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Battlestations:Midway
Battlestations - Midway Coverart.png
Developer(s) Eidos Interactive Hungary
Robosoft Technologies (Mac)
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Feral Interactive (Mac)
Composer(s) Richard Jacques
Series Battlestations
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Release date(s) January 30, 2007
Genre(s) Action, Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
Media DVD, Steam download
System requirements Windows XP/Vista
2 GHz Processor
512 MB RAM
6 GB HDD space
4x DVD Drive
64 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible nVidia 6800 Series or Radeon X800 (2.0 pixelshader compatible)Graphics Card
DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound Card
Input methods Xbox 360 Controller, Keyboard, Mouse

Battlestations: Midway is a video game developed by Eidos Studios Hungary and released on January 30, 2007 for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The Mac version of this game was developed by Robosoft Technologies, based out of India and Published by Feral Interactive.

Set in the Pacific during World War II, it's a hybrid of action and real-time tactics as the player can both command his fleet assets and assume control of any one of them at will. The single player campaign is a series of missions from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway, from a single patrol boat to a carrier battle group.

Contents

Gameplay

In either the single-player or multiplayer game the player can start with a ship, submarine, aircraft, shipyard, airfield or a combination of any of them. The player can switch between their allocated or built units in order to complete objectives. Each unit also has its own unique features and controls. For example, using a carrier, shipyard or airfield, players can release carrier aircraft, ships, or land-based aircraft respectively. These units can then be used to engage in naval battles, undersea actions or dogfights and bombing runs.

Players are encouraged to work together online. In multiplayer, each player controls a different group of units. One example would be the map "Battle of Samar." The Japanese are to destroy the Allied Carriers, while the Allies have to sink the Japanese battleship Yamato. The Yamato is capable of sustaining dozens of torpedoes, dive bombs, and direct shell hits due to its heavy armor. However, the Allies have two battleships and carriers, the Japanese only have one. Therefore, the Allies are forced to attack the Yamato together, while trying to maintain air superiority. However, the Yamato cannot fend off all the American planes by itself, therefore requiring other players on the Japanese team to support with their lighter Fubukis and Heavy Cruisers.

Single player challenges

Battlestations: Midway offers several challenge levels where the player's skills are tested.

Ship Challenges

  • "Strike on the Monster" - February 28, 1941
  • "Battle of the Java Sea" - March 1, 1942
  • "Hunt for the Cruiser" - June 11, 1942
  • "Might of Yamato" - July 19, 1942

The DLC (Downloadable Content) Adds:

Plane Challenges

Submarine Challenges

  • "Crucial Cargo" - January 12, 1942
  • "Periscopes Threatening" - February 17, 1942
  • "Coup de Grace" - May 27, 1942

Multiplayer

Battlestations: Midway supports multiplayer matches of up to eight players. Matches are team-based, beginning with each player choosing either an Allied or a Japanese starting base from a list of preset slots in the lobby. Each slot has its own unique unit or building allocation. Each multiplayer map is essentially a "set-piece" battle, with two notable exceptions, whereby all of the units on the map at the beginning of the match are all the units available to the players for the entire match. The two exceptions to this are units that can be spawned (e.g. aircraft from airfields, aircraft carriers, etc.) and the planes in the map "Air Superiority at Luzon", which is very infrequently played.[1]

Demo

A multiplayer demo was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace on January 18, 2007. The PC demo was released on January 26, 2007, and the Mac OS X demo followed on July 24, 2008. The demos contain the multiplayer map Battle of Solomon Islands, which supports up to 8 players.

It should be noted that the PC demo works only for LAN play. Players will disconnect frequently when attempting to play via the internet. Xbox 360 demo works fine.

Downloadable content

Eidos released the "Iowa Mission Pack" on the Xbox Live Marketplace. This update includes several new ship models, as well as the "Raid on Truk" ship challenge and the "Battle of Sibuyan Sea" multiplayer map. A patch has been released for the PC version. There are themes and gamer pictures available for Xbox Live as well.

