Excerpt: I’ve been active as a published-and-paid critic since 1964, when I somehow bluffed my way into being appointed Assistant Editor of the Book Section of the “Charlotte Observer”, and since then, using the platforms given me by more than 35 publications, I’ve been steadily cranking out by-lined reviews (not only of books, but also of music—live and recorded—classical and pop and jazz), drama, film, dance, opera, and, of course, electronic games and simulations—some 3, 200...
Excerpt: Putting his stressful experience with the game's predecessor behind him, Bill Trotter steps up to the plate to write a judicious review of Lesta Studios' Pacific Storm; Allies among a sea of sophomoric ones.
Excerpt: Pacific Storm: Allies is what happens when you go straight from the brainstorming stage into coding, entirely bypassing the design phase. No thought has been given to which features actually enhance the gameplay or to how they will together to produce an enjoyable game. The developers took an "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to game development that may produce an impressive list of features on the back of the box but makes for a convoluted mess of a game.
Excerpt: Buka Entertainment, Lesta Studios, and cdv Software Entertainment released Pacific Storm to North America in October 2006. Since then, they have been steadily working on improving and adding to the blend of strategy and tactical gameplay available, with the fruits of their labor scheduled to launch in the grand expansion Pacific Storm: Allies later this month.
Summary: The furious battle of Pearl Harbor became the first in the sequence of gory sea combats. Now you can take part in all major Pacific battles of the World War II in the Pacific Storm game that is a mixture of RTS, war-game and simulator.
Conclusion: Pacific Storm is that most frustrating of games, one where all the requisite components are present but key mistakes ruins the whole. The pace of the strategic game is wrong, balance between micromanagement and player activity is uneven, and localization is regrettable. Furthermore, only the most devoted Pacific War player will find the strategic game tolerable with the tactical level game being nice but not worth the retail price.
Pros: Solid strategic game; nice graphics; good replay value.
Cons: Some stability issues; speed options need work; difficult to accomplish some tasks; tactically inept AI; too much micromanagement.