You sunk my battleship! Its time to engage in battle at sea and war on the shore as Hasbro and Activision Publishing Inc have today released Battleship the video game in the UK today. But don't expect the traditional mix of pegs, holes and little plastic boats, because Activision's take on the series follows the full-frontal action of Peter Berg's film adaptation. The game takes a "hybrid approach combining military strategy and fast-paced first-person shooter gaming as players take control of a powerful naval fleet and experience the cinematic action of war at sea." As long as it's better than Berg's film, I'll be happy enough.
Working with the legendary BATTLESHIP property, and the new epic action-adventure from Universal Pictures, we felt it was important to capture some of the cinematic drama while allowing players to experience the action from a unique perspective, said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. We want both movie-goers and gamers of all ages to dive into an all new, fun BATTLESHIP experience.The game combines military strategy and fast-paced FPS gameplay, with players in control of a powerful naval fleet and trapped in a dome of alien-terror on the Hawaiian Islands, where support communications have been put to a halt, players commandeer real-world naval vessels, including Destroyers, Carriers, and even the famous U.S.S. Missouri as action-packed sea battles against alien invaders ensue across land, sea, and air. So the plot will take a major lead from the film, then. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions combine first person run-and-gun gameplay with tactical battle command. Playing as Cole Mathis, a first class Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, players will deploy air strikes and radar sweeps to monitor and dominate the marine battlefield. With killer-combat instincts, players must lock-and-load an arsenal of weapons like machine guns and missile launchers to send the invaders packing. And in the Nintendo Wii, 3DS, and DS versions, players are in control of a wide variety of naval units, including Cruisers, Submarines, and Patrol Boats in exciting turn-based combat with a team of specialised commanders. With different play modes to choose from, including Story and quick-battle Skirmish, players will unlock new maps, units, and leaders to turn the tide of battle.