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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Battleship for Nintendo's platforms -- Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS -- is a strategy game based on the Battleship movie. This version has less violence than the shooter game of the same name for the PS3 and the X360. Battleship has gameplay and cinematics that show mild violence; specifically, you're firing missiles at enemy vessels in an effort to destroy them. Small explosions can be seen and in some mini-movie sequences, people jump overboard when their ship is hit.
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What's it about?
While this Nintendo game is different than the Battleship created for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's also based on Universal Pictures' Battleship film, and is loosely tied to the classic board game of the same name. As an Admiral in the U.S. Navy, you must fend off a mysterious alien threat off the coast of Hawaii by deploying naval units to go up against enemy vessels. The turn-based strategy game follows the classic tactics of the board game -- attempt to destroy the other fleet of ships before they can do the same to you -- but also has a story mode, more action elements, and unique Navy personnel, each with their very own special abilities.
Is it any good?
While more enjoyable than the pricier Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version (a first-person shooter), this Nintendo version of Battleship still isn't a great game -- especially given there are free online and mobile versions of the game with the same core mechanics. On one hand it's enjoyable to direct real-world naval vessels -- such as submarines, destroyers, frigates, patrol boats, and of course, battleships -- plus you can unlock maps and unique naval officers to use in a customizable "skirmish" mode. But despite a few additions and cinematics, there isn't much more to the game. Plus, it feels like a shameless marketing tie-in with the movie. If you love the movie, then maybe this new version of the classic naval board game is worth a rental.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why movie-based video games are usually disappointing. Are these games rushed to be released in time with the feature film? Are developers handed the materials to work with opposed to an original concept? Are there content limitations on what can be done with an existing intellectual property?
Families can also talk about playing strategy games. What makes them fun?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, strategy
- Price: $24.99 (DS), $29.99 (3DS), $39.99 (Wii)
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: May 15, 2012
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Mild violence
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