NERF N-Strike Wii Review

May 29, 2010 by Simon Wigham  
Filed under Nintendo Wii, Reviews

NERF N-Strike comes packaged with a well made gun (for multiplayer and those without the game, it can also be purchased separately) to house your Wii remote in, just as you can do with the Wii Zapper and its cheaper knockoffs. It’s very comfortable and feels nice and weighty to grasp, and for those who are still at the age where shooting foam bullets at each other is their idea of a good time, then the gun even doubles up as an actual NERF gun. But can NERF N-Strike itself pry such people away from such antics? Does it offer enough for everyone else? More importantly, is it any good?

The mission mode is the primary mode of play. You control Shane, a teenager who is selected as a NERF gun tester. There’s a semblance of a story, represented by some quite nice comic book style sequences. It isn’t exactly compulsive and its characters are paper thin, but the plot does largely serve its purpose and doesn’t deter too much on the foam based action.

The mission mode has you taking on a decent variety of missions, against four different characters. As some examples of just what sort of stuff you’ll be getting up to here, some task you with taking out specific targets, others require you to knock blocks off a platform, whilst being careful not to knock your goal blocks off, and some just require you to destroy as many enemies as possible. All of which do their jobs to a perfectly capable level.

It’s here where you’ll also unlock new weapons (obviously of the NERF variety) by using them successfully to clear missions. Obviously guns have their own characteristics (such as rate of fire and accuracy) to take into account when selecting them for a mission. NERF gun enthusiasts will be in heaven at the prospect of amassing the many guns, that’s if they haven’t already purchased the real world versions, in which case they probably won’t give a toss.

NERF guns aren’t exactly known to be a solitary pursuit and NERF N-Strike unsurprisingly offers multi-player for young space marine wannabes (or whatever else it is you aspire to be, whenever you have a NERF gun in your clutches). Multiplayer is flexible enough to allow you to mix and match up to ten different game types, which is great for mixing things up.

The major failing of NERF N-Strike is that it all feels a little soulless and mediocre. It’s enjoyable enough and works just as it should, but it quite frankly never gave me the impression that it was crafted with much heart. Fans of the toy would be better off sticking to the real world version, while for everyone else, if there’s any reason to shell out, it’s for the excellent gun rather than the average offering that is the game.

5/10

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