Tank! Tank! Tank! Review
Tank! Tank! Tank! Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: NAMCO Bandai
Pub: NAMCO Bandai
Release: November 18, 2012
Players: 1-4
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief

The graphics themselves are practically insulting considering that this is a launch title on the first next-gen system. It's the type of polygonal free-for-all that you would expect to see on the Dreamcast, but not on the most powerful console on the market today. The developers try to write off the poor graphics by placing them into an anime-inspired universe (à la Pokémon, Advanced Wars, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, etc.). However, no amount of campy dialog and simplistic character design can justify these graphics.

Tank! Tank! Tank! Screenshot

Now, don't get me wrong, graphics are definitely not the most important thing in any video game. Anyone who's been watching Nintendo lately understands this. However, execution of those graphics is incredibly important.

In Tank! Tank! Tank!, monsters appear to be easily slide in an out of the ground without disturbing it, buildings crumble into triangle-shaped pieces and often disappear before they hit the ground, and everything single item in the game is made from a geometric shape. I think it's possible for a developer to make this type of art direction work, but in Tank! Tank! Tank! it comes across as laziness.

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In the end, Tank! Tank! Tank! probably shouldn't have elbowed its way onto the Wii U. Like most arcade games, the title is fun in short bursts, but any longer than five minutes, and you're looking for another game to play. You'd be much better off taking a spin in Tank! Tank! Tank! at your local arcade. You'll like it more if you don't have to take it home with you.

By
Josh Engen
Lead Contributor
Date: November 30, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Simply embarrassing.
3.5
Control
There are only two controls: move and shoot. And even those feel wonky.
2.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Not nearly as bad as the graphics.
2.5
Play Value
Not nearly as bad as the graphics.
2.5
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Co-Op and Versus Modes - Play with or against your family and friends in cooperative or competitive modes.
  • Over-the-Top Multiplayer - Battle giant monsters, shoot powerful weapons and destroy buildings with up to 4 players.
  • Campaign Mode - Not in a mood to play with others? Fight against giant enemies exclusive for campaign mode and level up your tanks! You can also unlock new tanks by clearing specific missions.
  • Say Cheese! - Take a picture with the Wii U camera and dress up your avatar with helmets, masks, and more!


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