Review: The Conduit

Review: The Conduit

Has the Wii finally gotten a decent multiplayer FPS?

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Shoot, knew I shouldn't have bought that PS3 and Orange Box! I mean, sure, I can watch Blu-Ray on High Def, but Wii shooters are forever ruined for me. Guess I'll just stick to Nintendo's first party offerings for the most part.

Maybe I'll put this one in my GameFly?

Cool, I should pick this game up soon.

DISCLAIMER: I have yet to play The Conduit, so I am only going by ear on this.

I think The Conduit works best as a proof-of-concept game. It doesn't revolutionize the shooter genre in the slightest, but it does revolutionize the Wii shooter genre. It is a fully competent shooter on the Wii with great controls, good graphics, and a solid online multiplayer system. If anything, I feel like it's the kind of game that should've been available on the Wii a lot earlier in the system's life-span, so developers could've realized the Wii's potential sooner.

All of this being said, I can tell there's going to be one hell of a flamefest when the inevitable Zero Punctuation review gets here.

The Conduit is the closest thing to a PC FPS I've ever seen on a console, as far as controls go. It's a bit rough around the edges in other areas, but it's an OK game.

From what I've played of it, it's plays well, it's just what's there isn't really much to write home about. The levels are bland, and the gameplay is just good enough to sustain the player, but nothing more.

Mr. Fister:
DISCLAIMER: I have yet to play The Conduit, so I am only going by ear on this.

I think The Conduit works best as a proof-of-concept game. It doesn't revolutionize the shooter genre in the slightest, but it does revolutionize the Wii shooter genre. It is a fully competent shooter on the Wii with great controls, good graphics, and a solid online multiplayer system. If anything, I feel like it's the kind of game that should've been available on the Wii a lot earlier in the system's life-span, so developers could've realized the Wii's potential sooner.

All of this being said, I can tell there's going to be one hell of a flamefest when the inevitable Zero Punctuation review gets here.

Which is exactly why I am going to review it before that comes. I'm not going to rush it, because I have nearly completed the game twice, so I pretty much know what I am going to say. But your points are correct.

EDIT: Why does everyone keep using that pre-alpha stage picture? You may as well use concept art, they are both as accurate of the final build as each other.

You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

I think they were referring to The Conduit being the first good traditional FPS for the Wii. Metroid Prime 3 is a good game no doubt (although I'm not too big a fan of it), but it's more of an adventure game in the first-person perspective than a run-and-gun shooter like The Conduit is.

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

people probably did overlook it. it has been out for a while. though the game was awsome.

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

I agree, I thought The Conduit was going to be an amazing game. Now I'm hearing it's average, so I'm discouraged to buy it. And now that Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming out in a month, I've changed my mind about getting The Conduit.

Madmanonfire:

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

I agree, I thought The Conduit was going to be an amazing game. Now I'm hearing it's average, so I'm discouraged to buy it. And now that Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming out in a month, I've changed my mind about getting The Conduit.

Tell me about it! I'm going to maybe rent it, but that's about it. And although I already own all three Prime games, I'm definitely getting that :D

Also, welcome to the Escapist!

ZeroMachine:

Tell me about it! I'm going to maybe rent it, but that's about it. And although I already own all three Prime games, I'm definitely getting that :D

Also, welcome to the Escapist!

Thanks! And same here. New controls are a dream come true.
Just wanted to post on the topic.

Madmanonfire:

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

I agree, I thought The Conduit was going to be an amazing game. Now I'm hearing it's average, so I'm discouraged to buy it. And now that Metroid Prime Trilogy is coming out in a month, I've changed my mind about getting The Conduit.

Not everything can be revolutionary and perfect, you need to lower your expectations.

Go into everything assuming its crap, and everything is just fine.

The Conduit was an average first person shooter, in a sea of average first person shooters, doesn't make it LESS worthy than those other average games.

Besides, at least it uses a unique method of aiming and melee attacking, that has got to count for something right?

Good for the Wii, but this game aggravates me because of its numerous coincidences with other games, namely Mass Effect.

Fredrick2003:

Not everything can be revolutionary and perfect, you need to lower your expectations.

Go into everything assuming its crap, and everything is just fine.

The Conduit was an average first person shooter, in a sea of average first person shooters, doesn't make it LESS worthy than those other average games.

Besides, at least it uses a unique method of aiming and melee attacking, that has got to count for something right?

