Since the dawn of the gaming era, game publishers have been continuously releasing movie-derived games. Now, in a world where mobile gaming really takes off to be the most popular way of entertainment, coming up with a movie-inspired game has become a popular trend. One after an other, they seem to just pop up from nowhere and the pace is getting faster and faster. But, what has this brief introduction to do with the main article? It’s just an ordinary game review after all, but is it because we just get to see these games so often, or is it because today’s main subject is yet another game to go along with a same-called movie? We must admit the latter is probably the more precise answer and to finally get to business, we present you, our fellow reader, Pacific Rim, an action game that once again reminds us that these movie-based games can be so fun and successful, you would even consider again if the movie was that good once you pick it up and get into the plot.
To begin, Pacific Rim is an action-fighting game where only you are in control of Earth’s most high-tech robots dubbed Jaegers and you are needed to take care of Earth’s safety by fighting seemingly endless waves of the Kaiju monsters. The battles occur in various landmarks, such as the endless oceans of Earth, or in the busy streets of San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge showing up in behind. So, better get over with it as fast as possible, because time is short and Earth’s only hope is YOU: the “monster” who needs to fight the monsters.
The first thing to notice after the welcome screen is the main menu. As it is seen in the screenshot below, it allows access to two different game modes, the settings and statistics menus and the so-called “Black Market”. The two available game modes are the career mode(as usual) and the survival mode, which gets unlocked once the career is finished. The stats screen displays useful information regarding your progress in the game, time spent playing the game etc. Finally, the settings menu does not offer large control over the game’s layout, as it only allows you to configure the volume level.
Moving on the career mode, it consists of many different missions that are needed to be completed. Those include little else than fighting giant monsters with your own one, basically. We admit battles can get very fun and even breathtaking, but we won’t go as far as stating that this is one of the most original games ever, nor that it will keep you busy for days. Still, it’s more than a worthy title, though.
Pacific Rim’s game style is not a very unique concept at all. Basically, you control your Jaeger by swiping on the screen, from end to end. It’s not the most intuitive and innovative concept of the decade, but we can still say it’s fun and well-thought out. The swipes on their own are not enough to cause damage on your opponent: timing also plays a big role here. Swipe in the wrong direction at the wrong time and it’s very likely your Jaeger will get damaged, or you’ll miss the chance to strike. Also, forget to pair your opponents attacks and he’s on a roll to crush you. Pay attention on the round button in the top left corner: if it’s full, a slight tap is enough to initiate a special attack.
Head over to the Jaeger Bay to take care of your Jaeger. It’s possible to buy new Jaegers as well as upgrade and personalize current ones. Buy numerous upgrades to boost your abilities, get your Jaeger new, more powerful weapons and shop for many unique custom skins in order to make yourself standout amongst the crowd.
Unsurprisingly, the developers have done a really nice job at optimizing the game. It runs smoothly even on older hardware and boasts some really impressive visuals. Audio effects are also on par. The scenery is wonderful, featuring many Earth landmarks, but with a futuristic twist added to them. All in all, if it suits your type, Pacific Rim is one of the better games, if not the best in this category. And the price is not bad all, at $4.94 it’s very unlikely anyone would regret it. Get it from the Play Store now!