Pacific Rim Review
- Publisher: Reliance Big Entertainment UK Private Ltd
- Genre: Action
- Released: 11 Jul, 2013
- Size: 262.5 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Robots vs monsters concept is a winner.
- Gesture-based brawler is the ideal genre.
- Imprecise controls.
- Attacks lack impact.
- Weak sound effects.
Pacific Rim's rough presentation and weightless combat mechanics render this monster movie tie-in rather lifeless.
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Pacific Rim is a silly, but enjoyable summer blockbuster that involves giant robots punching giant monsters. Obviously, a movie tie-in game was inevitable, and the core concept of Jaegers vs Kaiju is perfect video game fodder. The developer of Pacific Rim on iOS decided to emulate the gameplay of Infinity Blade, which again is a really great fit for the combat-heavy subject matter. It's just a pity the execution failed live up to its potential.
If you're familiar with Infinity Blade, you'll already know what to expect from Pacific Rim. You play as a giant robot called a Jaeger fighting the massive monsters known as Kaiju. You can dodge incoming attacks by evading with the left or right arrows, or blocking with the block button. Attacks are executed by swiping the screen. Swiping in the direction of a Kaiju attack will parry the blow, with enough successive parries stunning the Kaiju, allowing you go on an all out assault. There are also weapons that periodically fire when primed, and a special meter that unleashes a super combo once full.
The problem is, the touch screen doesn't always read your attack swipes accurately, making parries frustrating to land. In fact, the whole parry system is almost redundant. After each Kaiju has finished its two- to four-attack combo, it leaves itself wide open to attack. Once you've upgraded your Jaeger a little, the damage these enormous creatures they do is minimal. Soon, you're just going through the motions, with the repetitive, weightless battles yeilding little satisfaction.
Part of this weightless is due to the sparse sound design. There are no meaty thumps to accompany the punches. Even when a Kaiju is thrown to the ground, the audio barely registers the impact. Though lightning flashes illuminate your Jaeger in the foreground, the backdrops are drab and lifeless. Worse still, fights have no impact on the environment around you. If you've seen the movie, you'll know that buildings should be crumbling left, right, and centre.
Though the concept is sound, Pacific Rim is too derivative and bland to provide a memorable gaming experience. The game mechanics are functional, but suffer from input issues, while the combat depressingly free of tension or excitement. All of this adds up to yet another mediocre movie tie-in.
DescriptionWhat the press is saying about Pacific Rim:
**ARCADE SUSHI: "Robots fighting monsters is a pretty big deal for any video game, especially when it’s done right." - Arcade Sushi
**INTOMOBILE: "The Pacific Rim game is an enjoyable new fighting game for iOS and it seems like a must-have if you see the movie in theaters."
BECOME THE MONSTER TO FIGHT MONSTERS!
Pacific Rim is an all-new action fighting game inspired by the WB Pictures and Legendary Pictures film from acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Piloting weaponized robots known as Jaegers, Earth’s defenders must train their jockeys from rookie to ace in a Story Mode or challenge themselves to last as long as they can against waves of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, in Survival Mode. Do you have the skill to survive these battles? Time is short—so start building your lethal combat skills and weapons today or the world will pay the price!
•Story Mode: Play over 30 levels and challenge monstrous creatures in intense combat inspired by the motion picture.
•Custom fight Mode: Fight any Kaiju with your favorite Jaeger.
•Survival Mode: Can you defend humanity from an endless wave of Kaiju? See how skilled you are with your customized Jaeger.
•Command up to 9 different Jaegers with custom equipment and technology.
•Upgrade your Jaegers and weapons to dominate the battlefield.
•Discover and research new technology to increase your armor, power and speed.
•The game explores the Pacific Rim universe with new events, Jaegars, and Kaiju not fully revealed in the film.
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