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REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
« on: November 10, 2009, 03:06:04 AM »
Is it worth getting excited over a remake of a 25 year-old game?
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 The original Excitebike has always been held close to the heartÂ’s of gamers who grew up during the Nintendo Entertainment System era, and for good reason, too. Not only was the game revolutionary for its time, but it was also one of the first titles available for the NES. By combining intuitive controls with a great idea, Nintendo hit a home run with the title, as reflected in its sales.    


Excitebike: World Rally is essentially a recreation of the beloved NES gem that many gamers have fond memories of. While the game has been stripped of its vintage look, Monster Games has managed to maintain the feeling and vibe of the original, and it shouldnÂ’t take long to figure out that Excitebike is still just as fun 25 years later.                For those who have not experienced the original, Excitebike is, at heart, a single-player time-trial arcade racer. The main goal in each race is to attempt to cross the finish line in the shortest amount of time possible, while at the same time avoiding other racers and obstacles that pollute each track.    


Your bike has two speeds: fast and very fast. Most people are probably going to end up using the latter option the most, it does have some consequences seeing as it heats up your bike's engine, and once the temperature reaches a certain point, your bike will lose a tremendous amount of speed. While there are places on the tracks that will allow your engine to cool off, you'll probably want to stick with the normal pace if you want to get a good time.    


Each track is composed of four lanes, all of which have a variety of obstacles, ranging from a typical mud pile to a hill that you can jump off. By successfully making a jump, players can then angle their bike while airborne so that it hits the ground in the right position and get a temporary speed boost.    


The Wii iteration of the Excitebike series takes players on a trek across the globe, many of which they may have visited if they have experienced a past Excite title on Wii. This time around, tracks can be found in exotic locations such as the Canadian Rockies, the United States, and even Japan. Each area has several different tracks, similar to what Monster Games did with Excite Truck and Excitebots. Also making a return are trophy races, in which players must compete in a series of tracks and earn a set rank or higher in order to move on.    


Another welcome addition is the different control schemes that Monster Games have included. Not only is a classic control scheme present for gamers who enjoy playing their NES games in that manner, but thereÂ’s also a motion-based scheme available for players who want a more intuitive experience. Both control schemes work fine, but it would've been nice to see some others implemented as well.    


Since the game has been translated into 3D this time around, players can now adjust the camera to the liking, whether it a side-scrolling view as in the original or a more angled view to get a better idea of whatÂ’s ahead. It was certainly nice for the developers to go an extra mile and try and make this a game that both seasoned veterans and newcomers alike could enjoy.    


One of the most compelling features of Excitebike: World Rally is the ability to head online and engage in multiplayer races with both friends and random players. The online mode is set up much in the vein of Excitebots in which up-to-four players can compete in a group and the winner earns points that will unlock additional content in the game.    


Another feature that has been heavily hyped this time around is the new track editior that allows players to create their own tracks to race on. The track editor is easy to use and navigate and it certainly adds a fair amount of replay value to the game. Tracks can be saved this time around, and perhaps even more delightful is the ability to send them to friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.       Excitebike: World Rally is certainly worthy of bearing the Excite name, even if it isnÂ’t a new entry in the series. Veterans of the series will find plenty to love here and newcomers will easily be able to jump in on all the action. The game not only goes above and beyond my expectations, but probably most other gamers as well. Don't hesitate in downloading the game as you are sure to find hours upon hours of high-speed fun.

Pros:
       

  • Online racing.
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  • In-depth track editor.
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  • Some new gameplay mechanics thrown in for good measure.


  •        Cons:
           
  • Might not have enough new content for some.


  •                Graphics:  7.5
           While it borrows a page from Excitebots, it would've been nice to see a little more variety among the tracks.

                   Sound:  7.5
           Some new musical tracks have been remixed this time around, and some new ones have been thrown in for good measure.

                   Control:  7.5
           There are two control schemes to choose from, both of which work fine.

                          Gameplay:  8.0
           The core mechanics from the original are still present, but new ones have been added to make the game feel more modern.

     


           Lastability:  9.0
           Thanks to the track editor and the ability to race online, Excitebike: World Rally will keep you playing for hours upon hours.

     


           Final:  8.0
           Excitebike: World Rally is a worthy addition to the WiiWare library and one well worth investing in.      


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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #1 on: November 10, 2009, 07:56:25 AM »
    Hey, you're new!  Welcome!

    Nice review.  I got the game yesterday but only had time to play for a few minutes.  It seems fun but the truth is Excitebike was never really my thing.  I hope to put more time in with this game than I did with the original.

    How much time did you put into the game?  It looks like this review was written, edited and posted less than 12 hours after the game went live on the Shop Channel.

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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #2 on: November 10, 2009, 09:56:23 AM »
    Games with no story or cinematic time-consuming fluff certainly do make the review process easier.  The beauty of arcade gaming.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #3 on: November 10, 2009, 10:01:40 AM »
    Games with no story or cinematic time-consuming fluff certainly do make the review process easier.  The beauty of arcade gaming.

    I agree. My Carnival King review was written an hour after I was done with it. The game was short and simple enough that I could create an opinion of it quickly and elaborate it into a review.

