Some of you may or may not know but I am a big video game player. In my gaming collection I have an original 8-bit Nintendo, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox360, Nintendo Wii, and Gameboy Advanced Color. I also used to have a Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, and Commodore 64 but I traded them in to pay for some new games. So suffice to say I like playing video games. So when systems come out with a game that involves firefighting you can guarantee I am going to buy it. So here is my review or Real Heroes: Firefighter for Nintendo Wii.
Graphics: The graphics are ok, they are far from the “Next Gen” type that you would be used to on a PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360. The most frustrating part about the graphics is when you enter dark areas. While this could be a stab at realism it is frustrating that the game uses very small indicators on when to use certain tools. For example an axe or halligan will appear on an object when you are supposed to use them, but in the darker areas of the game they are difficult to see. This becomes bad when the evolution you must complete is timed. Overall I give the graphics a C since they are just average.
Game Play: I actually like the game play. The Wii remote allows for pretty realistic movement of the tools. You literally have to swing the axe to chop through something, or insert the halligan into a door jamb and pry in order to force a door. The only problem with all of this is the same technology that made the old Nintendo Power Glove spotty at best. The wireless controller is nothing new but utilizing the motion function is something Nintendo has been trying to do since the 1980’s and while it is improved it still has a long way to go. With the axe and halligan it works well but the saw, and hydraulic rescue tool are very frustrating to control. In fact sometimes its like the controller stops working all together. The only other issue I have is that the missions last FOREVER! The very first mission lasts so long I started getting bored with the repetitiveness of the whole thing. I give the gameplay a B.
Storyline: The story line is again just ok. You are a rookie firefighter assigned to an engine company and all of the stereotypical “firefighters” are on your crew (By the book, Salty Dog, Dare Devil, Wise Officer, and guy in only a few months longer than you). You get various insults or praise depending on your performance. Some of the dialogue is funny, but most of it is cheezy (Get out-of-the-way rookie I’m gonna show this fire who is boss!, probably my favorite cheezy quote). I give the storyline a C+.
Overall I give the entire game a C+. It is slightly above average and combined with the Wii remote you will find it quite difficult even on the beginner difficulty setting. The game does offer a high replay value, and its a firefighter game so the novelty of it was enough to make me stick with it. i recommend buying it and checking it our for yourself, if for no other reason than to show the video game industry that there is a market for this type of game. The more money they can make off of something the more they are going to put into it. The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) line of games is a prime example. The first games for the PlayStation that came out were horrible, but as the UFC became more mainstream and popular now you have almost authentic fighting simulations not just a good game. The other reason I recommend the purchase is thats its one of the cheaper games out there. You can snag it at Wal-Mart or Target for $20, and probably cheaper on some discount websites. When games are running around $50-$60 this is a small price to pay for something you will enjoy even if only for a short time. If you’re looking for a real life fire simulation then this is not your game. But if you’re looking for a fun, cheap game with a firefighting theme then this is right up your alley.
The best part is that a portion of the proceeds from the game go to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/index.cfm?section=1 Being the husband of a cancer survivor I can’t stress enough how important this is.
For more information on the game check out this link: http://www.realheroesfirefighter.com/sites/rhf/index.php
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