BXB's Richard Worrall writes: "If Michael Bay was guilty of purging the Pearl Harbor story of its historical significance in favour of overwrought romance and dramatic visual effects, Battlestations: Pacific from Eidos goes one further and ditches all of that, too. Considering that it recreates one of the most infamous military strikes in recent history, there's something dreadfully sedentary about this game's opening mission.
"A tutorial mission or two in a game like this is essential, of course. The game's unique blend of strategy and action is something not readily informed by experience in other videogames (except for its precursor, Battlestations: Midway). Taking command of ships, planes and submarines, you can either direct the action through the map, or get your hands dirty and control individual vehicles."