I had a lot of fun with Excite Truck when I first played it. There is little here that is original, but there is something very exhilarating about racing through some of the courses in this game.
The controls are as you would expect; hold buttons for break and accelerate and tilt the controller to steer. There is also a boost facility which you must use wisely to get the most out of it. The game isn't all just about winning races, the longevity of the game is improved by having side-quests that require users to gather stars by performing certain feats in the game such as super-long drifts, long air-time, performing air stunts and narrowly missing trees.
The tracks feel very wide, even though the actual road part is generally the width you would expect in a driving game, there actually permissible driving areas extend much further left and right to give a great feeling of openess. This is especially evident when performing very high jumps allowing you to see big sections of the track ahead as a vast map. It is possible to perform twisting stunts in the air by shaking the wiimote in certain ways, this is explained well in the tutorial section.
There are a fair amount of tracks and cars to race through and all in all I would say that you could spend a fun couple of afternoons with this game and then a few multiplayer games with friends (local only) but it won't take forever to bore of this game. Maybe rent before you buy.
Excite Truck was one of the Wii's launch titles and whilst it shows some age compared to more recent title I think it's good for what it's worth- a fun arcade racing game.
Gameplay is simple: you choose a truck (each one having different stats and colours) and race it on different tracks around the world. However the objective isn't primarily gaining first place but collecting a certain number of stars. Stars are earned in various ways: drifting, getting air, doing spins, driving through trees without crashing and more. This is a pretty unique feature that distinguishes Excite Truck from other racing games on the market, plus I liked that the emphasis wasn't just on getting first place (although you still get a star bonus if you come at least fifth out of sixth).
There are four sets of tracks in the main mode (Excite Race)- Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. You start off with Bronze and completing all the tracks on that unlocks the next stage up, and once you complete all those you will then unlock Super Excite, which is a similar mode but harder.
To be honest the tracks aren't that varied among regions/sets. Usually there's one with snow, one with forest and rain etc- not really imaginative at all. Yet the graphics are decent, with smooth backgrounds and even reflections in the water/on your truck. Plus there is the ability to alter the terrain by driving into certain tokens (usually to provide a ramp from what was flat land) and the change is seamless. The choices of trucks do slightly differ from each other in build and design. Generally, they aren't spellbinding, but show the Wii's capabilities at launch well.
At the same time the music throughout this game is fitting but unmemorable generic rock, but the game allows you to play your own tunes via putting them on the Wii SD card. Although I never used this feature it sounds nifty, because if you aren't keen with what's available at least the choice to put your ideal music to race to is there.
The controls in this game are pretty easy to master as they use a balance of wiimote motion and actual buttons. You accelarate with 2, brake with 1, steer the truck by tilting the wiimote in different directions, and pull of tricks and boosts with the directional pad. Despite not being a typical console controller pad, I found this easy to get to grips with thanks to the tutorial mode which can be revisited. But, at the same time, they can be awkward and clunky. This is most noticeable when pulling off tricks- you are in the air for a limited period of time and have to get your wiimote to do two things at once (twist wiimote, hold 'down' on directional pad to spin 360 degrees) and the wrong result could mess up your landing. Then again I'm not a master of racing games since I still ended up crashing into various things (water, trees, solid buildings- you have to tap 2 repeatedly to recover) and/or running out of time. Even so, the game isn't too easy compared to Mario Kart and its ilk.
The other modes include Verses, the multiplayer mode, and Puzzle. The latter involves accomplishing tasks like go through all the rings, or do a certain number of star-earning moves, within a time limit. These modes are challenging but you don't get any rewards for completing them unlike Excite Mode itself. Therefore I wasn't compelled to invest my time in them as much as other modes. Yet Versus is still a fun mode for two-players and keeps it simple with split-screen play- not innovative, but it does the job.
Overall this game is definitely worth a go if you're just looking for a basic racing game. It pales in comparision to later games like Mario Kart, but take into consideration that it's a launch game and you'll see it stands well. The Stars feature is something that you won't see in most other racing games and I like how it balances speed and technique.
I bought this game from a second hand video game shop for about £20 less than a year after it came out, for that price after such a short amount of time since it release, I didn't expect huge amounts from it, but I was very pleasantly surprised when I put it in my wii for the first time. One thing you must bear in mind before buying it is that it isn't like any other racing game. None of the races that you have to do are actual races. Whether you finish first or last doesn't make a huge amount of difference on whether you win or not because it is a points based system. You get points for doing tricks and higher jumps and whoever has the most points at the end wins. You do get quite a few points for winning, but its not that important. The graphics are this game aren't spectacular, but they're definitely not an eye sore and would never put you off and the many tracks the game has. Another upside to this game is that - as far as I know - it is the only wii game that allows you to have your own music on it, all you need is an SD card with MP3s on it and they will automatically play when you are driving.
