My Wii U Experience Part 3

Have you ever had one of those days?  I had one of them yesterday.  I work with computers and usually have success but yesterday it seemed like everything I touched stopped working properly.  It was kind of like being King Midas except everything was turning to dust rather than gold.  In addition to work, I’ve been working on a few computer problems for friends – and those haven’t gone too well either.  So I will continue my game reviews for the Wii U and perhaps my mood will improve.  It’s not like the world is going to end or anything….

Call of Duty Black Ops 2

One word.  Seasick.  I have never done very well with first person perspective in a game.  I know things have improved since the days of Castle Wolfenstein but I couldn’t get past the second mission of Black Ops 2 without almost losing my lunch.  I quickly took this one to Gamers Alley in Cramerton, NC and traded it in for store credit.  However, I noticed that at the store they had a Wii U and the owner was playing Black Ops 2 online using the Wii U controller.  He seemed to be having a good time.

Assassin’s Creed 3

I picked out this game because I knew it had high graphical standards.  I have to say that Wii U certainly plays well and the game looks fantastic.  I’ve waited a long time to use the words “High Definition” and “Nintendo” in the same sentence.  What makes this game so captivating to me is the location and time period of the game.  The game takes place in colonial America and your character interacts with many people from that time such as Ben Franklin, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and the list goes on.

The British are killing, the British are killing

The British are killing, the British are killing

This has not been a perfect game though.  From what I understand, it is using a newly designed game engine and there are glitches all over the place.  I killed this one enemy and instead of falling to the ground he stopped mid fall with his arms flailing.  He was stuck doing the back stroke of death.  Another time a dog came up to me floating about 2 feet off of the ground.

I love playing this on the small screen!

I love playing this on the small screen!

I am currently about 26% of the way through the game and I’m kind of stuck.  I’m in prison and I’m trying to pickpocket another prisoner.  Every time I try I either get caught by the prisoner or spotted by one of the guards.  I have a few other things I want to try but I’m kind of stuck.  AC3 is by far the game I’ve played the most, especially since I can play it on the controller screen while watching football.  I give this game a score of 9 out of 10.

Little Inferno

This odd little game from the makers of World of Goo kept me captivated for a while.  It was a game built by only three people so that’s impressive.  Gameplay consists of the Little Inferno fireplace – where you burn things such as toys or household items.  Each time you burn something you get coins.  But you really make the game move forward by burning combos.

It's fun to burn things

It’s fun to burn things

At first I was captivated by the story, but as the game progressed and ultimately finished I came away more disappointed than satisfied.  I would have enjoyed it more if it had been 8$ rather than 15$ – maybe even a 99 cent Iphone or Droid game.  It is currently only available for the Wii U.  I score this game a 7 out of 10.

So as I reflect on the games I’ve played, the one I enjoyed most is a multi-platform game.  I’m still waiting for the game that will make me say to myself, “This is why I bought the Wii U!”  How about you?  Do you have any game recommendations for me to try?  Be on the lookout for my final post of the Wii U experience.  It will cover the process of transferring your Wii games and settings to the Wii U.  Talk about something that put me in a melancholy mood…..

6 thoughts on “My Wii U Experience Part 3

  1. With all the naysaying about the Wii U I’m surprised you weren’t anticipating something like this. Back in July I blogged about it to make a quick summary of all the reasons why it won’t take off;
    http://domariusgames.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/doesnt-look-good-for-wii-u/
    Would be interesting to see your opinion on it now that you’ve actually played it.

    Personally I gave it a go at a demo tent and while I really liked the Wii U-specific games, it’s as I expected – just like the Wii, there will be a handful of games that will be very unique and the reason you have the Wii (the kind you play with others) and that’s IT.

      • Haha – sorry, my enthusiasm in the post & the issue in general is so blindingly obvious but Nintendo doesn’t seem to be acknowledging it or addressing it. Yes me and my family have had fun too! We played it over Christmas – but of course, just the specialised games that come with it, the Ghost one, the sweet collecting one (6 players if you one person on each joystick on the mini screen) and it’s a kind of fun you can’t get any other way. It’s definitely a good console to have if you have people over and want a good unique local play experience. But it doesn’t do anything outside of those few games, just like the previous console.

        I would really like to be wrong though. Let’s see what games eventually come out for it in the next year or so 🙂

  2. Whoops, missed a few words up there, correction; My enthusiasm is so strong because the issue is so blindingly obvious but Nintendo don’t seem to be doing anything about it.

  3. The only game on Wii U that I really want to spend some solo time with is ZombiU. Terrible name. But love the ways I’ve heard it really uses the systems strengths: making searching for items a lot more scary than any other game before it.

    As for the games you detail, I’m with you on the interesting setting of AC3. Still not sold on actually playing it. And about Black Ops 2 (or FPSs in general): are there other FPS games you’ve played and not gotten motion sick on?

    My last boss still hasn’t played Half Life 2 or any of the Halos because of a weird framerate issue that makes him motion sick. Maybe you might have the same sensitivity? Have you tried Black Ops 2 on any other systems to see if it’s just the Wii U?

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