Battle: Los Angeles: The Game - Xbox 360

Battle: Los Angeles: The Game
Game Description: Battle an alien invasion of Los Angeles in this downloadable movie tie-in shooter title.
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Battle: Los Angeles Hands-On Preview

Battle: Los Angeles Hands-On Preview

By Leah Jackson - Posted Mar 10, 2011

Battle Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles the game, developed by Saber Interactive, is a gritty first-person shooter that allows you to relive most of the events from the film of the same name. We asked Aaron Eckhart, the star of Battle: Los Angeles, what he thought of war games and he told us "When I see a war game, I wonder, how do I become that character from a game?" He pulled it off well in the film, and now Battle: Los Angeles is coming to the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Windows PC. Battle: LA is a great blend of movie action with familiar FPS gameplay and offers quite a lot of replayability for such a small title.

Battle: LA
takes place in the present day Los Angeles during an alien invasion. In the game, you play as a variety of Marines from the movie, but they all play pretty much the same. What's neat is that since the game takes you through a mirror of the movie, you play the actual character that was in the movie during crazy action packed scenes rather than some random character made just for the game.

Running on the Saber 3D Engine, the game looks great and much better than I was originally expecting for a movie-based game. Eckhart was watching us play, and when he saw the big orange bus from the movie he mentioned how he never wanted to see that bus again, and how the graphics looked "exactly like I am there". There are tons of destructible environments in the game including vehicles, overpasses, scaffolding, etc., that allow you to utilize different strategies to take out the invading aliens.


The aliens, for the most part, are pretty one-note. In the demo we saw, there wasn't anything too special about them besides their sheer numbers and the fact that if you shot them in the sweet spot that's revealed in the movie, they'll die faster. In order to take out the aliens, the game offers the typical FPS arsenal of assault rifles, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, grenades, and the occasional turret.
The game is pretty short, and consists of three main levels with twenty three sublevels. Proficient FPS players will be able to beat it in about an hour and a half. That said, once you beat it, you'll unlock all sorts of goodies based on what difficulty you completed the game on.

So if you beat the game on hard, you'll still have to replay the game on easy to unlock all of the stuff you get from beating the game on easy. It allows for replayability, and the unlockables are neat (i.e. videos, pictures, big head mode, and a tough guy mode that allows your character to do, and take, more damage. Like a tough guy, you know.)

For a downloadable movie game, I was really impressed. Sure the combat didn't add anything innovative, and the monsters weren't that exciting, but the movie didn't exactly push the envelope either. This is the perfect bite of FPS action for a really decent price.

Battle: Los Angeles will be available on March 11 for the Xbox 360 and March 22 for the PlayStation Network.

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  • Gamermanguy

    I really enjoyed the hands on preview. I work with the developer and we had to put together this game in a very short time to hit the film date and i think, given that it came out quite well. Our goal with this was to put together a shooter that is accessible to people who want an arcade-style experience. It is kept simple and hopefully fun. We might turn away the hardcore crowd, but if you take the game for what it is, there is fun to be had. The next movie game we do will be 3-4 hours long plus coop and multiplayer. We see a market for gamers who are tired of risking large sums of money on games. By making smaller, less expensive ($10) but equally high quality experiences, we can change the way people perceive downloads vs. retail.

    Posted: March 13, 2011 11:43 PM
  • PhastPhreddy

    This was a nice surprise. I had the day off, headed for my Xbox, and there it was... Tried the demo and at 800 points, I decided it was worth the shot.

    I have now played all difficulty levels (since 8 or so this morning) and the final one is rough. I like shooters, but I don't normally play them on the Xbox. I have tried most on this console and find the better ones better on PC. This was good. Initially, I was mildly annoyed at having to play each difficulty to get my achievments but the mods and all the extras made up for that.
    I am seeing the movie tonight. I guess today is Battle LA Day.
    A good movie game it is but I am glad they kept it under ten bucks. So many XBL games are fifteen now. This was worth it. I wonder if I should download to my PC to play in higher res as I just noticed it on Direct2Drive. I might at that.

    Posted: March 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    aside from talking about this game which looks pretty cool by the way, I bet that CoD will eventually have aliens as enemies and will turn into Halo lol

    Posted: March 11, 2011 4:48 AM
  • LittleLionMan

    I wonder how much Aaron Eckhart hated being on X-Play haha.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 9:48 PM
  • XwingVmanX

    It might actually be a good game since it is going to be as long as the movie, instead of trying to stretch a 2-3hr experience to 10

    Posted: March 10, 2011 12:59 PM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    It sounds cool but really really really short! From what Leah says it sounds like if they put more time in it could have actually been a quality game. I won't be picking this up unless the price is really good.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 11:00 AM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    It sounds cool but really really really short! From what Leah says it sounds like if they put more time in it could have actually been a quality game. I won't be picking this up unless the price is really good.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 10:59 AM
  • EKG

    And hour and a half? Really? Downloadable or not, I am not paying anything above $5 for an hour and a half long shooter. Wow. I figured at least 3 or 4 hours, but one? Forget that. For $5 it may be cool to check it out, but I will ignore it if it is a dime over that.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 10:19 AM
  • Halogun

    COD with aliens. sounds intense. the game looks really mediocre though.

    Posted: March 10, 2011 10:13 AM

    AHHH! YESSS! Just what I wanted!!! Another Call of duty clone!!! WOOOOOOOT! =\

    Posted: March 10, 2011 9:34 AM