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I had really enjoyed the board game element present in Wii party so much so that I hit google and entered board games on the Wii and one of the first titles to come up was Go Vacation. I ended up making a potential mistake and doing no research into the game and buying it on express purely as I wanted it to play over the weekend at a get together. Was it the right decision? I have been unlucky buying bad games lately so you may be surprised to hear that Go Vacation is not bad at all!
Go Vacation is a travel based, danced based board game packed full of variety and its quite unique in the sense that, as you may have gathered, its very hard to label as one particular genre. In fact it is impossible! Go Vacation is unlike any other game before it.
Basically on Go Vacation you have a full island to explore either by yourself or with 2-4 other players involved. You tour the island seeing the 50 +activities Go Vacation
offers and you choose what you want to do and when. There is a great sense of freedom and choice and the game will be different everytime you load it up.
This turns out in fact to be a contender to beat Wii sports in the stakes for best Wii multiplayer game! If you have friends and family to play with on this then all the better and it becomes essential. If maybe you don't, this is not a good single player title. Go Vacation is multiplayer gold.
The mini games vary and most make use of the zapper, balance board etc to give variety in the game play and every game has something going for it meaning you can tell from the off that Go Vacation has been made with care. There are no duffers here!
Horse racing, diving, sky diving, surfing....all present and some of the best games on Go Vacation all done in different ways. Add to the mix dancing, sledge racing and skiing and you begin to see the diversity here. It really is astounding and they have thought about it.
The graphics are colourful and vibrant and solid as Go Vacation makes the most of the Wii's limited power to give something that for a change with this console and makes Go Vacation is very easy on the eye. There is no hindrance from the presentation with regards to playing the game.
In fact Go Vacation is a doddle from start to finish in terms of controls. None of the games on Go Vacation take much learning but there is a certain, how shall I put this, element of depth to it that means to be good and win all the time you need skill and luck which means every time you play someone different will win. This stops one player dominating Go Vacation and ruining it for others.
Who is Go Vacation best for? Well as I have said you really really do not want to consider this title if you are going to play it alone. It's a game designed for multiplayer and probably not for serious gamers...its for families and casual gamers. The perfect game to play at Xmas or at gatherings.
Go Vacation for me rivals Wii sports in terms of longetivty, originality, ability to pick up and play and fun and this is certainly the most fun I have had on the Wii in a long time if ever. The sheer diversity of games, the way the controls work, the balance involved and the fact none of the games are duffers makes this a value packed essential multiplayer title.
Simply Go Vacation was the type of title the Wii was made for, fun for all!
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