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. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. AceGamez
    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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Edge Magazine
    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]
  12. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Ten minutes into the approximately hour-long tutorial and I thought this game probably should've stayed on PC. [Mar 2007, p.88]
  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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. 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.
  18. It’s a mix of exciting and overwhelming as you try to maintain what feels like 50 pots boiling over at different times.
  19. When heading online you’ll find some much needed variety that wasn’t present in the single player game.
  20. 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.
  21. 70
    Stepping into the cockpit of a dive-bomber or Destroyer-class vessel just isn't that much fun.
  22. It mostly fails to deliver standout action sequences, but fans of the real-time strategy genre should find their place in this game.
  23. Very fun game that is marred by technical problems. The lack of replay is what really hurts.
  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. Games Master UK
    A cracking strategy game with some brilliant action elements. Suprisingly decent, this. [Apr 2007, p.76]
  26. games(TM)
    Some will label it contrived, others experimental. We’d call it flawed but engaging and ultimately entertaining irrespective of that. [Mar 2007, p.104]
  27. 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.
  28. Battlestations: Midway strikes just the right balance between action and strategy to create a game that's as unique as it is enjoyable.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. 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.
  37. 85
    While so many action games are devoid of strategy and so many strategy games are short on action, Battlestations Midway delivers both.
  38. 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.
  39. Official Xbox Magazine
    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]
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 78
    Midway finds some fairly uncharted waters in which to lay-anchor, even if the game could be a bit more expansive.
  44. 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.
  45. Hell in the Pacific for the trigger-happy. V-J Day for the wannabe Nimitz.
  46. 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.
  47. Battlestations: Midway isn’t bad, but its ambitious mixture of action and real-time strategy doesn’t translate into an exciting and engaging game.
  48. 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.
  49. Bold, thrilling and immense, and deserves every success. The Action RTS has arrived and let's hope it is here to stay.
  50. 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.
  51. X-ONE Magazine UK
    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]
  52. When Battlestations Midway is good, it's really good.
  53. My hat is off to Eidos mainly for expanding the variety of games on the 360. That is always a good thing.
  54. 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.
  55. 70
    The graphics in this game are surprisingly good.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 40
  2. Negative: 8 out of 40
  1. MattBadley
    Dec 27, 2008
    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
    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
    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 »