Reception

The Xbox 360 version scores 73% on Metacritic based on 33 reviews, the PC version scores 75% based on 11 reviews.

Sequel

On February 28, Eidos Interactive announced Battlestations: Pacific for PC and Xbox 360[2]. In May 2009 the game became available to the public.[3] This sequel takes place right after Battlestations: Midway and has twice as many missions than the game before. It also includes 21 new units and add the ability to command troops to fight on the islands, though the player has no control over any individual land unit.[4]. Naval mine and Kamikazes have also been added. A new feature includes the ability to play as the Japanese from commanding the Pearl Harbor attack to Midway. Details have been added for a more realistic effect; for example, while submerged in a sub flora and fauna are visible, as well as a sea floor.

On May 15, 2008, Feral Interactive has announced Battlestations: Midway for Mac[5]. This game was developed for the Mac by Robosoft Technologies and a release date is yet to be announced.

References

  1. ^ Amateur Survey revealing "Air Superiority at Luzon" is played only once out of twenty times mathematically.--~~~~
  2. ^ Battlestations: Pacific press release
  3. ^ Battlestations:_Pacific Wikipedia
  4. ^ Eidos Battlestations
  5. ^ Battlestations: Midway press release

External links

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Battlestations:Midway
Developer(s) Eidos Interactive Hungary
Robosoft Technologies (Mac)
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Feral Interactive (Mac)
Composer(s) Richard Jacques
Series Battlestations
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
Release date(s) January 30, 2007
Genre(s) Action, Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
Media DVD, Steam download
System requirements

Windows XP/Vista
2 GHz Processor
512 MB RAM
6 GB HDD space
4x DVD Drive
64 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible nVidia 6800 Series or Radeon X800 (2.0 pixelshader compatible)Graphics Card
DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound Card

Battlestations: Midway is a video game developed by Eidos Studios Hungary and released on January 30, 2007 for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The Mac version of this game was developed by Robosoft Technologies, based out of India and Published by Feral Interactive.

Set in the Pacific during World War II, it's a hybrid of action and real-time tactics as the player can both command his fleet assets and assume control of any one of them at will. The single player campaign is a series of missions from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Midway, from a single patrol boat to a carrier battle group.

Contents

Gameplay

In either the single-player or multiplayer game the player can start with a ship, submarine, aircraft, shipyard, airfield or a combination of any of them. The player can switch between their allocated or built units in order to complete objectives. Each unit also has its own unique features and controls. For example, using a carrier, shipyard or airfield, players can release carrier aircraft, ships, or land-based aircraft respectively. These units can then be used to engage in naval battles, undersea actions or dogfights and bombing runs.

Players are encouraged to work together online. In multiplayer, each player controls a different group of units. One example would be the map "Battle of Samar." The Japanese are to destroy the Allied Carriers, while the Allies have to sink the Japanese battleship Yamato. The Yamato is capable of sustaining dozens of torpedoes, dive bombs, and direct shell hits due to its heavy armor. However, the Allies have two battleships and carriers, the Japanese only have one. Therefore, the Allies are forced to attack the Yamato together, while trying to maintain air superiority. However, the Yamato cannot fend off all the American planes by itself, therefore requiring other players on the Japanese team to support with their lighter Fubukis and Heavy Cruisers.

Single player challenges

Battlestations: Midway offers several challenge levels where the player's skills are tested.

Ship Challenges

  • "Strike on the Monster" - February 28, 1941
  • "Battle of the Java Sea" - March 1, 1942
  • "Hunt for the Cruiser" - June 11, 1942
  • "Might of Yamato" - July 19, 1942

The DLC (Downloadable Content) Adds:

Plane Challenges

Submarine Challenges

  • "Crucial Cargo" - January 12, 1942
  • "Periscopes Threatening" - February 17, 1942
  • "Coup de Grace" - May 27, 1942

