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I've got We Ski and can't wait to complete the skiing experience.
If you're looking for a game that can be played while lazily lying on the couch, don't get this. To ski, you'll hold both the remote and nunchuk (front edge pointed forward, but they do not have to be pointed toward the screen) and turn by tilting them in unison. Movements are subtle and well done - this is the first time a console game has been able to pull off this kind of physical effect. You can pull forward and increase your speed by swinging the remotes downward (toward yourself, but not too vigorously as the game points out). Most of the tricks are motion-based as well, which I'll get to shortly.
Want to reach the maximum speed? Hold both controllers in the normal skiing position and tilt them so that the tops (button/thumbstick area) are facing inward or outward. The character on screen, who may come from your Mii collection or be homegrown within the game, mimics your actions by holding him or herself in the speed-increasing position.
Stumbles and total wipeouts are also recovered via player motions. By swinging both controllers downward, just as you would to increase speed, athletes can prevent stumbles from turning into falls. If you still wipeout, swing the controllers up and down (alternately). Other than stunt performance, this is one of the few times you won't be moving the controllers in unison.
Stunts are executed by swinging, tilting, and thumbstick pushing. The latter wasn't necessary - I presume the developers threw it in because they ran out of motions. But it makes the game feel like every other winter sports title out there, a feeling that wasn't prevalent up until this point. The other tricks aren't bad but are very simple to perform, and with ramps being short and infrequent, you won't have too many opportunities to perform them during the average race. This is a great game. It's like really skiing.
I was looking forward to playing Wii Family Ski but, yet again with a Wii game, I feel let down.
The whole game is very cartoony and just doesn't feel like a proper game - certainly not one I would pay £30 for (well, I did, but I wouldn't again!). I know it's a family game and a family console, but I do feel that a lot of the title are very much aimed at the younger generation.
You control your character using the Wii Balance Board (if you have one) or the Wiimote (if you don't). However using the balance board doesn't seem as intuitive as it does in the skiing sections of Wii Fit - leaning forwards or backwards doesn't affect your speed, meaning you just lean to one side to turn which is a bit of a letdown.
Playing through the game isn't as fun as it could be as you have to meet and talk to new people to start new races and challenges. The challenges aren't too difficult to beat either.
All-in-all, not much fun - I want my £30 back!
As I love skiing so much I decided to buy this game to bring a bit of the slopes back home and I must admit I think its pretty realistic. The greatest surprise was how good the visual quality was of the resort and slopes and their realism, if you ignore the cartoon characters. You can also personalise these characters by using your miis and adjusting clothing, and they can at times be quite funny. You can also multiplayer this game which allows you to ski at the same time and splits the screen, obviously this can only be done with the controllors and not the balance board.
It is very popular with younger relatives and when used in conjunction with the wii balance board their excitement only grows. In terms of the older audience, it seems a novelty for a while until you realise that the challenges are repetitive and that there is only one extra secret slope, this appears to wear off on younger players too.
However for a bit of fun this is an ideal game that is perhaps most suited for a younger audience.
While Family Ski can be an amusing game, It is in essence a more child-friendly game than an activity for adults. As a one player game it has moments of amusement and the use of the balance board works well (there is a chance for snow boarding as well as skiing) but it is short lived. After a while the game becomes tedious and repetitive and lacks the realism of skiing. While this is the case with most games, family ski lacks the adrenaline factor! In two player mode you have lost the balance board, and in honesty boredom can set in rapidly. The training modes and quick games fail to spark the imagination and only serve to give you an opportunity to learn the routes of the main game.
