Product Type: Conspiracy Wii games
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Cold, but not cool
Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge (Wii)
Member Name: Thebaker50
Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge (Wii)
Advantages: So bad it might just be funny
Disadvantages: Terrible gameplay, poor controls, too difficult, poor graphics
This game is a bit rubbish. Its basically a wii game that instead of using the wii controls to do something innovative, cool, or different, has decided on making a game as painstakingly tedious as physically possible, whilst giving you the wii equivalent of a tennis elbow.
Ok so basically this isnt a game, its more a series of minigames, like wii sports, or wii party etc. Unfortunately, none of these minigames are particularly good, and most of them are pretty similar to the point where you barely notice the difference (the skeleton run, 4 man bombsledge and the 2 women sled are pretty much the same thing, but you are in a different thing! They handle and feel exactly the same).
Another thing that is annoying about this game is the level of precision needed to "win" a game. If you are playing in campaign mode (there is campaign, career, single event and a 2p mode, but I have never tried the 2p mode, as I doubt it will be any good), then to beat the computer on say the bobsled, you need to pretty much have a perfect start, and do every corner perfectly. This is very tricky to do when it all happens so fast, also as the instructions are so poor both ingame and in the instruction booklet (its almost like they are from another language just put onto google translate or something), and the fact that the wii remote isn't the most sensitive of things at times.
To give an idea what I am talking about, the curling event (that weird thing where they throw this ball and two people go either side and scrub infront of it, and the idea is to hit the target), you have to throw the ball by swinging the wii remote, then shake the wii remote to "scrub" infront of the ball. It took me about 7 attempts just to get the ball to end in the target zone, and to "win" I had to get it in the red bullseye in the middle. It's very difficult to judge, especially when right after you throw the ball, the brushers spaz out a bit in confusion, then sometimes you shake the wii remote and they brush moderately, and you end up shaking your arms infront of the tv looking like someone having an epileptic fit, just to see you ball move up to the target area so slowly (we are talking maybe 1cm a minute?), and just carry on to the other end of the target and off the screen.
Its pretty much the same for most of the events. Mess up one corner on the bombsled, and you automatically loose that race. Considering that the corners come with no "warnings" like turn left, turn right. And the fact that the tiniest of tilts on the wii remote results in you "crashing" (more of a bumping) into the walls, well, it makes this game feel likes its just too difficult really. Maybe in the real world winter sports are very tricky, but I somehow doubt the worlds best winter athletes will have their bobsled starts measured by how many times they can spin a wii remote in a circle (I have never managed a 100% good start, I can only assume the people who designed this games have had their arms removed, and replaced with spinning tops or something).
Overall then, this is a very poor game. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is for two reasons. Firstly, its so bad, its kind of funny to laugh at the poor graphics, hilariously glitchy bits (like the downhill skiing, not matter what you do you cannot turn that thing), and I can imagine the bobsled being a fun thing to challenge with friends (maybe its ok in 2p version?). I honestly cannot say I have tried all the game modes, I didn't have the heart to try the ice skating, or the speed skating, or the cross country skiing, but nothing that I did play made me want to stay and play those bits, and I seriously doubt that its any good.
If you are dead set on a winter sports game, for the wii, then maybe this game is for you. But I wouldnt spend more than 50p on it (I got mine for free as a present, and I still feel it was a rip off!)
Summary: Avoid this really
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