|System: X360, Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Panic Button||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 18, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If you decide to ignore our advice and buy this game, you have two platforms to choose from (assuming you own both consoles): the Xbox 360 and the Wii. The Xbox 360 has better graphical capabilities, obviously, and the 3-D effects do come off a little more naturally. However, the 360 version doesn't exactly max out the system's capabilities, so we highly recommend taking a slight graphical downgrade and going with the Wii version.
Why? The controls. On the Wii, not surprisingly, players simply point and shoot. It's obvious and intuitive. If you've played a Wii shooter (rail or otherwise) before, it will seem perfectly natural, and if you haven't, it won't take more than a few minutes to get your bearings. On the Xbox 360, in contrast, players have to hold the left joystick at an angle to aim, and when they let it go, the cursor snaps back to the center of the screen. Thus, aiming anywhere but the center of the screen is a huge challenge until you master the controls.
To be fair, there's no good way to handle a rail shooter with a traditional controller, and every attempt to do so (even the Nintendo 64/Virtual Console classic Sin & Punishment) has required a lot of getting-used-to on the player's part. Still, the fact that you can't adjust the controls to your liking, even to invert the Y axis, doesn't help at all. Why spend hours learning the control scheme on the Xbox when you can jump right in on the Wii?
If we haven't been sufficiently clear, even at its discount ($30) price, Attack of the Movies 3D is not a good buy. There are simply too many good action games for this to be a worthwhile investment of money and time. The well-done 3-D effects offer a glimpse into the future, but without a good game to back them up, they amount to no more than a gimmick.
CCC Freelance Writer