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.