Battlestations: Pacific Preview - Midway

Get the details on the infamous Battle of Midway in this action-strategy hybrid sequel.

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Battlestations: Pacific, the sequel to Battlestations: Midway, will offer even more explosive, hybrid action-strategy gameplay that will let you take control of a squadron of air and sea units and lead them into battle--or hop into a pilot's or captain's seat and dive into the fray yourself. This time around, we have the details on the infamous Battle of Midway, which will appear as a mission in the game.

The Battle of Midway occurred in June of 1942 and was one of the most crucial World War II conflicts in the Pacific theater. The battle was entered into with different motivations on each side; the Imperial Japanese Navy intended for the conflict to lead a decisive victory over the Allied Forces, whereas American forces lined up a surprise attack that eventually led them to victory. The ferocious four-day battle claimed seven ships, along with more than 300 planes and the lives of more than 3,000 soldiers.

From the Japanese perspective, the goal of the Imperial Navy was simple: eliminate the remaining Allied carrier forces that were occupying island chains in the area so that the Japanese forces could establish a defensive perimeter. Fleet Admiral Yamamoto, commander in chief of what was known as the Combined Fleet, made the ominous prediction that his forces might experience great success for a time but face trouble should the war in the Pacific stretch past two years in length. As it turns out, the admiral was right; for the first six months of the conflict, the Imperial Navy seized island after island until the fateful day of June 4.

Battlestations: Pacific will let you relive the crucial conflict at Midway.

As it happened, American forces had cracked the Japanese radio code and were able to determine the Admiral's battle plans going into Midway. Through a series of carefully applied ambushes executed at just the right times and just the right places, American Admiral Chester Nimitz and his seemingly outnumbered forces were able to position themselves around the enemy's flank, first eliminating the Imperial Navy's early reconnaissance troops, then swooping in to begin their attack on Japanese carriers on June 4, days before the Imperial Navy expected any resistance.

As with the game's other missions, Battlestations: Pacific will let you play through this mission with the intent of re-creating history or rewriting it. See the game in action in our exclusive videos above. Battlestations: Pacific will be released in May.

Discussion

40 comments
downloadthefile
downloadthefile

the battle of midway certainly wasn't infamous, because it is in fact considered to be the major turning point of the United States war against the Japanese. From a Japanese perspective however, it might be infamous.

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

I hope that this game plays well and is as good as the Battlestations Midway game, which I still find myself playing today. The wait is killing me.

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

haha thats like saying boxfire isnt a nooooooooooob.

DarthEthong467
DarthEthong467

Most of you idiots complaining about this article being a history lesson or a waste of time are the same noobs who will play this mission in the game and say, "wtf? dat mission wuz dum cuz it made no sense!"

Boxfire
Boxfire

bigg smigg.. you are a noob, thats like saying Japan never fought in WW2. Pick up a book, right click.. or just shut the f up.

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

i suppose not cos that would mean having to have no americansfighting in ww2, shock horror

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

i also get the feeling that ww2 game developers think that the USA was the only allied country to fight in the war, they were a late entry and probably did the least amount of fighting, i hope they include more about brirish in this game. i wonder if the next gtame will be battlestations atlantic lol

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

hmm... gamespot should not really be teaching us about battles in this game, it should really be teaching us about what an awesome game this is going to be, if u want to learnabout the battle of midway u should be watching discovery or history channel or whatever, not goin to a game site about games, this was just basically a written documentary

techpunk
techpunk

That video has me not really caring if I ever play this game. It may be a good game, but video was pretty lame.

invadernick
invadernick

I think the article is just trying to tell you the game will be pretty story driven, and real events and military tactics will be used. But i kinda agree that the way they presented it in this article is a little out of place for a gaming site. Nonetheless a good history lesson.

forhekset
forhekset

That was the worst article about a game I've ever read.

mfa1486
mfa1486

i think the H.W.A.X is batter

starpirat
starpirat

You are incorrect, as it was the Allies in general that broke the japanese code.. as detailed in the book "The Emperor’s Codes" Across the world from Bletchley Park to Pearl Harbor; from Singapore to Colombo; and from Mombasa to Melbourne. It tells the stories of John Tiltman, the British soldier turned codebreaker who made many of the early breaks in Japanese diplomatic and military codes; Commander Joe Rochedort, the leading expert on Japanese in U.S. naval intelligence, who took to wearing his silk smoking jacket and slippers to work during three amphetamine-fuelled months spent entirely at the office; Eric Nave, the Australian sailor recruited to work for the British who pioneered breakthroughs in deciphering Japanese naval codes; and Oshima Hiroshi, the hard-drinking Japanese ambassador to Berlin, whose candid, often verbose, reports to Tokyo of his conversations with Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis were a major source of intelligence in the war against Germany. Many of these revelations have been made possible only through recently declassified British files, privileged access to Australian secret official histories, and Smith’s interviews with an unprecedented number of British, American, and Australian codebreakers.

submarine444
submarine444

why dont you just take a snapshot of your history book and post it here instead of typing all this crap?

mikees1
mikees1

yawn.........America wasnt the only country fighting in the pacific theatre and if British forces are not represented (they only had a small contigent in the first one) then il not be buying it,as much as i liked the first one!

