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This Game Is Criminal
If you're looking for a adrenaline packed, fun packed, exciting racing game for the Wii then there's a few things you should do. Firstly remember the Wii doesn't have the power of the PS3 or Xbox 360 and set you expectations a bit lower and to stay away from this poor excuse for a racing game.
The game developers seem to have been given the task of coming up with a Wii version of the game and have given it the same enthusiasm as the last person picked for a school football team. I know the Wii can produce good version of games. It is written by a different developer to the other versions, a company called Exient.
Onto the game itself, right from the start you can see this is just a cash in of the Need for Speed name. The first thing I noticed was how badly the cars seem to control, often the car had a mind of it's own, usually when drifting. Sometimes it responds how you want it to, other times it goes anywhere. You can use the nanchuck like you can with Mario Karts and this does help but you lose some of the fun of having the Wii's motion sensing.
The computer AI is very bad, you know the kind of games where you feel the computer is cheating, well this is one of those. You can be slicing past cars like a hot knife through butter only to come up against an uncatchable car, very frustrating. The cops that appear in the game and are a big selling point are so useless they may as well not be there. They don't cause you hardly any setbacks. They also never work together to box you in or set up a road block etc. Crashing into another car is a journey into the unknown, sometimes a small knock will see you flying off the road. Another time a big collision will hardly set you back at all.
The graphics are poor even for the Wii. We know the Wii is capable of much more, we've seen it done, this seems to date back to even PS1 standards. I know graphics do not make a game but we expect a reasonable spectacle now days. The graphics remind me a little of Driver, a PS1 game I loved and played all the way to the end, something I certainly won't be doing with this. The sound in the game is adequate, nothing to write home about but as good as a lot of games in the genre.
There are only two views in the game, which are two behind the car views, I would have much preferred a cockpit view. This should be a standard feature in all car racing games, yet another sign of a lacklustre effort.
After being spoilt with Mario Kart's online multiplayer it is quite disappointing that there is no support here, it could have given the game some replay value, a missed opportunity and a big different between the other console's versions.
If you want a fun racing game and don't already own it then I can highly recommend Mari Kart over this any day. I have yet to see a serious racing game on the Wii that is worth the money. This is a shoddy afterthought of a release and will do the franchise no good at all, at least in the eyes of Wii owners. They have tried to sell it on the strength of the Xbox/PS3 versions. I will give EA games on the Wii a wide berth in future, at least until they give it the respect it deserves.