|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Mid Carolina Media||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Detn8||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 19, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
After picking a gun, your dog's color, and what hunting suit you want, you are on your way. From here on out, you can wander the countryside, searching for the spot with the most potential for duck spawns. Calling the ducks is done by using one of three duck calls, with little difference between them aside from the color of bird it'll bring. Once this is accomplished, you will begin to see ducks circling right over your head. The key is to shoot as many ducks as the game will allow you and then follow up by having your dog scoop them up in its mouth. Now this is where things get frustrating. First off, the Wii-mote, while interesting at first, is very loose and unresponsive at times.
There were moments where I positioned the gun right in front of a duck just a few yards ahead of me and the bullet would sail right through it. With a little practice it does become easier, but I can imagine a keyboard and mouse being the more viable control option, since the PC was where the game originally came from. On another note, the dog is just as frustrating. Imagine waiting about one to two minutes for your dog to walk over to the fowl and bring it to you. Got it in your mind? Good. Now picture occasionally waiting double that amount because your dog thinks it's funny to wander around aimlessly. Chock it up to poor A.I.
Okay, you've shot your share of ducks and racked up as many points as you can; now what? Well, that's it. There is no time limit, point limit, or goal. Just shoot ducks, have your dog pick up said ducks, and then do it again and again. After you've had enough, you will probably notice that there is a multiplayer mode. If you happen to know of anyone else who owns Ultimate Duck Hunting, then give him or her a call and get ready for a little split-screen action. Up to two players can compete in a shoot-off to see who can build up enough points within a certain amount of time. Unfortunately for me, I could not find anyone else online who owned the game and wanted to have a little hunting session. Ah, it can get lonely in the great outdoors, but at least you have a dog by your side, unless it happens to get stuck behind a tree or wander off.
At the end of the day, there really isn't a lot to say about Ultimate Duck Hunting. It serves as nothing more than a throwaway PC port-over with the intent of taking advantage of the Wii's controls. The problem is that it wasn't built as a Wii game from the ground up, thus the awkward feel of aiming and positioning with the Wii-mote. Aside from that, the visuals are lackluster, the audio is virtually non-existent, and the gameplay is shallow. The original Ultimate Duck Hunting on the PC wasn't a spectacular game and sending it over to the Wii hasn't changed that. So if you are a fan of hunting birds, just dig out your old NES and play some Duck Hunt. The controls are better, the visuals are easier on the eyes, and you don't have to wait an eternity for your dog to retrieve it - but it will laugh at you.
CCC Freelance Writer