Anno: Create a New World (Wii)
Strategy 20 May 2009
The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.
The Sims 3 (Wii)
Simulation 05 November 2010
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)
RPG 10 June 2010
A jRPG developed by Monolith Software, studio led by Tetsuya Takahashi. The game is an attempt to restore the high position of the genre established first by the best installments in the Final Fantasy series. The story is set in an original universe built from the bodies of two gods that once fought and eventually killed each other. While one of those bodies is inhabited by humans, the other one is populated by mechanical being preparing to launch an attack on the other party. The player is put in the shoes of Shulk, an 18-year-old orphan, whose home at Colony 9 is attacked by the machines. The game focuses on exploration, featuring vast locations as well as various enemies dealt with using a real-time combat system that offers a wide array of special attacks. One of the game's hallmarks is the attachment meter that indicates the status of relationships among the team members. This element was inspired by the first installment in the Dragon Age series.
FIFA 15 (Wii)
Sports 23 September 2014
Another edition of a popular soccer game series, whose consecutive installments have been appearing yearly for over two decades, developed a Canadian giant and its subsidiary EA Sports. Traditionally, the game offers a full spectrum of single and multiplayer modes, including Be a Pro and the Tournaments returning after an absence in previous iterations. The new edition is more dynamic than its predecessor and brings about a wide array of changes, such as improved AI, new tactical options, and more freedom in the set pieces. Since FIFA 15 is the first game in the series released on the eight generation consoles and powered by the advanced Ignite engine, the most visible changes are related to the graphics. The ones standing out are remodeled players, accurately imitating profiles and faces of their real-life counterparts. Players react properly to the situation on the pitch, argue with the referee, or scuffle with opponents.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Wii)
Action 15 November 2011
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Wii)
Action 25 June 2010
A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
RPG 18 November 2011
An action-adventure game featuring RPG elements, set in a fantasy world. It is the second installment (to be released for Wii) in the iconic Nintendo series, The Legend of Zelda. The player assumes the role of Link, who one day finds the eponymous item: a powerful, enchanted weapon with a spirit contained within. When it turns out there is a land beneath the surface of the world he is familiar with, the protagonist sets out on a dangerous journey to discover the reasons as to why both worlds were separated. Moreover, the unknown land is taken over by evil that has to be dealt with. In the game, Link can fight his enemies using several weapons (sword plus shield, bow, slingshot, bombs) and a few special accessories, such as a spy-beetle, or a whip used in puzzle solving. The game stands out with its comprehensive controls, designed for Nunchuck and Wii Remote supported by a MotionPlus device, providing vast possibilities.
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)
Adventure 25 June 2007
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Bully: Scholarship Edition (Wii)
Action 04 March 2008
Also known by the title Canis Canem Edit, Bully is a controversial action game developed by Rockstar Games. Originally, it was released for PlayStation 2, it was soon followed by Scholarship Edition for the next generation of consoles and PCs. The story takes place at the fictional Bullworth Academy, which combines an elite education facility with re-socialization grounds for juvenile offenders. The player assumes the role of a teenager who is trying to survive in these unusual circumstances. The protagonist encounters both strict teachers and unfriendly peers. The game is played from the third-person perspective and the player completes different assignments requiring them both to make friends among the peers and play different pranks on the teaching staff. The protagonist can join a local gang as well, which is trying to maintain control over the area forcefully.
Neighbours From Hell (Wii)
A very humorous strategy game with adventure game features. In Neighbours from Hell the player is tasked with making the life of his neighbors as miserable as possible. The player assumes the role of a participant of a reality show who is tasked with presenting the toxic relations between the inhabitants of a single block of flats to wider audience. The action is shown from the side perspective and the game consists of fourteen scenarios of different difficulties and types of tasks to complete. Not only must the player set various traps and pull sophisticated pranks on his neighbors (for example by breaking household items), but he must watch for dangers as well. Some flats are guarded by dogs that make completing the task harder. During the game the player is constantly forced to improvise and discover unknown properties of seemingly useless items. The humorous tone of the game is highlighted by nice, cartoonish graphics and a catchy soundtrack. The game uses a simple, intuitive interface.
Call of Duty 3 (Wii)
Action 19 November 2006
The third main installment in the popular FPS series, Call of Duty. It is also the first game in the franchise (not counting the console spin-offs) that in the end was not released on PCs. In contrast to the previous installments, this time the game was developed by Treyarch – the authors of the console version of Call of Duty 2. The plot of the game once again takes place on various fronts of World War II. This time one can play as American, British, Canadian, and Polish soldiers. The game mechanics remained almost unchanged in comparison to the previous games. However, there are several novelties. The developers implemented parachute drops and gave complete control over vehicles and boats to the player. Interactions with the surrounding were greatly improved. Overall realism has been improved – bullets behave different depending on what type of material they hit. Multiplayer mode was enhanced as well – now players can play in different roles and communicate using special commands.
