|Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault|
|Developer(s)||EA Los Angeles/TKO Software|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
|Rating(s)||ESRB: Teen (T)|
|Media||CD or DVD|
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is the seventh installment of the Medal of Honor franchise. It is the second and most recent in the series to be set in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. It released with a DVD version (November 2, 2004) and a CD version (November 9, 2004). There is also a Director's Edition which includes the DVD edition but with added content. The Director's Edition was featured in the Medal of Honor 10th Anniversary Edition.
The game is the first to feature Pvt. Thomas Conlin (though, by the end of the game, he has made it Sgt.). Though the game ends in a cliffhanger ("The road to Tokyo is a long one, and we're only half way there..."-Thomas Conlin at the end of the game), it is unknown whether or not the planned sequel will be released, or is even still in development, as other games have been developed since the release of Pacific Assault.
Unlike previous Medal of Honor games, Pacific Assault places more emphasis on front-line combat and story. It was the first game to introduce Ironsights, allowing for precision aiming on weapons other than sniper rifles. There is also heavy emphasis on squad combat, with the playable character being able to give basic orders (advance, retreat, regroup, and open fire) to his squadmates, Frank Minoso, James Sullivan, and William Gaines.
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault is the second game in the Medal of Honor series to focus upon the Pacific Theater rather than that of Europe. It revolves around a United States Marine, Thomas Conlin, and his squad as they progress through the many major conflicts of the Pacific Theater, from Pearl Harbor to Tarawa Atoll.
Missions - Edit
The first level is "Boot Camp," featuring the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego California in September of 1941 where Thomas Conlin and his future squadmates go through the basic layout of the game, including controls, weapons, and commands. There are several stations, with the first being a simple obstacle course where Conlin must move through a tunnel, over a wall, crawl under barbed wire while machineguns fire above him, crawl through a mud-pit, reminiscent of "Quiggly" at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virgnia, and melee a hanging dummy, where Conlin's squadmate Minoso excels at. From there, the men take a Deuce-and-a-Halve truck to the firing range portion of MCRD San Diego.
The second portion of the level takes place at the firing range. Here, Conlin learns how to fire several different types of weapons, including an M1903 Springfield Rifle, an M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun and an M1903A5 Springfield sniper rifle, the M1919A4 Browning light machine gun, arm a Composition B explosive charge, fire mortars, and toss grenades. The final station is a course in squad commands, where Conlin learns to both give orders to the squad and also the procedures related to obtaining aid from the squad's medic, James Sullivan. In this exercise, Conlin carries squadmate Gaines to Sullivan for treatment, and himself must learn how to stop bleeding on himself and call for a corpsman. With the mission over, Conlin's squad's drill sergeant dismisses them to mess.
"Pearl Harbor" focuses on the Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Conlin enters the harbor in a jeep, Master Chief Petty Officer McAffee escorting him to his station on the USS Arizona as part of the Marine Corps Defense Battalion there. However, a plane flies low overhead towards the end of the tour. Initially, the sailors and marines believe the plane is an American plane with the Army Air Corps, but that thought is quickly dispelled when one sailor notes the "meatballs" on the wings. Suddenly, the attack begins, with the air becoming filled with Japanese airplanes, bombing the harbor and strafing the sailors, marines, and civilians nearby.
Conlin and McAffee are thrown from their jeep by an explosion on their way to the dock, and proceed to move their way up the pier, attempting to both save injured sailors and shoot down Japanese planes, though mostly in vain. The two make their way to a patrol boat at the end of the pier, but as Conlin boards the boat, McAffee is killed. Conlin mans the dual machineguns mounted on the bow of the patrol boat, and proceeds to shoot down many Japanese airplanes as the patrol boat goes along Battleship Row. Along the way, numerous battleships are destroyed, with the Arizona's destruction being highlighted towards the end of the ride. The patrol boat then heads towards the U.S.S. West Virginia to aid the crew in keeping the ship from sinking.
