gamers (95%) found this review helpful
This particular series is only for a few. Kids will not like this game, they don't understand it nor want to which makes it great for the adult players that play online. Most of the time (unless you are in a packed room online), you are playing from the map overview because there are so many units under your control, that you have to see what's going on with everything at once, otherwise if you just focus on flying/controlling a ship then the game seems boring to most.
The first one was fantastic and this one is even better. I do agree with one of the other reviewers that the controls are completely different which made it much easier and more fun to play, however they did amp up with strategizing against the enemy. Missions take many hours compared to the first one where it sometimes only took minutes. The AI has been greatly enhanced that even on Rookie difficulty, you will meet your match based on what scenario you play. You also never play the same game twice (possibly if you use the same strategy).
Lastly, this game is authentic and realistic. Boats and planes move slow, because, well it is 1940's. These things were big and slow, and this is the realism factor. This is not an arcade style game where your boats move 200mph and you get from Point A -> Point B in a matter of seconds. Also most people don't know how to fire from boats, so here's a hint. Few boats back then had 360 rotating turrets. Most were 180 degree and some 90/45 degree along with wing turrets which I think had a less arc than that. But much didn't change from the pirate days to WWII days, you still have to turn your boat sideways in order to use all your weapons. Plus the turrets were not practical at all, so it took awhile to move from the west to east for example. With that note, if you have patience, love WWII accurate and detailed models, real time strategizing against the enemy, then this is the game for you. It never gets dull nor did the first one.
gamers (92%) found this review helpful
You can tell the hard work that went into this game. The battles are deep and engaging, I found my self playing this game for hours. Tons of naval, sea, and air units to choose and customize from. If you take the time to understand the game you will enjoy Battle Stations Pacific. (B+)
posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Sep 16, 2009
Member since May 2009
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
From the excellent presentation and History Channel style narration, the clips of WWII archival footage- this game really speaks to anyone interested in real history versus battling aliens and elves. The direct control of the various units is very easy to grasp but still seems realistic enough to keep it from feeling like an arcade game. Each unit has a totally appropriate feel and differences are what makes the game so interesting. My only nitpick is how fast vessels start and stop- in real life it's much slower, but I understand the need on the part of the developers to make it faster. The strategy portion is not going to be of much interest to the twitch players. But you can experiment with different tactics and have a real effect on the outcome. It actually achieves effective tactical decision making like very few console games are able. Battles are often multi-stage affairs that keep the action evolving, and do a great job of making the use of each kind of unit involving and rewarding. Despite the length of some of the battles, you will find yourself replaying them to do better and try new tactics. You can easily blow an entire evening playing and not even realize it's 2am. The controls are improved over the first game and make even serious dogfighting a real joy that even a casual gamer will be able to become an ace- but without being 'trained monkey easy' either. This might be a good candidate for purchase as opposed to rent- you probably won't finish the game end to end in a single sitting. If your idea of gaming is twitching like you have epilepsy, then you might want to avoid this title. If you like real history in your games, and a solid mix of strategy and action, this is a game you'll come back to time and again. I'm already hoping for new titles in the European theater where you use vehicles instead of ships. I absolutely recommend this game.