ago, they too were more popular.
80
XboxX-Power
Ik was verrast door de mate van vernieuwing die er nog in het spel is gebracht na de previewversie. Het spel speelt enorm beter en is een waar genot voor de vliegfanaten. Na Crimson Skies hebben we weer een zeer degelijk vliegspel op onze geliefde Xbox. Allen die fan zijn van het vliegwezen: hop naar de winkel en kopen die handel. Je zal er geen spijt van hebben.
80
XboxGameSpy
Heroes complements its solid controls, mission structure, and presentation with slightly above average graphics and some killer sound effects. Every now and then, amidst the explosions, enemy fighters, and wispy clouds rolling by, you'd swear you were watching some CG re-creation on the History Channel. It's all pretty cool. I haven't played Secret Weapons Over Normandy, but I can't see it topping the total package here. If you're ready to take flight, be sure to give this a rent or a buy.
80
XboxGameZone
Heroes of the Pacific is an enjoyable high-flying aerial combat game that might not be a true simulator but it’s packed with enough action to make it a game worth playing for any flight-game aficionado. So the objective-based missions have been done before but this game handles the action and the WWII situations good enough.
80
XboxGameCell UK
Overall Heroes of the Pacific is a good game. The controls take a lot of getting used to but if you can stick through that you’ll have a lot of fun ahead of you. The story mode is very well done and there are enough planes and upgrades to unlock that you’ll be flying in the skies of the Pacific for a while to come…
80
WindowsIGN
Heroes of the Pacific isn't perfect, but it's damn fun. And in my opinion, IR Gurus' game just gets better and better the more you play it.
80
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Heroes of the Pacific is een ideale flight combat sim voor de liefhebbers van pure actie en prachtige graphics.
80
PlayStation 2Boomtown
The game is built around your character Lt. William Crowe the son a US air force hero and an excellent pilot who learnt his trade flying crop dusters. The campaign mode takes you right the way through from the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour to the battles for the Philippines and Iwo Jima.
80
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games
While you're not often likely to hear the phrase, "Gee, I sure wish there were more WWII-themed games on the market," for all the flight games available on consoles, there are few that focus on this period. That's despite World War II being the peak of the dogfight era. In the years following the war, air-to-air combat quickly became a fire-and-forget affair. In Heroes of the Pacific, you have nothing more than your wits and your machine guns to save you in combat.
78
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Das Motto von Heroes of the Pacific lautet klar »Abheben und Spaß haben«, auch wenn dabei der Realismus gewaltig leidet. Pingelige Flug-Simulanten werden an Codemasters’ Actionspektakel deshalb keine Freude finden. Dafür aber alle anderen. Die Missionen sind sehr abwechslungsreich, die Gegner erscheinen immer in riesiger Überzahl. Okay, nach gut 15 Stunden ist Feierabend. Aber bis dahin hat man sich prächtig amüsiert, auch wegen der teilweise unfreiwilligen Komik in den pathetischen Zwischensequenzen. An der 80-Punkte Hürde scheitert die Pazifikschlacht nur wegen der schwachen deutschen Version und den wenig fordernden Gegnern. Könnte man ja beides via Patch beheben, oder?
78
PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
The PlayStation 2 library is fairly light in the air combat genre – off the top of my head, I can think of only one big player, and a handful of forgettable also-rans. Ubisoft has thrown their hat in the ring with Heroes of the Pacific, which sports a WWII Pacific theater theme.We don’t often find prop-driven flight games landing on the Game Chronicles desk, so we thought we would take it for a spin. And what we found was a pretty darn good time.
77
XboxPlay.tm
Other game modes include online play and a mission based game that aims to accurately re-create five historic events from the era. The online mode is a welcome addition certainly, as the story mode is a bit short and underwhelming. And 'underwhelming' is a word to describe Heroes of the Pacific as a whole. It's a game that is definitely competent but it just doesn't do anything special. Nearly every aspect of the game works well but when each mission ends there doesn't seem to be any urge to carry on except to finish. It's just hard to care. This isn't helped by a story that's about as original as a film where America saves the world... or a recent game involving warfare, for instance. That said, if you really can't get enough of the World War genre then you could do a lot worse than Heroes of the Pacific, a game that that puts you in the dog fighting cockpit of an American fighter jet and says 'single-handedly win World War II for all us Americans, please.'
77
PlayStation 2Daily Game
World War II has been a traditional been breeding ground for aerial-combat videogames, with 1941 and the subsequent games in that series taking more than their fair share of quarters from gamers’ pockets. With the advent of the movie Top Gun, the Afterburner games showed a new take on aerial combat, this one with much more oomph and firepower. Yet much as WWII has inspired a resurgence of PC and console shooters, the war has also reinvigorated the aerial combat scene, with several publishers releasing dogfighting games in recent years.
