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Pacific Warriors II: Dogfight (PlayStation 2) review


"One of the most gruesome battles in World War Two was the battle for the pacific ocean. The Americans and the Japanese fought at sea, and in the air. Pacific Warriors 2: Dogfight allows you to become an aircraft pilot and help your allies take control of the pacific. You can choose between flying for the USA, or for Japan. In each campaign, you must complete missions, which range from simple dogfights in the air, to a controlled bombing of the enemy's airbase runway. "



One of the most gruesome battles in World War Two was the battle for the pacific ocean. The Americans and the Japanese fought at sea, and in the air. Pacific Warriors 2: Dogfight allows you to become an aircraft pilot and help your allies take control of the pacific. You can choose between flying for the USA, or for Japan. In each campaign, you must complete missions, which range from simple dogfights in the air, to a controlled bombing of the enemy's airbase runway.

Due to the varied nature of the missions, the game never really gets boring, although, with only two planes per side, the flying does become a little tedious. Playing in short bursts solves the problem, so it's not that a big deal.

The game's environments are beautifully detailed, that's a real pleasure to just fly around and enjoy the scenery. One of my favourite features is how flying towards the sun fills your vision with bright light and you can't really see where you're going. In my opinion, this adds to the sense of realism, although there should be an option to turn the brightness of the sun down, as sometimes it hurts your eyes. It gets incredibly annoying if you're tailing another aeroplane and you can't see where you're going. Should you crash though, you are allowed to restart the level with no penalty, and as you realise as you progress through the game, the level of difficulty is so low that it wouldn't matter that much if you had to start the game again every time you failed an objective.

Another thing that contributes tot he game's easiness is that you can land your plane at any time and replenish your weapons and armour. There are only one or two missions where this is not possible, and these missions have no need for weapons and armour replenishing, as they are just reconnaissance missions, where you fly around searching for something. Seeing as the radar points out everything of interest to you, it's extremely simple, even when it's dark time and you can only see a little distance away.

After getting used to the mainly shoulder button control system, Pacific Warriors 2: Dogfight reveals itself to be a rather accurate simulation of the pacific battle between the Japanese and the US. It incorporates all of the aspects of war, from bombings, to protecting convoys, to searching for enemy warships. With two campaigns, and twenty-five missions in each, the game turns out to be of decent length, spoiled only by the lack of planes to choose from.

Rating: 6/10

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Community review by bodo_parkour (July 09, 2007)

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