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Battleship (2012)

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Nice job, Double Helix Games. When it comes to disappointing gamers everywhere, you never fail to disappoint.
Genre(s): First-Person Shooter (PS3/X360)
Turn-Based Strategy (Wii/DS/3DS)
Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DS
Nintendo 3DS
Release: AU: April 18, 2012
EU: April 20, 2012
NA: May 15, 2012
Developer(s): Double Helix Games (PS3/X360)
Magic Pockets (Wii/DS/3DS)
Publisher(s): Activision
Country: United States
Series: Battleship
Predecessor: Super Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game

Battleship is the name of two video games based on the film of the same name (which in turn is based on the board game Battleship), both of them were published by Activision in 2012. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions are a first-person shooter game developed by Double Helix Games, while the Nintendo console versions (including the Wii, DS, and 3DS) are a turn-based strategy game developed by Magic Pockets.

Why They Sunk Your Battleship

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions

  1. The game can be beaten in four hours and yet was released for a full retail price of $60.
  2. There are only seven levels that are criticized for being repetitive. You have to destroy alien jammers every time throughout the entire game.
  3. The game has only five weapons: Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, Alien Machine Gun, and Alien Sniper Rifle.
  4. There is no additional content such as multiplayer mode or extras.
  5. All friendly NPCs have their entire faces covered up with balaclavas and goggles because the devs were too lazy to give them proper facial animations.
  6. No story whatsoever. In fact, it has barely anything to do with the movie, other than the fact that it takes place in Hawaii and involved the same alien species.
  7. Poor graphics.
  8. There are no characters from the movie anywhere in the game.
  9. Very poor AI, but if you play on god mode, the damage was too high rather than AI difficulty.
  10. There is no challenge in killing the enemy ships during the RTS segments. Just spam the missiles and they die.
    • As noted above, this makes the cards you collected from the enemy pointless except giving your ship more firepower.

Nintendo versions

  1. It is a shameless clone of Advance Wars.
  2. Little to nothing to do with the source material.
  3. Lack of a VS mode.


Like the movie it's based on, the Double Helix Games' versions received negative reviews from critics and gamers alike. Notably, Angry Joe gave this game a 2/10 (Epic Fail) calling it garbage and of poor value. The Nintendo versions by Magic Pockets received mixed reviews.



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