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GF Rating
5.4

346 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Incredibly flawed, but a worthwhile game

posted by Vsonic (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Sep 11, 2010

Member since Jan 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Sky Crawlers for the Wii is a game I eagerly anticipated. A game from the same studio as Ace Combat? Based on the intriguing Sky Crawlers anime, about children bred as combat pilots to fight a fictitious and endless war, from Production IG (Ghost in the Shell)? Sign me up! However, while the presentation is incredibly strong, the actual game is pretty lacking.

Make no mistake about this; the game is BEAUTIFUL. Its source material is a very romanticized version of war/flight, so you're going to be doing a lot of dog fighting in clear blue skies, during sunset, etc. The cutscenes in the game are clearly created as a companion piece to the anime (and if you've seen that film, then you'll recognize the main character), so they're very high quality. The voice acting - particularly the chatter during the stages - is great. And the music is incredible; bombastic and stirring, it makes you feel like you're the star of some movie about steampunk air combat.

However, all of this is PRACTICALLY FOR NAUGHT. The game's controls are pretty terrible, because they rely far too heavily on the nunchuk's tilt sensor. Ideally, they must've figured that tilting this thing would really feel like a flight stick, so they went for it. Unfortunately for them, the nunchuk is anything but ideal. There's a noticeable delay to it recognizing your tilt, and it gets confused far too easily. If you tilt too far to overcompensate, it'll reset and actually go in the other direction. Why they didn't use the wii remote for this, I'll never know -- but I'll always regret.

The game tries to overcompensate for this with the Maneuver button, where - if you fly somewhat close to an enemy for a bit and hit the button - it'll automatically align you with them so you can gun them down easily. You can also use the button when not close to an enemy for loop-de-loops and stuff. But the plane is just too unresponsive. And therefore, things are too frustrating.

Great game to rent, but I wouldn't buy it.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Lush environments. Clumsy controls.

posted by CorrData (PORTLAND, OR) May 3, 2010

Member since May 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Ok, so we all know things are a little different with the Wiimote. But I found this game never really transcended the pitfalls of motion-controlled game play. The planes just don't seem to respond in an intuitive manner and you find yourself over-correcting A LOT. The lush environments and anime do add a lot, but in the end you're not watching a movie, you're playing a game. And the latter is what counts. Final verdict: Meh.

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GF Rating
3

Bad

WWII meets Japanese anime

posted by steveuh60 (SUWANEE, GA) Jan 17, 2010

Member since Jan 2010

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I was so excited to get this new game and jumped into it immediately. Unfortunately after about 6 missions I quit because the Wii controls were just not very good at all. Sometimes they work great and then sometime no response. This is supposed to be an aviation game, but the controls just will not keep up with even the simplest of maneuvers. I have to say that I am very disappointed because this could have been a really great Aviation game.

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