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We Ski!

The first third party game compatible for the Wii Balance Board has arrived, but will it be as good as you hoped?

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Cracked Experience: Being that We Ski is the first third party game that's compatible with Wii Fit, I was willing to give it some slack as far as the experience goes, but this game just isn't able to be given much slack.

The first flaw with the game is the fact that We Ski (obviously) only comes with one Ski game. The only problem is that the one Ski game and the overall experience are quite bad. While the entire game isn't broken totally, it is more suitable to call We Ski "cracked."

The actual Skiing is ok, but the game doesn't push players to the rest of the game. Like I said before, the Skiing is ok, -- its easy and quite enjoyable to ski -- but there aren't enough other features to give the game real value.

Ski This, Ski That: By far the greatest aspect of We Ski is the controls. The first option is pretty simple as you move down the hills of Happy Ski Resort, with the simultaneous tilt of the Wii remote and Nunchuk (or, if you have it, balance board) controls the movement of your character.

Holding Z and B initiates a style change of sorts, changing your turn style to a much more dodgy, lighter feel, and twisting the two controllers away from each other causes your racer to tuck in his ski poles and bomb the hill, earning a bit of a speed boost because of it, but at the sacrifice of decreased control.

If you have the balance board however, the controls become even simpler. You will simply jump onto the board, and then shift your weight in the direction that you want to go.

Also, We Ski combines the ability to use your Mii, with a pretty in-depth gear system that lets you chose from a huge variety of options for your character. Mii integration is quite simple, and at the sacrifice of losing the ability to wear headgear or goggles you can instantly select him and get him in the game.

Right from the beginning the entire mountain is open for business, so that means that all of the various runs, races, or even slalom events are all accessible from the get go.

What you'll also notice though, is that We Ski is very small. In any run, it will only take a maximum of maybe few minutes to get from the very top of a mountain back down to the bottom.

Also disappointing is the speed that your Skier moves at. Even though you are supposed to be Skiing downhill, the environments will look as though you are Skiing on a level mountain. If you were going downhill, the races would be over even quicker.

By far the most annoying feature of We Ski is the mind-numbingly slow pace the game moves at. When in events, the game makes you pump your arms back and forth in order to achieve any reasonable speed.

At first, this may seem like a realistic aspect, (because you are getting the full-body experience) but doing this event after event (in a very creepy fashion) it gets very tiring and irritating.

Rent vs. Buy: Overall We Ski is a decent game, but it just doesn't have enough good features and too many annoying ones to be better then average. The Wii Fit's bundled shalom games (Snowboarding and Skiing) both blow We Ski away...and they come WITH the board.

The game just doesn't capitalize enough on the semi "free roam" aspect. And the constant pumping for speed gives the game a very annoying coat to the entire game.

Add in the horrible, pixilated jumble of graphics (even for the Wii) and the lackluster sound and you have a pretty low game.

Report Card

The game just doesn't capitalize enough on the semi "free roam" aspect. And the constant pumping for speed gives a very annoying coat to the entire game. (Krakrabbit.com)


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