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Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII Review

Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII Review

Despite being known as a maker of peripherals, Mad Catz has decided to branch out, offering support for games it believes can showcase what makes Mad Catz so great. And it's because of that mantra that Mad Catz threw their support behind Damage Inc. a World War II dog fighting simulator. After all, the collector's edition of the game comes with a branded Saitek AV8R flight stick that should help any flight simulator to shine. Should is the optimum word there, because Damage Inc. falters far more than it excels.

The story focusses on World War II from an American perspective. At the start of the game you're introduced to how the war was panning out and why the United States were forced to join in the global conflict. This means your first mission takes place at Pearl Harbour, but you'll also be venturing further afield as the narrative continues to play out.

The campaign is rather lengthy, and while it attempts to throw in some historically accurate information, the actual gameplay couldn't be further from this. In the first mission alone you'll find yourself shooting down 50+ enemy planes.

There is a good amount of variety though, in between the mindless shooting down of Japanese dog fighters. In some of the more specialised missions, you'll have to some torpedo runs, dive bombing and also some reconnaissance. It's all too infrequent though, compared to the amount of planes you'll be shooting down outside of these activities.

Even with the Saitek AV8R flight stick, you will instantly find that the controls aren't as good as they should have been. And if you're playing with the gamepad you might well be in for bumpy ride. Everything is far too sensitive and it means attempting to line up a shot on an opposing plane is far more cumbersome that it needs to be. To alleviate this problem, the developers implemented "Reflex Mode", which makes everything go into slow motion, but you still have to be roughly in the right area to start off with.

To highlight the arcade nature of the game, the Reflex Mode is also infinite. You can stay it in for as long as you want without any kind of penalty. You'll also have an infinite amount of machine gun bullets.

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