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Water Warfare review

Soak it and see

Pros

  • Mutliplayer works well
  • Family-friendly shooting
  • Up to eight-player vs mode

Cons

  • Single-player a total bore-fest
  • Can be hard to find people to play
  • No blood

%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

More Info

GenreShooter
Description<p>Like first-person shooters, but hate all the blood? Well, this WiiWare game puts a water pistol in your hand for some good, clean fun - at least in multiplayer, as single player sucks.</p>
PlatformWii
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating12+
Release date:29 June 2009 (US), 26 June 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:Wii
Genre:Shooter
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