MySims Racing (Wii/DS)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Monday, July 20, 2009

Graphics: 7.50
Sound: 6.50
Gameplay: 8.50
Replays: 8.50
Gamelength: 9.00

“MySims Racing” for the Nintendo DS and Wii is an addictive and fun game, but it still can’t top the Nintendo IPs.

NOTE: This review covers both versions of the game because they’re almost identical.

For some reason, people can’t seem to get enough of the “MySims” series. From the original adventure for the Nintendo Wii to the sequel and everything in between, EA is really running this series into the ground. While the games are generally fun to play, the series just seems to be getting out of hand. This latest iteration of the series has players racing around in “Mario Kart” and “Diddy Kong Racing” fashion, but with a few minor differences. “MySims” fanatics, prepare for the next Nintendo DS and Wii adventure in the world of “MySims Racing”.

The visual style of “MySims Racing” is virtually identical to previous “MySims” series titles. The entire game has an almost childlike design, with big-headed characters and a somewhat cartoon-like world. This is not an ugly game, but graphics fanatics should look elsewhere, for sure. There’s not a whole lot to the overall charming, yet somewhat boring world of “MySims Racing”. The Wii version of the game sports much fancier visuals, much like those found in “Mario Kart”, but with the usual “MySims” character models.

There’s not much audio to speak of, aside from repetitious and rather annoying music and a few generic sound effects. None of that actually ruins the experience, but I highly recommend turning down the sound for this one. Everything does sound better on the Wii version, but it’s still nothing to write home about.

For the majority of the game, players will either be racing, questing or customizing their character’s appearance. There’s not much to this game, so there’s not a whole lot to talk about, despite the massive amount of stuff there is to do. There’s the primary story mode, Championship mode and Beat The Clock mode. The DS version also includes WiFi supports for multiplayer matches, but that feature is missing from the Wii version of the game for a currently unknown reason. In Championship mode, there are several tournaments to complete, but there’s not much other content there. Beat The Clock mode includes exactly what the name implies: Timed events. The meat of the game is, of course, the story mode. Here, players will take their character around the world of “MySims” in an attempt to bring back racing. There’s not much story aside from that, but really, the game itself is incredibly fun. Players will race in primary events, but there are also plenty of other sidequests to partake in. Generally, the sidequests are nothing more than going from point A to point B for one reason or another and they’re never difficult at all. It seems as though most of them are fetch quests, which involve grabbing an item for a specific character from a specific part of the game world. The game does get highly repetitious at times, but it never really loses it’s charm or fun factor. Dominating the game will take a good amount of time, so this game is definitely worth the money. Of the two version, I recommend the DS game for content. However, the comfort of a bigger display and visual superiority, the Wii version wins. Both of them control very well, utilizing the simplistic controls that “Kart” racing in general has become known for. The DS version uses the d-pad, face buttons and the shoulder buttons, while the Wii version has the option of using either the Wii racing wheel and motion controls or a standard Wiimote+Nunchuk version. The motion controls are a little clunky, so it’s recommended that the classic control scheme is used when playing the game on the Wii. One final and absolutely huge difference is the amount of track variation. The Wii version of the game is missing a few of the tracks, which seems very backwards. I don’t really understand why both versions simply couldn’t be the same game. It’s obvious that the developers want the “MySims” series to be a DS-focused IP.

Overall, “MySims Racing” is a great game, but “Mario Kart” is still a much more enjoyable experience for those who prefer a better race over more content.

Pros:
-Story mode is very addictive.
-Controls are very tight and comfortable.
-Plenty of stuff to do.

Cons:
-Sound quality is a bit lacking.
-DS version has WiFi play, but the Wii version does not.
-Wii version lacks several DS-exclusive tracks.

Bottom line:
This is an extremely fun game and I highly recommend it to just about any DS or Wii owner. If you have to choose, get the DS version if you don’t mind the lower quality visuals.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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