I only believed the hype that I saw, so sue me. I'm still going to play it because I still think it's a great game, mainly due to the controls and the online play. I just might not enjoy the story mode as much.

thanks for the review. i have a wii that only collects dust and an xbox 360 that gets all the lovin. Seeing as i dont have online support for my wii there aint no point in getting this game (at least for me)

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

What REALLY irks me about overlooking Prime is that Metroid Prime is in my opinion the peak of console shooters. The weakness of the analog stick for shooters is highlighted in the common ps3 and xbox360 games. This method of control is so inferior to the keyboard\mouse input of the PC that I have never been able to fathom their popularity.

Prime on the otherhand was able to put a competent shooter game together without the requirement for immitating the pc\keyboard input through analog sticks.

crazy-j:
thanks for the review. i have a wii that only collects dust and an xbox 360 that gets all the lovin. Seeing as i dont have online support for my wii there aint no point in getting this game (at least for me)

Madmanonfire:

Fredrick2003:

Not everything can be revolutionary and perfect, you need to lower your expectations.

Go into everything assuming its crap, and everything is just fine.

The Conduit was an average first person shooter, in a sea of average first person shooters, doesn't make it LESS worthy than those other average games.

Besides, at least it uses a unique method of aiming and melee attacking, that has got to count for something right?

I only believed the hype that I saw, so sue me. I'm still going to play it because I still think it's a great game, mainly due to the controls and the online play. I just might not enjoy the story mode as much.

How can you think it is a great game if you haven't even played it yet -_-.

Fredrick2003:

crazy-j:
thanks for the review. i have a wii that only collects dust and an xbox 360 that gets all the lovin. Seeing as i dont have online support for my wii there aint no point in getting this game (at least for me)

Madmanonfire:

Fredrick2003:

Not everything can be revolutionary and perfect, you need to lower your expectations.

Go into everything assuming its crap, and everything is just fine.

The Conduit was an average first person shooter, in a sea of average first person shooters, doesn't make it LESS worthy than those other average games.

Besides, at least it uses a unique method of aiming and melee attacking, that has got to count for something right?

I only believed the hype that I saw, so sue me. I'm still going to play it because I still think it's a great game, mainly due to the controls and the online play. I just might not enjoy the story mode as much.

How can you think it is a great game if you haven't even played it yet -_-.

errrr... i never said i think its a great game, please explain?

ZeroMachine:
You see, I've heard so many people saying "this is the first great FPS on the Wii!"

What about Metroid Prime 3? That game (though not as good as the first, IMO) is one of the best on the Wii and an amazing experience. The controls for it were nearly perfect, the music was amazing (as per usual with the Prime series) and the level design and look of everything was absolutely fantastic. Do people always overlook the thing, or do they just not count it as a normal FPS?

For some reason Metroid Prime 3 didn't appeal to me. I bought it, but I never got into it. Which is odd, as I played both of the other Metroid Prime games and enjoyed them (mostly).

I wish someone would remake Geist for the Wii. Or make a sequel to it. I don't know, as long as it has online multiplayer. Geist's single player sucked but I loved the multiplayer, and it would be awesome with Wii controls. That would create a good multiplayer FPS on the Wii that isn't dwarfed by the FPS games ob the other consoles, something I feel The Conduit suffers from.

Fredrick2003:

How can you think it is a great game if you haven't even played it yet -_-.

The same way I thought Guitar Hero Smash Hits was an awesome game before I played it. It's still an awesome game. :P

You forgot to mention the rather silly difficulty.

My biggest gripe is that online lags BADLY for me. I don't really mean regular network lag, the framerate goes to hell and player movement becomes jumpy, that quickly gets unplayable. Singleplayer is pretty meh so online was supposed to be the main draw here. Online FPSing on my PC runs perfectly for comparison.

If someone's looking for a traditional online FPS for the Wii there's Water Warfare on the WiiWare service, 800 points and runs fine even on my connection and playing against people in Japan. There's some delay to frags registering and weapon pickups but the framerate doesn't suffer and the combat seems perfectly fluid on my connection. The controls aren't massively customizable but setting the view speed to fast (which actually makes the bounding box smaller, not the view faster) works fine without bothering with tons of variables.

I sure hope there will be more attempts at FPSes on the Wii since the system is suitable for it, the audience is there and dual analog is a plain retarded way to handle aiming.

Despite what you've said, I played it round my friends house the other day and enjoyed it more than Gears of War which I actually own. So neh.

I really hated this game because the controls were constantly glitchy and bad. A particular problem I had was that the sight would snap to the top of the screen if I pointed too far to the side. However, after hearing everyone else say how great the controls are I wonder if it's my wii that's the problem. It works fine for metroid prime 3 though, anyone else experienced this?

 

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