A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, bombs, and torpedoes are used to take down enemy planes and boats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some suggestive imagery -- a few images of scantily clad women.
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Soldiers will yell out some phrases that may offend some, including words such as "God Damnit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some cut scene sequences show soldiers consuming alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that like all video games that re-create real war battles, there's a learning opportunity -- as well as an opportunity to offend those who think making a game out of real events is insensitive to the people who endured them. You can shoot enemy planes and try to sink enemy boats. Cursing includes "Run that son of a bitch out of here!" "Poor bastards," and "Goddamn it."
Is It Any Good?
This polished and highly enjoyable game offers 60 historically accurate warships, planes, and submarines. The main U.S. campaign mode includes 11 lengthy missions and 12 bonus missions. Other modes include Naval Academy (11 tutorial missions); Ship Challenge (increasingly challenging watercraft missions); Plane Challenge (dog-fighting missions); Submarine Challenge (hunt transports and evade destroyers); and online head-to-head or cooperative modes playable over the Xbox Live service ($50 a year).
Despite some minor inconveniences, such as lengthy load times between some missions, Battlestations: Midway is a worthy war game with plenty of gripping gameplay.
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