Ski and Shoot Review
Ski and Shoot box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: 49Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Conspiracy Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 2, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While the game is titled Ski and Shoot, you'll not really be doing much shooting at all. There are one or two shooting stations scattered throughout each course. You'll see a line of black dots of varying sizes, and you just have to shoot at them until you've hit the minimum requirement for each station. The shooting mechanics are simple and straightforward: aim at the dots, hit A to hold your aim steady and B to fire, then pull back on the control stick to reload.

Ski and Shoot screenshot

While the shooting segments aren't particularly interesting, they do serve to somewhat interrupt the boredom you'll experience from the skiing portion of the game. That said, the shooting parts don't last nearly long enough to provide any real entertainment; you'll probably finish in fifteen seconds, and then you’ll be off for another four minutes of moving your hands back and forth as vigorously as possible.

Visually, Ski and Shoot looks fine, which in itself is something of a success. It doesn’t stand up to bigger-name sports titles on the Wii, but the landscapes, while repetitive, are enjoyable. Also, the cartoonish representations of real-life skiers are done fairly well. The music is monotonous and sound effects aren't that great – they're pretty much limited to the cheers of the crowd and a fairly dull announcer.

It's probably worth mentioning that Ski and Shoot is not particularly user-friendly. The tutorial simply throws all the complex controls at you, but they're difficult to remember and you'll likely have to check the tutorial multiple times before you really remember how everything works. Also, there is a skill system that gives each skier certain skills that will help them out during races. It's a neat idea, but the skills are largely useless and, as a result, the game is simply not engaging.

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Overall, the problem with Ski and Shoot is not so much that it's a truly terrible game, but that the subject matter simply doesn’t translate into a fun gaming experience. It seems to me that the development team put a good bit of effort into making the game look nice; it just doesn't feel like shovelware as so many other budget titles do. That said, the gameplay mechanic and controls just don't work out. As a result, I'd suggest avoiding Ski and Shoot. If you're looking for a skiing game on the Wii, SSX Blur will certainly fit the bill.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
They're not particularly good, but they're not bad for a budget title. Characters look good and animate well.
1.4
Control
The controls are difficult to get the hang of and, more importantly, incredibly monotonous and boring.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is forgettable, but the voice work for the announcer is passable.
1.5

Play Value
The game is so repetitive that you'll likely play it for a few minutes and then never touch it again. Even multiplayer does nothing to improve the life of the game – it's not even worth a rental.

2.2
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Create your own character using the advanced creation system.
  • Make your way to the top in the career mode!
  • Take on a friend and race competitively.
  • Real-life ski courses and athletes!


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