|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Hudson Soft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Hudson||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 23, 2009||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|
Though there are only a handful of different kinds of enemies, the developers smartly broke each into different subcategories by making minor visual and color adjustments to switch things up and denote tougher foe varieties. Overall, the game isn't much of a looker - the levels offer some variety yet start to look the same after the first few - but the design team did a good job with the limited space available. The graphics are certainly respectable and are a big step up from most WiiWare titles.
Onslaught's multiplayer aspect is purportedly another huge part of its draw. Though it does have some limitations, you can play through any of the story missions online via Nintendo's WFC with up to three other players. It's easy to jump in and get started. However, you have no way of communicating effectively with other players, which means you can't tell them where to go when they're being total asshats. There's no deathmatch mode, but that doesn't seem to register with some folks. In numerous instances my human "comrades" felt it would be more prudent to waste time by ammo plugging rounds into the back of my head (they don't do damage) rather than assist me in mowing down the real enemy. Depending on who you're playing with, it's only a minor step up from the dim A.I. in the solo campaign that causes your comrades to run circles around you like morons (it looks ridiculous, but they're actually decent shots).
As the only WiiWare first-person shooter, Onslaught succeeds on many levels. It proves that it's possible to make a decent FPS title at an affordable price with limited space resources. Sure, first-person shooters have been done before on the Wii and done better, but for $10 Onslaught is hard to resist. Boil all of its elements down, and you'll find some delicious fun shoving your gun barrel in the maws of wave after wave of giant cyborg bugs.
CCC Staff Contributor