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  • Summary: Battlestations: Midway offers a totally new approach to air, sea and underwater combat, accurately reflecting the atmosphere and situation in the Pacific during 1942. Players take direct control of battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines and planes in a 'free-control' environment, withBattlestations: Midway offers a totally new approach to air, sea and underwater combat, accurately reflecting the atmosphere and situation in the Pacific during 1942. Players take direct control of battleships, aircraft carriers, submarines and planes in a 'free-control' environment, with seamless switching between any of the units under your command: engage in dogfights with enemy fighters through flak-infested skies, utilise the silent attack of your submarine to unleash torpedoes on unsuspecting enemies, or command the awesome firepower of an entire carrier group. Featuring a number of game modes, including single-player campaigns for both Japanese and American sides, 'career' missions focusing on specific units, and broadband multiplayer modes for up to 16 people, Battlestations: Midway is a game on the grandest scale, bringing the air and sea battles of the Pacific to life like never before. [SCi Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. A surprisingly good combination of action and strategy - influenced by the old Carrier Command. The single player mode would have been a lot better if the AI was not so heavily scripted, but the fun multiplayer mode more than makes up for it. [Mar 2007]
  2. Forget the high-def TV and wireless Xbox 360 controller; Battlestations Midway plays better with a mouse and a joystick. [Apr 2007, p.58]
  3. The mix of real-time strategy and first-person war action works very well in places, but it's a touch lacking in drama. [Apr 2007, p.60]
  4. Hell in the Pacific for the trigger-happy. V-J Day for the wannabe Nimitz.
  5. Battlestations: Midway lacks this depth. There's masses of stuff to do, there's just not enough places to actually do it in, which is something of a shame.
  6. Battlestations: Midway has the potential to blossom as a multiplayer game, primarily online. With everyone free to jump between units, it can become chaotic, but that's half the fun.
  7. It’s a mix of exciting and overwhelming as you try to maintain what feels like 50 pots boiling over at different times. [Mar 2007, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. AnonymousMC
    May 29, 2008
    10
    Rich P.
    you shouldnt blame the game of being hard to play and complicated but; you should learn to play the game proberbly.
    JB R. Try
    Rich P.
    you shouldnt blame the game of being hard to play and complicated but; you should learn to play the game proberbly.

    JB R.
    Try updating the game.

    The game is GREAT because of its stupid AI.
    It makes it more challenging to control all the units at the same time. BUT thats not a bad thing!
    And if you really are one of those Dumbasses, who MUST have AI control to help em' then program it, before you start attacking.
    And if you dont know how to do that, then go back to your Red Alert 2 (which was a great game) and play skirmish against a Easy Ai and Have Two Brutal AI's to help you NOOB!
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  2. SethS.
    Feb 5, 2007
    10
    This game is perfect if you like both RTS and action games I love the game but it is too short really.
  3. DannyC.
    Feb 21, 2007
    9
    This walks a very fine line between strategy and action but on the whole does it extremely well. I like it because it is a different This walks a very fine line between strategy and action but on the whole does it extremely well. I like it because it is a different experience from all the first person shoot em ups that crowd the 360. Expand
  4. NunyaF.
    Mar 9, 2007
    7
    I was expecting something more of a technical sim.What I got was an engrossing experience. Even though the g.u.i. is simpified the strategy I was expecting something more of a technical sim.What I got was an engrossing experience. Even though the g.u.i. is simpified the strategy is top-notch.Graphics and Sound effects are superior. Dialog left a lot to be desired. Overall this game left me with the feeling of satisfaction. Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2011
    6
    Pros: Switching from controlling planes to ships to submarines is fun. Actual combat is pretty fun. Cons: Controls are hard. Gameplay is hard.Pros: Switching from controlling planes to ships to submarines is fun. Actual combat is pretty fun. Cons: Controls are hard. Gameplay is hard. Learning curve is extreme. Game speed is abysmally slow. Playing a mission for twenty minutes only to fail and have to start all over again 'repeatedly' is frustrating. Campaign is short and rather silly.

    Overall: I would not recommend this game to anyone other than WWII fanatics and even then buy it used.
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  6. RichP.
    Feb 6, 2007
    6
    Had it not been for the skimpy campaign mode and counterintuitive control scheme, Battlestations: Midway could
  7. JBR.
    Sep 23, 2007
    1
    Impossible to connect on multiplayer games.

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