Conduit 2 Review
The Wii hasn’t exactly been nirvana for FPS fans. While there’re a few notable exceptions (the Metroid series is the first that comes to mind), on the whole the Wii isn’t exactly the first platform that comes to mind when first person shooter games come to mind.
The reasons for this dearth of shooter titles range from conversion issues – fps fans don’t really feel all that comfortable acting out shooting actions to the large contingent of kids using Wii – an awkward market for virtual assault rifle and pistol usage. Conduit 2 steps into this FPS desert and acquits itself surprisingly well.
The Good News About Conduit 2:
If you’re looking to just play an FPS on the Wii, then Conduit 2 has already met your expectations. It embodies Woody Allen’s famous quote about success being mostly about showing up. The mere fact that Conduit 2 shows up on the Wii is a minor victory. There’re no pretensions of convoluted story lines or much deep thought placed on story development or character development.
While there’s a thin narrative element holding things together the key focus of Conduit 2 is, as it should be in all FPS titles, the action. And boy, does it deliver action. No philosophically wrenching moralism, just a lot of explosions, bullets and projectiles whizzing, and relentless onslaughts. The fact, however, that Conduit 2 at least put in some elements of a storyline shows that it is paying attention to feedback and is definitely a credit to the series.
Still, let’s not kid ourselves, the main reason we’re playing this game is primarily for the action – on a Wii. Another bright spot for this title is the weapon and cosmetic upgrade features – they add a higher level of customization and control to the game.
The Not So Good News:
If you’re looking for a full wiimote experience, Conduit 2 will pose challenges for you. The game isn’t impossible to play on wiimote but it will take a lot of tweaking. This can get frustrating and many players would just pop in the classic controller and be done with the tweaking. Not everyone has the time and patience to fiddle around with body controls.
Another drawback is the storyline. If you’re looking for a fully developed, “deep” storyline, there’s none here. The focus of this title is action and it delivers that element in gobfuls. If you’re looking for a deep or engaging narrative, you ought to try another title altogether. A more fundamental problem for this title is that Conduit 2 packs a lot of graphical firepower and the Wii doesn’t smoothly handle this increased processing demand. Expect some graphical slowdowns.
If you are a Wii owner who wants a classic FPS experience, this title is for you. However, expect the occasional graphical slowdowns and don’t expect much depth in terms of storyline or character development.