Despite all my cheap jokes about making a film from a board game, Battleship may actually turn out to be pretty cool. At the very least, we can count on some corny one-liners in the press reviews, like “you sunk my box office.”
And, likewise, Battleship the video game (they’re calling it that so nobody confuses it with the board game), may tun out pretty cool as well. The game comes at us from Hasbro and Activision Publishing (under Activision Blizzard).
Battleship is a fine blend of military strategy and first-person shooter that has players sinking alien ships on the water and showing them the ol’ double-tap headshot on the shore.
David Oxford of Activision Publishing said the team “felt it was important to capture some of the cinematic drama while allowing players to experience the action from a unique perspective,” according to a press release.
You’ll battle the odd, underwater aliens around the Hawaiian Islands, and you’ll take control of Destroyers, Carriers, Submarines, Patrol Boats, and some real-world ships, like the U.S.S. Missouri, in doing so.
While taking on the role of Cole Mathis, a first class Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, you’ll be hitting the aliens with air strikes and sweeping the oceans with your radar, and blasting them with everything from machine guns to missile launchers.
“The new BATTLESHIP is the perfect medley that both strategic and action-junkie gamers will fall in love with,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Marketing at Hasbro in a press release.
There will be the main story mode, as well as options for a quick skirmish. You’ll also be unlocking new maps, units, and leaders along the way.
Battleship is now available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii. For handheld fans, it will also hit the Nintendo DS and 3DS.