Nitrobike Review
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System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Left Field Productions 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jan. 15, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

While we're on the subject of Nitrobike's problem areas, it's appropriate to bring up the subject of the game's visuals. To be blunt, they're not nearly as good as they could have -- and should have -- been. I hate to keep comparing this game to Excite Truck, but there really are a lot of parallels. It's pathetic, though, that a game released for the Wii more than a year ago looks significantly better than a similar game released present day. Bikes and their riders look a bit pixilated, and with all the action going on on-screen, the framerate occasionally takes a noticeable drop. Wii owners are probably used to it by now (that is, playing games with sub-par graphics), and it doesn't hugely detract from the gameplay experience, but the game certainly could have looked nicer.

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For those who can look past the game's visuals, though, and the sometimes-annoying controls, there's a lot of depth to be had here. The career mode, in particular, has a lot going for it all will keep you engaged for a while. There are tons of events to be completed, and while a lot of them are simply races, there's also a good amount of variety to keep things fresh, interesting, and exciting. There are also some fun little mini-games, which don't hugely affect the fun you'll have with this game but demonstrate the efforts made by the development team to change up the racing genre and make the game worthy of the Wii's general innovation.

And then, of course, there's the multiplayer. Local multiplayer supports up to four people, and it's a lot of fun to take part in the frantic action with up to three of your friends. The online multiplayer option is also fantastic and allows you to go head-to-head with people around the globe with copies of the game. The online will likely take up the majority of the time you spend with this game, and that's by no means a bad thing: the online is fun and exciting, and will definitely appeal to hardcore, arcade-racing fans.

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Ultimately, though, the thing that hurts Nitrobike the most is that it just doesn't bring much new content to the table in terms of Wii racing titles. In fact, aside from the well-done online mode, it's a near carbon-copy of Excite Truck. If you're the type of person who, like myself, didn't really care much for Excite Truck, you're going to want to pass on Nitrobike. If you really loved it, though, or if you're looking for a solid, well-rounded entry into the world of Wii racing games, then Nitrobike is certainly worth a look.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
Even for the Wii, the visuals fail to impress; the one-plus year old Excite Truck looks noticeably nicer.
3.4
Control
The game controls manageably for the most part, but the Remote's motion sensitivity doesn't always respond.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Not much to be had here; the game's music is fine, but it's really nothing noticeable and doesn't improve the game experience.
4.2

Play Value
The career mode has plenty of depth, and the online features extend the lifespan of the game significantly.

3.4
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Six-Person Online Multiplayer: A first on the Wii. Challenge up to five of your friends and cover them with mud as you burn past them to the finish line.
  • Rocket to Victory: Use the nitro rocket to propel your bike to speeds the Wii has only dreamed of seeing until now.
  • Massive Replayability: On top of the killer online multiplayer, Nitrobike features 20 turbocharged racing environments and 67 events.
  • Be One With the Speed: Wii Remote rumble, blur effects, and screen shake will ensure this is the fastest experience you'll encounter on the Wii.
  • Be One With the Speed: Wii Remote rumble, blur effects, and screen shake will ensure this is the fastest experience you'll encounter on the Wii.
  • Rack 'em Up: Wreck your bike into a frame of king-sized pins in the four-player bowling game.
  • You Gotta Be You: Career mode, upgradeable bikes, and lots of unlockable characters will ensure you stand out as the most Xtreme of the Xtreme.


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