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Far Cry: Vengeance - Wii

by Ubisoft
Platform : Nintendo Wii
Rated: Mature

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  • Platform:   Nintendo Wii
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
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Far Cry: Vengeance [Nintendo Wii] For the Nintendo Wii

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A far cry from pretty, but nails fun right on the head. Jan. 2 2007
By C. Bakehorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game Fun:   
The Nintendo Wii isn't even two months old, yet many gamers including myself have gotten a grasp on which types of games play well and which ones don't play so well. So far, the first-person shooter genre has been the target for a lot of controversy; some Wii gamers love stuff like Call of Duty 3 and Red Steel while others complain that the games are unplayable. I fall into the former category, and thus decided to give Ubisoft Montreal's Wii iteration of the Far Cry series a shot. Far Cry: Vengeance has its ups and downs but altogether is the most playable Wii shooter yet.

Far Cry: Vengeance won't win you over with its story. Jack Carver gets caught up with a busty arms dealer named Kade who gets him into all sorts of trouble with a crazed madman named Semeru, his mercenaries, the military, and a man in charge named Kien Do. I've never really liked Carver, even in the series' 2004 PC debut. Vengeance does nothing to change that, with poorly constructed cinemas and the worst voice acting since...well, Elebits, which came out the same day. I'll just say that December 12th, 2006 marked the day of all days for awful voice acting. As a result, I couldn't find myself caring much about the story and just wanted to shoot some thugs in the jungle.

Far Cry: Vengeance uses familiar Wii shooter mechanics but does everything better and smoother. Aiming around the screen works well and the aiming/turning "box" feels more natural here than in Red Steel or Call of Duty 3. Ubisoft Montreal added an extra helper by letting the player prevent the camera from turning by holding down the A button. This allows for super-precise aim and severely limits missed-shot frustrations. Jumping with the nunchuck (flick up) works well, and I personally think that reloading (C button) is much more natural than flicking (Red Steel) or pressing the super-small Minus button (Call of Duty 3). I can't say enough how much more I enjoyed playing this game just because of its intuitive controls. Ubisoft Paris and Treyarch, grab some paper and take notes

There are definitely a lot of guys to shoot, too. I am somewhat disappointed, generally speaking, that Ubisoft Montreal went away from the original game's stealth-centric style. This style, which forced the player to scope out an upcoming area with binoculars to pinpoint enemy locations and other points of interest, took more time but ultimately provided more depth. Far Cry: Vengeance is much more run-and-gun, which is still pretty fun, but admittedly shallow. As I said, there are a lot of mercs in the lengthy single-player campaign to shoot. There are also a lot of guns to use, like standard pistols and submachine guns as well as high-powered sniper rifles, chain guns, and rocket launchers. The guns are all pretty useful in their own unique ways; the pistol isn't too weak and thus is handy throughout the game while the sniper rifle allows the player to stay back and pick off thugs from afar. You'll also drive vehicles like ATVs, patrol boats, and licensed Jeep trucks (strange use of licensing, but whatever), but after a while I preferred to walk and shoot because the vehicles didn't handle as easily as they should.

Jack's predator powers, which were made familiar in the Xbox release, Far Cry: Predator, are put to good use in Vengeance. By killing a lot of enemies and busting skulls with headshots, Jack will fill up a Predatorine meter that allows him to utilize some of his powers. Jack initially unlocks a super-fast running speed that can be activated by holding down the A button. He also has a health-regenerating power, done by flicking the nunchuck to the left and the right. This was obviously the most useful power throughout the game. Soon afterward, Jack will be jumping 20 feet into the air, using enhanced senses like sight and smell, and climbing up walls with his bare hands. The predator powers are all a lot of fun to use and open up the gameplay for more possibilities. For example, there's a sequence about halfway through the game where a player is running across bridges and through the jungle surrounded by snipers. One could either take it slow and pick off the snipers with his or her own rifle or run and jump at mad speeds through the entire area to avoid their gunfire. I personally took the latter approach in this given situation 1) because I'm an awful sniper and 2) I was running low on health and didn't have enough Predatorine to regenerate my health manually.

Unfortunately, not all is smooth sailing. Despite my enjoyment of most of the game, I'll gladly tell you that Far Cry: Vengeance looks like piss. It is easily the worst-looking "next-gen" game I've ever seen. Nintendo can walk the "gameplay over graphics" line all they want, but when visual factors look like they came from the Nintendo 64 (textures) or Dreamcast (character models) era, the line has been crossed. I'm really not being sarcastic, satirical, or unfair: this is a pretty awful-looking game. The frame rate doesn't even hold up very well in some sequences, either. I've seen bugs like enemies walking into walls and tree bases floating three or four feet above the ground. What happened to the dynamic lighting and water effects, detailed character models, and pretty cinemas? What's the deal, Ubisoft? The Wii is clearly capable of visuals that are better than this. Look at games like Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Rayman: Raving Rabbids, hell, even Red Steel This is an embarrassment. Other than feats like an impressive amount of vegetation, large levels, and the fact that the game runs without freezing, there isn't much to compliment. I'd have much rather had small levels with better graphics and effects.

