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  • Summary: Battlestations: Midway blends intense 3rd-person action with epic, large-scale naval combat and brings to life the great Pacific battles of World War II. From the chaos of Pearl Harbor, through the Philippines, Java and the Coral Sea all the way to the epic Battle of Midway. Players can relive classic battles with realistic locations and accurate historical detail and take part in huge multi-unit online battles with up to eight players controlling over 60 units. Innovative gameplay lets players take direct control of over 60 different warships, planes and submarines, many of which are based on actual historical vehicles, from a 3rd-person perspective. Players can instantly switch between and control every vehicle in the battle experiencing combat from multiple perspectives and playing multiple roles including a pilot, a gunner, a submarine captain and a carrier fleet commander. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 70
    The graphics in this game are surprisingly good.
  7. 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]

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  1. ScottW.
    Feb 26, 2007
    This Game just had awesome Gameplay and awesome Graphics , not too easy because I like a challenge. Multiplay is just awesome.
  2. AceH.
    Feb 19, 2007
    Very fun game. Slight learning curve. Best enjoyed with Xbox Live, although there are some fun battles on the game itself. Tutorial is a must to play effectively, though. Very original, intellectually stimulating, and a blast all in the same game. Expand
  3. CraigF.
    Jan 29, 2007
    Have been playing the demo online the last week with 4-8 players. Only one scenario and no two battles ever turned out the same. Immense depth and unlimited tactics. Dive bombing a carrier or sneeking in a sub behind him and releasing a salvo of torpedos. Cant wait for the full game 1-30-06, Expand
  4. MatthewF.
    Feb 2, 2007
    Its nice to have a really fun multiplayer game that isn't an FPS. I really love the realism and the online matches are really intense.
  5. 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 / 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. Expand
  6. 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 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. Expand
  7. 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 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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