Friday, December 19, 2008

Wii Wishlist: Winter 2008

Last Wednesday I blogged about how I evaluate Wii games which interest me. Today I'll share my Wii wishlist, along with a few notes about the fun I hope to have with these games.

Animal Crossing: City Folk is a game I've been waiting for ever since the Wii was announced. Metacritic gave it a 73, a pretty good score. The main criticism of the game seems to be that is is mostly a remake of the Game Cube version. That doesn't bother me at all. I was a fan of both that one and the DS Animal Crossings. What makes Animal Crossings so attractive? Well the main premise is that you live in a town and interact with the other townspeople, er, make that towns-animals. There are also opportunities to go fishing, dig for buried treasure, and harvest local fruit. What makes the game special though is that it exists in "real time". That is, the game uses the Wii's internal clock to determine if it is morning, afternoon, or night. Different things happen at different times of day. The game also changes over time. New animals come to the town. If you neglect the game for a few weeks, someone you've made friends with might get tired and leave. The Animal Crossings world is rich with detail, it takes many hours of gameplay to explore it fully. As you can imagine, the game is rather low key. I play a lot of intense games, spending time in Animal Crossings is a welcome change of pace.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon is the first Wii offering from Square Enix, the makers of the well known Final Fantasy series. (The first disk-based offering. Square Enix released the WiiWare game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as King in May of 2008.) Metacritic gave Chocobo's Dungeon a respectible 77. While I admit to being a bit of a Final Fantasy junkie, I've had more fun with some of their games than others. After doing a bit of reading, I'm expecting this to be one of the more fun FF games. IGN describes the story as "a mix of intriguing concepts and eye-rolling ridiculousness". That sounds right up my alley! Game play is said to be a combination of strategy and traditional RPG style gaming, and to keep a player on her toes. That sounds good too. Graphics are described as retro. That won't bother me. Particularly if they did a cute job with it. I'm a sucker for cute graphics :)

Mario Kart Wii is the next game I hope to add to our party stash. Metacritic gave it an 82. I almost don't need to read anything else at this point. The Mario Kart series has been a lot of fun since the beginning. It got a good rating, which means there are no glaring problems with the game. I'd love to have it around so I can thrash my husband in go-kart races. (Princess power!)

DeBlob is a great example of the reviews making me want a game. I saw the box in the store and I couldn't really determine what to make of the game. Later when I noticed DeBlob has a score of 81 on Metacritic, I looked deeper into it. The main character is de Blob. His job is to roll through the city and crush any and all Leech Bots. The Leech Bots suck color out of the city. As de Blob crushes them, he absorbs the color, and uses it to paint the city. Reviews state that completing each level requires a mixture of strategy and action, which is how I like em. The controls are natural and highly responsive, another good thing. And the DeBlob has both a single player campaign and multiplayer modes. I'll have to get a hold of a copy of this one and try out some Leech squashing myself :)


Amateur said...

Mario Kart Wii is a great buy, there is online play and there isn't a lag while playing with a friend or other folks online.

The game hasn't really changed much but it works really nicely with the Wii Controls.

Anastasia said...

Amateur - Thanks for the recommendation :)

That's the great thing about the Mario Kart games, the basic premise is a lot of fun, so they don't really need to change.