A rarity for the Xbox in that it is a action game blended with real time tactical considerations. Battlestations: Midway puts you in the middle of the second world war and allows you to control any number of vehicles on the surface or above and even below. Released in 2007 by eidos it is certainly old but still an enjoyable game.
The campaign opens with the Japenese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941. You have recenttly been transferred to the base and find yourself aboard a PT boat amidst the carnage. Success in this mission as with all games allows you to progress. As you are promoted you will get to use aircraft, destroyers, submarines and even some of the big battleships of the US Navy.
Alternatively, there is a single player challenge option which will allow you to complete three or four challenges in either plane, submarine or battleship. Again each challenge gets harder as the vessel you command becomes smaller or the opposing forces get larger. In this mode you will play for either the US Navy or Japanese forces.
There is of course the multiplayer option in which two teams of upto eight players will choose their unit and have to defend their base against the enemy attacks.
There is also downloadable extras on the xBox live marketplace. Called the'Iowa Mission Pack' it includes several new varieties of vehicle including the legendary USS Iowa. It also includes the single player challenge 'Raid on Truk' and a new multiplayer map, Battle of the Sibuyan Sea.
The graphics are of a good standard, while not stretching the xBox capabilities, the faithfully replicate the vehicles and the environment without any pixelation problems. The sound effects are good and capture a number of Japanes and American voices for added environmental noise. The explosions and the booming of the big guns are particularly enjoyable.
Reviews at the time seemed to give it a healthy 7.5 out of 10 on average, and I would agree that is about right. It is fairly short which is definitely a disadvantage, but there is nothing to stop you revisiting the free form challenges which allow you to get to grips with a battleship and wander to your leisure before blowing someone to the bottom of the Pacific. Finding a copy may be a little difficult although gamestation currently offer it for £12.71. Might be one for rental.
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