As you play the main game you can earn stars by interacting with characters on the slopes and completing tasks. These can be races or delivering food from the cafe at the top of the slopes, to customers at the bottom. Again, adult users lose interest quickly. My 9 year old nephew had more fun with the game and enjoyed play far longer than I did. The problem though lies in finding the right age range for this game. It lacks the multi-player likability of games such as wii sports so can lose a chunk of its audience. Older users will bore to quickly and younger users won't grasp the concepts. Not a game for serious gamers either or ski enthusiasts either
At best I can say its worth a look for casual and undemanding gamers or children aged say 7/8-13
I love this game so much and now believe myself to be a competent skier! (bet i would get a shock if i really hit the slopes) But seriously this game is so realistic, which sounds stupid when you describe the cartoon figures but this relives my long distant memory of sking as a teenager (without the embaressment of the ski lifts) and makes me feel like i was actually there. This was hightlighted by the moment i set the game to night sking and stood at the top of the mountain watching the fireworks (i know get real - its a game!) But i love the night and day feature and i like the fact it throws in the occasional snowstorm! Just when i had completed every course, although not to any skill and thought i had learnt all the game had to offer i discovered talking to other skiers which opens up races, tasks , orienteering etc and it is really fun. I use the balance board although it is easier without and more fun having multiplayer games, but the balance is a lot more realistic (hence harder) Of all the wii games i own this one i have this seems to be the most liked by my friends and family, inc my 60 year old mum and my 3 year old daughter. Def one for the family as the name suggests.
After hearing about this game from a few friends and having some skiing experience I decided I would get this game for the kids so that they could experience a part of the sport before we go away next year. I had also heard that it uses some actual skiing techniques which I thought could be very useful.
In this area I was not disappointed. The game relies upon genuine skiing experiences, so everything from the snowplough to the parallel stop has been included in this game.
The map and ski runs on the game are also very comprehensive, runs are included with everything from moguls to jumps. However I was disappointed that there weren't any unlockable courses like on any other similar games such as SSX3, this seemed to take a lot of point out of the game.
When played with the wii balance board another dimension is added to the game and it starts to prove its worth but after a week the novelty had worn off and the game was back in its box.
This game is basically sound, but there is only so much of going down the same run time and again that you can enjoy. I would advise getting one that has a career mode such as a Shaun White game or one of the SSX series.
This has to be one of my favourite games at the moment. It isn't one of those addictive games that you could play on for hours but It's real great fun. It's basically just like going to a nice ski resort. The skiing technique is very different from actual skiing, I've been told but the whole resort is just like a real one. It'd great becasue you can choose what you want to do and when - you can go on various ski lifts then ski to your chosen track, or play games when you find a certain person. Multiplayer is great - have a really fun time choosing your characters clothes and then head to the sloped to have some fun playing mini games or even have your photo taken at certain phto points to save in the album. This is a great game and I hope you buy it because when your bored hit the slopes and do whatever you want !
Another superb game for the WII - and it makes use of the WII Balance board.
Does exactly what it says on the tin to coin a phrase! the family loved it and it was a great game for the little ones as they were able to do the races with out much guidance so didn't get bored.
I found it quite difficult to master the WII board at first to be honest but after a while i was whizzing about, I ski alot and althought its not 100% like the real thing its a game and gives non-skiers a good idea of what skiing could be like.
I loved the graphics and the sound effects and the girls loved dressing there WII Character and then accesorising before hitting ski school.
It has become a bit of a competition in my household and definatley worth buying, you don't need to purchase the WII Fit to get the board either, GAMES have an Own Brand of one for about £14.99 which I am told works just as well and saves a few bob!
Wii is one of the greatest games consoles that I have ever purchased and I absolutely love all of the games that I have played on it to date.
Wii Family Ski is a game that up to five people can play and requires the Wii Fit to be able to play. It took me a while to find the Wii Fit or as it is also known the balance board but I kept on searching and got there in the end.
Wii Family Ski lets you create a character from scratch or you can import your Mii character too whilst selecting different ski gear for your character. You need to use the Nunchuck and Remote in your hands to use as ski poles and step on the Wii Board to really take advantage of this great game. The Wii Board takes over to allow the player to turn whilst skiing by measuring the swaying and leaning of the body.
