Step back into history and experience the men, the machines and the missions of World War II. Launch ground attacks, intercept bombers and dogfight such legendary aces as Greg “Pappy” Boyington, Hiroshi Nishizawa and America’s highest-ranking ace, Richard Bong. Play a quick single mission or enlist for the full tour between 1941 and 1945. Features over 25 meticulously researched vintage aircraft, including the A6M Zero, F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat, and the P-47 Thunderbolt.
The game features various warplanes of the era, such as the F6F Hellcat and the Zero.
The game includes historical missions, should the player choose to play them during the course of their career or as a single mission. Historical missions include the Japanese Navy’s surprise Attack on Pearl Harbor, defense of Pearl Harbor by a handful of Army Air Corps P-40 Warhawks based at Wheeler Field, fighter/bomber combat during the Battle of Midway, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Battle of Coral Sea, and the assassination of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
Numerous World War II aces make an appearance in the game, and the player can fly either with them or against them through the course of his or her career. Dick Bong, Thomas McGuire, David McCampbell, Joe Foss, and Pappy Boyington are some of the American aces that appear in the game. Accomplished aces of the Imperial Japanese Navy such as Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, Tetsuzo Iwamoto, and Saburo Sakai also take to the skies of the Pacific.
If the 1946 Expansion Pack is installed, at the end of the war, the player may choose to continue in an alternate history in which atomic bombs were never used on Japan. The game calls the campaign Operation Coronet, the planned invasion of Japan. This extra campaign contains numerous prototype aircraft that were developed before the war’s end but never saw combat in World War II.