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Release Date: March 11th, 2011 Movie Release Year: 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

Overview -

Based upon the premise of the blockbuster film of the same name, Battle: Los Angeles takes key plot points from its big screen inspiration and turns them into an interactive experience. It’s a first-person shooter with one of gaming’s most popular foes: aliens. Where would this industry be without that one word, which is used to describe just about any creative abomination a character designer can think of? Who knows? All we know is that they’re (usually) very fun to shoot.

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Tech Specs & Release Details
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Audio Formats:
Dolby Digital 5.1
Release Date:
March 11th, 2011

Video Review


Gamers who are looking for a high-definition spectacle need not apply here. The city of Los Angeles, which is known for being quite pretty in its heat radiating sunlight, is represented in drab fashion this time around. Basic texture work, a gloomy colour palette, uninspired locations and some of the worst enemy animations we’ve seen in years, all make Battle: Los Angeles’ visuals feel dated. The visual presentation here seems thrown together, without a great deal of attention paid to any finer elements. Unfortunately, it’s well below par in this category.

Throughout its brief runtime, only a few different types of enemies are encountered. You’ve got the basic grunt, a larger and more deadly version of that enemy type and the boss ships. All three are very uninspired and are taken from a movie that didn’t exactly write the book on creativity, to say the least. Though, it must be said that the aliens look even worse in the game than they do on celluloid. Their animations are stiff, limited and laughable.

The story is told in two ways: through some grainy old 1950s footage that resembles a low-budget monster movie and, through the use of hand-drawn cutscenes. Neither one is overly prevalent which is understandable, considering there happens to only be a handful of levels here. They do the job but really aren’t anything great. The footage is brief and generalized, while the comic-style artwork is decent though safe.

In all actuality, the look of Battle: Los Angeles adds to its charm, with the old B-movie adage applying once again. Not a lot of time was spent on this bullet-spouting first-person shooter and it shows in the presentation, which is less than spectacular. Actually, it’s not even close. However, there’s some sort of charm in the ho-hum presentation and how the game looks a lot older than it really is.

Audio Review


Those who are familiar with generic military games, movies or television shows, should know what to expect from Battle: Los Angeles’ audio department. There’s a lot of tin-like gunfire, some car alarms, the odd explosion and a lot of one-lined quips said in a gruff, military fashion. The only new things here are some alien sound effects and the roar of the odd extra-terrestrial ship.

Of course, there’s also some actual, scripted dialogue, which we should discuss. During the game’s cutscenes, news reporters and our main characters sound off a bit on current events and tactics. Despite this being a licensed movie game, the cast of the film is a no-show, meaning that we’re treated to an assortment of look-alike and sound-alike characters instead. The voice cast is mediocre at best, though that may be a generous statement.

All of the aforementioned audible content is very generic, like the rest of the game’s presentation qualities. Things sound pretty much like they should, but the audio recording was not done with a great attention to fidelity or quality. That means that your surround sound set-up will not be used to its full potential (or anywhere close to that) with this title.

Battle: Los Angeles is a rarity these days. It’s a game that knows it’s bad and revels in it. Instead of trying to sell itself based on length or any included visceral action, this single player only shooter promotes its basic arcade qualities instead. For some, that will certainly be a deterring factor. Though, others will want to check this one out for the fun and hilarity that it presents. Just don’t go in expecting anything more than it really is, or else you’ll be disappointed.

For ten dollars, it’s hard to recommend against buying this game, despite its shortcomings. Though, that recommendation only extends to the type of gamers who enjoy low-budget romps that feature an experience, which is a lot like watching a bad movie with friends. If that’s you, then give this one a shot. Though, since there happens to be a lack of a rental feature, make sure to try the trial before buying.