Battlestations: Pacific Preview - The Road to Hawaii

We get an early look at one of the later single-player missions in this hybrid action-strategy sequel.

Battlestations: Pacific, the follow-up to Battlestations: Midway, ships later this month. The previous game offered hybrid action-plus-strategy gameplay in World War II's Pacific theater, including missions that were inspired by actual historical conflicts. The original game let you play as the American forces, heading out to battle as a strategic commander giving orders to your fleet of ships or squadron of fighter planes, but at any time, you could switch to direct control of any of your vehicles to dive into the action.

The sequel will offer even more of the hybrid action-strategy gameplay from the previous game and will let you play as either an American or a Japanese admiral. Like the original game, Battlestations: Pacific will have numerous missions whose designs were inspired by actual historical skirmishes, though the sequel will also have a number of missions based on fictitious "what if?" scenarios. Please note that this story may contain minor spoilers.

Our final sneak peek at this upcoming game will focus on the Road to Hawaii. This single-player mission is based on a fictitious operation that occurs far into the Japanese campaign, 13 missions in. Road to Hawaii will find the American forces in a hurry to erect whatever defenses they can in and around the area with PT boats--and, apparently, no other combat vessels to back them up. This mission will have multiple goals for you, as the Japanese squad leader: You'll need to lock down the skies for your nation, knock out any air-to-ground and artillery emplacements, and assist the ground invasion on the main American base from the skies. Fortunately, by this point in the campaign, you'll likely have access to at least one of the game's unlockable Japanese fighters, such as the infamously fast Zero or the powerful experimental Shinden fighter, whose 30mm guns make it a powerful strafing ship and the single most damaging fighter plane in the game.

As it happens, your best course of action will probably be to tear down enemy artillery and antiair guns to prevent as much damage as possible to your own fighter squadron. The mission will also have an optional objective of hunting down and destroying a hidden listening post, which, if located, will increase your score.

This fictitious mission will offer one of many battles you can fight on the side of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

However, once your squadron has secured the islands (about halfway through the mission), US forces will mount a counteroffensive. Squadrons of unreported US aircraft will enter the area, including C-47 personnel carriers full of paratroopers and armed escort fighters. In addition, enemy torpedo ships will attack your carrier, crippling it in the water and leaving you without reinforcement. At this point, you'll need to resort to what the developer refers to as "actions [players] never had to take before to stop and force the enemy back"--a kamikaze run.

Battlestations: Pacific is scheduled for release on May 12 for the PC and the Xbox 360.

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61 comments
Sten420
Sten420

I bought it today. Laggy, bugged, and retardedly attached to windows live. The new windows live is a system hog and a virus waiting to happen. It may be the sole reason that this game is so crappy in it's first release. Time will tell. The lack of joystick support (that I could see) makes this game a shadow of what it could be.

duallyman
duallyman

what is this site good for and how do I use it...I bought it today

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Video always makes it look more fun than it really is.

mfacek
mfacek

I agree with OF-5. This video is great, but the demo struck me as mediocre.

OF-5
OF-5

Meh... played the demo it was OK i guess. ill probably just rent it.

skud777
skud777

I'm actually just happy that you are going to start doing damage to things that you crash into. In most flying games you could do a complete nose dive from outer space, crash into a little jeep and the jeep will drive away while you are sitting with a mission failed screen in front of you. BOOOO!!! Yeah Kamikaze!!!!!!!!

Gammet25
Gammet25

Ive never actually played a type of game where use a ww2 plane and blow crap out of the sky and ground with a limited array of weapons, this will be intresting

EvanescenceUK
EvanescenceUK

@alfred66: I think that video does make the game look a little slow because it only concentrates on the flying part of the game. But when you are constantly managing your fleets of ships, PT boats, landing craft and subs as well as your squadrons of fighters and bombers as well as the damage control on the ships and also taking direct control of any of the vehicles when you wish, it can feel hectic! I think there are much better videos of the game around which show this point much more effectively. Oh, and regrding the japanese voice acting, I think it's good that we can understand what they are saying :)

phors8
phors8

I'm doing a review of this game for 411mania.com. Looks really cool. I have always loved strategy action games, but it looks like they're concentating on the action more than the actual strategy part. What do you think?

alfred66
alfred66

looks a little slow... why are the japanese talking in english..... HERRO..

alfred66
alfred66

OMFG... that voice was so annoying.. looks way better that hawx however.. (fingers crossed) dont ruin it

ahmadtankfbz
ahmadtankfbz

I am so gonna buy this. I played Midway and it was fun. And finally, somebody realise that Kamikaze is an option. Woo Hoo!!!

mikees1
mikees1

sub-raid,yes HAWX may be better, for people with short attention spans! This game requires fast thinking,tactical decision making and a whole host of other skills HAWX lacks. I mean come on?? what decisions do you have to make in HAWX other than pick a plane and weapon pack?None, thats what. Point plane at the enemy and shoot,simple,easy and eventualy boring. A game for people who like theyre action easy and not to taxing on the grey matter.I owned and loved HAWX....for all of a week, until i traded it in.The money for the trade in is still sitting in my account just waiting for this games release and if the last one is anything to go by then itl be sitting with the rest of my games for sometime to come,unlike HAWX! You knock this game purely and simply because it is beyond your intellectual abilities.

Rage-Z
Rage-Z

PLayed the demo....i liked the demo.....Defintely buying this game.Awesome...........

