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Battlewake

Rating Summary

Based on 7 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

66

Top Critic Average

14%

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General Information

Available on:Oculus RiftSep 10, 2019
HTC ViveSep 10, 2019
PlayStation VRSep 10, 2019

Developer: Survios

BATTLE TO SAVE THE PIRATE'S LIFE Avast, matey! Rough seas await in Battlewake, a fantasy naval combat game built for VR from the creators of Raw Data and CREED: Rise to Glory. Play as 4 mythical pirate lords, captain massive battle-ready warships, and summon ancient powers as you set sail on a larger-than-life nautical war for the ages. FIGHT FOR DOMINION From the helm of your warship, wage war upon the high-seas as 4 mythical Pirate Lords—Diego the Dreaded, Rev the Relentless, Calavera the Undying, and Zhang the Magnificent—locked in a constant struggle for dominion over Battlewake’s ever-churning waters. 3 GAME MODES FOR SOLO, CO-OP OR PVP ACTION - Navigate the tall tales of the 4 fearsome Pirate Lords in Battlewake's 1-2p Campaign Mode - Rack up experience and gold with dynamic, endless objectives in 1-4p Warfare mode - Embrace the pirate's life in 2-10p PvP deathmatch Plunder MASTER UNIQUE ULTIMATES AND ABILITIES Turn the tide in your favor with each Pirate Lords' unique ultimates: unleash mighty tsunamis, send enemies’ ships flying in maelstroms, destroy hulls with bone spikes, and literally release the Kraken. EARN EXPERIENCE TO UPGRADE YOUR CAPTAIN & SHIP Spend earned gold to boost your ship’s stats and level up your Pirate Lord. Upgrade your arsenal with 13 different real and fantastical ship-based weapons, including flak cannons, ballistae, axe-throwers, chain cannons, mortars, and more. DESIGNED FOR VR COMFORT Utilizing Survios' Immersive Vehicle System, experience the thrills of high-stakes naval combat without triggering nausea, even as your ship pitches, yaws, turns, rams, plunges, and—if you’re not wily enough—sinks.

Battlewake Reviews

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Battlewake is another fun experiment from the Survios labs, though sadly one that can often feel lost at sea. At first you'll revel in sinking ships and sailing the high seas, but the novelty soon wears off as you rinse and repeat the same swashbuckling gameplay loop.

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With fantastic graphics, balanced and engaging gameplay, and a brief but fun single player campaign, Battlewake is an amazing VR pirate combat game. The only thing it doesn't have is a larger audience. My crew is ready, and it's time to set sail -- who's with me?!

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A technical achievement to be sure, Battlewake succeeds in delivering accessible arcade-style naval battles. But underwhelming depth in the campaign, combined with broken matchmaking and a lack of cross-play with PC VR systems leaves the long-term prospects for Battlewake looking pretty grim.

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Though a bit bare-boned, Battlewake will satisfy those looking for a solid VR seafaring adventure.

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Trailers

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BATTLEWAKE | Official Launch Trailer | VR Pirate Combat and PvP thumbnail

BATTLEWAKE | Official Launch Trailer | VR Pirate Combat and PvP

BATTLEWAKE | Gameplay Overview | VR Pirate Combat Game thumbnail

BATTLEWAKE | Gameplay Overview | VR Pirate Combat Game

BATTLEWAKE | VR High-Seas Pirate Combat | Official Announcement Trailer thumbnail

BATTLEWAKE | VR High-Seas Pirate Combat | Official Announcement Trailer

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