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.
Last month, I reviewed Guilty Party, one of the best examples of a
party game this generation. It has a light-hearted atmosphere, but it
also requires strategy and forward thinking if you want to win. By
comparison, Wii Party is unmitigated, uninteresting chaos. Believe it
or not, Wii Party is worse than the Mario Party series.
Party’s 80-plus minigames share the same uneven quality I’ve come to
expect from Mario Party, which makes sense given that many of them are
iterations of games from that series. The metagames are even worse.
Whereas Mario Party gave players multiple boards to play through, Wii
Party features multiple game types, each less exciting than the last.
Game Island and Globe Trot adhere most closely to the Mario Party
tradition. If you’re going to play any portion of the game, Globe Trot
is the best. You choose how many spaces you move by playing cards in
your hand, so you have more control over what’s going on.
types such as Spin-Off are full of random crap that keeps determining
the winner out of your control. In my first few rounds of this Wheel of
Fortune rip-off, the bank filled up with 50,000 coins that I
subsequently won in a minigame, making it nearly impossible for me to
lose. This wasn’t due to any sort of skill on my part; it was dumb
luck. My reward? Having to sit through 10 futile rounds of other
players spinning the wheel, unlikely to ever catch up.
isn’t enough to put you to sleep, why not try one of the several games
based around the thrilling activity of matching Miis who are wearing
the same color? There’s even Mii Bingo. Yes, Mii Bingo. That should
give you a good sense of the brain-dead crowd this game is targeting.
can already hear complaints rolling in about how I’m not part of Wii
Party’s intended audience, but I don’t think that’s true. I love
getting friends together to play goofy games like this, but plenty of
other Wii releases have done what Wii Party is attempting in better and
more interesting ways – even Nintendo’s own WarioWare: Smooth Moves.
The only impressive thing about Wii Party is how Nintendo dumbed down
and removed the soul from a franchise that was already as stupid and
soulless as Mario Party.