One of the opening sequences in GDT's original PACIFIC RIM takes place in Anchorage: a snow-swept tundra whereupon a titan falls and brothers are separated by the cruel gulch of death. It's poetic cinema.
The opening sequence of Steven S. Deknight's PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING takes place on a sandy beach in fucking Pasadena. Wacky robots roll around and make funny noises.
That's really all you need to know.