After the Wii launch down here in Australia, I started to realise that a couple of NintendoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s big launch titles werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t on the shelves, the one of my most concern was Excite Truck, I though it had been cancelled to Australia due to our stupid classification system, but then realising it had been post-pond till February. Due to me being an impatient person, I got the game from Europe so I could played, seeing Europe and Australia both use PAL (Region block sucks) and when I pulled out Legend of Zelda it possible scream Ã¢â‚¬Å“donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play it!Ã¢â‚¬?. I popped it in and a run of nostalgia ran over me or some reason, as if I had done wrong. Whatever part of my body gave me than nostalgia rush over me had reason too, Because its not because it not that Excite Truck isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just got a big-gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s body with budget content.
Well, enough of my ramblings. Excite Truck is fun. Instead of having Wii-remote pointed at the screen, you flipped side-on and tilt it from side-to-side to turn you truck, and accelerate with the face buttons. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably the best controls for a racing game IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever seen, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to work out, while fun the process. You may feel a bit un-easy playing for the first time, but hey itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the Wii, Ã¢â‚¬ËœeverythingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s differentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.
The More surprising thing about the game is that finishing first isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the mission; instead youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re collecting a certain amount of stars, yet finishing in first place with give you bonus stars, so there is still plenty of chances to bull-doze the opposition. Boost is also done differently to other games. While you pretty much have unlimited boost, using it in a long manner, will cause your truckÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s engine of overheat and cut-out.
Graphically, Excite Truck is currentÃ¢â‚¬Â¦While at speed. When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re driving at high speeds it looks great with the outer blur effects, and other little nifty bits. But if you bother to slow down, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look so pretty, the worst is the snow levelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, except for the water, the levelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s look like someone poured old tin paint over dirtÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Everything else is at a passable rate.
The real problem with the game is the amount of content it supplies. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Excite RunÃ¢â‚¬? is the main single player mode, with challenge mode being the other single-player bit. Neither of these modes will hold your interest for long as their easy to finish them in 2-3 hours. Multiplayer isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t any better, as itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only 2 player with no AI. That Sucks. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s as if Nintendo wants to make us hate this game, if thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done a good job.
While Excite Truck is a solid game gameplay wise, that can be said for its graphics and depth. Anyone looking for a good arcade racing has two choices. Either, A: wait for a better one, but if that option never arises, go if B: wait for Excite Truck to drop to 20 bucks.
3 outta 5
Video Review Coming soon