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Conduit 2 Review

Steve Butts | 5 May 2011 22:25
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But that doesn't mean everything is great. Aiming while sniping will lead to tremendous disorientation when you exit sniper mode, because your movements relative to the sensor bar aren't scaled. So you could spot an enemy, zoom in to get a good shot, and then when you zoom out, suddenly find yourself staring at the ground or the sky. I realize people who haven't played this yet may think I am just an idiot for not compensating for this, but it's remarkably disorienting. Likewise, the melee jab and grenade toss require more precision than you're likely to be able to manage in the heat of battle, and I often found myself spinning around in circles during the intense fights. Again, let me state for the record: I am not an idiot.

Conduit 2 has an impressive array of inventive alien weapons, but it runs into the same problem as the original Halo, in that the most useful one just also happens to be the most ordinary. Amid all the rocket launchers, sniper lasers and guns which literally shoot right through the walls, you'll spend most of your time using your trusty SCAR. It's more than sufficient for the enemies you encounter. Those who run straight at your face will be stopped by the high volume of fire, and those who are scripted to hide behind cover can be taken out with the scope and high accuracy.

You can breeze through Conduit 2 over the course of a weekend, maybe a little longer if you seek out all the hidden extras. Multiplayer adds legs to the game, but even here the frequent lag and ubiquitous bunny hopping made it less enjoyable than it ought to have been. There are a wealth of modes and customization options, but the user interface sometimes obscures what the game is capable of online.

Bottom Line: Conduit 2 suffers in comparison to what's available on the other consoles or the PC, but the addition of motion controls that (mostly) work make it worth a rental, as long as you can get past the goofy story.

Recommendation: If you're looking for a fun shooter exclusive to the Wii, Conduit 2 is your action.

This review is based on the Wii version of the game.

What our review scores mean.

Game: Conduit 2
Genre: Shooter
Developer: High Voltage Software
Publisher: Sega
Platform(s): Wii
Available from: Amazon(US), GameStop(US), Amazon(UK), Play.com(UK)

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