Sunday, March 28, 2010

Most Overlooked Wii Games - Part Five

Something that is common with most games on any overlooked list is that most of them lacked any sort of television advertising. There's not always an excuse as to why a game fails to sell, however. Sometimes, the fan base just isn't there or, in the Wii's case, have moved on from growing tired of waiting for third parties to get their act together. Here's part five (sad there's already five parts, huh?) of the Wii's most overlooked and/or underrated games.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers

Unlike every other game on this list, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers actually had television advertising, so there's really no reason this title shouldn't have sold. Did the reviewers get to the consumers? I think we hold reviewers in too high of standing. Nonetheless, The Crystal Bearers main storyline followed a vast assortment of mini-games with unorthodox battles in between. There's over 300 different achievement-like medals to earn in the game, one of the best soundtracks to ever grace the Wii, and some fabulous graphics to boot. Wait until this title goes down in price before snagging it as it's definitely worth it.

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Take a walk on the darkside with Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, a Wii-exclusive on-rails shooter taking place during the Resident Evil 2 and Veronica X scenarios of the series. There's even a brand-new scenario entitled Operation Javier that shows Leon S. Kennedy and Jack Krauser teaming up on a mission to take out a South American dictator. With plenty of unlockable content such as enemy models, voice samples, upgradeable weapons, secret files, and much more, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is one of the best on-rails shooters I've yet to play. Only House of the Dead: Overkill triumphs this excellent game.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Is it time to put the Silent Hill franchise to sleep? The series continues to go into a rapid decline. First with Silent Hill Homecoming and now Silent Hill: Shattered Dreams for Wii, PS2, and PSP. The Wii version was definitive with better controls, better visuals, and some fun Wii remote tricks. What's to blame for the decline of the series much more the failure on-- count 'em-- five platforms? Lack of interest in the Silent Hill name? Lack of advertising? Regardless, whether you're a fan of the series or not, Shattered Memories is a great game to hop into the Silent Hill series with.

Castlevania Judgment

This unusual fighter takes place in a fully three-dimensional arena. You use the Wii remote to attack your foes, block with the nunchuk, and whip your opponent into submission. While not the world's most intricate fighter-- this game won't be showing up at EVO-- Castlevania Judgment is a good game for fans to leap into. There's nearly twenty different fighters to select from, all designed by one of the lead artists from the Death Note anime, each with their own attacks, hyper moves, and personalities. Of course, all that's standard for a brawler, right? Throw in multiple modes such as Dracula's Castle, story, arcade, and online modes, and you have a competent fighter that many overlooked and over-criticized.

A Boy and His Blob

"C'mon, blob!" the boy yells, calling his friend, the blob, over. The two go off on an adventure to save the world of Blobonia from sinister shadow creatures in this platformer/puzzler. The eponymous blob has a lot of shapes he can take from a rocket to a weight to a jack that can be used to lift objects high into the air or to be used as a platform. To add to the forty plus levels there's several treasure chests hidden throughout each of the game's levels. These chests when collected open secret challenge levels, the ultimate test in A Boy and His Blob. These are levels where you have to go through them flawlessly or start from the beginning all over again. Whether you like vibrant visuals or rewarding gameplay, A Boy and His Blob has something for you.

There goes another edition of Most Overlooked into the books. Have any games you'd love to see in future editions? Let me know in the comments section!

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