|This article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Encyclopedia Gamia's quality standards. You can help. The discussion page may contain suggestions. (February 2008)|
The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific is a historical first-person shooter video game developed by Magic Wand Productions with Kynogon's AI middleware Kynapse, and released on November 30, 2007 by Activision and the History Channel for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.
Battle for the Pacific allows players to participate in some of the most famous battles in the Pacific Theater of Operations of World War II, such as The Battle of Iwo Jima and The Battle of Corregidor.
Battle for the Pacific features a single player campaign and a multiplayer mode with a decent number of weapons to choose from, ranging from the American Thompson submachine gun and M1 Garand rifle to the Japanese Type 100 submachine gun and Type 38 rifle.
The game features fighting in some of the most historic battles in the Pacific campaign, from the Battle of Wake Island and Guadalcanal to the closing days of Iwo Jima. While the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions have the player by his lonesome, similar to the early Medal of Honor games, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC version features more squad-based missions, with most all of the missions having two soldiers and an NCO by your side, with other soldiers helping out as well. The game seems to have large, lush environments, from the beaches to the jungle, However one noticeable aspect in the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC version is that the player can not wander too far off from the commanding soldier, or else the mission will be terminated. This limits free roaming and creates a more linear single player experience
|Official Xbox Magazine||3.0/10|
Upon release, History Channel: Battle for the Pacific received mediocre to poor reception.
On Game Rankings it ranges from 30 to 50% and on Metric the Xbox 360 version received 38 out of a 100
On IGN the Xbox 360 and PC versions got 4.5 and 4.9 respectively, on a scale from 1 to 10, citing its lack of story, repetitious gameplay and short game length, while the Wii and PS2 version suffered even more with scores of 2.5 and 3 due to bad graphics, bad narration, and over all being worse than the Xbox 360 and PC versions.
GameSpot has also given the game a bad review, with the Xbox 360 version receiving a 2 on a scale from 1 to 10, the Wii version receiving a 4 and the PS2 version with 4.5, mainly due to many factors including short game length and derivative gameplay for the Xbox 360, while the PS2 and Wii version had bad graphics, inconsistency with the framerate, and poor artificial intelligence.
Screwattacks' "The Scoop" said that the game had "horrible graphics, poor online multiplayer, bad music, and a lack of a sprint feature."