Destroy3r3
Destroy3r3

It looks a good strategy-action combination to me. Driving the planes looks easy so I guess it should be fun!

NearlyPrescient
NearlyPrescient

another short gamespot preview of Battlestations: Pacific. at least this one isn't a history lesson.

syn79
syn79

The first game was a great blend of strategy and action, but not everyone is going to want to sit through a one hour tutorial to control all the different vehicles correctly. This is a love it or hate it game. I like the blend and enjoy action games that require thinking. I think this game will be better than the first, but if you did not like the first you won't like the second.

EvanescenceUK
EvanescenceUK

@CPark27: You're saying Battlefield 1943 is deep?! I don't think so! lol Battlefield games have no strategy whatsoever compared to Battlestations.

rocket_master
rocket_master

@coopteamplayer: Ships broke in half all the time in combat back then. All the weight was in each end with the magazines causing the middle to want to stay afloat. So the middle tries to rise and the two ends try to sink.

CPark27
CPark27

Just wait for Battlefield 1993. Better graphics, first person shooter, and more vehicles. Maybe rent this one if you have a 360, but probably shouldn't buy (not very deep)

bbballin
bbballin

it looks pretty cool defiantly gonna rent it

coopteamplayer
coopteamplayer

Battlestation: Midway is a very fun game with a good mix of strategy and control of individual units and formations. Pacific seems to build on it with better graphics-although I don't like the ships busting in half too unrealistic- including incredible what looks to be an incredible flying experience. Until you have mastered the flying and control of ships and subs you have no idea how much potential this new version has. Comparing to HAWX is like comparing an real apple to a plastic one- the real thing is much more complex and satisfying.

Venator_
Venator_

Graphics good? Look at the trees, buildings, rocks... generally: islands. Water, planes aren't bad, but the rest...

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

graphics are a huge improvement over old ones, i like the idea of island capture, tho on demo i find it a bit confusing at first, kamikaze, yes, 4 those ppl ripping this game i wud w8 2 rip it wen it comes out, this game will be awesome, but i suppose i will never know what it is like until it is out, demo was great tho

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Battlestations Midway was na extremely enjoyable game to play and the controls were fine. Not much of a story but just enough to keep you coming back. The graphics were not next gen back very good and realistic in its depictions of the ships and aircraft. This is one game I have been looking forward to and playing. I hope the delevelopers have fined tune it and given us a great game to play.

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

the clouds looks nice thats about all i can say

EvanescenceUK
EvanescenceUK

"HAWX is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better." That's the funniest thing I've read in a looong time! :D And for people who are complaining about the aircraft controls, you can remap them however you want and use a joystick

sub-raid
sub-raid

HAWX is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better. yeah and thanks for the thumbs down from now.

andromedagalaxe
andromedagalaxe

I can't wait for this! I still have the first one. I've got next weekend all booked up for playing this game. I will purchase on release based on the strength of the last game

Venator_
Venator_

Looks... weak... Graphics isn't the strong aspect of this game.

TheClown24
TheClown24

seems good, but it wont let me play the demo on steam so i cant tell for sure

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

as if ppl are bashing this game...the demo is awesome..and im not even a big ww2 fan...but im probably going to get this game

shimo1989
shimo1989

The controls for the airplanes feel rather clunky and simplistic. I also kind of wish they put in semi-functional meters into the cockpit instead of the entire thing being one huge static texture.

freerunner01
freerunner01

I just wish the control of airplanes was a little different (perhaps an ability to remap controls just for them). It's a little weird for me to control it with just the joysticks. I'm still on the fence with this game though...

mikees1
mikees1

lakers808.you have no idea what your talking about! "Good for infants"? No that would be HAWX-there is nothing to hawx (throttle rudder,A to fire,point at the enemy and press A. thats is a nice simple game for infants and even you it seems!) Battlestations has untold functions to deal with,ship submarine and plane management,damage management,unit to map control basicaly everything HAWX isnt-an intelligent strategy game.Where is the inteligent strategy in HAWX? Other than choosing which plane to use, there is none.I brought HAWX,liked it for a week then traded it into blockbuster where i obtained store credit which i havnt spent and dyou no why that is? Because im leaving it in there until Battlestations Pacific comes out thats why.I still own Midway and have done for quite a while so i can garuntee Pacific will sit amongst all my games longer than HAWX ever did.You no nothing because you havnt played it. Either that or you were frightened by all the different elements to the game that were beyond your mental capacity to deal with.Maybe a game that involves more than just point gun at that and shoot baffles you .

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

i really didnt fancy it, may still try the demo though, just for the hell of it !

Innos007666
Innos007666

Leave them, some people can't see different between HAWX and Battlestation, who cares. This game looks promising, I really like that water.. it's so real and complete, you got feeling that You'r on real sea.

rocket_master
rocket_master

wtf? HAWX is an arcade flight... game. For consoles. This is an action RTS for PC and Xbox 360.

RavageGT
RavageGT

Yeah, one of the negatives of this game will be voice acting, but other than that I am pretty pumped.

mlisen
mlisen

I love the demo, going on bombing runs in the skirmish mode is surprisingly fun. Being able to change from ship to plane to base makes it infinitely better than a regular flying sim.

RockZillaX
RockZillaX

I love the first game and I'm loving the demo, but WTF is go with the Japanese voice acting? Was it done by an Indian trying to sound like a Japanese?