Multiplayer

Battlestations: Midway supports multiplayer matches of up to eight players. Matches are team-based, beginning with each player choosing either an Allied or a Japanese starting base from a list of preset slots in the lobby. Each slot has its own unique unit or building allocation. Each multiplayer map is essentially a "set-piece" battle, with two notable exceptions, whereby all of the units on the map at the beginning of the match are all the units available to the players for the entire match. The two exceptions to this are units that can be spawned (e.g. aircraft from airfields, aircraft carriers, etc.) and the planes in the map "Air Superiority at Luzon", which is very infrequently played.[1]

Demo

A multiplayer demo was released on the Xbox Live Marketplace on January 18, 2007. The PC demo was released on January 26, 2007, and the Mac OS X demo followed on July 24, 2008. The demos contain the multiplayer map Battle of Solomon Islands, which supports up to 8 players.

The PC demo works only for LAN play. Players will disconnect frequently when attempting to play via the internet. Xbox 360 demo works fine.

Downloadable content

Eidos released the "Iowa Mission Pack" on the Xbox Live Marketplace. This update includes several new ship models, as well as the "Raid on Truk" ship challenge and the "Battle of Sibuyan Sea" multiplayer map. A patch has been released for the PC version. There are themes and gamer pictures available for Xbox Live as well. More maps, patches, modifications, and textures can be downloaded at http://www.battlestations.eu/

Reception

The Xbox 360 version scores 73% on Metacritic based on 33 reviews, the PC version scores 75% based on 11 reviews.

Sequel

On February 28, Eidos Interactive announced Battlestations: Pacific for PC and Xbox 360[2]. In May 2009 the game became available to the public.[3] This sequel takes place right after Battlestations: Midway and has twice as many missions than the game before. It also includes 21 new units and add the ability to command troops to fight on the islands, though the player has no control over any individual land unit.[4]. Naval mine and Kamikazes have also been added. A new feature includes the ability to play as the Japanese from commanding the Pearl Harbor attack to Midway. Details have been added for a more realistic effect; for example, while submerged in a sub flora and fauna are visible, as well as a sea floor.

On May 15, 2008, Feral Interactive has announced Battlestations: Midway for Mac[5]. This game was developed for the Mac by Robosoft Technologies and published by feral interactive.

References

  1. ^ Amateur Survey revealing "Air Superiority at Luzon" is played only once out of twenty times mathematically.--~~~~
  2. ^ Battlestations: Pacific press release
  3. ^ Battlestations: Pacific Wikipedia
  4. ^ Eidos Battlestations
  5. ^ Battlestations: Midway press release

External links


Strategy wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From StrategyWiki, the free strategy guide and walkthrough wiki

Battlestations: Midway
Box artwork for Battlestations: Midway.
Developer(s) Eidos Studios Hungary
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Release date(s)
Windows, Xbox 360
Mac OS
Genre(s) Real-time tactics
System(s) Windows, Xbox 360, Steam, Direct2Drive, GameTap, Mac OS
Players 1-8
Rating(s)
ESRB: Teen
PEGI: Ages 12+
System requirements (help)
Windows
CPU clock speed

2GHz

System RAM

512MiB

Network connection speed

256Kibps

DirectX version
Version 9
Mac OS
CPU clock speed

1.83MHz

System RAM

512MiB

Disk space

4.3MiB

Video RAM

128MiB

Followed by Battlestations: Pacific
Series Battlestations
This is the first game in the Battlestations series. For other games in the series see the Battlestations category.

Battlestations: Midway is a real-time tactics video game developed by the Hungary division of Eidos Interactive. Set in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War, Battlestations: Midway (often abbreviated to "Battlestations" or "BSM") is a hybrid of real-time strategy, flight simulation, as well as naval and submarine warfare. Players can activate a real-time map which allows them control over their units like an RTS game would, while giving them the ability to personally command at any time one of any number of warships, aircraft, submarines, or two forms of land installations. Several players have made connections from BSM to the Battlefield series, except without land or infantry combat.

The single player campaign has a rather weak storyline, following two main characters. Henry Walker is a Lieutenant on board the USS Phoenix, arriving just in time to witness and partake in the attack on Pearl Harbour. Players switch from the perspective of Henry to his air force friend and counterpart, Donald Locklear, as they strive through the various missions of the game to push back the Imperial Japanese Navy. The campaign draws to a close at the Battle of Midway.

