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Could have been a sweet WiiWare game
posted by RichScarry (MISSOULA, MT) Jun 7, 2008
Member since Nov 2006
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Of course WiiWare requires a much smaller amount of space, but Emergency Heroes involves a lot of the same tasks over and over (One of it's bigger flaws) that could be cut out. The game is by no means shovel-ware, something the Wii is all to familiar with, even though it may look like it on the shelf. And considering it's target audience, it's a well made game that works and is fun.
Like always, there are much better titles out there then this 'no name' titles that get released under the radar. But games like this are fun for young children and it's simple and easy to follow. The game is pretty well made with some flaws here and there, but it's a 'who cares' moment when you do spot it in the game. Although repetitive, it's worth a rent and at least a second glance at when shopping. It does what bigger developers can't do, competent motion controls (especially if you use the Mario Kart Wii Wheel) and decent graphics that cater to the system.
It was a fun game, and I enjoyed finishing it. Hopefully it does semi-well and more time gets put into some sort of sequel or game aimed at a similar audience with more resources. Above average game, worth checking out if it looks cool to you.
Great Handling Ruined By Lack Of Gameplay Depth
posted by Shazbot (BROOKLYN, NY) Jun 8, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
EH has one of the better car handling and driving engines on the Wii and changes the handling well for different vehicles. Power sliding changes significantly with speed and from car to car, which is a very nice touch. Pumping the gas produces controlled slides also and the steering is mostly well tuned to Wiimote movement.
It also has great surround sound when used with a home theater system. You get a genuine 3D sound among traffic which adds to the overall feel of the game.
Consequently when you first start playing the game feels good. It teaches you the controls when you first need to use new things and despite the ease of the first missions you're having fun.
BUT (yep - it's a big but:-)), once you get past that first flush of playing you begin to realize that the missions are all based on the same stuff. The jumps just get longer and/or at an angle and the cars to chase just get a little more AI to avoid you ramming them and you have to be more precise in hitting them.
Once you get to this point things go downhill quickly and the challenge and freshness rapidly disappear.
It's not that it's a really bad game, it's just that it should have had some more time and thought put in to the missions in order to do justice to the obvious work that went in on the underlying game engine.
I enjoyed playing it for a relatively short time - but in my opinion the repetition and ease of the missions make this game limited and could have been so much more.
Rent it knowing that it does not have huge depth and you can enjoy this for a while. However, if you have greater expectations than that then you will most likely be disappointed.
Oh and unless you like chessy storylines a la Trauma Center you might want to turn down the volume! :-))
How much ham and cheese do you want with "Heroes"?
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jun 7, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
So begins Emergency Heroes.
You play as that rookie, a guy named Zach. He was kicked out of the force because of an incident, but now he's the only one available to stop this new crime and disaster wave.
To do that, you go on several driving missions - namely four diving missions.
First, you hunt down criminals by chasing them and smashing your car into theirs a certain number of times. Later levels require you to hit either their side or back. This is the best of the four game modes.
Second, you go through a track, plowing through a series of blockades by hitting the blockade at the marked point. This is the worst of the bunch.
Third, you race through a track to save people from burning buildings.
And the last game mode has you going through a track and putting out every large fire you meet along the way. Later levels require you to sometimes hit obstacles on the track to put out the fire.
Completing tasks takes only a few minutes and unlock new vehicles, but these new wheels don't add anything new to the mix.
Emergency Heroes could've been a fun game, but Ubisoft makes it a chore. The graphics and presentation are bland, and I got bored of doing the same four game types a dozen times over.
But the worst part of Emergency Heroes is the duologue. These characters ham it on the screen every chance they get. I've never heard such cheesy lines like the ones they throw out.
Female Dispatcher (to Zach): "You're so brave." Ugh.
Zach: "Just doing my job" Double ugh.
You'll have to listen to this god awful talk throughout the entire game.
Or you can just avoid it by not playing the game in the first place.
Nintendo Philosphy: Simple Fun Gameplay! RENT IT!!
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Jun 3, 2008
Member since Nov 2004
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The graphics are cool until you get into detail then it becomes cheesy and yes the voice over is wacky but you need to over look it. The gameplay is fun (and sometimes difficult) and there is a lot to do; before I knew it I was playing this for 4 hours. I would like to see a sequel with a different plot (a full out racer)!!
Perfection at its best!!!
posted by Stuwii (SUNRISE, FL) Jun 1, 2008
Member since Jan 2007
2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by devinwarrior (WOODSTOCK, VT) Jan 22, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
posted by bigpuppy (LINCOLN, IL) Oct 14, 2010
Member since Nov 2008
posted by Hockey9800 (INDEPENDENCE, IA) Jul 23, 2010
Member since Jul 2010
I've played worse
posted by Judge423 (FONTANA, WI) Jan 4, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
The graphics are ok (Could be better) the choices of cars are not to bad. My bottom line is this. This game is ok but after a little while it will get very boring and you will loose intrest fast. It's the same thing over and over!
boring/cheesy after a while
posted by jlalb06 (LONG BEACH, CA) Apr 26, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
Entertaining but repetitive
posted by fierohink (BRUNSWICK, MD) Apr 15, 2009
Member since May 2008
In Police mode, you chase after the bad guy. In between missions you drive through the sandbox world and find other lawbreakers and stop them.
In Fire mode, you drive a fire truck through fire and put it out as you go. Sadly the fire hose is controlled automatically so all you have to do is drive nearby while hitting A and the water stream locks on to the fire, very low difficulty. Again between missions you drive through the city and put out random multi-story fires the pop up.
In Rescue mode, you drive this armored vehicle into collapsing buildings and search for survivors. Not very difficult just drive around full throttle looking for green arrows to tell you where to go. Between missions you must drive through beacons to pick up supplies, really an easy task and you never use the "supplies"
In Roadblock mode you drive a soupped up car with a plow on the front to crash through vehicle pile-ups and get traffic moving again.
The missions are pretty easy and similar. But there is the ability to play in the sandbox of a world, although it isn't very big. Younger gamers will probably be entertained, you never accrue damage on your vehicle so drive however you want. The storyline is playfully entertaining, but simple.
If you are looking for a challenge you;ve come to the wrong place.
If you want a colorful light hearted and quick game to play this is it.
Okay, but gets old quick
posted by cmd1971 (MILFORD, CT) Jan 20, 2009
Member since Jun 2006
good game but short
posted by seals7 (HADDON TOWNSHIP, NJ) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Jul 2007
Why did I rent this?
posted by giacammo (MACEDON, NY) Jul 5, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
posted by TC2390 (POWDER SPRINGS, GA) Jun 3, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
posted by drwyse570 (LANCASTER, OH) Jun 1, 2008
Member since Sep 2004