Last month I wrote about five overlooked PS3 games you should play. The reaction it got was pretty impressive . Some commenters more or less agree with me while others called me a “fuckhead”. Unsurprisingly those comments didn’t make the site…until now I guess.
Undeterred I’m back with a look at another five overlooked games that you should play, this time on the Nintendo Wii.
5. Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut)
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars holds a special place in my heart as it was one of the first point and click games I’d ever played when it received its original release on the PS1 back in 1996. Sure the franchise has gone gradually down hill but the first was a great game…and still is.
Originally you played as George Stobbart, an American tourist in France who gets caught in a bomb blast and manages to snoop his way into the middle of a huge Neo Templar conspiracy. In the updated Wii version the same holds true though there are now extra scenes where to play as Nico Collard, a French reporter who helps George throughout the game.
The artistic styling of the game is uniquely beautiful, the voice work is excellent, the story is well told, the Wii control system works superbly AND the new additions to the game make a classic game even better.
Click here to buy Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (UK)
Click here to buy Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (US)
4. Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
I read a review of this game that described it as more of an experience than a game and that is a very accurate statement on Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon. While the gameplay is not particularly good what makes this a worthwhile game is how unique it looks and feels.
Fragile Dreams is an RPG with elements of point and click, and a dash of horror. You play as Seto, who wanders through a barren world, looking for survivors and an answer to what the hell is going on.
The world is dark so you must use your flashlight (wiimote) to illuminate your path. There are plenty of puzzles, battles and objects to interact with along the way as the story progresses.
Don’t go into Fragile Dreams expecting to be blown away from fast, furious action. Like a rollercoaster it takes some time to get going before you experience the real thrills this game has to offer.
Click here to buy Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of The Moon (UK)
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3. Excite Truck
At first glance Excite Truck looks like another generic arcade-style racing game. Beneath the hood though lies a game that provides serious competition to games like Mario Kart and Mashed.
The game controls are simple but effective. You use the wiimote to steer ala Mario Kart (if you don’t have a wheel) with one button to accelerate, one to brake and the direction pad to give yourself a turbo boost. The sensitivity of the controls is spot on so there’s no breaking your wrists to turn a corner.
While placing first in the race will give you a big advantage, it doesn’t necessary mean you will win. Stars are awarded for your finishing place but there are also stars awarded for performing tricks and stunts. Whoever has the most stars at the end of the race is the one who takes the victory.
It should also be noted that Excite Truck was the first Wii game to allow players to listen to their own music whilst playing the game through the use of a SD card.
Click here to buy Excite Truck (UK)
Click here to buy Excite Truck (US)
2. Sakura Wars: So Long My Love
Sakura Wars is another unique game in that it blends the genres of tactical RPG and dating simulation. This results in a game that feels like you’re watching (and playing) a kickass anime cartoon – the type you’d watch on a Saturday morning.
Despite the heavily Japanese feel of the game it is actually set in New York where the main character Shinjiro Taiga has been sent to help Star Division. Other than Shinjiro and commander Sunnyside the Star Division is an all female unit and this is where the dating sim aspect of the game comes in. Between fighting to save New York from various attacks you must converse with the team and the options you choose have an impact on how well liked you are by each member. Instead of the traditional leveling system your team become more effective by how well they get along with you as well as each other.
For the most part the battles are quite easy and won’t give you too much trouble if you’re used to the tactical RPG genre. The story and character interactions are where this game really stands out.
If you enjoy anime cartoons this game is a must-play and even if you don’t it’s still worth checking out.
Click here to buy Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (UK)
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1. The Godfather: Blackhand Edition
Graphically The Godfather: Blackhand Edition is sub-standard even by Wii standards. Everything else about the game is though is excellent though and this is coming from someone who didn’t like the movies.
If you’ve played a GTA game before you’ll be familiar with the set-up. You start off as a low-level goon who rises through the ranks to become Don through successfully completing missions. Where The Godfather differs though is that to progress you can’t just shoot your way through the game. You’ll need to use well thought out tactics, diplomacy and strategy to reach the top of the chain.
The controls feel very intuitive with the wiimote and nunchuck becoming extensions of the players’ hands. I don’t think there’s ever been a game where it’s more fun the beat someone to death with a baseball bat.
I can’t think of a single game on the Wii with a better storyline. It’s deep, complex yet accessible and captures the atmosphere of The Godfather movies extremely well.
All this AND James Caan and Robert Duvall reprise their original roles.
Click here to buy The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (UK)
Click here to buy The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (US)