After saving numerous members of the ship's crew, including its executive officer, Conlin proceeds topside to help defend Pearl Harbor using, hat first, an M2 Browning heavy machinegun, and then a quad anti-air gun. He helps keep the West Virginia from taking more damage, and then aids the Nevada in escaping Pearl Harbor.
The Makin Atoll Mission begins with the Marine Raiders scouting and sabotaging the island. After a recon plane is shot down, the squad quickly finishes up their original mission, and rushes to rescue the downed pilot. They evacuate the pilot to the beach where they arrived onshore at, and then wait for their submarine to arrive. In the meantime, they have to defend themselves from a Japanese attack, with Conlin killing several Japanese mortar teams. Following that, the submarine arrives, and the Marines pile onto their rafts. However, it is discovered that Willy had gone missing, and Conlin must go and find him, then bring him back to the raft while defending both of them from Japanese attackers. On the boat ride back to the submarine, Japanese Zeroes attack, trying to both kill the Raiders and destroy the Submarine. Conlin shoots down the Zeroes with Frank Minoso's BAR, and then proceeds to defend the Submarine from a torpedo strafing run using a tower-mounted .50 caliber machine gun.
After the Makin Atoll raid, the squad is deployed to Guadalcanal, where they are first deployed to defend Henderson Field and the surrounding area against a Japanese attack, culminating in a push to re-take the Airfield.
After re-taking Henderson Airfield, the Squad participate's in The Battle of Bloody Ridge, where they defend the Airfield from a Japanese suprise attack at night. Conlin earns the Silver Star and is promoted to Colonel.
After The Battle of Bloody Ridge, Conlin and his squad scout the Lunga River and the swamps, coming across Japanese patrols scouting the area.
After the Lunga River, Conlin and his squad continue to Kokumbona Village and the surrounding area, out to destroy the Japanese Artlery shelling Henderson Airfield.
After successfuly retaking Henderson, Conlin and his squad take control of SBD Dauntless naval planes and head towards "The Fleet" that is preparing a attack on Tarawa. During the flight, The squad fights against Japenese Zeroes and Japenese Ships, aswell as destroying targets on a nearby island.
When Tommy and his squad reach the American Fleet, they are sent to the sandy island known as, Tarawa Atoll.
- Infantry (US) / Heitai (IJA)
- Corpsman (US) / Kangohei (IJA)
- Engineer (US) / Kosakohei (IJA)
- Ammo Tech (US) / Shichuhei (IJA)
- Wake Island
- Free For All
- Team Match
- Round-Based Match
Compared to the last installment, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, Pacific Assault fared much better with game critics. The game was praised for cinematic singleplayer, stunning graphics, well-made soundtrack and deep multiplayer. But the game was not without its faults, being criticized for its bugs, glitches, gameplay problems and long loading times. On Metacritic, the game has a score of 80 out of 100.
- It is odd how Sullivan is training with the Marines as he is a part of the Navy and would thus receive medical and combat training as part of the USN rather than with the Marines. The Marines use the Navy for non-combat roles such as chaplains and medical personnel as the Marines themselves have no training facilities for these roles and is a completely combat unit. This is most likely an oversight the developers made or a story engine to get the player more emotionally attached to Sullivan and to get the player experience with the revive system.
- Conlin's actions on the USS West Virginia on December 7th are most likely based on those of Lieutenant Claude Ricketts, the fire control officer on the West Virginia who saved the ship from capsizing due to two torpedo hits with similar techniques that Conlin used.
- The West Virginia was the same ship that Navy Cross recipient Doris Miller, a mess attendant who used a pair of M2 Browning machine guns to destroy incoming Japanese aircraft, as Conlin was situated in that day.
- In the "Boot Camp" mission, it is odd how one of the training officers asks you to put away your rifle, but allows other soldiers to take their rifles with them.