Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault PC

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
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  1. This game is a must for fans of history or gaming, offering up a blend of both in a package worthy of Medal of Honor's excellent reputation.
  2. It's got frenzied action, a thoughtful storyline, and gameplay that will swallow you whole.
  3. 90
    What this FPS game lacks in antagonistic aliens and demons from hell, it more than makes up with good old-fashioned gunplay and an unbeatable theatric presentation.
  4. Computer Gaming World
    90
    This game is truly all about the cinematic, dramatic single-player campaign, and it is there that it shines, often brilliantly, but a little too briefly. [Jan 2005, p.92]
  5. There are a few places where the game falls short (drivable vehicles would have been nice), but excellent A.I., solid gameplay, and fairly deep multiplayer battles make Pacific Assault worthy of the Medal of Honor name.
  6. We haven't heard more moving music in a game before. EA hired a real orchestra to play the songs and the results are very well done and help fit the somber mood most of the missions you go on.
  7. The incredible graphics and storyline combined with destructible objects create a powerful cinematic feel that completely draws the player in.
  8. The gameplay is great! Few controls to memorize and the game flows nicely while you are playing. The only down side is the load time between sequences and battles. [Director's Edition]
  9. Wild, desperate battles, a cohesive storyline resplendent with authentic characters, stunning visuals, and a superb soundtrack—Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is one of the best shooters on the market.
  10. It is an engaging experience from the beginning through its conclusion, and the many difficulty levels and online support really bring up its replay value.
  11. On the plus side the Pacific theatre of WW2 is a fresh view of that same old war, everything is about as authentic as it can get without sacrificing playability, and the new features do well to break up what easily could have been yet another WW2-themed FPS. However, the clipping errors, other aggravating issues, and rather weak-sounding weaponry do detract from the overall experience.
  12. Hella fun to play. This is a quality title with some nicely designed missions that gradually increase in both difficulty and pace, making the single-player game well-balanced and engaging throughout.
  13. Game Informer
    85
    Despite these problems (and obscenely long load times, even on GI's high-end gaming PC), Pacific Assault is a great game. [Jan 2005, p.142]
  14. For those that have shied away from the series because it is not as complex as other war shooters, you will be pleased to find this game a bit more to your liking. Be aware, however, that this game relies heavily on story and cinematic.
  15. A worthy title in the Medal of Honour series and probably the best representation of that campaign so far, but it can't quite beat "Call of Duty: United Offensive."
  16. A lot of great presentation, movement moments, and action, but also a lot of repetitive and frustrating stretches.
  17. It's no longer the de facto title out there. I still came away enjoying my time with Pacific Assault immensely.
  18. It is an intense game, and if that is what you want to get then you can't go wrong here, if you just want a game to jump in get a few kills and stop, then look elsewhere.
  19. Not a step forward in design, nor will it win any awards for originality. It is, however, a big, fun and stylish FPS with outrageous and brilliant set-pieces. [PC Gamer UK]
  20. It bears repeating that Pacific Assault really does a great job of creating a believable atmosphere, even if the gameplay itself, as well as your allies' inabilities to die or shut up, isn't realistic.
  21. The Pearl Harbor level is the most adrenaline pumping half hour I've ever had in a game. There are planes, explosions and soldiers dying right and left.
  22. If you can't get enough of the WW2 action found in previous MOH and COD titles, then MOH: Pacific Assault will suit up well, but for everyone else, particularly those who like more variation in their FPS gaming, Pacific Assault isn't really a must have title.
  23. AceGamez
    80
    Perhaps it's because after countless other games, particularly Call of Duty, those once magnificent scenes of senseless destruction no longer have the impact they once did. Scripted sequences have perhaps gone as far as they can go with these games.
  24. Relentless, noisy, and genuinely scary.
  25. It has managed to genuinely take the series forward in technology terms, offering up much more engaging firefights than ever before, which are far less forgiving and require a hell of a lot more thought and skill than simply charging in like you're immortal.
  26. 80
    Of all the military games released this winter, Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault brings together perhaps the best ingredients: a character driven story, the action and fatigue of war combat, and top notch video and sounds. If only it weren't for problems like lengthy loads, a tendency towards repetition, and the innately random flow.
  27. At times claustrophobic, with intensely quiet and loud moments, this is a game that fans of the series will welcome.
  28. 80
    Pacific Assault's half-documentary, half-entertainment approach is solid, and the game's a thrilling, if slightly by-the-numbers WW2 shooter.
  29. Aside from the annoyances of learning the key commands and they fact that you don’t seem to enjoy the benefits of cover that your opponents do, there is only one other issue of note. At random times the game slowed to an agonizing frame rate.