The sound effects aren't much better, but they work. The music is appropriate for the surroundings, but I found it odd that intense jungle beats would sometimes play while I was simply strolling through the harmless jungle, far away from any sort of threat. And what's with the insults? Ubisoft Paris threw shockers like "Moron " at me with Red Steel, and I'm still hearing "Coward " in Far Cry: Vengeance. What's the deal? This is an M-Rated game made in 2006. I'm not asking for gracious, unnecessary amounts of derogatory swearing, but when a man is jumping 20 feet in the air towards me about to dice me up with a machine gun, the last thing I'm going to yell is, "You are afraid of me "

There are a few factors that will ultimately determine whether or not you enjoy Far Cry: Vengeance. First, do you like how Wii shooters handle? Second, do you like run-and-gun shooters with little to no required strategy? Third, are visuals and sound effects important in any way, shape, or form? If you answered yes, yes, and no, you'll agree with me when I say that Far Cry: Vengeance is an enjoyable game, if not a great game. Otherwise, you'll say, "This game plays as poorly as the others," "This game is shallow and stupid," and "This game looks like dog crap," respectively. Think about it clearly: Vengeance has great shooter mechanics and a fun campaign but almost totally lacks any impressive superficial values whatsoever.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
BAD....very bad Jan. 27 2007
By taxfree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game
Ok the graphics on this game look like something from the nintendo 64 system.... really really really bad. Find and enemy up ahead??? Great, just shoot ANYPLACE in the general area and you will kill him. If you want feel free to just walk up to them, they wount shoot at you (they just stand around.) I found the way you interact with the game to be the only "cool" feature. The game is so easy and boring to look at, I lost interest and went back to WII sports instead.

Buy the pc version of this game instead. Not only does it have nice graphics, but it plays like a GAME with a story you care about beating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Disappointment March 21 2007
By K. F. Kurras - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game Fun:   
I enjoyed FarCry on my PC.. so this was one of the first games I bought on the Wii..

1. Farcry is a good multiplayer game on the PC.. on the Wii there is NO MULITPLAYER (except a two player one on one)... so kind of half the fun of the other Farcry games is gone.

2. single playe mode.. the clumsey controls and poor camera work make game play confusing and just an exercise in frustration...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
PLEASE DON'T BUY IT!!! Nov. 25 2007
By R Devitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game Fun:   
This game is terrible. The graphics are appalling, even going by GameCube standards. At times, some of the environments make it feel like an N64 game: sparce, flat, pixelated land hemmed in bluntly and artificially by foliage with dull-looking buildings composed with only a handful of textures. The AI is terrible. Don't expect exciting gun fights unless this is maybe your first shooter. The enemy will often just stand there and shoot until dead or get caught on a building or props. Fact is, I would probably be impressed (though maybe a little annoyed) with this game as an N64 or PSX effort. Playing on those consoles is the last time I remember shooting vaguely in the direction of a misshapen lump of pixels, realizing that that's how the game represents a far-off enemy. As one of the first Wii shooters, I can respect its position as an early example of the potential the console has to become a great 1st person shooter machine, but little else beyond that.
It seems like most every motion-oriented gameplay element they tried to implement they just did wrong. The grenade throwing feels kind of nice, but that's easy. For some reason, the developers decided that to zoom you should jerk the remote horizontally forward or backward. Of course it is not implemented in a way that makes it possible to do this effectively without completely loosing your place on the screen with your reticle, so forget about shooting at an enemy that may be running away then zooming in to make a satisfying kill. Situating the zoom like that makes zooming feel less like a helpful shooting tool and more like an altogether separate shooting mode which you must decide wether or not it is safe to be in at the time. Also, you are supposed to "attack" by doing some sort of side-swiping forward slash. This feels alright, but again disrupts your reticle which, if it travels close to the edge of the screen, will start turning you, often causing you to miss your target in CLOSE-RANGE COMBAT! "Broken" is the only way to describe that.
It's games like this that really make me worry about the console. It always seems like we're getting good games for Wii when in actuality, this is what turns out. Hopefully in the future, Wii developers will stop dumping this excrement on the public in lieu of developing an actual video game. But the more people buy these atrocious games without spending some time finding out if they are worth buying, the more of these games the developers turn out because they know they can make an easy buck on the game's initial release, then an extra buck from bargain-bin sales.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Awful, awful game. A disgrace to the Wii Feb. 11 2007
By He who has no name - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Video Game Fun:   
First of all, let me say that this is an awful game. I'll say that straight out. The story is boring, the settings are repetitive, and the controls are absolutely god awful. The reason I gave it two stars is that the premise is OK: if the execution was good, the controls might work. But, alas, the execution is not good. Whenever you want to turn you have to aim the Wiimote off screen, it moves very slowly, and you'll find yourself doing this when you want to aim. Worse, the Wiimote is too precise, and thus, shaky, to aim well with their set up- your target shifts everywhere. Also, the whole game is very repetitive: kill bad guys, run around, find the secret entrance, etc. Even the Wii's uniqueness failed to make this game a shred of fun to play.

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