|System: Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Calaris||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Calaris||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 5, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
You've got two weapons in the game - a machine gun with infinite ammo and a rocket launcher (which has a set number of rounds at the beginning of each mission). You also have a health meter, which regenerates over time. WarMen Tactics is a breeze on the easiest setting, but it's stupidly hard in its most difficult mode. On easy, you'll occasionally die when enemies spawn behind you (which, by the way, you're unable to turn the camera enough to see what's behind you), but on the hardest setting, you'll die in one shot from enemies who only appear once you've directed your character to move forward, effectively making completion of this mode impossible. There's a section in the main menu to enter "Secret Codes," but there's absolutely no indication where these codes can be obtained.
When all is said and done, you'll be getting about 30 minutes, tops, of gameplay for 800 Wii Points, and it's not a pretty ride, either. WarMen Tactics goes above (below) and beyond the call of duty when it comes to fugly visuals on Wii. The developers claim the game "pushes" the graphical capabilities of the system. To fully appreciate the hilarity of this notion, you have to see this game in action for yourself. The Nintendo DS has been home to prettier character models, and the animations here are a total joke. When your character moves, it's a clunky display of archaic technology. The lighting is almost impressive, but it's irrelevant alongside the game's remarkably poor technical and artistic design. When helicopters get shot, they simply freeze in midair, and blood spurts are about on par with the original Doom for pre-Windows PC.
The audio fares a bit better, but that's not to say it's good. There's almost no music, and the gunfire and sound effects have no business being included as part of a Wii game. We're all well aware of the limitations of the system, but WarMen Tactics would be insulting on last-gen consoles.
To be perfectly honest, I was kind of looking forward to this game. I enjoy light-gun shooters, and I think the WiiWare platform is a good place for them to flourish. WarMen Tactics, however, should have never been green-lighted by Nintendo. Not only is the price outrageous for the amount of game you're getting, but the game you're getting is absolutely terrible. I'm going to refrain, however, from telling people to avoid it altogether because, well, the morbidly curious might actually get a good laugh out of it when playing through it with friends. I won't go so far as to say WarMen Tactics hits a new level of "bad" in gaming, but damn, if it doesn't make a valiant effort to do so. It's a poorly cobbled-together mess of design and presentation that everyone should have an opportunity to poke fun at.
CCC Freelance Writer