DiRT 3 (Wii)
The third full-fledged installment belonging to the incredibly popular racing-themed franchise developed by Codemasters. The DiRT subseries has cultivated traditions initiated in the late 1990s by the Colin McRae Rally series. After the previous game, which emphasized off-road competition, DiRT 3 constitutes a return to the original concept behind the main Colin McRae series, bringing back rally competition in its most classic form (the game uses the official WRC licenses). However, this third iteration still introduces a massive number of novelties, such as stunt arenas from the X-Games competitions, or a completely new type of contest, that is the so-called Gymkhana - it was popularized by one of the most famous drivers in the world, Ken Block. Gymkhana is all about being fast and showing off at the same time - a designated route has to be completed as quickly as possible, but the player is rewarded with points for performing various stunts along the way. As usual, a wide set of licensed cars is at the player's disposal here, many of them originating in different time periods. Also, DiRT 3 features buggies and pickups - those are typically used in off-road competitions.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Wii)
Action 09 November 2010
A first-person shooter, the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series, and a start of a new sub-series. The game was developed by studio Treyarch, the team responsible for Call of Duty: World at War. The story campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops is presented in the form of flashbacks suffered by the main protagonist, Alex Mason. Having previously worked for the CIA as a field operative, in his memories Mason returns to the age of Cold War. The game offers several single and multiplayer modes, including cooperation and zombie mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops is is powered by modified versions of IW Engine 3.0 and Demonware.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (Wii)
Racing 19 November 2010
Another installment in one of the most popular racing game series, developed since 1995 by Electronic Arts. Criterion Games, a team popular mainly for the Burnout console series, was entrusted with the task of creating this installment. The title of the game refers to the two earlier installments that featured police pursuits, released in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In the game, the player can pick their side and play either as a cop or a racer. A set of gadgets was introduced into the gameplay, emphasizing the arcade nature of the series. Cops can deploy spike strips and set up road blocks, while the racers can use things like radar jammers. As usual, the game features dozens of licensed cars and a soundtrack including numerous popular songs. The Autolog system is a completely new feature, the role of which is to organize a network of players allowing them to compete against each other.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary (Wii)
Action 13 November 2007
An official remake of the classic first installment in the acclaimed Tomb Raider series. It was created for the original game's tenth anniversary, having been released in 1996 both for PCs and the PlayStation consoles. Tomb Raider: Anniversary was developed by Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider: Legend) - a studio which took over the development of the franchise from its original creators - Core Design. The remake does not bring any differences to the original game's plot. The player assumes the role of Lara Croft - an archeologist hired by a powerful organization wishing to retrieve a mythical artifact. Although the remake includes the same weapons, enemies and locations, certain in-game environments were improved and slightly extended, for the remake utilizes a more powerful engine. The main difference between the remake and the original game lies in the visuals, remade from scratch, and modernized controls borrowed from the franchise's latest installments. The latter gives more opportunities to the protagonist and makes movement more flexible.
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii)
Action 22 March 2011
A 3D action-adventure platformer that came out as the third installment in the LEGO Star Wars game series. The story of LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is based on the popular animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Players can take part in the galactic conflict between the Republic and the Separatists. The developers prepared 3 campaigns, each consisting of 6 missions corresponding to the consecutive episodes of the TV show. The gameplay focuses on fighting opponents, overcoming obstacles, and solving puzzles. The game also features special levels, in which you pilot a space fighter or control the massive AT-TE walker. Moreover, the developers from Traveller's Tales implemented some improvements in visuals, including brand new lighting system.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Wii)
Action 08 November 2011
The third part in the first-person shooter series being one of the spin-offs of the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with the assistance from other development studios owned by Activision – e.g. Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. The plot continues the action of the first two installments of the game. Players are presented with the further fates of the members of Task Force 141 as they try to eliminate the leader of the Russian Ultranationalists responsible for the outbreak of the international conflict. Developers draw on the well-proven formula employed by the previous installments, such as the spectacular, yet heavily-scripted single player campaign, dynamic shootouts and numerous multiplayer modes. The fourth generation of the IW Engine provides high-level audio-visuals.
Tomb Raider: Underworld (Wii)
Action 18 November 2008
Developed once again by Crystal Dynamics, another installment of the third-person perspective adventure series started in 1996. Tomb Raider: Underworld is a continuation of the events from previous parts of the series and concentrates on the search for artifacts connected with the Nordic god Thor. On her journey, Lara Croft visits new locations, like Thailand and south Mexico, and dives in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The game offers elements characteristic for the series, like exploring tombs in places associated with mythical realms of death: Xibalba, Valhalla, or Niflheim. The game’s mechanics remain mostly unchanged, but the gameplay has become more non-linear. Lara has a new set of tricks and a useful gadget – a rope with a grappling hook. Graphics were changed also and now they have more dark and gloomy atmosphere.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Reflex (Wii)
Action 10 November 2009
The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.