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  • Summary: In Attack on Pearl Harbor, players can sign up for either side as they are offered the role of daring US gunner turned pilot Douglas Knox or Japanese ace Zenji Yamada. History's yours to shape: Either nation can win the war depending on your actions as players battle for supremacy behind the cockpits of some of the most prolific fighters, bombers and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the WWII Pacific Theater. Playable planes include Japan's Mitsubishi A6M "Zero", the D3A1 Aichi "Val" and the B5N Nakajima "Kate" as well as America's Chance Vought F4U Corsair, the Douglas SBD Dauntless and the Grumman TBM Avenger. Intuitive Controls – Pick up and play the game via a simple, straightforward control scheme that'll have anyone flying in seconds. Jaw-Dropping Graphics – Widescreen gaming support coupled with dazzling special effects provides a beautifully rendered backdrop of the Pacific. Choose Your Side – Play as the dashing Douglas Knox of the USAAF or fighter pilot Zenji Yamada of the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. Riveting Action – Take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the most prolific fighters, bombers and torpedo-bearing aircraft of the WWII Pacific Theatre. Historical Campaigns – Fight the selfsame battles that determined the outcome of the war, from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The hardcore simulations experts may not enjoy the usual advantage they have with experience in flying a plane with a realistic model, but they can still enjoy that they are "flying" and doing it with anyone whose company they enjoy.
  2. In a way, Attack on Pearl Harbor succeeds in doing what the much more lauded Battlestations Midway failed to do last year, provide an arcadish Pacific air war that’s both fun (which Battlestations is) and replayable (which Battlestations is . . . not so much). Attack at Pearl Harbor’s AI is reasonably good, if a tad predictable.
  3. It's great fun while it lasts, but once you've got over the initial thrill of the dogfight, there's not much here to maintain interest. [Sept 2007, p.58]
  4. It's a little shy on realism, challenge, and gameplay depth but Attack on Pearl Harbor still delivers an accessible and diversionary ride in some terrific old WWII warbirds. [Oct 2007, p.60]
  5. If you're looking for a game that is fun for a quick fix, but lacks any real depth then this is your game. Otherwise, don't waste your time and money.
  6. Perhaps the most damning evidence in the case against bothering with this game (as if AI that sees your allies forever flying into your plane and bafflingly unresponsive speed controls aren’t quite enough) is that the whole experience feels reminiscent of a dumbed-down version of Crimson Skies.
  7. 46
    Legendo has managed to take something as interesting as World War II's air battle over the Pacific and turn it into something as repetitive as bouncing a tennis ball against a wall. It offers a lot of missions, sure, but they're all basically the same three repeated ad nauseum or mashed together into one mission to make it seem new.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. DirkK.
    Feb 12, 2008
    9
    Quick and easy flight combat simulation. Install the game and take off. Dont have to learn hundreds of keys to play. Very good graphics. Not a game for real flight-simulation Fans. Just easy going, I like this game. Expand
  2. CC.
    May 14, 2007
    9
    Great game for the size of download.....a blast.
  3. MarcusB.
    Sep 4, 2007
    9
    Really fun easy to get going air to air combat. Great on multiplayer with dog fight.
  4. ArizonaPolecat
    Sep 15, 2007
    8
    Fun little flying shoot-em-up game.
  5. ChrisB.
    Sep 16, 2007
    8
    This is a awsome plane game. I wish it had a cockpit view though. Graphics are crisp and so Is the gameplay.
  6. Sep 13, 2011
    6
    I gave it a 6 because,I love history, and the story line was great. But the repeating of missions was horrible. I repeated escorts to Tokyo 5 times, before i finished the game. Expand
  7. TexasBuff
    Oct 4, 2007
    3
    Funny thing about this game...the F4U Corsair was not in service until 1942....stupid. Wasn't even in PH.

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