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{TGE} Feature: Game Recommendations

The Gaming Experience

Feature: Game Recommendations Part 1

This is the time of year when people start postulating holiday wish lists, eager to take advantage of the opportunity for someone else to buy their junk for at least one month a year. While being the fan of tradition that I am, I certainly hope that there is more to it than that, I am well aware that you needn't necessarily be cynical to admit a little bit of selfish motivation during Christmastime. Because the usually bloated commercial industry becomes impossible to live with, it is sometimes helpful to look at a list of recommendations to help you decide which games are worth the trouble of begging your parents, bargain hunting, or spending your holiday money.

Therefore, The Game Experience would like to present a list of games for the PC and Wii that are sure to provide a rewarding experience. I'll outline the pros and cons of each game as well as what kind of tastes I believe they fit and why they are recommended. If I go through and review that game, I'll also link the review as well.


Today's theme is family games! As in games you can talk your momma into playing. Perhaps your family will have selfish reasons for wanting to make sure you get what you asked for!


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Wii Sports Resort (Review)

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Wii Sports Resort - Fencing



Party games are often less rewarding for some of the more dedicated gamers, but this game is a must-have for anyone willing to make an exception. If you have a siblings or local friends that you play with regularly, Wii Sports Resort seldom disappoints. This is also the time of year when families can come together the closest, and a game such as this will undoubtedly make the Christmas celebrations more interesting. If you don't have enough people to make it worth it on a regular basis, then perhaps you may want to rent it for the duration of the holidays

 

Recommendation: Excellent party game and a safe bet for quality family gaming.

 


Pros

  • Solid use of the Wii Motion Plus accessory
  • Has varied events to fit different preferences and tastes
  • Is a family game which can reward your skill without making the less privileged feel left out
  • Is popular with nongamers, in case you run short of regular players
  • Comes with a Wii Motion Plus accessory (or two), which will save you money somewhere down the line

 


Cons

  • It can be far less interesting when playing alone
  • Markets on simplicity, whether this is good or bad is up to you
  • Your grandmother will probably still be better than you at bowling... sorry

Similar games:

  • Rayman Raving Rabbids Party Games (for those who prefer embarassingly off-the-wall minigames)
  • Wario-Ware Smooth Moves (focuses around short and absurd microgames)
  • Let's Tap (for nostalgic gamers who like arcade games and are looking for something more unconventional)
  • Wii Fit/Plus (for fat people)


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New Super Mario Bros Wii

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New Super Mario Bros Wii - Icy


Everyone is familiar with the classic Mario formula. Despite all the renditions and uses Mario has seen, he's pretty much always been concerned with delivering solid gameplay. While the actual gaming experience may be radically different between Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Galaxy, if you haven't ever played one of the classic Mario platformers, prepare to be overwhelmed by shocked gamers everywhere asking where you were when the industry was born. (tell them you were playing "Dungeons and Dragons") New Super Mario Bros Wii is a platformer built on a winning strategy, but it is also a multiplayer-oriented game. Better yet, you can help your buddy to the finish while sadistically pushing your little sister over the edge of a cliff. It also includes a few new features such as the propellor hat and the penguin suit as well as a few homages. (No hardcore Nintendo fan will turn down a game with the Koopa Kids in it!)


Recommendation:
Outstanding platforming experience for the group 


Pros

  • The game doubles as both a solid platforming experience and a family game
  • The levels offer some tricky situations, and if you want a hardcore challenge give the P2 controller to your girlfriend and tell her what you really think about the new Twilight movie
  • If you're a novice who can't take the challenge, don't worry there are guides to point you in the right direction after you've spent a long enough time failing
  • The game offers quite a bit of content as well as several different options for multiplayer play, including a competition to see who can nab the most coins
  • Its-a Mario! The latest in Mario's long tradition of iconic platformers, and its one you can share

 


