Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 25
  2. Negative: 21 out of 25
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  1. Apr 23, 2012
    Although it is not as bad as I initially feared and despite showing some interesting concepts, Battleship still is rubbish.
  2. Jun 1, 2012
    The story is very lacklustre and plays out very poorly, like the movie. The gameplay is great if you're judging it against a game from the previous generation. The lack of multiplayer is an unforeseen positive and it's generally a game I never want to play again. My top tip, avoid and stick to the old school Battleships game. It's far superior.
  3. May 8, 2012
    Battleship is just another below-par movie license videogame. It features an extremely short campaign that you can blast through in an evening and no multiplayer or incentives to replay once you've finished the game. It isn't worth the full retail asking price for the sheer fact that none of the gameplay is exciting or good. In short, the game is basic, boring, uninspiring and not entertaining. Battleship should be left to sink in the cluttered first-person shooter market.
  4. May 7, 2012
    A title that isn't truly good or bad, with aspects that can be fun at times yet which grow boring over the course of its 4 hour lifespan, and ultimately it falls just short of being anything more than decidedly average.
  5. Apr 27, 2012
    By no means the worst movie-based video game we've ever played, Battleship: The Game has some nice ideas, but fails to follow through on the concept. The marriage of real-time strategy and first-person action should elevate the title beyond the dreaded movie tie-in, but ends up feeling massively underdeveloped. One for the weekend perhaps, but Battleship: The Game's redeeming qualities are lost among a sea of mediocrity.
  6. May 17, 2012
    The core of Battleship is fun and entertaining, and it makes you think that if Double Helix had a full-dev cycle, they could have put together a very memorable experience. As is though, Battleship feels half-finished and rushed out the door without any of the polish we've come to expect from a game with a $60 price tag.
  7. May 2, 2012
    It doesn't really work, as the game never finds the right way to balance the two modes of play, but this brief flicker of ambition offers just enough ballast to prevent this otherwise tiresomely unremarkable game from sinking completely.
  8. May 30, 2012
    Battleship is little more than a checkmark on a to-do list; a completed contractual obligation. Just a handful of red pegs on a board, signifying a failed effort.
  9. May 23, 2012
    3.5 hours of FPS/ Strategy hybrid gameplay that is truly awful. Keep away.
  10. May 9, 2012
    Battleship is one part generic and one part simplistic. The link that binds the two parts together is exasperatingly cumbersome, and that's probably the biggest problem with the game. It starts out fun, but quickly gets repetitive: The same old story.
  11. May 12, 2012
    Take your hard earned money and spend it on something else. Or grab a pen and paper to play some actual old school Battleship.
  12. 60
    If you can live with the technical flaws, the boring AI and the lack of ambition, there's enough sci-fi shooting with a hint of strategy here to keep genre fans entertained for a few hours.
  13. May 25, 2012
    Bland presentation and sloppy mechanics sink Battleship more effectively than a torpedo ever could.
  14. May 24, 2012
    So yeah, avoid this one. It's a short, unremarkable romp through a movie universe that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to begin with. The actual combat isn't particularly awful or broken; it's just bland and not that fun, with no real redeeming qualities. Even at a discounted price, which it should have been at right out of the gate, you'd be better off passing on this one.
  15. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jun 18, 2012
    Extremely unsuccessful attempt to create a cool shooter can possibly attract gamers only for its easily obtainable achievements. [June 2012]
  16. May 19, 2012
    I was nonetheless impressed by the interdependence of the sea and ground battles, and it's the kind of gameplay mechanic of which I want to see more in future games. Battleship is worth a rental for sure.
  17. Apr 26, 2012
    Nobody can have been expecting much from a film tie-in like this but Battleship's first person action still manages to sink well below the bottom of the barrel.
  18. May 14, 2012
    Battleship hardly shows value of any kind, except maybe for the board game like tactical sessions, which would have cut a better figure as a Live Arcade game rather than being diluted in a dull retail game.
  19. 40
    Poor value is the real deal-breaker, though. Because Battleship weighs in at just seven single-player missions and zero multiplayer (seriously???), it's only a few hours of mindless fun, and you can easily beat it in a long afternoon. For $60, we deserve a game that sinks battleships, not wallets.
  20. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    May 30, 2012
    Stagnant and lacking in substance, Battleship is a bit of a floater. [June 2012, p.105]
  21. May 31, 2012
    Battleship the Video Game is just as forgettable as the movie. It's lacking any sort of replay value, outside of hunting down little Battleship pegs or playing through on a harder difficulty – but why punish yourself? The graphics fail to deliver, as does the audio and the set-up.
  22. Jun 14, 2012
    This is a broken, dismal game that manages only to disappoint across its meager four hours. Fans looking for a longer experience can ramp up the difficulty level, but this just means you'll be bored AND frustrated. If you want an authentic Battleship experience, go buy the board game and avoid this dreck.
  23. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Jun 19, 2012
    A shooter that's about as "meh" as you can get. [Issue#86, p.87]
  24. May 10, 2012
    Battleship shouldn't be played by anyone. The game is just incomplete and has many issues.
  25. May 24, 2012
    There are only seven missions in the campaign, and you revisit three of them, so variety is shot. Amazingly, that is it. There is no forced multiplayer thrown in, or even a split screen option for a lame co-op endeavor. You get these seven missions, none of which are very fun, and this is still sitting at $60. I cannot imagine who this appeals to.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 65
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 65
  3. Negative: 56 out of 65
  1. May 15, 2012
    Well I already tested this "game" - and already warning, the film has the same team that made the Hasbro "movies" of the Transformers, soWell I already tested this "game" - and already warning, the film has the same team that made the Hasbro "movies" of the Transformers, so expect something slot and ridicule in the movie (great effects, lousy story):

