|System: Wii, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Locomotive Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 25, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
These abilities are actually pretty necessary, because you're not going to have free reign wherever you go. There are cops all over the place and plenty of people willing to put up a fight. It's tough to get stuff done and gather information when you're constantly under fire, so you can usually use your mind abilities to put people off the trail. For example, if you need to get around quickly, possess a body and nobody will notice you -- but don't stay there too long, because if you do the body will eventually collapse and you'll be spewed out. Also, there are plenty of things that Crypto can't do himself -- the very first task, in fact, is to maneuver a truck to a warehouse. Rather than driving himself, Crypto can just hypnotize a human to do his bidding, while all the alien has to do is follow and make sure the truck isn't destroyed by meddling cops.
There are some gripes I have with the game, however, and one of them is that the controls just aren't quite as sharp as I would like them to be. You move with the Nunchuk control stick and control the camera with the Wii Remote. Simply pointing your targeting reticule to the edge of the screen makes Crypto turn, and this is one function of the game that just doesn't work very well. It's slow and unwieldy, and sometimes sends the camera spouting off in different directions. And on the subject of camera: sometimes, if you back into an environmental object (a wall or a truck, for example), the game randomly and without warning switches to first person view. And secondly, the graphics just aren't quite as good as I'd expect them to be on a current-gen console. I know the Wii isn't a very powerful system in terms of visuals, but I'd expect something better than what essentially appears to be PS2-quality graphics.
In the end, though, despite any flaws it may have, Big Willy Unleashed is a fun game. While it may seem to be geared toward gamers who just enjoy mindless shooters -- and would therefore be enticed by the game's title -- it will likely be more appreciated by seasoned gamers who can appreciate the game for it's great sense of humor. But aside from that, the largest flaw with Big Willy Unleashed is that it's just not a very innovative game. If you've played an FPS before, you already know what to expect. On top of that, the controls aren't even that great -- a must for any good Wii shooter. Still, it's a good game for those who liked past Destroy All Humans titles, and it's not a bad choice if you're looking for a fun, albeit not-very-original shooting title.
CCC Freelance Writer