OnlookerDelay
OnlookerDelay

This was a "preview"? How about a synopsis of the Pacific Theater during WWII? Come back when you can tell us something about the gameplay.

sirbalynn
sirbalynn

im really not sure about this game, it seems a little slow

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

haha. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that found this 'preview' to be a history lesson.

Lolthien
Lolthien

Umm.. so thanks for the history lesson and everything... how was the friggin game????

pluto213
pluto213

umm thats how you fight wars kill everything

joelgargan
joelgargan

@GameFreak523 The game probably won't be as historically informational as "Other Crap"

aaronrbailey
aaronrbailey

I also recommend the documentary "Fog of War," but Robert McNamara was Secretary of Defense, not Secretary of State. And I think that the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, as terrible as they were, were less terrible than the fire bombing of Tokyo which recieves much less attention.

GameFreak523
GameFreak523

Why don't they let students play these kind of games in their history class instead of other crap?

Dogar230
Dogar230

i hope the Ki-84 Frank is in this game. I loved that plane. I can't wait to fly the F6F Hellcat again too. Been years since I've flown one in a game :)

Dogar230
Dogar230

i recommend the documentary "Fog of War: Lessons of Robert McNamara" if you wanna learn about the atomic bombing of Japan from a former US Secretary of State.

paleogamer
paleogamer

What? I thougth there was a ps3 version. Got my hopes up for nothing thinking the series would get atleast 8 from GS for first time.

tuvideo87
tuvideo87

america getting karma back for hiroshima and nagasaki some day?

WarGameJunkie
WarGameJunkie

"Well, actually, if I recall correctly, the U.S. ran out of nukes after bombing Nagasaki. (The first nuke had been detonated in a desert for testing, and the second one went off over Hiroshima. There were only three bombs, right?)" Technically, yes. The U.S. wouldn't have had another bomb for about a week or two. But after that, the U.S. had the capacity to produce at the very least 1 bomb per month, more than likely more than that though. Although there weren't really any targets left for a bomb. Almost all Japanese cities by that point were destroyed by conventional bombing. @landcraft Japan had two nuke programs, one Army and one Navy. That was the problem. Neither of them were anywhere close to producing a bomb. They had zero chance to get one either because they didn't have access to an element known as "heavy water" deuterium oxide. The only place outside the U.S. known to get it from at that time was Norway and the production facility there was attacked and damaged by the British during the war. By June 1945 Japan had zero hope of getting any either because the Germans surrendered in May. So, Japan had no hope of ever getting a bomb before being invaded and destroyed by the Americans even if the Atomic bombs didn't work. The only way the Russians got one after the war is because they had spies in the U.S. Manhattan project.

kweeni
kweeni

reading this article made me feel like i'm at shool(which i just came home from lol)

mikees1
mikees1

Do hope they feature more British units than they did in the first game ,After all the yanks were not the only ones fighting in the pacific theatre and i do belive it was us fighting in the pacific long before the americans got there.Looks good though and still play the first from time to time

lancraft
lancraft

I guess Japan would have sped up their own nuclear program and try to fight it out. However, the industrial might of the US was at its peak then, so the US would be able to produce many more nuclear bombs before Japan could even produce one. Besides, the US would be bombing city after city, so for Japan to be successful, they would have to be moving their research site on a daily basis.

joelgargan
joelgargan

Doesn't look like my cup of tea. (the game, I mean) Oh and everyone, there is plenty of WWII forums out there.

dracosummoner
dracosummoner

-> nitsud_19: Well, actually, if I recall correctly, the U.S. ran out of nukes after bombing Nagasaki. (The first nuke had been detonated in a desert for testing, and the second one went off over Hiroshima. There were only three bombs, right?) Thus this must have served as a big question -- "What happens if the Japanese don't surrender, even after we use up the last of the nukes?"

manco_ayi
manco_ayi

Truman's words come to mind... suxAlot

nitsud_19
nitsud_19

I think you mean nuking every Japanese city until they surrendered 8P.

gijas
gijas

Even if the Japs would have won the battle at Midway the US would have defeated them eventually with their resources and production ability so Yamamoto was right.