Battlestations: Midway Xbox 360

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. The many multiplayer possibilities should buy you a lot of time with the title, but the single-player campaign is just entirely too short (while the tutorial is mind-numbingly long).
  2. 70
    The mixing of genres is cool, and adds a unique twist to the play mechanics, but honestly, Midway would have been much more user-friendly had it been either an action game or a real-time strategy affair -- not both.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    Battlestations may not be the deepest or prettiest WWII-themed 360 game on the shelves, but it still hits a solid broadside. [Mar 2007, p.80]
  4. 70
    Stepping into the cockpit of a dive-bomber or Destroyer-class vessel just isn't that much fun.
  5. 70
    The variety of online play is a great boost to replay value, as you can play for hours without having the same game experience twice.
  6. Everything it does is solid, workmanlike and shipshape; even the plot has slightly more class than other generic World War II games, tracking two friends and their gradual promotions from Pearl Harbour to being leaders at the mighty sea-battle of Midway. It’s not funny and it’s not clever, but it is slightly more subtle than most of the ham-fisted war stories we normally get. However, the game doesn’t move beyond competent and it’s hardly the most graphically wonderful title – outside of cutscenes, it does betray its Xbox and PS2 origins regularly.
  7. For all the undeniable pleasure of skimming at zero feet in a rickety torpedo bomber towards a hulking metal monster, we’re left with something too slight to sustain us. Expect cult-multiplayer status, and pray for a sequel.
  8. A highly original, yet niche, offering from Eidos, let's hope that their Hungarian studio is given a chance to develop a truly next-generation sequel in the future. Certainly a pace of gaming that we're not used to on Xbox 360 to date.
  9. The single player campaign is too short and doesn't throw you into the ‘whole navy vs whole navy' action quickly enough - the main appeal of this game is definitely the Live features. To sum up, Midway is innovative, but it ultimately doesn't go far enough.
  10. 70
    If you're willing to put a lot of time and effort into learning the various intricacies of the game's multiple controls, you're likely to get more than a little enjoyment out of the title. For the standard gamer though, the game's steep learning curve and hit or miss multiplayer experience may deep six most of the fun.
  11. games(TM)
    70
    Some will label it contrived, others experimental. We’d call it flawed but engaging and ultimately entertaining irrespective of that. [Mar 2007, p.104]
  12. 70
    The graphics in this game are surprisingly good.
  13. It's a game that does things a little differently from its peers, and has the rare distinction of being a game that stands out in its own right. But the very fact that it's an action game with a strategic bent also makes it quite tough to appreciate at first.
  14. 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.
  15. 70
    A few issues aside, Battlestations Midway successfully melds a game that provides a strategic action game that isn't your run-of-the-mill WWII game.
  16. A title greater than the sum of its parts, the tactical element keeps requires a bit of strategical know-how whilst the action element feels far more involved and creates the feeling that a tangible difference is being made to the outcome of the battle.
  17. Battlestations: Midway offers up a change from other World War II themed games and real time strategy fans are really going to find some enjoyment in this title. Those who are more interested in action-packed gameplay may find the level of micromanagement and accessibility to be a problem.
  18. I don't expect World War II to fall in popularity as a game subject any time soon, and Battlestations: Midway is a perfect example of why.
  19. RTS fans might find it a little simple, but might find the emphasis on action a pleasing surprise. Action fans might find the strategy a little dull, but with the simplicity of the commands they'll find themselves in the thick of the action as often as they like.
  20. It mostly fails to deliver standout action sequences, but fans of the real-time strategy genre should find their place in this game.
  21. Battlestations Midway is a welcome change from the traditions first person World War II shooting games that have been all the rage over the last few years and if you like naval warfare, there really aren’t many games out for the 360 besides this one to get your fix.
  22. It’s a mix of exciting and overwhelming as you try to maintain what feels like 50 pots boiling over at different times.
  23. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    Ten minutes into the approximately hour-long tutorial and I thought this game probably should've stayed on PC. [Mar 2007, p.88]
  24. A title with an interesting concept that gets too bogged down in its own mediocrity to use that concept well. Most of the game can be played on autopilot - issuing simple commands and then watching lackluster ship models fight until one explodes.
  25. 60
    For its ambition and tackling of two genres at once, Battlestations: Midway ain't half bad. Its duality means that not a lot of players will absolutely fall in love with it, but there's enough here for most gamers to find themselves happily immersed.
  26. Battlestations: Midway isn’t bad, but its ambitious mixture of action and real-time strategy doesn’t translate into an exciting and engaging game.
  27. Edge Magazine
    50
    It’s sure to be a more compelling experience online, albeit one that relies heavily on the honour of your opponents, and its rough-edged charm is compulsive. [Mar 2007, p.87]
  28. X-ONE Magazine UK
    50
    While it can be commended for a bold mix of strategy and action, Midway doesn't really pull of either with much conviction, leaving a somewhat unsatisfying experienice. [Issue 17, p.90]
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. MattBadley
    Dec 27, 2008
    6
    Using 'Reverse' is not a sound Naval tactic. But this game makes it viable, completely destroying the laws of physics being able toUsing 'Reverse' is not a sound Naval tactic. But this game makes it viable, completely destroying the laws of physics being able to stop gaint ships almost on a dime. It makes torpedo's in this game almost impossible to use. Not only that, but your friendly AI walks around like an idiot half the time if you don't keep a leash on them.

    Aside from that, it can be an alright game.
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  2. CharlieA.
    Dec 4, 2007
    9
    A rare diamond of a game. If you like RTS / vehicle combat style games this is a must. Resurects the Carrier Command / Hostile Waters / A rare diamond of a game. If you like RTS / vehicle combat style games this is a must. Resurects the Carrier Command / Hostile Waters / Armourgeddon / Battlezone genre. There are imperfections which might make a tiny difference if the gaming world was swamped with this type of game but as it isn't this is simply the best of its breed. A must buy. Full Review »
  3. CliveG.
    Sep 30, 2007
    8
    This is a surprisingly well put together game. The single biggest drawback is that during battles with multiple units you spend most of your 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. Also, it's often easier to let the CPU control all the units automatically but what's missing is a camera that enables you to look around without interupting the CPU - the moment you touch the controls, you assume manual control. Other than that, the impressive graphics, balanced gameplay and authentic performance of the different units make this a great option for strategy and WWII buffs. Full Review »