You were way too tough on Metal. I understand your complaints. Perhaps the Wii isn't the best system for the series. But this is 7 of the best shooters of all time near arcade perfect(minus some minor load times between levels). It certainly deserves higher than B-. The wii Controls sucks, but they offer gamecube controller support. I know you said you were disappointed that they didn't offer D pad support. I know I'm in the minority, but I prefer the GC analog stick to a D pad. It feels very precise and I actually fell like it combines the best of 2d and 3d gameplay. Regardless, they do make arcade joysticks for it that accept analog input. Here is one that is getting good reviews.http://www.digitpress.com/archives/cc_xarcade.htm
But if you prefer to play with gamepad with a DPad, get the PS2 version. Its basically the same game.
You complained about the difficulties settings. I don't think thats a very valid complaint. It includes unlimited continues for someone who just wants to beat the game. But then it includes 30/20/10 continues depending on which system you choose. It must be near impossible to beat metal slug 3 in less than 10 continues so I don't see what the big deal is. It seems to offer challenge if you want it. It seems to offer a setting for everyone, unless you are a gaming God who can beat these games on 3 continues on hard.
Keep in mind I am not saying Excite truck is a terrible game b/c of the music, but I think it detracts from the experience.
The reviews of Excite Truck and GT Pro were right on as usual.
I can't see the reviews. It only link to the 3 original Wii reviews
Concerning Metal Slug, the games are solid gold but the interface is a mess. I would like to use the Wii controller with all the functions mapped to the buttons (no motion control). I don't think that would have been too much to ask, and I would have been perfectly happy with that. Sure, hooking up a wavebird isn't too hard, but I shouldn't have to do that! And yes, the analog control sucks.
Next, the continue/difficulty thing is a confusing mess. Is the difficulty only correlated to the number of continues, or does the game REALLY get hard on higher difficulty levels. It's never clear, and something so simple should not be so confusing. And for those of you who think I'm unfair to bash it for this, remember, there's a reason why that scheme has never been used in the past and will never be used in the future!
I don't know about Excite Truck getting an "A" either; it's a fun game for sure, but if I had my choice between that and Motor Storm I would pick Motor Storm 9 times out of 10. I just don't think the Wii controls translate well at ALL to games that require steering and I always feel like instead of enjoying the game I'm busy fighting to compensate for the horrible steering effect.
[QUOTE=Shawn]I enjoyed Excite truck a ton but I thought it was boring as hell after about 2 to 3 hours. I think having to unlock things to extend a games value (if you will) that has very modest offerings is just cheap.
I know you often feel attacked for voicing your opinion here, but trust me, trying to soften every statement with something like "I like this game a lot but..." isn't going to make a difference. Say what you mean and if people don't like it argue with them.
Personally, from what I've played, I loved Excite Truck. However, for a little perspective, my favorite other racers are Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (I know, Atarifever actually liked a PS1 game!), Excitebike, and Mario Kart DS, while my last favorite racing games are Forza and GT: Version whatever.
Let me spell it out for you Fever, I enjoyed it a ton for a couple of hours before I got bored with it. Meaning it isn't an "A" title. Do you feel better now?
I've become accustomed to using motion controls on Excite Bike, so while it was confusing at first, it is now almost second-nature. At this point, I prefer using them to using an analog stick.
I played through Excite Truck for a good 15 hours just on single player, and I still have fun playing through on multiplayer. The music is crap, but I give Nintendo points for letting me listen to my own through an SD card. Maybe that isn't fair, but I'd give points to the Xbox Vice City for letting me listen to my own CDs, too. I think the Critic is the only reviewer to get the Excite Truck review right.