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We’ve played The Conduit multiplayer

Ever since developer High Voltage premiered a trailer for The Conduit some time ago, we knew we were seeing a Wii game with great potential. We were happy Sega picked Conduit up for publishing duties because their last non-Sonic Wii games - MadWorld and House of the Dead: Overkill - have been excellent, despite not selling really well.

We recently sat down with The Conduit’s online multiplayer to see not only if it played well, but also if it could stand tall with FPS giants like Killzone 2 or Call of Duty 4. Admittedly, we do have slight reservations of The Conduit, but are fairly impressed with how the game is utilizing the Wii controls and matchmaking system. Here’s what we thought.

1) It’s easy to find and start a game
From the main menu, we were impressed at how smooth it was to jump into a game. Choosing the online multiplayer option enables us to create a match, be dropped into a buddy’s match or find other matches to join. We chose “Friends only” and were surprised how quickly we were able to find the other 11 players waiting for us. Granted, we were in the same room with all of them, but we’re glad there were no hiccups or terribly long waits.

From there, you enter the lobby which enables you to vote on match type, the weapon set and one of 8 maps. All of this can be randomized or the host can set the parameters. You can also see the 12 players for the upcoming match and their rank/level (denoted by what badge they have, of which there are 24).Those with Wii Speak are denoted with a speech bubble next to their name. If your opponent sounds a bit irritating, just click his speech bubble and you won’t hear their profanity online. Again, while basic, the lobby was smooth and we hopped into games quickly.

2) No notable lag
We know what you’re thinking, “No notable lag? Duh, that’s how a game should be in the year 2009!” Well, it should come as no surprise that the Wii’s online capability is less than inviting. True stories: we’ve given up playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl online because of the awful lag (even playing against someone in the same city) AND we spent hours setting up a Mario Kart Wii MP session in the GR offices, and it still didn’t work. For two of the top first-party games to stutter that dramatically is not multiplayer excellence.

Granted, our conditions at Sega were optimal as all 12 players were sitting next to each other in the same room, but it was over Wi-Fi and it did work. So when we say there is no lag for a fast-paced FPS, that’s a big deal.

3) Having trouble with the controls? Fix ‘em!
Admittedly, we took umbrage with the controls. Not that they were bad, but we’d like to think that the conditions weren’t altogether optimal. We’ve mentioned in previous previews how customizable the controls are for Conduit (everything from button placement to HUD placement to scaling how big the dead zone box is). Unfortunately, we didn’t get that chance when playing MP. This could be due to the fact that we played a foot away from the TV, or that 12 sensor bars were lined up in a row or maybe the dev who set up the game had the arm sensitivity of a kung-fu master. Whatever the case, it was mildly frustrating for someone who plays a lot of FPSs.

The times where we dominated felt oh-so-right, however. Controls are similar to single-player mode; B is shoot, A is jump, waggle the Wii Remote to melee, shake the Nunchuck for a grenade lob, Z to lock-on, C to crouch, up on the d-pad for a 180-turn. It felt surprisingly natural, but of course there were times we just wanted to click in an analog stick to sprint (no sprinting by the way) or melee someone. But again, the controls take some getting used to if you play a lot of other console FPSs.

29 comments

  • GalenMarek - July 24, 2009 5:59 a.m.

    It does look like Halo!
  • FierceDeity - June 19, 2009 9:48 p.m.

    so wait you can play locally?!? not getting
  • AuthorityFigure - June 5, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    MP games don't excite me anyway.
  • Conman93 - May 14, 2009 5:48 p.m.

    Will it be enoughnto beat mario kart
  • atomicred - May 13, 2009 9:27 p.m.

    YES!
  • mgsvelez - May 13, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    looks cool
  • ReaperOfDarkness - May 13, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    In my opinion Halo was vastly overrated. Not at all as exceptional as fan boys like to think it was. I dont have and never will get call of duty or most games people think is better so I dont particularly care of the comparison. I think this game is going to be great. Just what the wii needs these days. PS3 may have greater graphics but I spent half as much money and still got plenty of fun out of my console.
  • mastersword369 - May 12, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    If you like shooters AND own a Wii(like me) this game looks great. Wii has good games,(Zelda, Mario, hmmm... THIS) they're just always covered by 3rd party garbage. and @DawgsFan177: 3 words: RED STEEL 2
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - May 12, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    Why would I stop playing my other online FPS games, Halo, Cod4and5, and so on.. for this? I'll pass. The Wii has fucked itself, and it's not an honorable system anymore. I'll go to the arcade if I wanna play a game with a holdable gun.
  • DawgsFan117 - May 12, 2009 3:53 a.m.

    Looks terrible. This is gonna be another wii promise that flops. You all remember how Red Steele was supposed to be the Gods gift to man correct. Nope this is why I didnt buy a wii. I own a PS3 and a 360 and they give me great online play plus superb graphics. Guess Ill miss out on this last gen graphics shooter.
  • SunshineHobo - May 12, 2009 2:36 a.m.

    The screenshots do make it look graphically chalenged, but that doesn't say anything about how much fun it is to play, I just hope it's super fun. Great preview Shane.
  • sniper430 - May 12, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    you might want to change the description over on the right its an online reveiw and it says one player offline...
  • ian edgar - May 12, 2009 12:14 a.m.

    A lack of local multiplayer made me lose interest in this game.
  • Cyberninja - May 11, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    this looks nothing like halo and why did you eat luigi? reCAPTCHA: Washington secrets and thats mor irony
  • i8luigi - May 11, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Sure looks like Jizzy thinks every sci-fi fps looks like Halo, even though he apparently hasn't seen any screenshots but these.
  • FierceDeity - June 19, 2009 9:49 p.m.

    *** i meant can't play locally
  • jergerb - May 22, 2009 6:47 a.m.

    As a wii owner this game looks like a good FPS game. After playing Metriod Prime 3 and Medal of Honor Heroes 2 with IR FPS controls. Going back to dual analog for COD4 and Killzone 2 kinda sucks.
  • blocpartier - May 20, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    looks pretty cool... I suspect it won't save the Wii, but it will achieve the same, if not better, status as No More Heroes. It will sell well too. This might just be the game to get me back on the Wii.
  • Unoriginal - May 18, 2009 7:40 p.m.

    Fingers Crossed
  • sklorbit - May 14, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    could this be the game that will make me dust off my wii? i love the wii but im a hardcore gamer who needs some online multiplayer and this could be the game that changes things.

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