The 3rd-Party Games of 2010: Wii Edition Dec 11, 2010 18:45:27 GMT -5
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 11, 2010 18:45:27 GMT -5
The 3rd-Party Games of 2010: Wii Edition
It’s been a long time since I’ve engaged in any third-party activism around here, so I decided to do a little roundup of the notable third-party games released this past year.
I picked 12 games so that it would round out to a nice one-per-month ratio. They run a variety of genres and styles, from action to strategy, family to mature, and mainstream to niche, so you’ll likely find some games that appeal to you.
Better yet, many of these games are already available for budget prices! So you have no excuses…
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Konami)
Kicking off the year was Climax Group’s re-imagining of Konami’s original PlayStation survival horror game. Aside from the bold step of removing combat, thus making it a true survival experience, the developers crafted a game that profiles you as you play. In what could be viewed as a precursor to Epic Mickey, the game changes depending on your actions.
Better yet, it’s not a rail shooter.
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Ubisoft)
It’s a little amazing that this game exists at all considering that few people bought the original and no one showed up at the launch event. (I mean, come on! They were giving away free toilet paper!) This sequel eschews the open world in favor of a more streamlined experience with 8-bit-style mini-games, and it’s widely considered even better than the original.
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (Capcom)
The spotlight may be on Marvel vs. Capcom 3 right now, but Capcom and Eighting poured their hearts into this revival of the Versus series. And unlike MvC3, it’s available right now! Even without the Marvel license, it’s got a great cast of characters on both the Tatsunoko and Capcom sides, and yes, even online play.
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (NIS America)
Fans have waited since the Saturn days for Sega to localize its hugely popular Sakura Taisen series, but Sega decided that their combination social simulator/mech combat strategy game had no appeal to Western audiences. So, NIS America stepped up to the plate and not only localized the latest released in the series (five years after its PlayStation 2 release), but ported it to the Wii, as well. I think that’s worth taking notice of.
Red Steel 2 (Ubisoft)
This game’s biggest handicap may be its name, as associating it with the poorly regarded original doesn’t do this sequel any favors. But this reinvention provides a much more refined experience with a great graphical style. It also makes full use of the WiiMotion Plus accessory to deliver on the promise of an FPS with one-to-one swordplay. Think of it as Ubisoft’s apology.
Monster Hunter Tri (Capcom)
In this online RPG, you hunt various monsters and either kill or capture them in order to acquire new weapons and armor so that you can take on more quests and hunt more monsters, etc, etc. The game can be played offline, but it really shines in online multiplayer. And because the game has sold really well, its online community is still going strong. Once again, Capcom proves that “online” is not a dirty word in the Wii vocabulary.
Trauma Team (Atlus)
This latest virtual physician game is considered the best installment yet in the “Trauma” series. This time, there are multiple characters, each specializing in different fields, including diagnosis, forensics, surgery, and more. I don’t know about you, but I think performing a colonoscopy is pretty hardcore.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft)
Although this was also released on the PS360, the Wii version is unique with its own level layouts and time manipulation powers built around the Wii Remote. Plus it includes the SNES version of the original Prince of Persia. Ubisoft was really in an apologetic mood this year!
NBA Jam (EA Sports)
Well… it was exclusive for a little while, right?
GoldenEye 007 (Activision)
Essentially, this is a third-party re-imagining of a first-party published second-party developed N64 classic. Activision and Eurocom’s take on the original groundbreaking console FPS manages to be both new and retro at the same time. It includes multiple control options, both traditional and motion based, and has online multiplayer. All this, and Judi Dench.
Sonic Colors (Sega)
It’s taken 12 years, but Sonic Team finally made a Sonic game that doesn’t include werehogs, swords, shooting, hunting, fishing, or character swapping. The game mixes elements of both 2D and 3D gameplay, and the graphics are some of the best seen on the Wii this year. And that’s saying something considering it shares the spotlight with the likes of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Monster Hunter Tri.
Epic Mickey (Disney Interactive)
For a game as ambitious and experimental as this one, I think it’s only expected that not all elements will turn out completely successfully. Based on the mixed reviews, Epic Mickey is a bit rough around the edges, but sometimes it’s worth forgiving a few faults in order to experience something new and different.
And there you have it! However, these are not the only worthwhile third-party Wii games that came out this year. This is just the list that I narrowed things down to. Did I leave out a game you think deserves to be mentioned? Then by all means, mention it!