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Excellent gun and game.
on April 1, 2008
I have to admit, I bought the Wii in no small part for the gun games. Links Crossbow Training seemed to fit the bill, including the Wii zapper and game. I just played through it the first time, and it's quite fun!
If you're looking for a classic light gun game, you'll find a bit of that here, but it's definitely more than that. Basically in every level there's 3 sections: The first is a classic shooting gallery, where you are confined to the one screen. Light gun fans will like this one. Link is in a variety of locations (including one riding on the horse), and you just aim and shoot at the targets that pop up. The second section is similar to the first, but instead of targets you'll be shooting monsters, and link can now turn left and right by pointing the gun at the edge of the screen. The third part is the free-roam section, where you now use the analogue stick to walk link around, while aiming and shooting at monsters. You'll also fight a couple bosses in the later stage.
The game is heavily rewarded for accuracy. For every target you hit, the multiplier goes up, and if you miss one shot (or a monster attacks you), your multiplier is gone. So while it's fun to be trigger-happy, if you want to earn the medals you'll have to focus on accuracy. In addition to just shooting at the required targets, you can shoot environmental objects such as pots and skulls,and by holding the trigger you can even charge up your crossbow, releasing an exploding shot that has a blast radius. You can also zoom with your nunchuck button, which is a cool feature for those targets far away.
Overall this is a worthwhile addition to your Wii. It's over pretty fast, but has some replay value for the high scores. The multiplayer is alright, you basically challenge your friends for high scores in any of the levels from single player. It would've been nice to see simultaneous play, but a pass-the-zapper is better than nothing. The peripheral works perfectly for this game and feels great, and while it's better than a bare remote for other light gun games (like house of the dead), a standard pistol attachment would probably be better, since the nunchuck is not needed.
(NOTE: Because you can't align the crosshair horizontally in this game, you'll want to put the Wii sensor EXACTLY in the middle of the screen, this will ensure where you point your zapper will be where Link shoots. You can then adjust the vertical alignment and sensitivity in the options.)