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Zack & Wiki (Wii): 10/23/2007

Old 10-19-07, 01:35 PM
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Anybody else planning on picking this up? It's a $40 puzzle/adventure game from Capcom with good buzz.

Review Scores:
GameRankings average: 86%

Famitsu: 9, 9, 8, 7
Game Informer: 8.2
GameSpot: 8.5
IGN: 9.0

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Old 10-19-07, 01:42 PM
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It is SO very important that we support a good, original third party IP on the Wii right now, I cannot stress this enough. I'll be picking this up. Hopefully it sells well enough to see Zack & Wiki Make a Porno make it to the system.
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Old 10-19-07, 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by PixyJunket
Hopefully it sells well enough to see Zack & Wiki Make a Porno make it to the system.
Complete with commentary.
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Old 10-19-07, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by PixyJunket
It is SO very important that we support a good, original third party IP on the Wii right now, I cannot stress this enough. I'll be picking this up. Hopefully it sells well enough to see Zack & Wiki Make a Porno make it to the system.
This is exactly the kind of game I love and the kind of game I want to support on the Wii. Actually I want to support 3rd parties as much as possible on the Wii regardless of the title. As long as its good I want to try and buy it.
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Old 10-19-07, 07:54 PM
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I'm not exactly excited about it, but I am cautiously open-minded and will probably put it on my little guy's xmas list regardless...at least partly for the reason pixyjunket expressed.
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Four replies. This game's gonna be the next Halo, I can feel it!
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Old 10-20-07, 08:26 PM
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Rental. I've been burned too much by Wii games' limited replayability. 2 next-gen consoles and all I play are XBLA So when it comes to Wii games it's rental all the way.
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I have all three next gen consoles, and I only play the 360, too. But I don't touch the arcade stuff.

As for this game, it seems fun. I might pick it up.
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I'll get around to it eventually.
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Old 10-22-07, 03:57 PM
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It's at the top of my Gamefly queue. Hopefully they still have a copy for me tomorrow when my return gets to them.
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Old 10-22-07, 03:59 PM
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I'd be surprised if this game isn't a bomb as far as sales go.
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Old 10-22-07, 04:00 PM
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Off topic, I'm not really digging my GameFly trial. I got PGR4 pretty fast but it's been a week since I sent it back. I also had to file a lost item for MySims, I got the second one they sent in about the same time PGR4 arrived but then the original they sent came a few days later. So, in my month trial, I've basically gotten to play two games. Possibly three.
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Old 10-22-07, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by PixyJunket
Off topic, I'm not really digging my GameFly trial.
I had the same experience. Games got lost on the way back to them. They sent the wrong game once. I get a lot more play out of my Blockbuster game pass, even though it's only 1 game out at a time.
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Old 10-22-07, 04:43 PM
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I'm hoping to exchange a game from last week's TRU sale for this tomorrow.
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Old 10-22-07, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Four replies. This game's gonna be the next Halo, I can feel it!

Aye Groucho! Especially when news spreads of the code for the 44 magnum weapon and blood splatter! Up Up Down Down...


Anyone not supporting this game gets their video game license revoked. I'm so cool I'm buying at least two for gifts when this comes out Wednesday(tuesday is ship day).

From IGN's Wiik-in-Review

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- Was supposed to have the exclusive review on Zack and Wiki up tonight, but they couldn't complete it - stuck on a really hard (but awesome) puzzle.
- Maybe half-way through the game, and don't have any concerns about the length (about 15 hours).
- Difficulty is great, ramps up as the game progresses. Everytime you step into a new level, you're confronted with more new and unique puzzles.
- Puzzles and controls are lots of fun. Definitely recommend it - will be an editor's choice. Go and preorder it right now. One of the best 3rd party games on Wii. One of the very few Wii games that simply could not be replicated on another console. A "must-have title".
- The puzzles are challenging, you may need to even get help from friends (which you can). "Best designed puzzles in a decade" - probably superior to Zelda. "The quality and consistency of these puzzles is just insane."
- Don't have many complaints - wish they would supply more puzzles through WiiConnect24, sometimes need to use exact motions yet sometimes it's pretty much guess-work, sometimes trial-and-error gameplay might annoy.
- But it's a really good game. Saw the GameInformer review - definitely not a mid-7's game.
- Really smart puzzles and really beautiful (though sometimes framerate takes a dip). The animation is awesome - looks like you're watching a cartoon. Lots of polish and little elements that many other developers would not even think about including. "Insane production values."
- Next week there will be massive coverage of the game.

