Battlestations: Midway

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Description

"this game offers a great one-on-one option for RTS fans as well as a great co-op experience for those that have paid their dues on the training modes." - IGN

"Battlestations: Midway strikes just the right balance between action and strategy to create a game that's as unique as it is enjoyable." - GameSpot


Relive the biggest sea battles of World War II as you blast your way across the Pacific from the chaos of Pearl Harbor, through the Philippines, Java and the Coral Sea all the way to the epic Battle of Midway.

Battlestations: Midway's unique blend of intense 3rd-person action and epic, large-scale naval combat brings to life the Battle of the Pacific in a WWII shooter unlike any game seen before.

Unique gameplay lets you take direct control of over 60 different warships, planes and submarines from a 3rd-person perspective. Whether you issue quick orders to your fleet or take command of the overall battle is your choice.

Follow the war through the eyes of new recruit Henry Walker and lead your fleet through 11 huge campaign story missions and test your ability under pressure in 12 bonus challenge missions. If that's not enough, go online and battle for supremacy with up to 8 other players in huge head-to-head or co-operative fleet battles, featuring over 60 Allied and Japanese units.

Whether you're powering through the ocean in command of a heavily-armed, 72,000 ton battleship, engaging the enemy in fierce aerial dogfights, launching multiple attack squadrons from the deck of your aircraft carrier or unleashing deadly torpedo strikes from hidden submarines, you're always in the thick of the action and in total control.

Features:

  • Massive firepower: Command the awsome firepower of over 60 powerful war- machines in some of the biggest aerial and sea battles of WWII

  • Unique gameplay: Experience epic WWII combat from multiple perspectives as you jump between dozens of units, playing as a pilot, a gunner, a submarine captain or even carrier fleet commander.

  • Extensive single player: Allied campaign featuring 11 huge missions, 12 bonus challenge missions and an immersive storyline.

  • Addictive Multiplayer: Huge multi-unit online battles with up to 8 players controlling over 60 units on PC.

Customer reviews

70

Solid game but not without problems

lachking | Jan. 28, 2013 | See all lachking's reviews »

Battlestations: Midway as a package is quite well put together. There is a campaign with various types of missions, there are numerous cut scenes and there are challenge mode missions. You command a variety of vehicles such as planes, ships and submarines and the controls are smooth and responsive. The graphics are solid although not particularly outstanding and the sound effects are also quite good as well. The main problem with the game however, is that the missions get difficult and repetitive rather quickly. You will often have to repeat certain segments, often the boring ones, to get to the challenging part of the mission, such as sailing out of a bay in a slow destroyer only to get annihilated upon entering the ocean. The objectives themselves are solid, but the actual mission designs let them down. However the game is still a solid experience nonetheless thanks to slick controls, good atmosphere and a variety of craft to pilot.

65

Right balance between action and strategy

Lekes | Jan. 3, 2013 | See all Lekes's reviews »

The most polite way to put it is that I don't dislike this game. The graphics are decent, the cut-scenes are well done, and the first couple of missions really pulled me in and captured my excitement. But as the game story progressed, the excitement quickly wore off leaving me uncommitted to continue. Each battle became frustratingly harder, even with the difficulty setting on easy. There was no ability to save the game mid-mission which left me with a lingering bitterness every time I had to restart (which was quite often). A worthy attempt, but the developers just couldn't close the deal for me making it a tolerable air/sea shooter at best.

70

Sequel to a game nobody played that nobody played

cavalcade | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all cavalcade's reviews »

This deserved better.

The original featured a tutorial so long that many people didn't make it through. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some players weren't discovered by their other halves slumped on the sofa, slowly decaying after being sat for the best part of 2 hours being told in painstaking detail how to move a ship and a submarine. The sequel still has a fairly long tutorial but at least manages to get you into action before rigor mortis sets in.

The conceit here is that you fight skirmishes in WW2, but fairly interestingly you have direct control over the planes, ships and submarines in the conflict, dynamically switching between them to execute pin-point assaults on a bewildered enemy.

That's the general idea, but as with many videogames the reality is an interesting blend of slightly dull moving around interspersed with a few moments of panic and excitement. That's not a bad thing - with Call of Duty these days it's like someone holding your cheeks and shouting in your eyes for 8 hours - and this is a more refined, gentlemanly game. Like chess. But with torpedoes.

The game is probably best in multiplayer, but the chances of finding someone playing these days is remote (so make a friend buy this too). It has a vaguely Carrier Command vibe to it in this mode, and very interesting, layed fights can develop. It has to be said though that the netcode is variable and sometimes you can get battles stuck in a sort of stalemate. You get the feeling that it wasn't the best tested and balanced game of all time, but it's fun all the same.

Recommended, if you want something a bit more cerebral and gentle than the modern trend for killstreaks and racist 12 year olds screaming at you over a headset.

70

Surprisingly well put together

simonsix | June 18, 2012 | See all simonsix's reviews »

This is a surprisingly well put together game. The single biggest drawback is that during battles with multiple units you spend most of your time playing on the map screen to coordinate everything.The campaign is too SHORT.

80

Fun

RaTcHeT302 | Nov. 17, 2011 | See all RaTcHeT302's reviews »

Battlestations: Midway offers a really great mix between real time strategy and direct actions, it is actualy the best thing of the game. The singleplayer is pretty short but the multiplayer compensates for the hard challenges and short length. The voiceovers and sounds overall are a bit average and for example hearing the radio chatter might get boring after a bit. Other than that, it is really fun and you shouldn't miss out the multiplayer.