|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Ubisoft Reflections / Barcelona||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Ubisoft||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 27, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
While it possesses a fairly boring gameplay mechanic, Emergency Heroes may not sound all that bad to you. Possibly the game's biggest problem is one that's hard to understand until you play the game. To put it bluntly, Emergency Heroes lacks polish, and this is a problem that pervades all aspects of the game. As I've already described, the gameplay feels stripped and over-simplified. The open-ended world that could have offered so much is instead much more boring than it should be.
This lack of polish definitely carries over to the game's graphics, music, and even plot. Visually, the city is bland and looks washed-out. Textures can get really blurry and bad-looking, and the cartoon look of the game doesn't do much to help. Voiceovers are constantly replayed for certain generic characters, and the music and sound effects get annoying really quickly.
The plot takes a backseat to Emergency Heroes' gameplay, and it's as poorly-done as the game's visuals. Dialogue is downright bad, and when things finally come to fruition at the end of the game, you'll encounter an ending that's disappointing and anti-climactic.
Emergency Heroes is borderline shovelware -- but without that $20 price tag. I'd encourage you strongly to stay away from this game -- as a racing game, it has very little to offer. Cruising the city gets old quickly, and the multiplayer mode is about as exciting as the rest of the single-player game. And as an action title, Emergency Heroes is even worse, employing some weird mechanics and generally destroying what could have been a good game idea. Also, it's a really short game - three or four hours and it's over - and there's very little to keep you coming back for more. All told, it's basically a flop and, as such, should definitely be avoided.
CCC Freelance Writer