Remember MOH's Rising Sun way back in 2003? I have a sentimental attachment to that title: it was one of the earlier games I played on PS2, flawed yet still somehow compelling. Battle for the Pacific makes Rising Sun look like COD4 in comparison - okay, an exaggeration, but you get my point.
Everything negative you've heard about this game is true. The promise of a solid Pacific-themed WWII FPS for consoles disappears in about two seconds. The audio is terrible, from the repetitive, unconvincing dialogue down to the flat, hollow sounds of your weapons. The character animation is poorly detailed; faces have all the expressiveness of pancakes. Troops move for the most part with little of the fluidity we expect from a current gaming engine. AI is a disgrace: Japanese stand clumped in groups and fire at you in the open or rush right in front of your machine gun emplacement. The graphics show no sign of any inventiveness or effort by the programmers - everything is pale, dull, and blocky. There's no blood, either - I may be morbid, but I EXPECT gore in a game now and some correspondingly vivid body reactions to gunfire. Others have already pointed out the fact that you have to follow your idiotic, useless sergeant - no free roaming allowed - and he often stands in one place doing nothing.
I'm not one of those who complains about a glut of WWII games - I love 'em. But I've been waiting so long for a great Pacific title that this one comes as a particular disappointment. Heck, I know that not many shooters on PS3 measure up to GRAW and COD4. Is it too much to ask that they at least be as good as a game we played five years ago on PS2?