Raving Rabbids TV Party Review Part 1 – Wiimote and Nunchuk

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is the value of a shakycam video?
Here is the intro video. It gives the story better than I could explain and sets up the premise of the game.
Note that this is the only story video I will be posting. It would really be a douche move to ruin the story before release, so don’t bother asking.
This is spoiler free as is is the intro before the loading screen.
This video encoded at 640×480 in avi with MS MPEG4 V2 codec and mp3 audio and should play fine in windows media player.
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So there you have the basic premise of the game, pretty much a role reversal of the first Rabbids with the rabbids as the captives this time around. You play as the rabbids facing a choice of one challenge per time slot. Unlockables are back with at least one per challenge.
The gameplay is familiar to rabbids fans, only now there are even more challenges to face. You can choose your controller type, wii remote and nunchuk or both and the balance board. A nice touch is that for those of you who do not have a balance board, these games get remapped to the w&n setup. A nunchuk is required, but at $20, you really should have one already.
The games are as zany as ever, providing the fun and laughter you would expect from a rabbids title. New this time around is adverts. During the challenges, a prompt will pop up to hit 1 for advertisement. These are animated mini skill games which can grant bonuses in the challenge. Even if you aren’t good at them, I recommend trying anyways as they are downright hilarious.
The animated intros and cut scenes are hilarious and remind me of John K’s animation style from Ren & Stimpy a bit.
Party mode returns with 3 choices for scoring. Normal – “the first 4 points wins”, Raving – “whatever you do, don’t come second” and Yard Sale – “everyone wins points”. You can choose to play with a time limit or choose a number of challenges. Between challenges, there is a minigame where player can gain control over the next challenge choice from the leading player and before the final score you face the Wheel of Misfortune, which chooses a random misfortune to fall on one of the players. So far it has renamed my player Dinkle and renamed my brother’s player.
There is also a training mode and the World Contest where you can face off for the best score, to be posted on rabbids.com. Currently the challenge is Pimp My Rabbid, a dress up game for score. Unfortunately voting has not been activated on the site yet, but expect it to be available for release.

The graphics are crisp and smooth, keeping the look and feel of rabbids games throughout, and I did not see any noticeable slowdowns or stuttering.
The sound is well done, fitting well with the feel of the game. The only thing out of place is the rabbids having a singing voice in Top of the Flops, but it is acceptable.

Basically, this is one wii title you must buy. Ubisoft took rabbids 1 and 2, mashed them together, and added even more. It is a wonderful party game, good fun solo and entertaining for all. Bravo Ubi!

In the upcoming part 2 I will try out the balance board and see how that works. As you saw in my vids yesterday, the room is a bit cluttered at the moment and needs a good cleaning to make room.

Volcano Ecigs

Finished my “entertainment center”

Finally finished turning part of my desk into an entertainment center. I had a cubicle desk to house all of my pc’s and such, but with the big tv, I needed an entertainment center, so I removed the back part of the desk and have been building shelving onto the underside to house my Wii games and accessories within easy reach. Right now, I just need to put in some corner brackets to secure the uprights, but it’s basically done.

The second shelf was intended for pc games, but it’s pretty clear they’re going to be migrating back to the wall racks as my wii/gc collection isn’t far from overgrowing the top shelf. The dividers on the right are press fit for the eventual day when the wii leaves, but that won’t be for a good long while.

If you’re interested in the list I have collected so far, just click the pic for the full image, the titles are legible.

Now that that’s done, I just need to clean up around here and get to playing.

EA Bullshit

EA, the rotted sewage of the gaming world, has no end to the bullshit it will pull. They make a statement claiming they will encourage their workers to make new IP’s and give these a chance against the many big names they’ve gotten by buying companies and firing the workers, while having the highest worker turnaround in the industry.
Yup, I’m sure the workers will jump at the chance to give EA a game they worked on by themselves, just to be fired and watch their work get milked and bastardized like all the rest.

Now they’re after Take2 for the GTA franchise and Ubisoft for Assassin’s Creed, and likely the Heroes and Rayman franchises. Fortunately T2 declined and Ubi laughed them out the door, but with EA owning 19% of Ubi’s shares and rising, how much longer can they last?

When will EA learn that games are best left to develop with the original developers?