Cons

  • While the game does offer a solid platforming experience, the main draw is the local multiplayer. If you're a hikikomori, you won't get as much out of it after Christmas is over.<
  • While offering a competent challenge, the game is still extremely generous and continues the long-standing Mario tradition of easy bosses
  • There are no guns, no guts, and no zombies... so you may want to buy L4D2 alongside it to boost your masculinity

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Super Smash Bros Brawl

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Super Smash Bros Brawl - Action Shot


The ultimate game for Nintendo freaks. Packed to the brim with playful references to Nintendo's all-star cast of gaming mascots and features simple mechanics (for a fighting game) that offer a ton of strategic depth. Fast-paced and frenetic gameplay that is customizable to the point where you can choose to have a special brawl where instead of knocking the player off the screen, you simply have to wear down each other's health... while invisible! There is plenty here for both solo and multiplayer, including a coop singleplayer mode that while underwhelming on its ownhas enough hilarious Nintendo cutscenes to make it the icing on top.


Recommendation:
Excellent for the Nintendo fan... good for multiplayer and even singleplayer


Pros

  • Offers a robust roster with very few lookalike characters and even then they still play differently
  • Possibly the only thing that overshadows the all-star cast of characters is the all-star cast of video game themes, you can even change the likelihood of your favorite song playing on that stage
  • You can turn off smash balls... or you can turn off everything else!
  • Includes several homages to Melee stages
  • Has an overwhelming selection of unlockables and sub-games
  • Offers a lot of freedom in the control scheme, I recommend GC controller
  • Online gameplay gives the folks with agorophobia a chance to play a real game
  • Marks the second-time-ever Mario and Sonic have been together in a game
  • "Mei-ling... Samus took her clothes off!!!" (Don't worry, this is a Nintendo game after all... you can assume Snake is overreacting to Samus's Zero Suit)

 


Cons

  • While Stage Builder does offer some room for interesting scenarios, its very limited
  • Sometimes the online gameplay can be spotty at best... local multiplayer is still the most rewarding experience
  • You can't evade the Intense Boss Battle unlockable requirement
  • On its own, Subspace Emissary is somewhat repetitive... the story makes up for it though
  • Pit's Side-B, Pikachu's Up-B, Kirby's..everything, Sonic's Final Smash... novice players will find a way to make your life miserable through spamming
  • It offers an outstanding selection of game demos, but there isn't a single one over ninety seconds long (cue facepalm)

Similar games:

  • Super Mario Kart Wii (Fewer game modes, better online, and its racing instead of fighting... just watch out for the blue shell)
  • Boom Blox (Its critically acclaimed despite not reaching Nintendo's grade of quality. There must be something quite exciting about building huge structures and then tearing them apart jenga-style... no duh)

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Guitar Hero 5 Wii

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Guitar Hero 5 - Roadie Battle


I don't keep up with rhythm games (no pun intended), but it would seem blasphemous to include all manner of game oriented toward family-fun and not include the most popular party game series out there right now, especially when it actually comes out decent! It includes features that are not just unprecedented for music games on the Wii, but unprecedented for the Wii period. With robust internet features, DS connectivity, bypassing the friend code system, and new game modes.. and the fact that its Guitar Hero... it shouldn'tbe too difficult a choice to make for the music lovers.


Recommendation:
Perfect for fans of rhythm games who own a Wii


Pros

  • Extremely strong internet presence, from DLC, sharing songs with friends, etc...
  • Offers very diverse levels of appeal, from fooling around on the title screen, to team-play, to career mode, to the Mii Freestyle game, there's bound to be something to like
  • A game mode where you go head to head with another player, and both of you have partners on the DS that can get in on the fun...
  • No Game-specific Friend Codes
  • High Quality SD card support

 


Cons

  • Its possible you probably already own GH1-4
  • Career Mode is slightly less than spectacular

 


Similar games:

  • Rock Band: The Beatles (Yes, you read that right... the Beatles)

 
Keep your eyes peeled for the next set of game recommendations by TGE. Until then, be sure to leave some comments and let us know what you think.

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