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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII
Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII
Pacific Squadron WWII Game Modes
Saitek Pacific AV8R FlightStick
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII

Mad Catz arms pilots with Saitek's WWII-styled Pacific AV8R FlightStick

Manufacturer: Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Product Name: Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII with Pacific AV8R FlightStick
Model Number: DPS88403NSBD (PS3) / DPS47117NMBD (XBOX360)
UPC: 728658032029 (PS3) / 728658031527 (XBOX360)
Price As Tested: $39.99 Standard Edition (PS3 or XBOX360), $89.99 Collector's Edition (PS3 or XBOX360)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Mad Catz.

Aerial warfare first became a major component of combat during the Second World War, amidst a transitional period in motorized flight that had only been created forty years prior. There had been mixed results in the previous World War, but the enormity of WWII pushed Nations to invest their best engineering into airborne combat operations. The fight was everywhere, but it was most efficient from the air above. Mad Catz captures this historical time in the flight simulation video game Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII. Each collector's edition kit includes the popular Saitek Pacific AV8R FlightStick, imposing realistic flight controls into action for either simulation or arcade modes.

World War 2 offered one of the most original assortment of aircraft ever conceived, thanks to the quickened pace in advances to aviation. Everything from fighters to bombers and flying fortresses were used to fight enemy, and for the first time in history pilots helped create progress towards victory. Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII offers modern-day gamers a unique opportunity to experience wartime flight using period-specific mechanics for added realism. Available with the Collector's Edition kit for PC, XBOX360 and PS3, the Saitek Pacific AV8R FlightStick seamlessly integrates control with Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII.

In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Saitek Pacific AV8R FlightStick with the new video game Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII. Using 68 variations of 32 unique aircraft we make strafing runs in 'Dogfight', and then drop bombs on the enemy's aircraft carrier in 'Scratch One Flattop'. Arcade mode allows new players to easily adapt to flight controls without the need for prior experience, while flying Aces can switch to simulation mode to mimic real-life flight mechanics and aerial controls. Damage Inc: Pacific Squadron WWII features more than 20 missions consisting of hundreds of objectives in 11 different campaign areas, and is claimed to consist of 12+ hours of single-player campaign missions.


Damage Inc. Game Specifications:

  • Single-Player Story Mode
  • Online Multiplayer for 2-8 Gamers
  • Online Co-op for 2-4 Gamers
  • Flight Stick Compatible
  • Voice Chat Compatible
  • HDTV 720p/1080i/1080p



# WOW!Bob 2012-08-29 23:33
Game looks really good and so does the controller. Think a Logitech 3D joystick will far ok with this game? :D
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# EDITBob 2012-08-29 23:34
Edited - *fair* not far. :D
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# RE: EDITOlin Coles 2012-08-30 07:32
I don't honestly know if the Logitech 3D joystick will work or not. I suggest that you write to Mad Catz about compatibility with this game. Cheers!
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# RE: EDITDavid Ramsey 2012-08-30 07:37
Pedantic of me, but it should be "fare" not "fair."
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# RE:EDIT RE:EDITBob 2012-08-30 09:56
I think you nailed that. Think I had too many beers while reading. @ Olin I don't see why it wouldn't be. Is the game out or only on PS yet?
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# RE: RE:EDIT RE:EDITOlin Coles 2012-08-30 09:59
It's available for XBOX360 and PS3 right now, but PC will come later.
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# Questionable ProgrammablityBud 2012-09-13 15:19
I bought this from STEAM for the pc. While the plane rendering seems very good to me, the terrain rendering is trully awful, pre-1997.

I have 2 different flight stick setups, and neither could be properly configured in the default setup menu. Throttle and rudder inputs defaulted to the keyboard and could not be changed. I have the saitek USB Gold, and the X52 flight control system.

Control of the aircraft is very (wonky) and jerky. Good luck lining up for the attack runs, as flight control was very limited, for me anyways.

I do not recommend this arcade shooter to anyone.
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# Looking For Players To Play OnlineRyan 2013-08-13 18:27
I'm looking for players to play online in Co-op Missions on the PS3. Anybody have this game for the PS3 and want to play online?
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