Various challenge missions involve commanding a particular type of unit – an aircraft, a warship, or a submarine – to accomplish various objectives. Challenge missions can be accomplished before or after the actual campaign, although it is recommended players play the campaign first since Challenge missions are exceedingly difficult, even for those who have defeated the Campaign. There is no Japanese campaign, however the challenge missions offer the chance to play as the Japanese in single-player mode. Japanese characters speak in Japanese, so subtitles must be enabled to determine what they are saying.

While the story is weak, the game compensates with a strong multiplayer aspect. Each game is capable of sustaining eight players – four US and four Japanese – who select unit slots and command the units under each slot (any remaining units are divided randomly). Although sending the right unit against the right enemy can prove effective, teamwork and communication between players is oftentimes more important than a winning strategy.

The game has a direct sequel - Battlestations: Pacific.

Contents

Patches

Thus far, two patches have been released — Versions 1.1 and Versions 1.1.1.

One downloadable expansion pack was released, the Iowa Mission Pack, updating the game with one new multiplayer map and a new challenge mission. The multiplayer map and challenge mission introduce the player to the new units of the expansion pack. The expansion isn't free for the Xbox 360, however.

It should be noted that the patch download links do not work with downloaded versions. This includes primarily versions downloaded via Steam, Direct2Drive, or other such sites. Direct2Drive has a site through which you can patch your game if you purchased it via download.

Recently some members of the community have created their own map packs by hacking the game's source files. It can be downloaded from the External Links section below.

Demos

A multiplayer demo was released and made available for download, but unfortunately the demo has several connection issues, particularly when connecting to the internet. This is because the multiplayer demo has not been updated with patches 1.1 and 1.1.1. This makes the demo almost completely useless. Only LAN games work with the demo.

The Xbox 360 demo remains fully functional.

Cheats

Only one cheat is available for each system.

  • PC: Type in "Henry Walker" as a profile name. This automatically unlocks all missions, Unit Identification data, movies, as well as all the challenge missions. It should be noted that this does not give you medals.
  • Xbox 360: Hold LB button + RB button + LT button + RT button, push X button. This unlocks all levels.

Table of Contents

Image:Battlestations- Midway Banner.jpg

Getting Started
  • Controls
  • Map Tactics
  • Ship Tactics
  • Aircraft Tactics
  • Submarine Tactics
  • Achievements
Nations
  • Empire of Japan
  • United States of America
  • Neutral
  • Weapons
Multiplayer Maps
  • Air Superiority at Luzon
  • Steel Monsters
  • Battle of the Vella Gulf
  • Battle of the Phillipines
  • Islands of Solomon
  • Battle of Samar
  • Battle of the Suriago Strait
  • Battle of the Coral Sea
  • Operation MI
  • Battle of the Sibuyan Sea
    (Iowa Mission Pack)
Walkthrough
Single Player Campaign
  1. Stationed at Pearl
  2. Defence of the Phillipines
  3. Running the Palawan Passage
  4. Vengeance at Luzon
  5. Raid on Balikpapan
  6. Holding the Lombok Strait
  7. Rendezvous at the Java Sea
  8. Strike on Tulagi
  9. Battle of the Coral Sea
  10. Turning Point at Midway
  11. Endgame at Midway
Aircraft Challenge Missions
  • Shortage of Reinforcements
  • Saving Tulagi
  • Attack on Force Z
Ship Challenge Missions
  • Strike on the Monster
  • Battle of the Java Sea
  • Hunt for the Cruiser
  • Might of the Yamato
  • Raid on Truk (Iowa Mission Pack)
Submarine Challenge Missions
  • Crucial Cargo
  • Periscopes Threatening
  • Coup de Grace

External links


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From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!

