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[ March 28th 2007 ]

Battlestations Midway fans can quench their thirst for fresh naval action as two new historical battle maps and brand new vehicles are now newly available on Xbox Live Marketplace for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

The new battle maps reenact two epic battles from the Pacific war: The Battle of Sibuyan Sea and The Raid on Truk. Both maps and five new vehicles are now available to download for 400 Microsoft points.

The Battle of the Sibuyan Sea provides a new multi player experience based on one of the major battles of the Leyte Gulf Campaign, the greatest naval warfare battle in history that effectively destroyed the Japanese fleet in October of 1944.

Players command either the US Fleet featuring the USS Iowa and USS Enterprise or Japanís finest fleet, Kurita, featuring the super battleships Yamato and the ill-fated Musashi. The single player battle, The Raid on Truk, is based on Operation Hailstone, a massive naval air and surface attack launched by the United States Navy against the Japanese naval and air base at Truk. The devastating attack took place in mid-February 1944.

Players command the US Fleet in a four phase battle starting with a P-38 air strike and leading to the command of the USS Enterprise and her screening force.

The new battles also feature a new and unique set of air, sea, and undersea vehicles that challenge the playerís skills and naval strategies. The following five new vehicles will be available: the P-38 Lightning, the Nakijima J1N1 Gekko, the USS Iowa (BB-61), the IJN Shimakaza, and the Type A mini-sub.

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