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Pacific Drive (2024) is an action-adventure game where you drive through a strange, twisted world that collapses around you. As you travel, you encounter hazards to overcome and slowly unravel the mystery surrounding you. It's tough and you often die, but can then try again learning from your mistakes. The car-bound drama creates a claustrophobic horror atmosphere (drawing on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and books like Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation) that only gives up its secrets after many attempts.

When top-secret United States government experiments in the Pacific Northwest go awry, an exclusion zone is created to contain strange beasts and collapsing reality. As the sole surviving member of an exploration team, you find an old estate car and use it to continue your mission to the centre of the zone. Along the way, you discover an abandoned garage that becomes your base of operations and lets you upgrade your Volvo-like vehicle to help you probe deeper into the darkness.

Gameplay consists of driving around the heavily forested zone, avoiding traps and hazards as you go. When you encounter an anomaly or impassable obstacle, you need to get out of the car to check and use your many tools to take readings, collect items, or overcome the obstacle manually.

However, being away from your car also makes you more vulnerable to attack or injury from predators and the danger lurking in the darkness. When you die or run out of fuel, you get sent back to the garage, where you can make upgrades to your vehicle and equipment using objects you've found. Each time you set out, you're slightly more prepared for the dangers you face, or know which areas to avoid, and can progress slightly further.

The result is a highly tense and unique take on a looping gameplay challenge with the unusual twist of two modes of play - in and out of your car. Although the car is safer, players are driven by curiosity to take increasingly dangerous risks away from their ride in the hope of uncovering the truth.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Pacific Drive 22 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure, Narrative and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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BenefitsBenefits

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language. This game contains use of bad language, including '*!@?*', 'goddamn' and 'screw you'. The game also features implied violence against the player's character, who can be harmed by radiation, shockwaves, and storms, as well as by crashing their car. The game has a generally dark and unsettling atmosphere as the player must avoid and outrun storms and alien creatures.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Coarse Language, Mild Themes, Scary Scenes.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to dodge obstacles while driving and get out of your car to take readings and clear obstructions in a high-pressure environment. It can be a lot to take in, and having to perform upgrades in between runs adds to the complexity.

CostsCosts

Pacific Drive usually costs £24.99. 

Pacific Drive

Steam StoreSALE PC £24.99 £14.99 until 25/07/2024
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/02/2024, updated in 2024

Price: 40% off

Out Now: PC and PS5

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Fighting, Traversal (Action, Adventure, Narrative and Stealth)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person and Day and Night

Developer: Ironwood Tweets (@IronwoodTweets)


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