Battlestations: Midway

Developer(s) Eidos
Publisher(s) Eidos
Designer(s) Eidos Studios Hungary
Release date January 30, 2007
Genre Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: T
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PC
Media PC DVD
Input XBox 360 Controller, Keyboard, Mouse, Flight Stick (optional but recommended)
System requirements CPU - 2GHz, RAM - 512MiB, Network Connection Speed - 512Kibps
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough


Battlestations: Midway is a real-time tactics video game developed by the Hungary division of Eidos Interactive. Set in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War, Battlestations: Midway (often abbreviated to "Battlestations" or "BSM") is a hybrid of real-time strategy, flight simulation, as well as naval and submarine warfare. Players can activate a real-time map which allows them control over their units like an RTS game would, while giving them the ability to personally command at any time one of any number of warships, aircraft, submarines, or two forms of land installations. Several players have made connections from BSM to the Battlefield series, except without land or infantry combat.

The single player campaign has a rather weak storyline, following two main characters. Henry Walker is a Lieutenant on board the USS Phoenix, arriving just in time to witness and partake in the attack on Pearl Harbour. Players switch from the perspective of Henry to his air force friend and counterpart, Donald Locklear, as they strive through the various missions of the game to push back the Imperial Japanese Navy. The campaign draws to a close at the Battle of Midway.

Unlike other WW2 video games, the Japanese are not portrayed as fanatical or in an overly negative fashion, although the racial slur "Jap" is often used in both the single player campaign and online (since it takes considerably fewer keystrokes to type "Jap" versus "Japanese"). To avoid racial discrimination, it is encouraged to use "JP", but "Jap" remains extremely common.

Various challenge missions involve commanding a particular type of unit – an aircraft, a warship, or a submarine – to accomplish various objectives. Challenge missions can be accomplished before or after the actual campaign, although it is recommended players play the campaign first since Challenge missions are exceedingly difficult even for those who have defeated the Campaign. There is no Japanese campaign and the challenge missions are the only way to play as the Japanese on single-player mode. Japanese characters speak in Japanese, but subtitles must be enabled to determine what they are saying.

While the story is weak, the game compensates with a strong multiplayer aspect. Each game is capable of sustaining eight players – four US and four Japanese – who select unit slots and command the units under each slot (any remaining units are divided randomly). Although sending the right unit against the right enemy can prove effective, teamwork and communication between players is oftentimes more important than a winning strategy.

Contents

Patches

Thus far, two patches have been released — Versions 1.1 and Versions 1.1.1.

One downloadable expansion pack was released, the Iowa Mission Pack, updating the game with one new multiplayer map and a new challenge mission. The multiplayer map and challenge mission introduce the player to the new units of the expansion pack. The expansion isn't free for the Xbox 360, however.

It should be noted that the patch download links do not work with downloaded versions. This includes primarily versions downloaded via Steam, Direct2Drive, or other such sites. Direct2Drive has a site through which you can patch your game if you purchased it via download.

Demos

A multiplayer demo was released and made available for download, but unfortunately the demo has several connection issues, particularly when connecting to the internet. This is because the multiplayer demo has not been updated with patches 1.1 and 1.1.1. This makes the demo almost completely useless. Only LAN games work with the demo.

The Xbox 360 demo, however, has full functionality.

Sequel

Eidos has officially announced Battlestations: Pacific, the sequel to Battlestations: Midway. Details on it are sketchy at best, but various elements have been incorporated, including:

  • New units, including the F4U Corsair and the Ohka personnel-guided missile
  • A visible seabed for underwater combat
  • Underwater mines (see above)
  • Underwater fauna, including a hammerhead shark (see above)
  • Ships break apart upon sinking
  • Planes break apart upon destruction

External Links

Battlestations: Midway wiki guide at StrategyWiki

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  • Battlestations: Midway Demo (LAN functionality only)
  • Patch 1.1 (retail version only — requires disc)
  • Patch 1.1.1 (retail version only — requires disc)
  • Iowa Expansion Pack (retail version only)
  • Direct2Drive Patch Site (downloadable version only)
  • Battlestations: Midway Official Forums
  • Battlestations Midway Community Site

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