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G1 Jockey Wii [import] review

Have we used our "mane event" pun yet? Neigh, we haven't

For

  • Training the horse
  • Remote use is actually pretty clever
  • Career mode

Against

  • Sometimes a little too deep
  • Animation could be better
  • The looks you get while playing

G1 Jockey%26rsquo;s release is a byproduct of you and seven million other Wii owners reaching out for new games with your fourteen million clasping game-hands.

G1 Jockey comes recommended because of its neat career mode structure. You get to choose from a list of horses for each race, make decisions based on characteristics - which are presented as an intuitive list of light-up tabs and then see first-hand if you made the right choice as you straddle your decision while it pounds around a racetrack.

Of course, the actual racing is the part everyone laughs at. You cocktail-shake the nunchuk to push forward, being careful not to overdo it or your beast will run out of horse-petrol (or whatever horses run on). Then it%26rsquo;s all out for the final-furlong sprint - which, mortifyingly, actually has you whipping the Wii remote to slap your steed%26rsquo;s leathery ass. Hilarious, yes. But the short-and-sweet races never get dull; the golf-meter-timed jumps are genuinely a bit thrilling; and the tumultuous thunderstorm of hooves during the last few strides is quite the shiver-maker. And, thankfully, you can switch the controls to a setup that won%26rsquo;t make onlookers%26rsquo; eyes pop onto the floor with laughter.

There aren%26rsquo;t many strategically-minded sports sims like this on Wii and you honestly don%26rsquo;t need to appreciate the feel of a big mane to find it oddly compelling. All those stats, abilities and different creatures give it a satisfying depth similar to Pok%26eacute;mon, of all things. And any game that comes with a %26ldquo;Create a Horse%26rdquo; feature gets the thumbs up from us.

More Info

GenreRacing
DescriptionA fun horse-racing simulation for the Wii with unique features like "Create-a-Horse." We're really glad for that one.
PlatformWii
US censor rating
UK censor rating3+
Release date: (US), 29 June 2007 (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Racing
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