Players: 1+ Player Game | Genre: Real Time Strategy
Release Date: 01/30/07
As numerous as World War II games are, there still aren’t a whole lot that cover the naval battles that the US fought against Japan in the Pacific. For that reason alone Battlestations: Midway might catch your eye, but thankfully it has more going for it than that.
Battlestations: Midway features an interesting hybrid of tactical deployment, real-time strategy (RTS), and action gameplay. In the tactical phase, you’ll choose what vehicles deploy to a specific battle. You’ll have dozens to choose from, depending on your progress and whatever other conditions exist. Everything from huge battleships, to fighter planes, to submarines is available.
Once your assets are deployed, the RTS and action gameplay begin. During the battle, your vehicles will take action automatically. You can direct them to different positions and issue commands from a map screen. You can also take command of your larger ships individually, and instruct a certain amount of crewmen to repair damage to the side of the ship or to have more of them man a certain array of guns. The action gameplay kicks in when you take direct control over any one of your vehicles. That’s right, you can control all of your battle ships, planes, and submarines and steer them around, and do all of the aiming and firing yourself.
Battlestations: Midway was originally in development for the Xbox, but now it’s been moved over to the Xbox 360. The graphics have certainly benefited from the transition. The game will also take full advantage of Xbox Live four 4-on-4 battles.
Battlestations: Midway seems to have a lot of depth in gameplay, and this interesting hybrid is something to look forward to. The game ships this fall.