In conclusion I highly recommend this great underrated driving game and you will probably be able to pick it up second hand for a relatively cheap price.
Great racing game on the Wii. Probably the best one I've played on the console so far. The sense of speed is amazing and the jumps are easy to perform. Collecting the rings while racing reminds me of Sonic so it's a bit like Sonic on wheels. There is a decent collection of trucks to choose from and they all handle differently which is always good otherwise what's the point of a selection?
You can actually "insert" your choice of songs in the game so you can race to your favourite tunes instead of the default game music.
For once, the hype and good reviews are rightly deserved for this one.
There is nothing "deep" about this game, it's mostly superficial and is really a game that's made to pass some easy time, a bit like playing some classic Space Invaders to have some fun for an hour.
The game has excellent replay value and is quite addicting for a superficial racing game.
Graphics and sound are reasonably good, at least for the Wii. After all, the Wii will never have XBOX like graphics so don't worry about that too much.
The gameplay itself is great.
Before you immediately dismiss this game as being a generic racer you're forgeting one thing...Wii Control. To control your vehicle you hold the Wii mote sideways and use the "2" button to accelerate and "1" to brake. To steer you simply tilt the controller and your vehicle will turn. This is what makes the game so much fun - the innovative control system. This system makes the game a lot more fun to play than simply pressing a joystick a certain way, in fact many people will probably prefer this as it will actually have some similarity to driving a real vehicle.
The graphics in the game may seem pretty basic but they aren't too bad and add to the game's arcade style and appeal. The races are fast and furious especially with the addition of the boost system (activated by pressing the d-pad). You can also earn stars by getting big air, smashing into opponents or avoiding trees. These can all be used to unlock new vehicles.
I do feel that Nintendo could've added some more courses into the game as the four main areas all feel kind of similar and the game would definately have benefited from having online multi-player but split-screen is supported and is a lot of fun.
This game is pretty cool but its quite realistic. Its a simple race track game in which you have to fight your way round the race track and get round it as quick as possible, What makes this game more challenging is if you go too quickly then you can burn out and your engine gets too hot and blows up. In order to prevent this from happening you need to either jump really high by flying off cliffs and high ledges or driving through water which cools it down. Its a fast paced game and njoyable fun. You can play multiplayer where it simply splits the screen and so you can also enjoy the fun with friends and family. The graphics are bit poor but that doesnt seem to matter as it kind of adds to the character of the game. I would recommend this game, you pick it up quite reasonably I got mine for about twenty pounds I think. Go Buy IT :)
In Excite Truck from Monster games, the goal is ultimate carnage. Participating in global races, you are actually rewarded for the most amount of damage you create.
With Wii owners currently snapping up the latest version of Mario Kart to be released for the format, it's good to see an example of how enjoyable an arcade type race game can be. I wasn't disappointed. Although it took zero inspiration to come up with the name, it can't be denied that it does exactly what it says on the case. It is guaranteed to excite, I quickly became addicted.
I began working through the tutorial section to get used to the controls. The wrist controller is held horizontally and if you make slight movements with it from side to side it will dictate the direction that your monster truck takes. It is quite difficult to master at first and some of the tutorial lessons take few attempts to master. I still have a few to go. Most of them are fun to try, and this is a good starting point before you get into the real action. It's probably beneficial to master turbo speed on here, before you take the step to participate on the next level.
You start on the most basic tracks (bronze level) in different countries, and differing weather conditions, competing against five others. You have to unlock the silver, gold and platinum race events by getting a minimum number of gold stars from each track you compete on. You get more stars, the more adventurous you are with your truck, and also from the higher the position that you finish. Stars come by taking air, driving through rings, smashing other trucks, using a drift, or going outside the course and taking a route through the trees. You also get a star every time you have a crash. This confused me at first as it appears to be a good thing. It will slow you down greatly though, as after every crash you have to give yourself a speed boost by pressing 2 repeatedly.
