Eidos BattleStations: Midway

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Eidos BattleStations: Midway
  • Eidos BattleStations: Midway
  • Eidos BattleStations: Midway
  • Eidos BattleStations: Midway
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5

Pros

  • Variety of vehicles

Cons

  • Lack of intensity, muted sound effects, first-person action somewhat sluggish

Bottom Line

Perhaps this game's biggest shortcoming is the sluggish, basic nature of the fast-twitch action. In short, stepping into the cockpit of a dive-bomber or Destroyer-class vessel just isn't that much fun.

Would you buy this?

Battlestations: Midway is an intriguing and unique blend of strategy and action that challenges gamers with both directing the strategic course of a series of sea-based battles while simultaneously participating in the conflicts.

Battlestations! Battlestations!

Appropriately enough, the game starts off with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The first few missions serve as rudimentary introductions to airplane and boat controls, but the action soon begins to shift from commanding individual vehicles to directing entire naval battle groups. Over the course of the game, players will take direct control of over 60 different vehicles, from fighter jets and dive bombers to aircraft carriers and submarines.

This makes for a fairly entertaining, if chaotic, gameplay experience as you bounce between first-person action-gaming and the broader tactical map. Smart players will spend a lot of time checking the tactical map and issuing orders, and as the battles become increasingly complex, players will need to spend more time here. This tactical battle-planning element is actually much more rewarding and entertaining than the action-oriented gameplay.

You sunk my battleship!

Despite the numerous things you must do and keep track of, the game suffers from a lack of intensity. During World War 2, the stakes in the South Pacific were extremely high for both the United States and Japan, and the individual battles — many of which are recreated here — were epic, winner-take-all affairs. Battlestations fails to recreate this sense of importance and gravitas.

The tactical map, for example, should be a manic blur of radio chatter and pop-up screens that convey information. Instead, it's a fairly static affair with some icons moving around it.

Muted sound effects are another part of the problem.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?