Getting Good: The Battle of Midway

Published June 1, 2018 Leave a Comment

Everyone loves a good shoot ‘em up game: the combination of fast-paced, high-octane shooting, coupled with getting to know the patterns of enemies and bosses in each stage. This makes for rewarding and exhilarating game experience. 1943: The Battle of Midway was a bold move by Capcom (the developer and publisher), considering the events that had shook the world only four decades before its release. Nevertheless, despite its potentially controversial setting, it seems the public cared more about a good game, and received it with critical acclaim. As a matter of fact, 1942 (the predecessor for The Battle of Midway), was one of Capcom’s first breakaway titles in the arcade industry, which allowed them to establish their identity as developers and distinguish themselves from other studios.

That being said, 1943 is a simple yet entertaining title, ideal for both casual and veteran gamers alike. The difficulty is just right for it to be fun, without functioning as much of a barrier to entry-level gamers. Suffice to say, this isn’t a game you play for the ‘street cred’ at your local arcade; The Battle of Midway is usually played for fun, or as a warmup for other, more demanding titles.

The Game

1943 is a vertical-scrolling shoot ‘em up game where the player takes control of a P-38 Lightning participating in the battle of the Midway Atoll. The objective of the game is to combat the enemy forces, make your way to the end of each level, and defeat the boss (or the swarm of enemies) at the end, like in many other shoot ‘em up titles. The game spans across 16 different stages, 11 of which consists of air-to-sea engagements, with a destroyer-class battleship or an aircraft carrier boss at the end. The other 5 stages revolve around aerial battles where the final boss is a big bomber.

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