With this title, Nintendo shows how much fun playing the Wii can be.
Excite Truck is a very relaxed, arcade-style racing game, similar only loosely to its ancient ancestor, Excite Bike. As in the classic NES title, you can boost your vehicle forward with infinite turbo, but you have to watch your temperature gauge to avoid overheating, slowing you down and preventing you from using the turbo until the engine cools off.
The single-player game is divided into multiple cups, each with a selection of tracks from various areas in the world. The variety this gives to the game is noticible, as your racing will take you through rugged forest terrain in Canada, the swamps around an old castle in Scotland, and the sandy beaches of Fiji, among other locales.
Emphasizing the stunt-based nature of the Excite-series, the goal of the game isn't all about coming in 1st. Instead, each track requires you to obtain a number of stars, earned by performing various stunts (or crashes), knocking other trucks out of the race or, yes, coming in before the other racers. The arcade nature is apparent as soon as you get into the game and perform a "turbo jump". Your truck will literally rocket through the air, often flying hundreds of feet in the air for several seconds before crashing home to earth without taking any damage at all. And this is where the true fun of the game lies, especially if you can play with a friend. Watching each other rocket high over the terrain and perform more daring and impressive stunts will keep you entertained for hours.
The only negative side to this game is the limited multiplayer; only two players may compete, and no cpu-controlled trucks are available. However, even so, you'll still find endless hours of enjoyment in this title, whether alone or competing against a friend.
I'd definately recommend you at least rent this one, if not buy it outright. You'll be glad you gave it a whirl.
Loads of fun and good degree of difficulty. I easily tied hours at a time into this game but found my self completing the courses in S mode pretty easy once I obtained the faster trucks. Super Excite mode is crazy and the competition can make it hard to get S ratings. The tracks are repetitive just the challengers change. One of the more interesting titles for Wii from the games i have played thus far.
This game was my first experience with the Nintendo Wii. I played it a game store a few days before launch. And honestly I wasn't very impressed. But after renting it, learning how to play and giving the game a chance, I must say that it's a kick-in-the-face experience. I wasn't expecting too much in the graphical department, given the nature of the console, but the constant feeling of white-knuckle speed Excite Truck crams down your throat is incredible. Decently rendered trees and hills fly past you as you scream towards your next jump. They may not be up to par with other racers' graphics, but the speed (much like f-zero GX) more than makes up for it. Grabbing powerups and hurling your machine off massive cliffs, or slamming past your competition at a million miles an hour couldn't be any more satisfying. Control is responsive and well done overall. The music is pretty abysmal, but the ability to load your own music via SD totally makes up for it. What can I say? This game is one heck of a ride. 8.