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      12.02.2010 17:58
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      Overall, good if you can buy it cheap

      Wild 9 is a great action game for the Playstation and one that will keep you playing for hours at it's highly addicitive.

      This game is basically a side scroller action platform game with a 3D background. It's nice to play a game like this as it's a throw back to when all games were like this.

      In the game you go around bashing and beating up enemies from side to side with a strange sort of tractor-beam. This is called 'The Rig'. Apparently this is supposed to the most powerful weapon not just on the planet but in the entire universe. It was great fun to watch your enemies thrown about and up in the air by this thing. It makes a change from just blowing them up as when you grab hold of the enemy you listen to them scream as you bash them about and then you throw him wherever you want. For example, you might throw him on to of some spikes to enable you to cross safetly.

      The graphics and backgrounds are extremely interactive and there are plenty of different ways in which you can kill and mess up the little alien robots. Equally the sound in the game is fantastic to. It is like hard rock type music and fits in perfectly with this action-packed game.

      The game can take a bit of getting used to and mastering the controls but you do get there. It's difficult at first but then gets easier once you've mastered it. At times though it can get a bit annoying when you are constantly trying to complete the same section of the level over and over again.

      Overall the game is a little too short to make it fantastic but it's worth getting if you can pick it up cheap or borrow it for a bit. However, it doesn't offer too much replay value and the novelty will wear off quite quickly.

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      26.08.2004 05:11
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      I?m not much of a gamer. Sure, I have a PS2, but that was bought more for its ability to play DVDs rather than because I wanted a games console. And when I do play on it, I tend to concentrate on racing games. I get a buzz form that kind of thing; the roar of the engine, the squeal of the tyres and, more often than not, the crunch of the bodywork. But a few years back, I was introduced to ?Wild 9? at a friend?s house. It was a simple little game, being several years old even at that point, and looked like a lot of fun. But the best of it was, in these days of games costing anything up to £40.00, that it was in Toys ?R? Us for about £7.00. Even if it wasn?t really my kind of game, you can?t really go too far wrong for that kind of money. If only I?d known then what I know now. Originally released in 1998, ?Wild 9? was from the same people that had earlier released ?Earthworm Jim?, a fairly silly cartoon platform game that proved to be hugely popular and ended up being spun off into a cartoon and various other marketing tools, as well as a couple of sequels. Buoyed by the success of this, they attempted to repeat the formula with ?Wild 9?. The idea behind ?Wild 9? is this. You are Wex Major, leader of a group known as Wild 9, who are fighting against a bad guy, Karn, who wants to control the universe. Unfortunately, the Wild 9 have just been ambushed by Karn and his shocktroopers and most of the group have been captured and taken away somewhere. Fortunately, there is a cluster of planets fairly nearby, and it seems that this would be the most likely place for them to be held. Knowing you can?t hope to beat Karn without them, you set off, with the other remaining member of the Wild 9, B?Angus, in tow and with only the rig, supposedly the most powerful weapon
      in the galaxy, to help you. Of course, it?s all very well there being a good story behind the game, but if the game itself isn?t up to much, then it?s all a bit pointless really. Unfortunately, this seems to be the case with ?Wild 9?. Sure, there are some nice touches here and there, but it?s just not a game that grabs your attention and holds it. It?s a game that would have looked fairly dated back in 1998, and looks even more so now. The characters and the backgrounds themselves don?t look too bad, but the animation is fairly ?clunky?, and doesn?t scroll at all smoothly. The characters move with quite exaggerated strides particularly ?your? character, Wex, and the way the background moves around when you move isn?t terribly smooth, seeming to scroll with a quite jerky movement. This wouldn?t be too much of a problem if you could concentrate on other aspects of the game. The problem is, being a third person platform game, you constantly have your character in the centre of the screen and so he?s the one you should ideally spend most of your time looking at. Given also that the main way of killing off your opponents is to pick them up with a beam fired from the rig and slamming them into the ground, there?s a fair amount of movement happening. And being a platform based game, there?s a bit of up and down movement, all of which seems pretty jerky and a little rough on the eyes after a while. The game itself isn?t what you?d call addictive. Sure, there are four different kinds of challenge amongst the thirteen on offer, although two of these are pretty similar. But by and large, it?s a game played on platforms and mostly involves running around and trying to kill other people. It?s this that the game does best. Whilst there might not be a great deal of attention paid to the graphics and animation, there are some very nice touches to the gameplay. For one thing, the rig
      is a pretty unique weapon ? effectively a beam that you can use to grab opponents and objects, pick them up and move or slam them. The sheer joy of dropping your enemies onto spikes, slamming them into the floor and feeding them into grinders and fans, which has the added bonus of removing those obstacles from your path as well, is one of the longer lasting enjoyments to be had from the game. Although the animation is fairly jerky, seeing it for the first time does have some entertainment value. The wild steps that Wex takes look pretty silly to start with and the way he?ll drop to the floor and do press ups if you don?t press a button for a while is pretty amusing as well. But these are shorter lived joys and once the novelty value has worn off, they become more annoying than entertaining. Being an old game there is a lack of AI, which basically means that the gameplay doesn?t change at any stage when you repeat a level, so exactly the same thing happens every time you play. This is most important if you?re trying to play the game on the newer PS2 console, as the game isn?t new enough to read the memory card, so you?re starting from the same place every time you play. Whilst there is still some fun to be had from doing this, in the ways I?ve mentioned, once this has stopped being fun, it?s stopped being fun for good. The sound is pretty annoying as well. There?s a lot of loud music that doesn?t seem to match up with the events in the game at too many points and it sounds like the kind of thing that would have been dates in 1998, much less now. Wex wanders through the game with any number of utterances, all of which are pretty clichéd and none of which are all that amusing. I?m not sure that anyone was still describing much as ?cool? in 1998, and they certainly aren?t now. And whatever year you?re in, a guy called Wex greeting good things to happen with a shout of ?Wex-
      cellent? is corny and best and just plain awful at worst. Despite some fun and innovative touches, this isn?t a good game. Experienced gamers will find it too easy and too boring to play for long, and inexperienced gamers are likely to get bored fairly quickly as well, although maybe not as fast. It?s not a bad game for kids, and although the official age range is set at the 11-14 level, I suspect it would be acceptable for players younger than that. In common with most other players, however, I can?t see ?Wild 9? being a game that will hold their attention for long. There?s nothing here that will keep players who can?t complete the game coming back to it after a few tries to give it another go, and if you do manage to complete it, you?re not going to be wild about giving it another play. Ever. The one advantage to this game is that, due to its age and the fact that it?s not one that people are likely to keep, is that it can be bought very cheaply. Even a new version is currently showing on Tesco.com for £4.74, against a suggested RRP of £4.99. That said, this is about the only place I?ve been able to find a brand new copy for sale. Even better, at the time of writing there are copies available from £1.00 at the Amazon Marketplace and from 99p on eBay. At this kind of price, your expectations are likely to be fairly low and that?s the best way to approach the game. It?s not bad, it?s merely totally unspecial. If all you?re after is a little light entertainment, it?s not a bad buy. But for the serious gamer, especially one into platform based games in a big way, it will bore very quickly and there?s no point buying at any price. Capital letters courtesy of: http://www.chuckleweb.co.uk/fixit.php

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