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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The game makes it back on a wing and a prayer. Not quite Ace Combat, nor is it as good and polished as Crimson Skies, it’s still better than most games in the genre. I look forward to a Heroes of the Atlantic and or Heroes of Europe.
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.