    But many games can be time consuming, not just the epics and the cinematic games. For example, multiplayer heavy games require the review to at least play it once with another friend in order to see if it has value. If the game offers multiple modes and options that will take the reviewer some time to look over.

    Oh Vudu, Matt has already posted a review. It was for Spaceballs Revolution.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2009, 10:20:21 AM »
    With all the new content and mechanics in the game I wouldn't really call it a remake. To me the game feels like sequel or a full fledged modern update on the Excitebike formula. But I guess whatever floats your boat. I really wish the game had local multiplayer but since the online multiplayer is so fun I sort of can forgive that omission.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 10:25:49 AM »
    The Nintendo trend I'm starting to see is Nintendo hates split-screen.  If something is suited to split-screen play, local multi is axed and it becomes competitve wai-fai only.  If something is suited to same-screen play, multi will probably get axed.

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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 10:42:22 AM »
    It appears Stratos is trying to organize an informal online get together for this coming Saturday (11/14).  You can discuss it here.

    Thanks for the plug, Vudu.

    Very nice review. I'm impress with how you succinctly explained all of the information regarding the game without needlessly stretching out the review length. You know how to wield words well.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #7 on: November 10, 2009, 10:48:31 AM »
    This was a pleasure to edit. Excellent review, Matt.

    This game is a really nice combination of Excitetruck/bots and the original Excitebike. Local multiplayer is sorely missing, though. I probably won't play the game as much because of that. I will have to hop online soon and play with you guys, but campus internet is a tricky thing.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2009, 10:57:04 AM »
    "Graphics:  7.5
           While it burrows a page from Excitebots,"
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    « Reply #9 on: November 10, 2009, 10:59:26 AM »
    It definitely burrows a page from Excitebots.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #10 on: November 10, 2009, 11:03:25 AM »
    Oh Vudu, Matt has already posted a review. It was for Spaceballs Revolution.

    On second look, it appears as if he's reviewed a whole bunch of games.  Sadly, he doesn't have a single post that wasn't a review, so I don't think we can count on very much love in the TalkBack threads.  :(
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #11 on: November 10, 2009, 11:17:29 AM »
    "Graphics:  7.5
           While it burrows a page from Excitebots,"

    I really want to burrow pages...
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #12 on: November 10, 2009, 12:46:03 PM »
    It sounds like a good remake, but I was never a big fan of the original Excitebike, so I will probably pass on this one too.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #13 on: November 10, 2009, 12:48:38 PM »
    It sounds like a good remake, but I was never a big fan of the original Excitebike, so I will probably pass on this one too.

    Since I know you're a big fan of Excite Truck, I'd say try it out if you ever get a chance (via the proposed demos maybe). It's a lot like the original Excitebike, but it has a lot of that Excite Truck and Excitebots style.
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    Re: REVIEWS: Excitebike World Rally
    « Reply #14 on: November 10, 2009, 02:34:35 PM »
    It's a remake since it contains a lot of the same track pieces as the NES version, but the online and track sharing make it worth downloading. I can't say I'm disappointed by the lack of local multiplayer since I didn't expect that feature.

    Having a limit on created tracks is a real bummer though. There's no excuse to not have SD card support to allow unlimited tracks.

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    « Reply #15 on: November 10, 2009, 02:39:27 PM »
    You expect an NES remake to have SD card support but not local multiplayer

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    « Reply #16 on: November 10, 2009, 02:41:43 PM »
    SD card support would be easy to implement, local multiplayer would not. I don't even know how that could work.

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    « Reply #17 on: November 10, 2009, 02:44:10 PM »
    You expect an NES remake to have SD card support but not local multiplayer

    what is happening to this generation
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    « Reply #18 on: November 10, 2009, 02:47:43 PM »
    SD card support would be easy to implement, local multiplayer would not. I don't even know how that could work.

    I don't know all the technical details, but basically a second player would control a second excitebike (in the game) through the use of a second Wii Remote synced to the same Wii. It could be fun, maybe in the next Excitebike remake they can get the kinks worked out and implement it.

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    « Reply #19 on: November 10, 2009, 02:49:56 PM »
    But what happens when the second player races ahead of the other player? The screen can't follow both players, and I don't think split-screen would work very well because the view would be pretty small.

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    « Reply #20 on: November 10, 2009, 02:54:56 PM »
    The player that lags behind has to watch their character in the rearview mirror of the one in front.

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    « Reply #21 on: November 10, 2009, 03:01:03 PM »
    DS CONNECTIVITY
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    « Reply #22 on: November 10, 2009, 03:04:10 PM »
    I'd think that would be annoying and would make it even harder for them to catch up. Don't get me wrong, I'd have like to see some sort of local multiplayer, though I'm sure it'd be only two-player. But I don't see a way of it working very well so I don't care about its absence.

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    « Reply #23 on: November 10, 2009, 03:07:18 PM »
    DS CONNECTIVITY

    There you go. Player 2 has to draw out the dirt path on the DS touchscreen. Excitebike: DirtSpiritTracks.

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    « Reply #24 on: November 10, 2009, 03:10:05 PM »
    YES.
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