"The landscapes are gorgeously rendered and highly varied in design. You'll progress from jungles to icy terrain and even into lava-filled caverns, each setting with a lush cel-shaded visual presentation that would make Eiji Aonuma proud. To be sure, with its spectacular artistic sense and strong use of technology - wait until you see the lighting and particle effects in place -- Z-Dub features some of the best graphics on Wii to date. Rest assured that everything runs in both 16:9 widescreen and progressive-scan modes, too."

"This game is quickly rising up the ranks to being one of my most anticipated Wii games. It looks great, has an awesome visual style, and the puzzles are hugely elaborate and amazingly clever."

"Zack and Wiki, with its family-friendly vibe and cel-shaded cartoon style, is a very good game. And while an intelligent kids will almost certainly dig it, so will intelligent adults. There's a lot to like here: Stylish visuals, challenging puzzles, and a nostalgic re-imagining of the point-and-click adventures of yore."

"In the end, Zack & Wiki turned out to be much more fun that I had expected. Even when playing Capcom's more heavily hyped Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and Devil May Cry 4 at the same event, I kept thinking about how to solve Zack & Wiki's other puzzles, and how to beat levels faster than before. There may be no ninjas to keelhaul, but the game's focus on challenging the brain more than reflexes is refreshing and enjoyable in a third person adventure, and it is done in visually appealing style. If a puzzle game can appeal this much to an action gamer, then it has the potential to charm just about anyone."

Zack & Wiki got a 9 in Nintendo Power. Here is a summary of the review:

- Combines clever use of the Wii remote and positively brilliant puzzle design
- Variety is astounding
- Piecing it all together comes with a great sense of satisfaction
- You will be scratching your head with some regularity, the puzzles are never so esoteric to leave you feeling cheated
- Charm to burn; with an energetic sense of humor and an appealing visual style reminiscent of Wind Waker.
- One of the Wii's best-looking titles; not for technical merit but because of the care that went into creating a very complete aesthetic.
- Animation is especially fantastic
- 20+ hours; adventure is plenty long - never, ever drags
- Tons of extra stuff to do.
- Concern about name of game; may not do well at retail because of it.
- Truly deserves to be a big hit
- One of the system's most creative, entertaining titles
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Added some review scores to the top post.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Added some review scores to the top post.
Cool. Thanks.
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Old 10-23-07, 11:00 AM
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I'll probably eventually get this, but I need to save some cash now for some other games.

Anyone what some of the puzzles are like?
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Old 10-23-07, 01:25 PM
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I want to get it, but my cash flow doesn't allow it right now. Maybe a Christmas present (depends if Nights comes out by Christmas or not).
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Best Buy told me Thursday so those looking for it like me you may have a few days yet. Its 39.99 cerial and steebo so at least that is a start
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Old 10-24-07, 08:43 AM
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Damnit. I sent my Gamefly game back a day to early. They are shipping me something else on my list. The one fucking time I get a "Fast Return."
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Old 10-24-07, 09:01 AM
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You will just have go to gamestop today and pick it up Michael! You know its only right thing to do!
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Old 10-24-07, 10:05 AM
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I'm debating it. I still haven't popped in Metroid or RE4 yet though. Mostly because I'm exhausted of shooters. I finished Gears, Halo, Bioshock and Lost Planet within a months time. Then add in action titles Heavenly Sword, God of War, Lair and Mark of Kri and I'm at my 'violence' limit.

Zack & Wiki might be the perfect game to hold me over until I'm ready to jump into Metroid or RE4.

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Old 10-24-07, 10:28 AM
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Hot damn Michael, you're a machine!
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Old 10-24-07, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Zack & Wiki might be the perfect game to hold me over until I'm ready to jump into Metroid or RE4.
I'm actually thinking the same thing. With the upcoming onslaught of Ratchet-Assassins Creed-Mass Effect-Uncharted-COD4-Mario Galaxy(not so Much) , this lighter fare looks right up my alley. Also, it will give me the chance to stop using my Wii as a paperweight.
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