Pacifying the Pacific with all the carnage
that WWII can provide...
"I think World War II just started!" screamed Josh Hartnett in Bruckheimer movie clunker Pearl Harbour - perhaps under the impression that the entirety of Europe had been chucking fairy cakes and small twigs at each other for the several years previous.
Nevertheless, their war had begun, and Midway is a game that seeks to represent the naval and aerial battles over the Pacific in and around 1942, leading up to the titular Battle of Midway.
Like Battlefield 1942 without the soldiers running around, Midway is primarily a multiplayer game for up to 16 players - although a strong solo on both the American and Japanese campaign is promised for the friendless.
You switch between the controls of battleships, subs, aircraft carriers and dog-fighting planes, and carry out all the torpedoings, bombings and explosions of various sizes that go with them.
The developer is clearly aiming Midway at the 'fun' market rather than that which demands flaps, chocks, ailerions and other such nonsense. Therefore, don't go expecting the fluffy inanity of Secret Weapons Over Normandy, but then don't expect a manual an inch thick and a pair of flying goggles either.
Visually, everything seems to be ticking along nicely (although when your landscape consists mainly of a big patch of water, you can't really go far wrong). We confidently expect Midway to be a jolly blast when it touches down next summer.