The lights are on
What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
The signature balance board title, Wii Fit made players think about
balance in new ways while nudging them toward healthier lifestyles.
Those who made the game’s fitness activities part of an overall
routine, however, quickly found exercises in frustration. The lack of
any playlist functionality made it impossible to set up routines, so
players found themselves taking breaks every two to three minutes to
slog through yet another set of menus.
Nintendo clearly took
those criticisms to heart, adding both canned and customizable routines
to Wii Fit Plus, a pseudo-sequel that has the feel (and price point)
more along the lines of a software update than a substantial new
release. That’s not to say that it’s missing anything. Everything from
Wii Fit is in Wii Fit Plus, along with a whole lot more.
the additions are silly, like adding the ability to weigh babies or
pets. Others, like a new food journal and the aforementioned routines,
make strides toward helping users create new habits and stick with
them. I enjoyed the new games, particularly the skateboarding activity.
The balance board makes a great skateboard substitute, and gliding
around an arena, grinding rails, hopping over obstacles, and skating up
ramps is a lot of fun.
Ultimately, Wii Fit Plus is basically the
same game, slightly expanded. If you liked the first game for a while
but lost interest, it’s hard to say that this one will keep you coming
back. If your idea of fitness centers more on losing weight than
lowering an imaginary “fitness age,” there are other titles out there
to help you meet those goals without making you flap madly like a
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