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. Just when you thought they couldn’t put a new spin on the WWII genre, here come Eidos ready to show that three genres can exist in harmony and even work on a console.
  2. 85
    While so many action games are devoid of strategy and so many strategy games are short on action, Battlestations Midway delivers both.
  3. Much like chess, you can learn how to use the pieces in an hour, but learning to use them skillfully takes time and patience. If you can handle a bit of a learning curve and some clunky controls, this game will reward you with challenging and enjoyable game play.
  4. If you're looking for a game that's fast paced and fun from the get-go, this isn't for you. If you're a couch jockey who enjoys a long day of a tall iced tea and the history channel... Well. Eidos has made the game for you.
  5. Few titles attempt a real-time strategy/action hybrid, and even less actually succeed. The precision of point-and-click may be the time-honored interface for tactical games, but Eidos Hungary has produced an excellent, landmark entry for the genre on consoles
  6. My hat is off to Eidos mainly for expanding the variety of games on the 360. That is always a good thing.
  7. Battlestations: Midway offers a brand new approach to naval combat on the consoles. It portrays the atmosphere of WWII in the Pacific theatre quite well. Not everyone will be satisfied with the slow pace of naval warfare, but if you’re a history buff, you don’t want to miss the boat.
  8. When Battlestations Midway is good, it's really good.
  9. The seamless integration of a user-friendly tactical map enhances the gameplay, and having the choice to fly, sail or sink to the depths of the ocean whilst taking part in one of history's most influential battles is too much fun to miss. [Issue 21, p.50]
  10. Eidos should be commended on breaking out of the current fad for very similar and rather dull shooters and providing console owners with something so different. Battlestations Midway reminds me a lot of the kind of games we used to get from Microprose and that's a compliment indeed.
  11. While there are some control issues that feel a bit under whelming at times, the scenarios, battles and war machines to command make this a fun Xbox 360 game.
  12. Bold, thrilling and immense, and deserves every success. The Action RTS has arrived and let's hope it is here to stay.
  13. It takes strategic and real time strategy games to a whole new level on the Xbox 360 and it is fairly easy to learn. Sure, the single player mode is relatively short but the multiplayer action is where the fun lies.
  14. AceGamez
    80
    It's a slow paced game, so those who shy away from games like chess will probably want to turn a blind eye, but anybody with an ounce of patience and a lust for either piloting a plane, commanding a ship or steering a submarine should sail down to their local game shop and pick up a copy!
  15. Games Master UK
    80
    A cracking strategy game with some brilliant action elements. Suprisingly decent, this. [Apr 2007, p.76]
  16. The somewhat disappointing textures, lack of any graphical or audio "wow" factor, poor battlefield ambiance, a boring tutorial, and a short overall game all take away from its glory.
  17. Although there's a steep learning curve, you'll be having a grand old time once you get the hang of the controls. Hardcore strategy fans are in for a treat.
  18. Battlestations: Midway strikes just the right balance between action and strategy to create a game that's as unique as it is enjoyable.
  19. 78
    Midway finds some fairly uncharted waters in which to lay-anchor, even if the game could be a bit more expansive.
  20. Very fun game that is marred by technical problems. The lack of replay is what really hurts.
  21. If you’re a war fan or love strategy titles, Battlestations Midway is definitely worth a spin. The only problem is that it’s more than likely going to be a hit only for hardcore gamers.
  22. When heading online you’ll find some much needed variety that wasn’t present in the single player game.
  23. If sinking Battleships, Bombers, and Oil Tankers sound like fun, give Battlestations: Midway a once over because I’m sure nothing like it will come around for a while.
  24. A title that by nature seems much better suited to the PC - on the Xbox it never really endears enough for players to persevere and get past the initial awkwardness, and the strategy control schemes are just a bit too long-winded and cack-handed to pull off well on a joypad.
  25. Overall, I think the balance between action and strategy is spot on for the casual as well as hardcore gamers out there and is well worth renting it out. The single player campaign is too short but on LIVE it will be different every time you play, making the game last for quite some time.
  26. Hell in the Pacific for the trigger-happy. V-J Day for the wannabe Nimitz.
  27. A fun title that brings together action and tactics in the Pacific Theater of World War II, Battlestations: Midway does a lot of things right. Too bad the multiplayer isn’t fun because everything else about this game seems to work.
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 »