Nothing compares to taking flight from a turbo jump in this game. You can see your truck flying off cliff sides and it's up to you to direct it in flight to be able to take the corner you touch down on, or try and get more points by landing on a competitor. One downside perhaps for hardened gamers, is that you can never really get too far away from the other trucks and vice versa - you are always in the thick of the action. However, I enjoyed this aspect, and as you would expect it gradually gets harder the more races you unlock. There are off-road tracks featured from countries such as Finland, Canada and Scotland. You can go from racing through rough highland terrain surrounded by castles, to jumping off a cliff and smashing straight into the Great Wall of China! That really did shake me up when that happened! As you go round the tracks you an also pick up power items to help your vehicle mow down trees, and you can also unlock better vehicles and spray paints from the amount of points you gather. You are also against the clock on every track.
There are three basic challenges to master which are as follows.
Gate challenge - Against the clock, you need to pass through as many gates within the time allowed achieving minimum stars and jumping through rings will give you extra stars.
Ring challenge - Jumping through rings scores you stars. The more rings that you make, the better you will score on the next ring, so it pays to get a few in succession. Any time left on the clock is added to your score.
Crush challenge - You have to take out your opponents by smashing into them. Soft hits don't count so you really need to drive fast and hit hard.
I didn't find any of the challenge races quite as enjoyable as the main race feature. Crush challenge was my favourite as you have a map where you can track the other cars out on the field, predator style. You feel like a bounty hunter given the task of hunting down your enemy and smashing them to bits.
The graphics are the best that I've seen on the Wii so far, but the accompanying soft rock music could have been improved. It soon gets rather repetitive and I usually replace it with tunes from my ipod. You also have the facility to insert your own SD card into the console.
Excite Truck can also be played as a two player in a split screen mode. You would choose the versus mode from the main menu for this.
Compatible with the Wii steering wheel or Wii sports wheel: £8.96 and £4.99 respectively on Amazon. I don't know what difference there is between these accessories as they look very similar and seem to serve the same function. You can place your Wii wrist controller into the mid section of the wheel, and this could enhance the authenticity of your driving experience. It seems a bit unnecessary as it feels pretty realistic anyway. However, if you want to splash out the extra cash, you may be able to get slightly better control over where you're going.
In summary, Excite Truck is a great experience to be had on the Wii, and if Mario Kart lets you down, you wouldn't do much wrong if you were to turn to this. I can't see myself getting bored of it for a while. Maybe once everything is unlocked, it is a possibility - but that could take a while yet.
Currently on sale at Amazon for £29.48
Although the name sounds pretty bad (Excite Truck is a pretty good name from a 5th grader at least), this semi-sequel to the NES classic Excitebike hit is still one damn fine racing game that introduced us Wii owners to a whole new way to play these type of arcade-like driving games.
In this very intense 3D racer you try to out run the competition while surviving the dangerous off road environments just like a million other video games out there. Before you dismiss it the game though it has this cool way to move your truck around. Holding the Wii-mote to the side with two hands like a old fashion controller will let you to steer left and right depending how hard it tilts. It definitely takes some getting use to because it's easy to over do turns but once you get it down the new interactive controls really make me feel I'm part of the redneck racing here. I even created a truck that looks like the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard just for fun.
Also unlike most games of this type you need to win these races by scoring enough Star points instead of just coming in first place. You score these Stars by going crazy stuff like jumping through air hoops, successfully driving around trees, ramming into the other drivers, doing drifts, and lots more junk that would get me arrested again in real life.
Fans of the first NES game still have the chance to boost your vehicle for a extra burst of speed and you can do this as long you don't over heat. The awesome thing about this is the ability to find short cuts like driving in water to instantly cool down and the game's different power ups can help you here too. You can either get stuff like temporary invincibility and even something that alters the environment to reveal more jumps on track in one of the game's better effects.
The graphics are pretty good here with a great list of scenic countries to drive and destroy through but I did notice a lot of pop up when you jump high in the air so it isn't perfect. Other thing that bugged me was the very generic rock music here (fortunately, you can add your own unique tracks with a STD card if you like). The sound effects are much better with loud engine noises and crashes to help liven things up.
Excite Truck sure takes some getting to used thanks to the new controls and it sucks that it can only be played with up to 2 players via split screen too (can't we system link this sucker yet?) but once you learn it the game is insanely fast and hell of a lot of fun here.
EXCITE TRUCK overall rating: 77/100
Original release: November 19, 2006
For 1 or 2 players
Rated (E) for Everyone
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(Ryan Genno) 2007
Excite Truck brings back grand racing tradition of Excitebike. Get ready for a big-air experience like no other!