Deadly Creatures (Wii)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Friday, February 27, 2009

Graphics: 10.00
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 8.50
Replays: 5.00
Gamelength: 7.00

“Deadly Creatures” is finally here and after all of the surrounding hype, it definitely lives up to it’s name.

The only game that I’ve ever thought of when insects come mind has always been “Spider” from the original PlayStation days. Since then, there have been other games with insects, but none as serious or even as good. Back then, “Spider” was indeed an awesome game, but I think there’s finally a new champion of the insect throne. “Deadly Creatures” is everything that “Spider” could have and would have been, had it been released in the year 2009. This game is as horrifying as an insect-themed game could possibly get, but it’s not the kind of game that’s actually going to directly scare most people who get into it. Seeing the world through the perspective of these creatures is awesome, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here. If you’ve ever wanted to see dangerous life of a spider or a scorpion through their own eyes, follow along as I crack open “Deadly Creatures” for the Nintendo Wii.

If you’ve been following the Nintendo Wii’s library, you’ve noticed the lack of technically impressive graphics all over the place. Many of the games are totally awesome, but there’s not an emphasis on graphics because the system lacks the power of the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. As far as the Nintendo Wii goes, this game is as good as it gets. “Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars”, “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” and “Super Mario Galaxy” are the only other games that have this much visual appeal, as far as I’m concerned. However, despite how good this game looks, there’s a lot of dark colors, as you’d expect given the premise and theme. Most of the game takes place in a desert, but there’s a few indoor spots, including a car, which is a personal favorite level of mine. The creatures all look great and every detail of their terrifying appearance is there in full glory. The framerate is constant, the edges aren’t too jagged and the special effects look equally good. Shadows especially stand out here. In short, this is a very visually appealing game as far as the Nintendo Wii goes.

Honestly, the music is fitting but takes a backseat to the sound effects. Every single sound that the creatures make is as grotesque and realistic as they could possibly be, straight down to blood-curdling stabs from the scorpions stinger. It’s as realistic as it gets and truth be told, the sound effects alone might be enough to make your spine tingle in some cases, depending on your own personal degree of insect-related fear. To top that off, there are two humans in the game, which are voiced by Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper. The humans are virtually pointless, to tell you the truth, but the voice acting is expectedly superb and helps to add a bit of humor here and there.

Not only does the game look great and sound realistic, but it’s extremely fun to play and is sure to have your adrenaline pumping while your body is busy pumping out goosebumps all over the place. Throughout the game, you’ll play as the spiders and scorpions, both of which feel completely different for their own reasons. The general idea is to simply fight your way through the levels, but there’s not really an overall objective and the story is nearly invisible. There’s a few bits of humor here and there, but almost the entire game is intense and quite serious. Objectiveless as it may be, the game is almost a pure and unrestricted battleground for realistic insect combat. As the spider, you’ll basically hop around and shoot webs all over the place, ultimately getting a lucky hit in until your opponent is dead. As the scorpion, you’re a pure powerhouse and simply destroy almost everything in your path, so long as you’re careful. The controls are fairly tight, although a few things might give you a bit of trouble here and there. For the most part, it’s standard fare, but some things, such as sneak attacks as the scorpion require a bit more motion. In the case of the previously mentioned sneak attack move, you have to flip the Wiimote upside down. I found it quite cool, but again, I have to iterate the point that this motion control technology still isn’t perfect just yet and so it’s hard to make something completely fluid with such motions. The coolest part of the game is by far the handful of boss fights. I wont spoil anything, but they’re a very fresh take on the whole boss concept by comparison to most other games these days. By the time you complete the game, you’ll feel quite accomplished, but you may be wondering what the hell you just played for. There’s not really any coherent story to drive the game forward and I still have no idea what the game is really about, unless there’s some sort of undertone that I’m obviously missing out on. Either way, the game is a completely satisfying experience that’s worth every penny of the $49.99 MSRP. I highly recommend this game, but beware of the violence when purchasing this for someone of a younger age.

Overall, this is an awesome game that deserves a sequel or even a true next-gen port to something like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. I’d really like to see what this team can do when given some real horsepower.

Pros:
-Impressive visuals.
-Grotesque and realistic sound effects.
-Perfect difficulty with what seems like no curve.
-Epic boss fights.
-Very unique gaming experience.

Cons:
-Completely incomprehensible story.
-Could be a bit longer.
-No replay value.

Bottom Line:
I highly recommend this game to anyone with an open mind and a serious craving for crazy platforming action. As usual, rent before you buy if you’re unsure, but I’m certain that most people wont be disappointed by this awesome piece of work.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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