Deadly Creatures

  • Exciting, tactical combat
  • Inventive art and level design
  • Slick, menacing tone throughout
  • Quick-time boss battles
  • A handful of camera flubs
  • Punishes recklessness

There is a story going on in the background as the two arthropods wreak a swath of vermin-death across the desert floor, although we won’t spoil it for you here. We’ll just say that two interconnected threads weave in and out of your quest – one deals with two humans and their crime-thriller intrigue, while the other has a reptilian nemesis constantly stalking you with almost psychotic tenacity.

Unfortunately, the encounters with your nemesis are a bit underwhelming. They essentially boil down to quick-time boss battles, with your reaction times being the only real skill required. The patterns this boss follows also just get repeated with a shorter reaction window as you progress, so it’s one of the few frustrating elements in the game. The other problem comes from the camera, although we want to stress that for the most part the camera works surprisingly well. There were just a few moments when we got cornered in a small space while fighting multiple enemies and the camera went haywire, resulting in confusion – but this only happened a few times.

Deadly Creatures isn’t quite spectacular, but it is a solid experience that never runs out of ideas and will keep throwing in surprises, satisfying combat, and a decent challenge. The incorporation of motion controls is well balanced, with some fun, creative elements and not too much wrist-wrangling. Some action-oriented gamers may get frustrated with the combat since it punishes you for playing mindlessly, but with a bit of thought and practice invested, it becomes a lot of fun. For Wii owners starved of serious action and for those intrigued by the premise, not to worry - Deadly Creatures will prove to be a venomous cocktail that goes down easy while leaving a nice, toxic burn in the back of the throat.

Feb 9, 2009

More Info

Release date: Feb 10 2009 - Wii (US)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Action
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Rainbow Studios
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Alcohol Reference, Blood, Violence, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending
Matthew Keast

My new approach to play all games on Hard mode straight off the bat has proven satisfying. Sure there is some frustration, but I've decided it's the lesser of two evils when weighed against the boredom of easiness that Normal difficulty has become in the era of casual gaming.

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  • ssbbftw123 - November 2, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    this game is incredible. the graphics, the music, the bugs... i loooooove the finishing moves :)
  • fartinapot - May 11, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    This game looks cool. P.S: DawgsFan117 if you hate wii so much, why do you even bother looking at this? I'll assume you have no life.
  • iheartmonkeyz - August 16, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    i never doubted this game...but i hate still getting it.
  • nguy123 - February 20, 2009 6:55 p.m.

    interseting concept. Problem is, im arachnaphobic, so Im not sure if I should get it...
  • c03n3nj0 - February 16, 2009 2:09 a.m.

    This game sounds better than I expected. I may give it a try sometimes...
  • Ravenbom - February 12, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    I was just playing this, and I gotta say I had low expectations going in. I was surprised, it's actually quite fun, and looks about as good as a Wii game can look. Seeing everything from another perspective both in scale and orientation (climbing on the walls) is trippy and novel, which translates to a lot of fun.
  • Thequestion 121 - February 10, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    This games sounds great. I might just get this game. Thanks!
  • FalconMbuster - February 10, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    WoW, I was worried that the game would bomb. I'm gonna have to grab it.
  • RonnyLive19881 - February 10, 2009 9:14 p.m.

    Awesome! I'll pick it up, both IGN and GR loved it!
  • X3ni92 - February 9, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    I can't wait to get it. I never doubted Deadly Creatures ^_^
  • skyguy343 - February 9, 2009 10:49 p.m.

    i dont like spiders
  • jesusfrk15 - March 19, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    yah i looked at this game at the store and thought it sounded good. guess i'll go check it out, knowing it got an 8
  • DawgsFan117 - March 16, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    Im sorry you guys wasted your money on a wii.
  • BLACKICE - February 19, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    I dont know about this game But i will get it for my brother and see
  • Christopia - February 10, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    gotta say, i always wanted this to be good, but had a bad feeling it would turn out crap. seems i was wrong to worry. the wii is strating to regain some of its lost attention from my ps3.
  • revrock - February 10, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    Sweet. I was worried after all the delays that this one might not turn out so great... I will pick it up this week.
  • rav3 - February 9, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    seems like a fun game, ill give it a go