I wanted to enjoy NiGHTS, I really did. It came highly recommended by a lot of people, and I wanted to give it a fair shot. It's just not my type of game.
First off, the positive. The graphics are quite nice, the music is FANTASTIC, and the storyline has a certain innocent sweetness to it that's lacking in games today. It's very family friendly and devoid of any of the really negative things so commonplace in an industry surrounded by murder and violence.
The negatives. Well, for me, the biggest one was control. I didn't enjoy controlling NiGHTS at all, it always felt bulky and not nearly as smooth as it needs to be considering the level of detail you need to perform with. Especially the mode that just uses the Wiimote, it was quite difficult to smoothly control NiGHTS where you needed her to go. The voice acting is also fairly sub-par, ranking pretentious at best and awkward sounding at worst.
Still, worth a rent. The absolute best thing about this game was the music; so much so that I'd absolutely buy a soundtrack to this game if one was available.
Having played the original nights game at a friends house when it first came out I was very very excited to play the new version on the Wii. There was a lot of hype around this game and I was expecting something pretty special. Unfortunately Nights does not live up to the hype that was generated about it. I was expecting gorgeous graphics. Graphics that would reinvent my perception of the what the Wii could do. While the graphics are good they still look last gen. Since the Wii is not known for it's graphics I was able to put this aside and focus on the game play because that is what I was really looking forward to anyway. I pictured wide open areas with multiple options for every level. What I got was pretty linear paths with a few moments where you could go high or low. The lowest point of nights for me was the stupid talking owl in the beginning. I was very excited to jump right in and play. Instead I had to sit and watch as the owl told me about nightopia's plight. While this may sound like a very harsh review the game does have fun moments. Flying around as nights is enjoyable and I like trying to beat my high scores . The problem is the levels are repetitive and not interesting enough. This is a game that most will enjoy RENTING but don't waste your money buying it.
I was a huge NiGHTS fan back in the day when the game was on the Sega Saturn. What made the game innovative back then does not make it innovative or even interesting now. It's basically the same game from the little bit that I played of it and fails to hold my attention. Back then, it was acceptable. Now it's not. Not for a game in the year 2008. They should have tried to do something else with it instead of keeping with the same fake 3-D gameplay. The music is great, but that's about the only thing that I would rate high regarding this game.