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Lackluster action game with some tactical elements.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Battleship wasn’t created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

You're in the U.S. military, tasked with defending the planet from an alien species. But that's the extent of the "positive" message in this first-person shooter.


Positive role models

You play as an elite demolitions specialist named Cole Mathis, who fights against an aquatic alien species. You must also issue commands to the U.S Navy fleet and to land-based soldiers, too.

Ease of play

The game is quite simple to pick up and play, but some dexterity is required for shooting enemies from a first-person perspective.


While not bloody or gory, this game is a first-person shooter for the most part -- there's also some top-down tactical elements like the classic Battleship board game. But as Mathis, you're killing these human-like aliens with all kinds of firepower -- including guns (machine guns, pistols, etc.) and grenades -- as well as assigning commands to destroy their sea-based fleet.


Not applicable

There is some mild profanity in dialogue sequences, including words like "ass," "damn," "dammit" and "hell."


The game is based on both the feature film of the same name -- out at the same time -- and based on the Hasbro board game, too. The game could be viewed as a vehicle to promote both.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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Game details

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
Communication: listening
Available online?Not available online
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

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Kid, 11 years old June 8, 2012


great game if kid likes action games but isnt allowed to play bloody gorey rated m games
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old July 23, 2012


This game is very fun but some times difficult.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old August 21, 2015

The WORST "first person shooter" ever.

Battleship is probably one of the WORST games I have ever played by far. The game contains around 13 missions with NO VARIETY! "Blow up this, guide your ship to that" over, and over again. The "tactical" and "rts" aspect of this game is when you guide your ships to take out the weak alien ships., also, the game has 5 GUNS!Anyone who gives this more than two stars either knows nothing about first person shooters or has never played a video game before. Well, I guess that's what happens when you make a video game out of a movie about a board game.


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