posted by GameGuideGuy (BALLSTON SPA, NY) Aug 18, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
This is the first game I bought when I got the 3DS and I didn't stop playing for 3 hours. This is a game that proves how far the 3DS can go, by showing a roaming-around game while also giving the players missions and other tasks. Also this game gives more descion to make it feel a little bit more personalized. You may choose from 3 ways to fly: You may use the Jetpack, Hang-Glider, or the classic Plane. But you might as well find more options. This game is perfect for the newcomers to the 3DS. You may also see the return of a well-known character in the series... This is great game to rent or buy and I hope you think it is,too
Now get back to Gaming! And watch out for that Tre- never mind...
Of the half dozen or so 3DS titles I've played to this point, Pilotwings Resort definitely makes the best use of the system's 3D capability. If you want a good idea of just how pretty graphics can be, you won't go wrong renting this title.
Unfortunately, that's where my praise ends. The game itself is just a slightly-expanded version of "Island Flyover" from Wii Sports Resort. Same island, same day, evening, or night options, same point-of-interest gathering, same balloon popping, the works. To borrow Yogi Berra's phrase, it was like deja vu all over again.
The differences: There are six aircraft available (two planes, two jet packs, and two gliders) compared to WSR's two, and there are 39 "missions", each 1-3 minutes long, involving doing stuff while flying around the island.
I've played the game for about seven hours, and it feels like I've done just about everything there is to do here. If you haven't played Wii Sports Resort, it'll feel a bit newer to you, but there's still just not much game backing the pretty pictures.
The freedom of flight
Challenging missions for perfect scores
Good variety of vehicles
Balloon popping missions have poor hit detection
Free flight mode is time limited
Island just doesn't feel big enough
Very little difference between 2D and 3D, very poor on max settings.
Controls are no where close to being realistic
No online leaderboards
Little to none replayability
Biggest complaint of all -
Flying a perfect mission for a few minutes working on a perfect score just to hit the landing slightly off and receiving less than perfect marks. You never really know how they'll score your landing until after the fact. There where many hang glider and plane missions that took me minutes to complete and just because I was slightly off center on the landing/came in too fast/came in too slow it would take points off and I would have to do the mission all over.
Decent game that gives the freedom of flying, but the scoring system is very aggrevating. The 3D should have been more fined tuned also. I recommend renting only and enjoy it for a 2 or 3 days.