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Pacific Drive Review

by Ironwood Studios and Kepler Interactive

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Pacific Drive: It's you, your car, and a whole lot of anomalies. Can you drive your way to survival?

Pacific Drive, developed by Ironwood Studio, is a survival game set in the Pacific Northwest. The game combines driving and survival mechanics, challenging players to maintain their vehicle while exploring a hostile world filled with anomalies. Despite a steep learning curve and some performance issues, the game’s atmospheric setting and detailed world interactions make it a standout title in the survival genre. Pacific Drive is available on Windows and PlayStation platforms.

Gameplay 8

Pacific Drive, developed by Ironwood Studios and published by Kepler Interactive, is a survival game that has captivated players with its unique blend of driving and survival mechanics. Players have praised the game's diegetic UI, detailed interactions with the world and objects, and the in-game navigation. However, some players have expressed concerns about the lack of consistency in left-click and interact actions, and the overabundance of choices, which can be confusing. The game's survival mechanics are challenging yet rewarding, providing a sense of accomplishment when players successfully navigate through the game's various obstacles. The driving mechanics are also well-executed, with players noting the realistic handling and physics of the vehicles.

Graphics 7

The game's graphics have been well-received, with players complimenting the visuals. The game's atmospheric setting and detailed environments have been highlighted as standout features. However, some players have reported performance issues, particularly on lower-end systems. These performance issues, while not widespread, have been a point of frustration for some players. Despite these issues, the game's visual style and attention to detail have been praised, with players noting the game's immersive environments and realistic lighting effects.

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Storyline 8

Set in the Pacific Northwest, the game's storyline has intrigued players. The player's journey to escape an exclusion zone filled with anomalies provides a compelling narrative backdrop. However, some players have expressed a desire for more mechanics to be introduced as they progress further to keep the experience fresh. The game's narrative is rich and engaging, with players praising the game's storytelling and character development. The game's world is filled with lore and backstory, providing players with a sense of immersion and investment in the game's narrative.

Multiplayer - N/A

As of now, Pacific Drive is a single-player game. Therefore, it does not have a multiplayer component. However, the game's single-player focus has allowed the developers to create a rich and immersive single-player experience. The game's world is filled with a variety of NPCs, each with their own unique personalities and stories, providing players with a sense of companionship and camaraderie as they navigate the game's world.

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Issues 6

While Pacific Drive has been generally well-received, players have reported several issues. Some players have found the game to be overwhelming at times, with three radio messages playing at once and anomalies attacking simultaneously. Additionally, the game's steep learning curve and lack of detailed explanations for certain mechanics have been criticized. Despite these issues, the game's developers have been responsive to player feedback, regularly releasing updates and patches to address these issues.

Conclusion 7.5

Overall, Pacific Drive offers a unique survival experience that blends driving and survival mechanics in an atmospheric setting. Despite some performance issues and a steep learning curve, the game's compelling storyline and detailed world interactions make it a standout title in the survival genre. The game's rich narrative and immersive world provide players with a sense of purpose and investment, making each playthrough a unique and rewarding experience. While the game does have its share of issues, the developers' commitment to addressing these issues and improving the game based on player feedback is commendable. Pacific Drive is a testament to the potential of indie games, providing a unique and engaging experience that stands out in the crowded survival genre.

Player Quotes

"Pacific Drive is an upcoming survival game developed by Ironwood Studios and published by Kepler Interactive. The game is set in the Pacific Northwest, which the player traverses on foot or in a station wagon as they attempt to find a way to escape."

"I've been describing Pacific Drive as kind of Long drive meets Twin Peaks. It's more instance-based but I think that's just cutting out a lot of empty road."

"I thought it was a great demo and I'm looking forward to the full version."

"I don't have much to say about game play mainly because I'm only going to give feedback on stuff I was interested in."

"I've kind of missed a well implemented road trip with vehicle maintenance game for a while."

"I really hope that all the good mechanics of the demo will not be the only ones we’ll ever have by every other mission and there will be much more things to discover."

"The game itself, especially in this demo version, has overwhelmed me at various corners and edges."

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Please note that this review is based on the feedback and sentiments of players on various Reddit threads and does not represent the views of all players.