Tag Archives: Wii

Why Online Play Is Ruining Gaming

When I sit playing games on my consoles or surfing the net reading game news, I wonder to myself, on which format will games appear next. Video games have surfaced in many different formats which include cartridges, cassettes, CD-ROMs, GD-ROMs (Sega Dreamcast for those who remember), DVD-ROMs, Blu-ray discs and are now being shipped digitally. Where can gaming go from here? Teleportation? Click a button and you are transported into the game? Or will gaming die because no-one wants to play any more?

Gaming has evolved over the years from a child’s toy in the mid ’80s to a multi-billion pound business in the 2000s, with many games consoles now being the “entertainment hub” of a household. Where consoles were once used to play games, they’re now used for anything from chatting to friends to renting films. It’s common to hear of a dad owning a PS3 to play Need for speed, a mum owning a Wii and balance board to stay in shape and a kid owning an XBOX 360 to talk to mates on twitter while playing FIFA 12. Games consoles were once aimed at kids, but are now owned by everyone in the family. But with this comes a price. Consoles are now no longer about the games.

Xenoblade Chronicles Review

The last time I pre-ordered a game on the Wii was Mario Kart which was over three years ago. That run was broken by Xenoblade Chronicles. The question is has Xenoblade managed to live up to the high expectations I had for the game?

It’s a simple question but one I was almost not able to answer. My pre-order arrived a day late (obviously this was no fault of game developers Monolith Soft) and when I inserted the disc I was informed that I needed to download a Wii update. After this my Wii restarted…and couldn’t read the disc. I’d reported on this problem the day before and now I was being troubled by it. Fortunately though after restarting my Wii once more the disc was read and the game began.

And what a game! Regular readers may have noticed I didn’t make a single post to Gamers Corner over the weekend and that’s because I was so absorbed by Xenoblade Chronicles that I didn’t want to put it down.

Xenoblade Chronicles Causing Disc Read Errors

In news that’ll provide a little schadenfreude for our American cousins, some of the people lucky enough to have received Xenoblade Chronicles today (I wasn’t one – thank you GAME) have reported that the game has caused disc read errors on their Wii.

Xenoblade Chronicles follows in the footsteps of Metroid: Other M and Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a dual-layer disc game that the Wii has had trouble reading. While this isn’t a wide spread problem there has been dozens of reports today from angry gamers unable to play Xenoblade.

If you have a copy of Xenoblade Chronicles that is causing a disc read error the best thing to do is return it to the store and ask for a new (and hopefully working) copy.

Five Overlooked Wii Games You Should Play

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)
Click here to buy Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of The Moon (US)

Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) | £29.85 | Zavvi

Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most anticipated releases on the Wii for quite some time.

It’s due to be released on September 2nd 2011, so if you’re looking for some great RPG action then this is definitely where you should be focusing your attention as The Last Story won’t be released until Q1 of 2012…and that’s a long wait.

Xenoblade Chronicles is meant to be all about freedom – making it the perfect antidote for people who’ve been tainted by the lack of choice that was Final Fantasy XIII.

Pre-order it from Zavvi now and you’ll get it for the lowest available price of £29.85.