Following after the phenomenally successful Wii Sports
, which was simple fun but lacking in depth, one might believe Wii Sports Resort
is little more than a glorified tech demo for the Wii MotionPlus at retail price. Make no mistake, this is a tech demo, a superb one in fact. It is also well worth every dollar regardless of whether you're a casual or dedicated gamer.
Wii Sports Resort
features sports-based minigames which, like the original, feature simplified controls to be accessible to anyone. However, this is where the Wii MotionPlus makes a huge difference. Although the games might seem shallow, the sheer precision the device adds makes the package a much more immersive experience. They are easy to pick up, yet difficult to master since you have to pay much more attention to your gestures, particularly in Frisbee and Archery. Waggling the Wii Remote randomly will not work here.
The game itself is quite a meaty package. Despite only having twelve distinct subgames, most of them feature multiple game modes which about doubles the total. For example, in Swordplay, you can either engage in a one-on-one Duel, challenge your reflexes with Speed Slice, or beat up mooks in Showdown. Bowling goes beyond offering just a ten-pin game and adds an extra 100-pin game and a normal game with the (literal) twist of requiring you to control your spin to dodge obstacles. A few of the games, including Wakeboarding and Cycling, lack variety in gameplay and Canoeing just sucks, but overall you're guaranteed to find a favourite game you'll want to play repeatedly and master. The game is very good at encouraging this with five "achievements" in the form of stamps for every game mode, typically
rising in difficulty from "pull off one good shot" to "get a perfect game". Even the most skilled of gamers will require hours and hours to get some of the more difficult ones.
So if you're looking to chill out every so often with a simple, variegated game or want a game that will push you to your limits, you can't go wrong with Wii Sports Resort
. The Wii was designed as a console that everyone can enjoy, and this game indeed has something for everyone.