Christmas is just around the corner, but the weather’s changed completely and a bit of pre-primary gifting season gameplay is in order, so I’ve been checking out what’s happening, Wii wise.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn
In which a pink blob eats an enchanted tomato, gets trapped by an evil wizard in a sock he keeps around his waist where he is turned into yarn. Peculiar is not the word, but this is Kirby we’re talking about and seeing as this is his first outing since Kirby’s Air Ride in 2003 and his first platformer since 2000 (Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards), things are going to be odd.
Odd does not mean bad though – you still get to change into all sorts of things to overcome all sorts of problems (mainly involving lint, I shouldn’t wonder) whilst harnessing the powers of string – it’s sounding like a knitted Bionic Commando set up here. Gameplay also makes use of the Wii-remote’s tip and tilt capabilities, so there’s a whole heap of gameplay going on.
Sound interesting? The reviewers seem to think so too, calling it ‘one of the prettiest games on Wii, and it’s also one of the best’ and ‘challenging and clever, with well done co-operative play and even a great soundtrack’ – one reviewer even goes so far as to call it a crowbar to escape from the horse-manure filled shed of FPS’s. Now if a game is good enough to warrant that sort of comment, it’s definitely worth your hard earned moolah.
The Cutest Trailer In The World
Just Dance 2
Party game extraordinare for those not overly concerned with how daft they’ll look in the comfort of their own living room. Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care.
With 40 songs from Bangles to Beastie boys, from Wham to Wampire… sorry, Vampire Weekend plus the option to down load more songs from Wii ware, there’s something here to unleash anyone’s inner dancing queen. Go multi player mad with duets and dance-offs, or just reassure yourself that this is doing you good by checking out the Just Dance Sweat Meter – feel the burn!
Fortunately that’s not ‘the burn’ from the reviewers, who seem to be fairly satisfied with this bargain sequel. ‘It doesn’t reduce music and dancing to precision beatmatching or button-pressing,’ says one reviewer, ‘it’s about surrendering to the free-spirited, glorious silliness of it.’ Not exactly the most sophisticated game on the market, but great for those ‘suitably refreshed’ moments. Have fun, go mad.
DJ Hero 2
Another music based sequel, only this one is for all you would be Fat Boy Slims as opposed to all you would be Anton Du Beqs. When the beat comes in, drop it like it’s hot…
With new mixes from Lady Gaga, Deadmau5, Dr Dre and The Chemical Brothers, to mention but a few, DJ Hero 2 lets players freestyle, DJ battle or just spit some lyrics with friends with 6 multiplayer options including a drop in/drop out party mode. Wicky wicky wah-tastic.
The reviewers are loving it too, lavishing it with the sort of praise usually reserved for the recently beatified – ‘DJ Hero 2 isn’t only an automatic buy for those who loved the first one but also a definitive must have music title for all music genre fans’ says one understated comment, whilst another more restrained comment describes it as a ‘sequel [that] bests its predecessor in nearly every way.’ So only the Godfather 2 of games, it would appear. Well, what are you waiting for? Off you go, Mixmaster General!