  30. PC Gamer
    79
    A must-have for Medal of Honor fans, but we still like "Call of Duty" better. [Jan 2005, p.70]
  31. Despite a few points of ingenuity that shine through the murk, there's just not enough reasons for it to be a must-have game. It's also not nearly as good as "Call Of Duty." [PC Zone]
  32. 78
    If there had been more variation on mission type, enemy AI hadn't cheated, and the feel of the weapons had been more solid, the gameplay could have lived up the awesome presentation value that the rest of the package promised.
  33. Treads frequently to the brink of greatness, only to be tripped by its obsession with repetitive setpieces. [Christmas 2004, p.104]
  34. Pulse-pounding scripted events and great presentation create a nice backdrop for the Pacific theater of operations, but small annoyances such as enemy pop-up and lengthy load times stifle the package.
  35. Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault isn’t a revelation that puts new life back into WW2-based first person shooters. It is, however, a revelation for the series, pushing the adrenaline-fuelled action away to make for a much grittier, involving and entertaining experience.
  36. 70
    There were many times when I wanted to just quit and never play it again. Don't get me wrong, it's not a horrible game; it's just nowhere near as polished as [both "Medal of Honor: Allied Assault" and "Call of Duty"].
  37. Unfortunately the core combat that makes up the majority of the game soon feels more like chore combat.
  38. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    There's no real AI; soldiers have some behaviors, but everything is as scripted as a presidential debate. [Feb 2005, p.58]
  39. The foundations for one of the finest shooters ever are laid down here and there are some wonderful cinematic moments but unfortunately most are tarnished with the numerous bugs which plague the game.
  40. After "MOH: AA," this latest installment is something of a letdown. The improvements seem to be almost all cosmetic, perhaps at the expense of the gameplay.
  41. 60
    But those ideas don't hold much water when the AI acts up as often as it does. That, coupled with the numerous other bugs we encountered, really makes Pacific Assault a minor disappointment.
  42. Pacific Assault will turn heads because of its fancy graphics and original settings, but inevitably it’ll frustrate you beyond belief for a few game ruining missions.
  43. Edge Magazine
    50
    This is another ugly blunder. Pacific Assault demonstrates that bewildering battle scenes are no equal for clever level design and attention to detail. [Christmas 2004, p.92]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Jul 26, 2012
    5
    A game for Yankees only. A game with a "little" anti-Japanese propaganda. Anyway, the graphics are good, but the scripting is not always. TheA game for Yankees only. A game with a "little" anti-Japanese propaganda. Anyway, the graphics are good, but the scripting is not always. The story is not bad, maybe a little boring. The AI is mediocre. What else can I say about this game? It's not a good one, but also it's not a bad one. Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2016
    3
    PA is a little better than AA, but that's not saying much. It's fundamentally the same game with the very same problems: from the awful modernPA is a little better than AA, but that's not saying much. It's fundamentally the same game with the very same problems: from the awful modern military shooter gameplay concept (muh cinematics and immershun) that equals the game being consisted of the series of cut-scenes even the implemented mechanics are out of place (team commands), to horrendous collisions detection problems (both environment and hit detection). You will get stuck over and over again between various objects, you will constantly miss the enemy even though he was hit by 10000 bullets a second ago (I think the only accurate hit detection was in the introductory turret segment - but that's due to horrendously oversized hit boxes on the planes). They will explode and go down like plastic toys.
    It gets boring really quickly. I've never finished it.
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  3. Feb 9, 2015
    6
    Severely mediocre. The core gameplay is there, and feels like a PC version of European Assault (a better game), but feels a bit more tacticalSeverely mediocre. The core gameplay is there, and feels like a PC version of European Assault (a better game), but feels a bit more tactical due to being able to command your squad. However, this point becomes all but null due to the utterluly inept AI. Weapons are weak, sound is all overcompressed and sounds pretty sub-par. Game has no effective pacing, and drags some segments (like a part where you fight off literally more than 300 soldiers on a hill) and ends some abruptly. The graphics are alright for the time, with some especially good particle effects, shaders, and water. However, textures are fairly muddy and low-res. Like most Medal of Honor games, it has excellent music. Environments are all jungles and villages with no variety, but maps are big and can be fun and tense to explore and fight in. The worst thing about this game is the loading screens... even on a modern machine (8 core CPU, GTX 760) loading screens take several minutes. They happen every level and every time you die, and its absolutely infuriating.

    Overall, its not terrible, but its terribly mediocre. MoH is one of my favorite series, but this is definitely a weak entry.
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