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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Laughable Battleship movie gets a video game. Is it the end of the world yet?

Remember in Battleship when you fought off mysterious aliens at sea? Neither do I.

I'm sure we've all had the unfortunate opportunity to watch the movie trailer for Battleship (if not, I'll link it below), a Michael Bay-ish take on the classic game that releases in May. We cringed, we sat in disbelief and we wondered "Why, Liam Neeson, why?" (Three words: money, money, money)

If it's not a sign the end of the world is coming, then this should seal the deal. Activision is publishing a video game based on movie. I'm sure gamers will be lining up for this one. Battleship: The Video Game will release May 15, and like the movie will feature little that resembles the Hasbro classic. Extreme alien attack across land, air and sea. Land? What? Not in my Battleship.

Well, there's this on the website: " 'Spectacle at Sea' Tactical Battle Command: Take real-time control of naval units as you strategize a map-wide plan of attack by directing your fleet to launch air strikes, conduct radar sweeps, and engage in ship-to-ship sea conflict." I guess that's something...

But mainly this video game is a first person shooter. It doesn't look like there's any "B-5, you sunk my battleship" stuff going on here. The game is obviously going after the Call of Duty crowd because, sadly, that's what sells these days.

It's easy to figure out why movie producers partnered with Hasbro. No one would care about this movie if it was called "Battle at Sea" or something cliched like that. Alien invasion movies aren't original any more. The Battleship name gets people to notice.

Now where's my Hungry Hungry Hippos movie at? 

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