76
WindowsPC Powerplay
Während Falcon-Spieler noch das Handbuch wälzen, pinseln die Helden des Pazifiks bereits ihre Abschussmarkierungen an den Rumpf: Nie war Luftkampf einfacher - und zu unserem Erstaunen nur selten spaßiger.
76
PlayStation 2GameZone
Don’t stop reading just yet if World War II turns you off. It shouldn’t discourage you as there are a lack of WWII flight sims. Sure, gamers have been over-exposed to World War II video games but Heroes of the Pacific is worth your time I guarantee it. With the lack of flight games, it fits great into the PS2 collection you may have. The online perspective could be the biggest draw for those who pick up HotP (now short for Heroes of the Pacific).
75
PlayStation 2PlayFrance
Heroes of the Pacific est une véritable surprise qui mérite le détour : bien réalisé, très prenant grâce à une grande variété dans les situations rencontrées, il saura vous occuper pendant de longues heures. Les amateurs du genre devraient se précipiter dessus mais les néophytes peuvent aussi se laisser tenter tant le jeu est accessible. Notons enfin que pour 45€, Heroes of the Pacific offre un mode de jeu en ligne intéressant, ce qui est assez rare pour être souligné !
74
XboxPGNx Media
Heroes of the Pacific isn’t really a sim in any stretch of the word. That said, the game plays well, has a pretty good online mode, and provides a satisfying single player mode. Unless you’re tired of World War II games or really require your flight games to have extremely realistic controls, there is a lot to like in Heroes of the Pacific.
73
WindowsPC Action
Bereits die comichafte Präsentation im Werbeplakat-Stil der 40er-Jahre macht klar, dass man es hier nicht mit einer bierernsten Flugsimulation zu tun hat. Stattdessen bekommen Sie mit Heroes of the Pacific einen puren Action-Flattermann vor die Nase gesetzt, der auch Leuten zusagt, die sonst nie in die Luft gehen.
73
PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
Heroes of the Pacific offers up some fun dog-fighting action, cool bombing missions, and some unique online play. While the sum of all of the title's parts provides adequate entertainment, the game's campaign is a bit on the short side and online play is only going to appeal to those with jet fuel in their blood. More of a title to rent rather than to own, Heroes of the Pacific does a good job of taking historic material and bringing new life to it through fun, arcade-like combat. While the Xbox version clearly outweighs the PS2 version through more solid graphics and a consistently better play online, both versions still manage to present similar situation after another without boring the player to sleep.
72
XboxGameSpot
While the online mode is a little too standard for its own good, the game's campaign is compelling, and the game plays well overall. Some flight-combat buffs will probably dislike the game's loose style, but people who aren't necessarily looking for a pitch-perfect simulation of the conflict will enjoy Heroes of the Pacific.
72
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Das Wichtigste zuerst: Ein dickes Handbuch brauchen Sie für diese kurzweilige Arcade-Flugsimulation garantiert nicht wälzen. Denn auf ein realistisches Flugmodell wurde verzichtet. Stattdessen können Sie sich ohne größere Umschweife mit Ihrer Propellermaschine in den Kampf stürzen und Pearl Harbor verteidigen.
70
PlayStation 2games xtreme
This is a solid enough title which is genuine fun to play and pulls off the arcade style very well, there is no steep learning curve and a quick blast through the training mode will equip you with all the necessary skills needed to play just fine. If this sounds like the kind of experience you want from a flying game then you should definitely enjoy Heroes of the Pacific.
70
WindowsGameSpy
It's a real shame Heroes of the Pacific doesn't include a proper save system and better balancing. Richer multiplayer and instant action modes would be nice, too. Otherwise, this is an addictive air combat game that hits all the right notes: daring, adventure, and non-stop action.
70
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Just don’t expect a smooth flight, as Heroes may be too tough for some casual gamers. You often find yourself frantically trying to shoot down a sky full of bogies that swarm around you like starving mosquitoes in the middle of a swamp—and the mission suddenly ends because the enemy killed a certain number of friendly assets. Nevertheless, the addictive gameplay is a sign of quality; even after you curse the game for how unfair its missions are, the variety and atmosphere still compel you to hit Restart and give it just one more try.
70
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Heroes Of The Pacific rejoint la liste des shooters arcades mais s'en démarque un peu par quelques exigences qui pourraient en dégoûter certains. Parfois frustrant, il n'en reste pas moins fun et plaisant, mais préparez-vous à vivre l'amour vache avec ce jeu.
