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Battlestations: Midway

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Battlestations: Midway
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Developer(s) Eidos Hungary, Robosoft Technologies (Mac)
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive, Feral Interactive (Mac)
Composer(s) Richard Jacques
License Proprietary
Series Battlestations
Version 1.1.1[1]
Platform(s) Mac OS X, Windows, Xbox 360
Release date Windows and Xbox 360
NA 2007-01-30
EU 2007-02-09
AU 2007-02-28
Mac OS X
INT 2008-08-14
Genre(s) Action, Real-time tactics
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T (Teen)
System requirements Pentium 4 1.8GHz, 512MiB RAM, 64MiB VRAM, 6GiB HD space more...
Input methods Keyboard and mouse, gamepad

Battlestations: Midway is a video game developed by Eidos Hungary and released on January 30, 2007 set in the Pacific during World War II. It's a hybrid of action and real-time tactics: the player can command their fleet globally and take control of any individual unit at any time. During the single player campaign, the player will start with a single and small unit (a patrol boat) during early missions and progressively gain control of better and more numerous units.

System requirements

Minimum system requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista
  • Pentium 4 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
  • 512 MiB of RAM
  • graphic card with 64MiB VRAM, Pixel Shader 1.3, Vertex Shader 1.1, DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • 6 GiB free hard disk space
  • 4X DVD drive

Recommended system specifications

  • Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • 1 GiB of RAM
  • graphic card with 128MiB VRAM, Pixel Shader 2.0, Vertex Shader 2.0

Optimal system specifications

  • Pentium 4 3 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • 2 GiB of RAM
  • graphic card with 256MiB VRAM, Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0

Overview

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1. The command map
Battlestations: Midway is a pretty unique mix of a strategy and action game.

Using the command map (picture 1), you can easily issue orders (moves, waypoints, attack, escort) to your units. Strategy does matter. For instance you will have to protect your base against incoming bombers and heavy ships, while trying to escort or sneak your own bombers and ships to your targets (enemy shipyards, airports, aircraft carriers...).

Depending on missions, you'll have control over more or less units. If controlling a few boats (1 at the beginning of the game, 2 in the demo multiplayer mission if you play 4 vs 4) or a few squadrons (3 + 1 aircraft carrier in the demo multiplayer mission if you play 4 vs 4) isn't much of a challenge, handling a whole fleet won't let you much time to take control of each unit individually.

Your units will follow your orders pretty well, but you will soon find out that it is often more efficient to take manual control over some of them (not to say most of them) and do stuff yourself. For instance when it comes to evading torpedoes or other enemy fire, human control is a big fat plus (in fact I don't even think the AI is able to do any kind of evasion).

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2. Getting out of the shipyard
Let's finish with some more technical details. First, the controls. You can get started right away, if your impatient, knowing just a

few things:

  • to toggle map view, use TAB
  • to switch between units, use A
  • to open the menu to send units (picture 2), use SHIFT
  • to move your units on the map use the mouse (you can also use the mouse to select the units on the map), to cancel all moves for a unit, press space
  • oh, and don't forget to at least check the objectives... the teamwork is very important, if one player is useless in a team of 4, it gives a huge disadvantage, if 2 players are useless and have the same kind of units (all ships or all planes), the game is already lost

With as little commands, you can have some fun as a complete n00b in the multiplayer game. You'll soon want to browse the commands more in details (at least to dive your submarines...) : then go to the settings and customize as you feel.

The computer requirements are pretty low. The game will run fine with high details on an Athlon 3500 with 2GiB RAM (no swap file) and a GeForce 6600 GT 128MiB video card.

PC Cheats

Unlock all missions

To unlock all missions (including challenge missions) and movies, choose "Henry Walker" as your profile name. This cheat doesn't award you the medals though.

Xbox 360 cheats

Unlock all missions

To unlock all missions (equivalent of the "Henry Walker" profile on PC), hold
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Screenshots

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Videos

Trailer

Cinematic

Gameplay

External links

References

  1. Eidos - Battlestations Midway 1.1.1 patch