Battlestations: Pacific Review
Battlestations: Pacific box art
System: PC, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Eidos Studios Hungary 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Eidos Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 12, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-Multi (Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While repairing planes in mid-flight is out of the question, your ships will require spur of the moment repairs when a torpedo has you suddenly taking on water or a direct hit to your magazine has you erupting in a large fireball accompanied by acrid black smoke. Popping up a simple directional repair interface lets you select what problem to tackle without taking too much of your attention away from blowing holes into your adversaries. Taking down enemy ships is a lot more enjoyable with the ability to cripple their movement by targeting the engines, or starting major fires by nailing their fuel supply.

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The vast majority of the action remains focused on naval and airborne combat, yet the ability to send troop carriers onto the shoreline and capture island bases to use to your advantage is a great addition. It’s a slow process that requires you to whittle away at base defenses and keep your sluggish carriers afloat amidst incoming fire. However, taking over land-based anti-aircraft gun encampments and turning them around to use against your foes is as satisfying a reward as co-opting a landing strip to launch backup fighters close to enemy fortifications.

Retro cutscenes complete with grain-film presentations appear at regular intervals at the start and conclusion of missions and in mid-battle when you complete specific objectives. The extra level of polish applied to the units and environments are a marked improvement over Midway. Looking closer at ships, you can even see deck hands milling about amidst explosions and billowing smoke. The beautifully rippling waves are hyper-realistic and weather effects – particularly, a stormy night at seas with ominous clouds and flashes of lightning – have an overwhelmingly positive impact on the presentation. In sharp contrast, the generally poor voice work found throughout the game is a puzzling disappointment.

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Beyond the much-improved length and scope of the two main campaigns, Pacific’s expanded online multiplayer component features five modes that offer a little something for all tastes. Island Control lets you stage massive, enjoyably time-consuming coups to nab and defend territory across large maps. For different styles of combat, there are escort missions, smaller duels, and siege defenses, and a competitive mode driven by scoring points for completing objectives. The co-op and competitive multiplayer content nicely rounds out the package. A few small blemishes aside, Battlestations: Pacific is the well-rounded, substantially improved sequel that fans of the first game were hoping for. It chisels out some of the rough edges of Midway and adds a lot of new material into the mix without substantially changing the formula.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
A nice level of added polish makes the environments and units pop.
4.0
Control
Some controls are tricky to grasp at first, but they’re very flexible.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great music and sound effects. Horrible dialogue.
4.2
Play Value
Greatly expanded dual campaigns mix well with robust multiplayer modes.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Lead the US and Japanese forces in two massive campaigns to relive or rewrite history with up to 28 missions to play through!
  • Command and take direct control of over 100 authentic and prototype air, sea and undersea units including fighters, bombers, kamikaze planes, cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers, submarines, and lots more!
  • Experience a new level of visual realism where the Pacific Ocean and its chains of islands truly come to life. Immerse yourself in the action with the all new cockpit view and fight the enemy at day, night and in different weather conditions.
  • Challenge your friends in five completely new and engaging multiplayer modes and take part in massive online battles.


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