    The history too bad... basically you are a U.S. Marine training in an archipelago disarming some ancient WWII bombs, when suddenly appear the aliens and their ships, which were hidden under the sea for centuries... the game has some videos and pictures of the U.S. Navy (nothing against it, but was unnecessary - looks like a promo content in the Live Marketplace).

    Simple as that, bad as that.

    The graphics are very bad, like out of a game in 2006-2007, with simple textures and often without convincing detail, especially the enemies and allies, which are all equal (the soldiers all wear a Halo-like mask). The sounds and music are regular, nothing that stands out, but even this things are simple.

    The gameplay is focused on two things: the FPS is a mediocre-regular one, with a aim so bad that you can not even do a headshot properly, and has some basic weapons that you can use, of course as well as grenades, and have indicators of the objectives in the stage, like "go to the designated point to do something".

    The stages have limits (often invisible ones), but they are coarse, and even his jumping action is not of much use. The covers and objects are an endless repetition in the gameplay, with a bad enemy AI.

    The other side of the gameplay is activated with the LB: as you're on an island, you can see the ships of the fleet at sea - you access this panel and use an electronic kit to control the ships, on a grided map. We have some points in it, if you position the ship in them, you receive a choice of auxiliary fire support (such as battery guns, or decoy, for example) that you can regulate the distance, and aim it - it's like a special power.

    In this map arise enemy ships and you must coordinate the attack while fighting on land, while battling in a semi-RTS in the LB panel, with informations of what is going on showing in the upper right corner of the screen. Also in the FPS stages, after defeating some enemies you receive some special cards, that gives to one of your ships special power to use in the RTS portion of the game.

    And so on... this shooter is a grade B- to C game of Activision, which should not have left the project stage, and is about the same "quality" of the film. Bad graphics, bad gameplay, bad history with a partially interesting gameplay style. Stay away from it.
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  2. May 15, 2012
    Batteship, other game of the Activison-Hasbro team. I know that the movie is bad, but the game can be funny (the games of the transformersBatteship, other game of the Activison-Hasbro team. I know that the movie is bad, but the game can be funny (the games of the transformers movies in some moments are funny), but what happen in here? The game is terrible, the graphics are like the graphics of the G.I. Joe game, and Double Helix can do something better. The gameplay is really simple, and boring, you can finish the game really fast. I think that the game is same like the movie... A DISASTER!! Is better play the traditional game. Full Review »
  3. May 22, 2012
    All Critics who saw this as an "Average" game have lost all legitimacy. Do not waste your money on this game or the movie this game is basedAll Critics who saw this as an "Average" game have lost all legitimacy. Do not waste your money on this game or the movie this game is based upon for that matter. The movie flopped and this game should flop to teach the gaming industry that games like this suck and will not sell. Worst game of the year? [2012] Full Review »