Battlestations: Pacific

 
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Massive arcade-like military strategy game.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Minor references to smoking and meeting up with women when off tour of duty.

Violence

Players can shoot down planes, destroy ships, pummel tanks, and so on. But it's handled from a more eagle eye "commander" point-of-view than from a first-person soldier's perspective.Weapons used include machine guns, torpedos, and artillery fire.

Sex

Players can see some suggestive imagery of women painted on the side of some planes, such as 1940s-esque pin-up girls.

Language

Minor instances of "damn," "hell" and "goddamnit" and be heard during radio chatter.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to smoking a cigarette during chatter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Teen" primarily for its portrayal of violence -- it's a World War II fighting game. Players can shoot down planes, destroy ships, pummel tanks, but most of this combat happens from far away, not closeup. There is some mild bad language, some pictures of pin-up girls, and smoking references.

What's it about?

Relive history or rewrite it with Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's BATTLESTATIONS: PACIFIC, an epic World War II thriller that's roughly twice the size of its acclaimed predecessor, Battlestations: Midway. Nearly 30 single-player missions make up the two massive campaigns, along with a myriad of online multiplayer modes -- including Island Capture, Duel, Siege, Escort and Competitive -- allowing up to eight players (four versus four) to climb into any plane, ship, or sub during the Pacific War.

You choose whether you want to take on the historically-based U.S. campaign or command the IJN (Imperial Japanese Navy) fleet and attempt to change the outcome of the war. Battlestations: Pacific successfully fuses real-time strategy with action, therefore you'll need to plan your moves carefully to remain one step ahead of the enemy before executing orders to attack or defend (depending on the mission objectives).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Even if you haven't laid your hands on its predecessor, learning how to take control over 100 authentic and prototype air, sea, and underwater units (21 more than the last game), is quite easy -- and rewarding. Gamers will have access to fighters, bombers, kamikaze planes, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and other units at their disposal. Along with the high-definition graphics, players can choose a desired camera (including a first-person cockpit perspective or third-person outside view), fight the enemy at different times of the day and in varied weather conditions. WWII buffs or strategy nuts should enjoy playing through this game, which especially shines in its multiplayer modes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a game about a real war should be played as "entertainment"...or is this insensitive to the many American men and women who lost their lives (or loved ones) during this war. Why do you think Konami recently cancelled 'Six Days In Fallujah'? How would that game be different from this one?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Windows
Price:$49.99 ($59.99 for Xbox 360)
Available online?Available online
Developer:Eidos Interactive
Release date:May 13, 2009
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Tobacco Reference, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old March 12, 2011
 

fine for 11+

i think this game is great, but some strategy and thinking is requierd. violence wise there is no blood or gore, but ships, bases, planes get blown up.there is an amount of swearing but not an overload.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byaaron.com June 4, 2009
Kid, 12 years old May 31, 2010
 

great game for kids!!!

I have this game and it is great. you can controll a bunch of ships and plains. You have to be smart to play so its not just senceless violence and its very easy to play. and you learn alot about history. for ages 11-18 i say.
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