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I've now played pretty much all of the launch titles for the Wii, and this is one of the better of the bunch. However, like many of the other Wii launch titles, this one is still trying to get its bearings.
Good stuff: There are some fantastic elements to this game. The course ambience is beautiful. This is easily the most graphics-intensive game of all the launch titles; not the most stylish or creative, but it looks like it's pushing the hardware to the max.
I also really like the terrain-altering effects. Drive over an exclamation mark and the terrain shifts radically. These alterations in the course layout look beautiful and occur seamlessly.
Bad stuff: I really like arcade racers (the Burnout and the Need For Speed series, in particular). Within the genre, this game doesn't offer much that is new and is missing much that these other games have. Car models don't look that great and don't vary much. The courses aren't that complex or compelling. Extras are dull (more of the same cars! yeah!).
The controls are good and bad. Developers have yet to figure out how best to utilize the Wii remote for the system as a whole, and for specific genres (racers, FPSs, etc). This game controls ok, but I can't help but feel they need a way to simulate resistance in turns/drifting (maybe through increased vibration?).
The driving physics are also inconsistent. In arcade racers, physics is already exaggerated (compared to racing simulations), but it needs still to feel like you're driving. All-too-often, I felt like I was steering a speed boat or jet ski rather than an off-road vehicle. Crashes don't feel or look right. The cars just don't have a good "weight" to them (other arcade style racers do a great job of simulating the feel of weight to their cars).
Overall, this game is fun and is worth a rental, but definitely don't buy it until you've played it first. I can imagine many people liking this game more than I did (since I'm picky about the genre).
Excite Truck was by far the biggest surprise amongst the launch titles. The game had great visuals, smooth controls, and a ton of fun.
I picked up the controls on this game within the first 3 races. The turning of the Wii-mote is very smooth, and is by far the best driving game so far. The terrain looked awesome, and flying that high was just plain fun. Drifting, smashing into other trucks, and flying in the air all earn you points to advance to unlock the new modes, and trucks
There are only a few things I can see that could have been done better. I wish that there were more tracks to race one. Most of the events consist of like 5 tracks. Another weak side is the multiplayer. You can only race against you friend, and no one else. I'd like to see the next excite truck to be able to race against CPUs, or maybe even online play!
It's a great title, and one of the must owns for the Wii. This game gives you plenty to do if you don't mine a little repetition.