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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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