70
Xboxvideogamer.com
Heroes of the Pacific definitely caters for a rather niche market. You can easily get into the action without any flight sim experience, but a love of planes and aerial combat is bound to increase your enjoyment. If previous aerial combat games have left a bitter taste in your mouth, this won't taste any better, but fans of the genre bored by relentlessly replaying Crimson Skies will find plenty to enjoy.
70
XboxGameDaily
The absolute worst thing about Heroes of the Pacific is it doesn't appear to have a strong advertising campaign supporting its release, so it kind of just snuck out while everyone was busy playing Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks and Burnout Revenge. That's definitely a shame because this game is quite good and it comes highly recommended. It's just a cool adrenaline charged shooter that doesn't do anything that hasn't been done before, but considering the lack of games like this on Xbox, it doesn't have to.
70
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Heroes Of The Pacific rejoint la liste des shooters arcades mais s'en démarque un peu par quelques exigences qui pourraient en dégoûter certains. Parfois frustrant, il n'en reste pas moins fun et plaisant, mais préparez-vous à vivre l'amour vache avec ce jeu.
70
WindowsGameSpot
While the online mode is a little too standard for its own good, the game's campaign is compelling, and the game plays well overall. Some flight-combat buffs will probably dislike the game's loose style, but people who aren't necessarily looking for a pitch-perfect flight simulation of the conflict will probably enjoy Heroes of the Pacific.
70
Windows1UP
Just don't expect a smooth flight, as Heroes may be too tough for some casual gamers. You often find yourself frantically trying to shoot down a sky full of bogies that swarm around you like starving mosquitoes in the middle of a swamp--and the mission suddenly ends because the enemy killed a certain number of friendly assets. Nevertheless, the addictive gameplay is a sign of quality; even after you curse the game for how unfair its missions are, the variety and atmosphere still compel you to hit Restart and give it just one more try.
70
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Heroes Of The Pacific rejoint la liste des shooters arcades mais s'en démarque un peu par quelques exigences qui pourraient en dégoûter certains. Parfois frustrant, il n'en reste pas moins fun et plaisant, mais préparez-vous à vivre l'amour vache avec ce jeu.
70
PlayStation 2Pro-G
Heroes of the Pacific definitely caters for a rather niche market. You can easily get into the action without any flight sim experience, but a love of planes and aerial combat is bound to increase your enjoyment. If previous aerial combat games have left a bitter taste in your mouth, this won't taste any better, but fans of the genre bored by relentlessly replaying Crimson Skies will find plenty to enjoy.
70
PlayStation 2GameSpy
World War II has been covered from every possible angle in the video-game universe. Ground campaign sims, first-person shooters galore, and a host of first-/third-person crossbreeds vie for the attention of war-thirsty gamers. Flight-based war games, however, have been few and far between -- until now. Heroes of the Pacific fills that gap with unrelenting aerial combat set in authentic machines of war.
67
XboxGame Vortex
Heroes of the Pacific has tried to rely on the allure of WWII more than the substance of the game in order to entertain its players. The result is an overly mediocre experience which quickly turns into the mundane. Games before it have done better, and it offers nothing innovative at all. By relying purely on a formula, Heroes of the Pacific has become less than the sum of its parts.
63
XboxNetjak
Overall, Heroes of the Pacific might be worth a purchase if you’re aching for something to play right now and like flight sims, and it’s definitely worth a rental for most gamers. The best strategy would be to rent it once, play through the campaign, and be done with it forever. Or, if you’re a devoted flight addict, you can buy it when the price drops a little, and then bring it down off your shelf every half a year or so. Heroes of the Pacific is not at all a bad game, and certainly one that manages to deliver fun, albeit at a higher cost than it ought to.
60
PlayStation 23DAvenue
This is a good looking and easy game to play but may very well be too hard for some to master. But if you are looking to regain a genre that has been mostly lost to the PS2 until now you need to grab this game (and a joystick), take the phone off the hook and get yourself reacquainted.
49
WindowsFragland.net
Heroes of the Pacific is a WW2 action flightsim, that lets you experience key battles, such as the attack on Pearl Harbour or the Battle of Midway. You can choose over fifteen aircraft to shoot the Japanese naval air force to kingdom come. At least, that's the concept of the game.
45
XboxPress Start Online
While the game mechanics may be a little rough around the edges, the games presentation and attention to detail exhibits a slick polish. Menus are clad in wartime propaganda and the missions are historically accurate, too. Though American cliché and poor voice acting bog down the single player story it remains largely absent in-flight. But, like all good wartime poster campaigns, it merely provides an enticing front for what, on first hand experience, proves rather underwhelming.