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Zombies and crossbows and wars, oh my!

December 02, 2007

By Daniel Barron - G4 Canada

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When Nintendo first showed off its new controller, many a gamer instantly began salivating at the idea of using it to aim and shoot at bad guys with precision that could only be dreamed of with two analog sticks.

Well, this Christmas, it looks like shooter fans will be going into overdrive with all kinds of choices on the Wii. Here is a quick run through of three of the most high profile shooters you'll find for the holidays.

 

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Shooters for Wii:  Resident Evil - The Umbrella ChroniclesLost amidst the upcoming release of Devil May Cry 4, and announcements such as a new Bionic Commando game for next-gen systems, publisher Capcom recently released a new game in one of its most well-known series, Resident Evil. 'The Umbrella Chronicles' is a Wii-exclusive game that serves as one of the most action-packed retrospectives in the history of gaming.

The Umbrella Chronicles takes gamers through classic sections from three previous Resident Evil games ('Zero', 'REmake', and 'Nemesis') as well as a brand new level that takes place at an Umbrella Corporation stronghold in Russia. The difference here, though, is that you play the game on rails from a first-person perspective. It's a light gun game through-and-through, and a pretty darn good one at that.

Now, by default, Resident Evil fans are going to love the game because of all the memories. Everything's here, and it looks just like it did the last time you visited it - the train, the mansion, the Lickers, the Hunters, the green herbs ... The important question to ask, though, is - will non-fans of the series still like this game?

The short answer is: yes. It may not be perfect, but those with any itchy trigger finger will be well-served to pick this game up, as there are monsters galore to take down, either solo or with another player in co-op mode. And though a lot of the game comes down to getting a lot of headshots, there is some strategy involved, in particular the boss battles. You'll have to know where to shoot and when, as well as what weapons to use.

If you're looking for a quality lightgun game, The Umbrella Chronicles is the way to go. If you're not much for on-rails shooters, there's nothing in this game that will change your mind, but if you are a fan, or have never tried one before, this is a great place to start. It's not very deep, but with three different difficulty settings and lots of hidden items to go back and try to find, you could easily get 15 hours out of this game.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
Format: Nintendo Wii
Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
ESRB Rating: M for Mature
Official Site: http://www.residentevil.com

Rating: 8.0 / 10

 

 

Medal of Honor Heroes 2

Shooters for Wii: Medal of Honor: Heroes 2With Metroid Prime 3 practically reinventing first-person shooter controls on consoles when it was released in August, every subsequent FPS on Nintendo's latest console truly has a lot to live up to.

Developers have to remember, though, that as important as controls are, they aren't the only thing that makes an FPS great. Metroid also had a great story behind it, gorgeous graphics and
some epic boss battles.

The latest first person shooter to grace the Wii is Medal of Honor Heroes 2, courtesy of EA Canada. It's yet another World War II game, with all the war game staples you've seen in past Medal of Honor and Call of Duty games of the past. You'll be given objectives such as infiltrating bases or finding hidden objects, but EA seems to be relying on gamers being so wowed by the unique Wii controls that they'll forget that they've done all this so many times before.

The controls are admittedly fun and mostly everything works well. The basic moving and strafing is done with the analog stick on the Nunchuk, while aiming and reloading is controlled by the Wii Remote. There are some other cool things you can do with the Wii Remote though. In one section, you're tasked with finding a hidden station on a radio. You have to turn the Wii Remote like you're turning a radio knob until you find the proper frequency. Though this minigame is timed, you can easily back out of it if you see you're about to fail, then jump back in and try again until you get it right.

Another section of the game has you grabbing hold of a machine gun turret and moving it with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk simultaneously (as a real turret couldn't be controlled with one hand). It's a great idea but it's not very easy to control. The same goes with sniping; you aim with your Wii Remote pointed forward, but you zoom in and out by turning it clockwise and counter-clockwise. It doesn't feel very natural and instead becomes more of a nuisance than anything else.

The majority of the game, like any WWII game, consists of shooting guns and throwing grenades. There are a lot of enemies at any given time but they really are quite stupid for the most part. Some you can walk right up to and they won't even fire back. It's not until you're overwhelmed by huge numbers in an open area that you're in any danger of being killed.

The game does support 32-player multiplayer games, but keep in mind that there's zero voice support, so don't expect to be doing much strategizing with your teammates.

There is also an arcade mode where you'll go through the missions on rails, so you only have to worry about one thing - shooting. This mode is more for beginners to the genre and it is a nice little addition to the game, no matter what your skill level is.

Besides some neat new controls, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 does nothing new to a genre that has grown stale over the years. Whereas the Call of Duty franchise has been reinvigorated with Call of Duty 4, Medal of Honor feels as old as it really is. 'Heroes 2' is technically a decent game, but it just feels so rehashed that it's difficult to give it an above-average score. If you're a fan of World War II games and don't care much for reinvention, MoH Heroes 2 should do you just fine. Other gamers who want something new should look elsewhere.

 

Medal of Honor Heroes 2
Format: Nintendo Wii
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Official Site: http://www.ea.com/mohheroes2/

Rating: 6.0 / 10

 

 

Link's Crossbow Training

Shooters for Wii:  Link's Crossbow TrainingThe best way to describe this game is to call it the Duck Hunt for the 21st century. Crossbow Training comes packaged with the Wii Zapper and consists of several bite-sized levels that for the most part come down to glorified target practice. That's not a bad thing though. It may be based in the world of an epic role playing adventure, but this is simply the latest Wii game that absolutely anyone of any skill level can enjoy.

The three modes include Target Shooting, which is exactly what it sounds like, and is a lot of fun, Defender, where you stand stationary and have to take down hoards of enemies before time runs out, and Ranger, where you use the Nunchuk's analog stick to walk around small levels and - you guessed it - shoot down enemies. It definitely takes a while to get used to moving around in Ranger mode with the Zapper equipped. Think back to the first time you used dual analog sticks in a first person shooter and you'll know what I mean. It's not quite that challenging, but it's the first time in a long time playing games where I had to learn something from scratch.

The best thing about 'LCT' is that it's a true pick-up-and-play title. If you have newbies trying it out, they don't have to worry about losing or 'dying' per se, though they may be a little put off when they see a Zapper veteran beat their score by five times or more without even breaking a sweat.

It's not very long, but Link's Crossbow Training is a lot of fun. It's a great way to hone your Wii shooting skills, and the fact that it comes packaged with the Zapper for about $20, proves that it's a true steal for the holiday season and beyond.

 

Link's Crossbow Training
Format: Nintendo Wii
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Official Site: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/9xKcFNixgDWMPXx0DGu0_77F-6Hwbk2s

Rating: 7.5 / 10

 

 
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