In Family Ski, there are 14 different slopes to explore and each one with its own unique sights, sounds and skiing possibilities. With a selection of games from freestyle, ski school and races you have lots of choices.
Overall, I'm impressed it is obviously not the same as skiing down a mountain, but it's as close as you're likely to get without leaving your living room. This is a great multiplayer game, the only downfall is that you cannot compete directly against other players, but I appreciate that you cannot have 4 Wii Balance boards in the front room.
The game is responsive to movement on the balance board and make is an enjoyable game. This game has great effects like hearing the ice as you travel over it and tannoy announcements all add to the experience as if you were really skiing in a race.
The graphics are good as I was not expecting the best graphics as this game has so much more to offer and has so much going on, I'm very happy to say this game is well worth the £30 I paid for it and has given me and my family hours of fun playing on it, its suitable for people of all ages.
This game had a great idea, skiing using the wii fit balance board but the game isn't very good and won't last you very long. The game would be great if put together in Wii Fit or another game but not by itself.
The graphics are ok but not as good as other games for the Wii such as Mario Kart or some sports on Wii Sports. The game has a bad soundtrack and has many framerate problems. The game also crashes at time and the buttons aren't very responsive.
The games controls aren't very reactive and don't work well with Wii Fit board.
The game doesn't have many modes and the ones that it does have will see you get very bored quickly. The game is ok for children but anyone else will be bored within minutes and just left with wasted money.
The games bundled with Wii Fit are much better and much better fun as well. They will last alot longer, have better graphics and won't see you bored within mintues. It is not worth the extra and isn't as fun as most games on the Wii.
I got Family Ski as an add on to my wii fit order and was quietly anticipating trying the game out for his 'life like' controls.
However, after a couple of minutes I was highly dissapointed with the controls. When using this with the wii fit board I found the controls to be 'jumpy', a slight lean left or right would make your character do a virtual 360.
The choice of in game play was very limited and I found myself growing tired of the repetitive nature of the games almost straight away.
I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone over their teenage years, but feel the look of the game and novelty of the wii balance board, would keep a child amused for a lot longer.
Considering that I got this alongside Wii Fit, it does not compare to the available skiing / snowboarding games available on them. To consider that wii family ski is standalone skiing game and not just one of many different types of games available, you would think that it would be vastly superior to Wii fit, but I am dissapointed to say it is no where near it!
In Family Ski for the Nintendo Wii, you can use the 'Balance Board' which comes with Wii Fit, to (in theory) have a fun and lifelike skiing experience. In fact, Family Ski is the first standalone game which incorporates the balance boards abilities.
The game itself is pretty good fun, but there are areas which definitely could have been improved. Firstly, if you've just finished playing the very limited (but fun) skiing game featured in Wii Fit, then you won't be that impressed with Family Ski's graphics - which are considerably less bold, darker, and feature many jagged edges or 'jaggies'.
The way the nunchuk controller and Wii remote are used as ski poles is a great idea, but leaning forward on the balance board would have also been a good way to control speed, as you can in Wii Fit. Overall there is a bit too much reliance on the joystick and button controls which you have to use. For example, to stop you pull down on the nunchuk contol stick. It basically takes away from the feeling of actual skiing.
There are a few different slopes to try in the game - all of which are named after animals. There are also some set challenges which generally include finding various things on the course, photography and racing. Whilst fun at first, all become tiresome quickly.
The fictitious resort in the game is called the 'Happy Ski Resort' and it can be fun to explore, but the challenges on offer get repetitive quickly. This could have been an excellent game, but for the limited graphics and the poor control method. Buy for novelty value only.
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P.S This is an update of a review which I also posted on amazon.co.uk
Family Ski is the latest release from Nintendo that makes full use of the Wii Board peripheral. Take the Nunchuck and Remote in your hands and step on the Wii Board to really take advantage.