Excitebots: Trick Racing
Excitebots: Trick Racing Review
First time reviewer here.
This game is so great I just had to try a review to spread word.
I'll be so sad if it gets overlooked.
There is much more to this game than I can put in the review, believe me, it's worth your $$$.
Graphics: The graphics in Excitebots are pretty nice.
The bots have a nice shine to them and the levels are rich with color and life.
The water effects look really good too.
Some of the levels do start to look the same, but that's because you'll see locations make returns in each cup, Egypt, Scotland, China, Canada and a few others.
The levels are all different though, so don't start worrying.
Also, the graphics hold up great online.
Storyline: There is no storyline, so I just put a 10 I guess, that way the average isn't lower than it should be.
It's a racer, what good is a storyline?
Controls: Here you can choose between the Wiimote only, Excite Truck style or Wii Wheel.
The controls have been tightend up since it's predecessor.
They are very responsive and no longer loose.
The only difference between these two control schemes is, one has a plastic wheel on it, and it's held more upright.
Gameplay: All the bots have different Boost and Turbo length along with Weight classes and Grip.
Low grip will make your turning a bit harder and you have to get used to it if you don't wanna smash into a tree while boost drifting.
Gas is handled by pressing 2, brakes by 1, boost by B or up/down on the D-pad.
Throught the levels are mini-games, yes I said mini-games.
Don't get angry and say it's a crappy game, that's what I did when I first heard this.
It's much different than you might think.
While racing you will be challenged with mini-games.
Examples include, throwing a dart at a giant target, making a sandwich by collecting the pieces, throwing a pie in a clowns ugle face, and hitting a soccerball into a goal.
There are also red and yellow bars.
At Red bars, you will need to rotate the controler in sync with your bot and you will earn a big boost and lost of stars for doing good.
At Yellow bars or elevator bars you will start out very fast and will need to wait till you slow down, then thrust the controller forward at the right time to get a big boost. If you do it wrong, you will have a chance to recover, or you'll crash and burn.
The racing doesn't stop for these, it's really a lot of fun and can earn you a lot of stars.
Speaking of stars, coming in 1st is not the only way you can win a race.
You can come in 1st, but still end up dead last if you aren't skilled enough to have the highest amount of stars.
Coming in 1st just gives you an added 50 star bonus, but sometimes won't help you at all.
There is also a Poker race.
You'll need to collect cards and get good hands to earn stars here, and finishing 1st means nothing if you suck at Poker. I won't go a lot into this mode since it's mostly just playing poker while you drive.
It can be very fun with lots of players though, with everyone racing to the card they want and smashing into each other in a frantic scramble.
Sound: The music is decent, sadly, no SD card support in this one.
You will have some of the songs stuck in your head.
Other than that, it's your boost, engine humming, or you eating dirt big time.
Online play: New to the Excite series is online play.
A beautiful online has been added onto this wonderful game.
Up to 6 players can race together in all of the levels with all of the bots you've unlocked.
You can play Excite Race (The regular races) or Poker Race.
The online is smooth and I've not seen any lag at all.
You can place bets on yourself to earn big stars to purchase new bots, paint schemes, special designs, Trophies, Icons, Diaromas and so on.
It uses FC's and you can't add random people, but you often bump into the same people.
There is no invite or join friend option for random matches, instead, the game automatically searches out friends who are online in random matches and tries to connect you to them.
My friend and I tried this out a lot and have met up on a daily basis for 9 days now in random matches.
You can connect to random games pretty quick to, and while the race is in progress, you can spectate or go into the lobby and choose your bot.
There is also the option of making your own game where friends can join.
Lasting Appeal: This game surprised me a lot. It was announced out of nowhere and turned out to be one of my favorite Wii games yet.
There are tons of unlockables which will take time and skill to collect.
To unlock the Super Excite mode, you are challenged with getting S ranks on all the courses in each cup on Excite Race.
After doing so, you will also unlock new bots for purchase along with the already amazing line up of bots.
There are unlockable special designs for each bot as well.
Then there are Statues, Icons, and Diaromas.
Statues are unlocked by playing a certian number of races with each bot.
Diaromas will take a lot of time to unlock.
There are offline mini-games that can be played alone or in split-screen, and you can also race in split-screen
Then there are the online modes. Addictive as hell! That's all that needs to be said.
Overall score: 9.5 out of 10.
The lack of Wii Speak support and SD card support sucks a little, ut definately doesn't ruin anything.
If you're smart, you'll find alternate ways.
Lowering the in-game music and play your iPod or something for music.
Voice chat? Use skype, Pokemon D/P/P or any other DS game with voice chat.
It works great for me.