|Genre: Strategy & War
|Min OS X: 10.4 CPU: Intel @ 1800 MHz RAM: 512 MB Hard Disk: 4300 MB DVD-ROM Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
SoundBullets wiz by. Explosions boom through your subwoofer. Music adjusts itself based on which side your playing and blends into the background. The sound in BSM is immersive and does what good sound should do - pull you into the game without you being aware of it. You'll probably find yourself either turning the volume up to immerse yourself in the game, or turning it down so that you don't start to panic!
Overall, the sound in the game is solid, with the exception of the lame voice acting.
ValueDo you love strategy and action games? How about WWII games? Then this game is for you. Sure, you could save a couple dollars by buying the PC version and playing it in Bootcamp, but this game rewards you for playing it on a Mac. It is reasonably priced, feature rich, and not too far behind the PC and console versions. It is also very stable (according to my testing) and the multiplayer is fresh and new on the Mac (apparently the PC multiplayer has been broken for a while). The graphics are great, the sound is both immersive and subtle, and it is easy to play and enjoy.
The verdict: This game is worth every dollar. If you are addicted to the demo, you'll overdose on the full game (I highly recommend that you download the game and try it before buying).
ConclusionBattlestations: Midway attempts to break some new ground by combining real-time strategy and action genres in a WWII setting. While it doesn't create a totally unique game, it does succeed in creating a fresh and fun game. Gameranger junkies will love the multiplayer aspect of the game, and WWII buffs will fall for the immersive action and beautiful graphics. The weakest part of the game is perhaps requiring the player to do too much, sometimes resulting in exhausting micro-management. Overall this is a very solid port of a good game that will give you many hours of fun.
Pros• Great Graphics and Sound
• Simple Controls
• Balanced Gameplay
• Good Multiplayer
Cons• Short single player campaign
• Unconvincing story
• Too much micromanagement
TipsI thought I'd post some quick tips here that may help you in playing the game:
• In the "Raid on Balikapan" mission, split up your ships and send the expendable one in first to soak up damage and sink as mush as possible, and leave your main cruiser behind.
• When you control ships, immediately assign one man to fire, water, and maneuverability in damage control, then adjust them as needed in battle.
• When fighting with a ship, control torpedoes and let the AI fire your main guns and AA. Focus on avoiding bombs and torpedos and let the AI pound the enemy for you. Only control the main guns if you need precision shooting.
• In multiplayer, always launch your strongest ships, don't make the "noob" mistake of launching subs and destroyers.
• In multiplayer, focus your forces on one main target at a time, and if the enemy has airfields and shipyards, take one of them out right away if possible to gain a quick upper hand.
• Some air units, like the IJN torpedo and dive bombers, can also dogfight. Use them to drop their torpedos and then send them to intercept enemy planes right away. Likewise, the fighter planes can also drop bombs. Mix them up to get the most out of them!