A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Battleship is a first person shooter that is rated "Teen" for its realistic depiction of violence -- including enemies who fall down and/or cry out when shot at with weapons. The enemies are a menacing alien species instead of people. The game also has some mild profanity.
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What's it about?
Based on the new feature film of the same name, which is based on the classic Hasbro board game for two players, BATTLESHIP follows a heroic demolitions specialist, Cole Mathis, who battles against an aquatic-based alien race on sand and in the sea of the Hawaiian archipelago. Mathis also issues commands to the U.S. Navy to destroy the enemy fleet. The game fuses action with tactics as players fight on the beachfront while also ordering attacks against the E.T.'s marine counterparts. The view switches between the first-person shooter perspective on land to the overhead "Battle Command" map, which mimics the board game. In the latter, players instruct the U.S. Navy to hit and sink the enemy using carriers, frigates, cruisers, destroyers, and submarines.
Is it any good?
Battleship is at best a mediocre hybrid of a shooter with top-down sea tactics. The action is quite lame, clumsy to control for the most part, and the jump between views proves awkward. You don't care about the protagonist or any other the other characters, and the graphics are weak. At $60 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version (there is a separate, different "E10+"-rated Battleship for the Wii, DS, and 3DS), it's a complete rip-off. At best, this should be a $5 iPad game and only played by those who love the movie or have a nostalgic leaning toward the turn-based board game (even then, there are more faithful digital recreations of it). Quite simply, leave this one for the bargain bin -- it'll be there soon.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Social Studies: geography
Math: estimation, probability
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, work to achieve goals
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, strategy
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: May 15, 2012
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Ocean Creatures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Language, Violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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