%26ldquo;Water Warfare is the first family-friendly first-person shooter for WiiWare!%26rdquo; proclaims the PR patter. We%26rsquo;d rather be spraying bullets made from alien acid blood into our opponents%26rsquo; faces, but hey, let%26rsquo;s give H2O a chance. There%26rsquo;s an eight-player online mode and everything.
Chance given. This is trash. Or at least it is in the single-player mission modes where it%26rsquo;s a total bore-fest playing against AI bots. There are 32 missions played out in four different arenas, along with six compulsory %26lsquo;my first FPS game%26rsquo; training scenarios. Feel free to let us know what the latter missions are like as we fell asleep at the remote mid-game.
The online multiplayer mode is where it%26rsquo;s at, and the game plays just like any %26lsquo;normal%26rsquo; FPS does online. There are a bunch of different modes %26ndash; Deathmatch, Capture The Flag and so on %26ndash; and loads of different weapons and items to pick up. As in Wii%26rsquo;s recent NERF: N-Strike, weapons mimic those of the real world, with machine guns, bazookas and sniper rifles among your armoury. Hell, you can even grab a pair of pistols for some Halo-style dual-wielding.
Online it%26rsquo;s really not bad at all, with only occasional and very minimal lag when we tried it out. This is providing you can find anyone to play with and don%26rsquo;t mind the lurid environments. Or the lack of blood spurting from sockets where limbs used to be attached.
Sep 17, 2009