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  • Summary: Battlestations: Pacific takes the action/strategy gameplay of Battlestations: Midway to the next level with more intense, strategic combat. Players can take to the skies and seas through two massive, action-packed campaigns across 28 missions, featuring some of the most decisive naval battles in history. A historically accurate U.S. campaign puts players in command of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet through the Battles of Guadalcanal and on to Iwo Jima, Okinawa and victory. For the first time, players have a chance to rewrite history, commanding a Japanese campaign as the Imperial Japanese Navy from Pearl Harbor to Asia, Australia and beyond, expanding its empire throughout the Pacific Rim. Battlestations: Pacific takes the battle online with a massively enhanced multiplayer experience, offering five new and innovative co-op and team-based modes for up to eight players. ‘Siege’ and ‘Duel’ offer an all-out action experience, allowing players to control a selection of war machines as each side battles to turn the tide of war; joining forces for ‘Competitive’, players compete side-by-side against the opposing AI forces; ‘Escort’ allows for a mix of action and strategy, with players escorting or attacking a key naval unit as it heads to its destination; and ‘Island Capture’ offers a compelling strategic experience, with players not only battling for supremacy of the seas, but also capturing and controlling the island archipelago. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. What Battlestations Pacific delivers is something that is all too rare these days. This is a game that's fun and action-packed without treating the customer like a fool. The blend of realism and arcade fun is beautifully balanced - think of this as the warfare equivalent of Project Gotham Racing.
  2. Battlestations Pacific is a really accessible and fun game, having the ability to play both the Japanese and American campaigns also adds to the overall value.
  3. The sheer number and variety of scenarios will keep you busy and engrossed for plenty of hours, and the numerous multiplayer options will, hopefully, make for a near-lifetime on the ocean waves.
  4. While the core gameplay and presentation do little to set Battlestations: Pacific apart from its predecessor, the blending of two genres and high replayability make this entry in the series a solid choice for anyone interested in WWII.
  5. Battlestations: Pacific is a really fun game that many people will enjoy playing due to its unique settings and gameplay. This is especially true if players are tired of playing the same first-person shooter game storming the same beach for the umpteenth time.
  6. Action fans with a desire for strategy and historical correctness should give Battlestations: Pacific a try. All others might find the game way too slow.
  7. 50
    The RTS foundations are in place and there are plenty of core and online missions to test player mettle (and patience), but, as with Battlestations: Midway, the control interface is still unwieldy, the action is still stodgy and unfulfilling, and the aesthetics are still hampered by distinctly last-gen failings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    Although this game is not for everyone, it is my favorite strategy game. Being able to independently control a individual unit and have a major battle is epic. The variety of units in the game is also a great bonus and the different abilities to destroy a single unit makes the game fun. Some of the major problems in the are the occasional glitches with the ships, and the inability to shot paratroopers out of the air. Expand
  2. FraserM.
    May 13, 2009
    10
    Based on the demo and the first game, i would say this game is an absolute knock out in this genre. There is nothing else like it for someone who enjoys a strategy game on the consoles, but want more than just a strategy game. The graphics are amazing when compared with the first and the new skirmish game modes that can be played offline are what the old game was lacking and what, in my opinion held it back from getting a much better score. Expand
  3. StevenH
    May 13, 2009
    10
    I know, I know, this rating seems a little steep, but this game is great. It offers a great blend between strategy and action that you don't find with other games. The Naval combat (with Air Support) is a fresh change from regular old FPSs or Air only games... There's a demo on XBox Live; check it out for yourself. I wouldn't be surprised if you quicky see why there are lots of us who absolutely love this game (and the first one, Battlestations: Midway, even though it had some annoying bugs and a weak multiplayer setup, which have been addressed in this sequel). Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2011
    9
    This game is simply fantastic! It improves on Battlestations Midway in so many ways.I like Midway alot,but there were alot of features that were not present,or not long enough.. Alot of small,but welcome things also have been improved on Pacific,like the way ships break up when they explode,leaving debris in the water,to the fact you can see under the surface of the water(handy for trying to spot those shallow running subs,or running aground with your ship).Other improvments are a longer campaign,with 2 campaigns now(the Us campaign & the 'What if' Scenario of the japenese campaign.The controls are customisable for the planes,which was welcome,as the two analog sticks were the wrong way round for me,on Midway,so thanks for the option now.Also now in Pacific,you can play the Skirmish missions with or against other people &/or against the CPU.Thats great,as i wished in BS-Midway you had the option to play the multiplayer maps against the Cpu,either alone,or with you friends.Shame.. The Skirmish modes though,are a little generic unfortunately,consisting of 'Take all the enemy out' to 'Capture all the islands'.. It would've been nice to have specific scenarios,like the multiplayer in the first game,with real goals & limited Re-enforcmants,Or even better,be able to play the Campaign in Co-Op,by dividing the units between the players.Not allowing this was a MASSIVELY missed opportunity by the developers(& the only real fault i have with the game,& whats preventing me from giving it a perfect 10).It would've been great to play the campaign missions together,Divising strategys,Combing forces,or concentrating on seperate objectives,to sending aid if the other players if they're outnumbered or gunned.Such a wasted opportunity.. Hopefully tis ould be implemented in a sequel,although i'm not sure if they'll be one,as although these are excellent games,they're kind of a niche genre.but if a sequel were to happen,i would really want to see campaign Co-Op,& maybe even a change of era.Maybe a Battlestation-Falklands,or Gulf,with Modern Ships & Subs Firing Missiles,Torpedos,Guns etc,with Jets in the Air.Could be Awesome! Anyway,back to BS-Pacific.Its a shame that carriers arnt in the skirmish missions,without buying the somewhat overpriced for what you get Carrier Map Pack,But overall,Its a game well worth getting,& i recommend it highly.Theres not many games i can thing of,besides Battlestations Midway & Pacific,where you can actually command all these units,& also jump into any of them,that control & play really well & differently from eachother. Expand
  5. Jul 26, 2011
    9
    This is a cracking strategy game, as is it's 'Midway' predecessor.
    Epic battles with the ability to personally control each of your units.
    One minute you are piloting a TBF Avenger on a torpedo run against a Japanese battleship, then a second later you are lurking beneath the waves preying on a convoy of transport ships. There is never a dull moment. Issue orders to your units and either let them carry them out, or jump in behind the controls when the action kicks off.
    The only thing that slightly spoils this game is the confusing control system. There is a lot to control, so it was never gonna be something simple to resolve.

    If you are bored playing the endless procession of COD clones, then give this a go.
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  6. Aug 15, 2012
    8
    Definitely an improvement on Battlestations Midway in several aspects, yet the two are different experiences. Pacific is more arcade than serious, as planes re-arm in the air rather than return to base. That Midway magic is gone, where you knew if you missed your torpedo then you had wasted a plane trip. If you want an easy to enjoy game, Pacific has the quality. If you want intense moments and punishing situations then stick with Midway. I'd give it a 7/10 if there were better games in the genre. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2012
    5
    Boring, clumsy, and hard to grasp for new players in the genre. A good historical depiction, but the mechanics destroy the concept. The high reviews on this game astound me. Expand

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