February 6, 2008 18:02 by Admin
Don't get me wrong, I've played on the Wii and it can be really good fun using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck to do a spot of bowling or boxing. I don't actually own one, I have an Xbox 360, but I'm by no means against them.
I've just read an article about how Konami plan on using the aforementioned input devices to provide an "innovative user interface" for their latest incarnation of Pro Evolution Soccer 2008.
Below are some of the quotes on how this innovation is going to work.
"The Nunchuck is used to move the current player, while the Wii Remote is used to pick out players to send them on runs or to receive passes via simple click and drag system which uses arrows to show the path of the run, and a press of the ‘B’ button to complete the move".
"Dribbling is effected by clicking on the player and using an arrow and the 'A' button to guide the ball. The speed of the run can then be altered by extending or reducing the length of the guiding arrow, allowing stunning quick turns and bursts of speed to catch defenders off-guard"
My question is this. Is this really actually innovativation? or is just forcing a technology somewhere it's not needed to prove a point? Lets face it, is it really going to make the game easier or more enjoyable to play?
Personally, I don't think so. A couple of FIFA versions ago (I've been buying it since 1995 by the way!) they introduced a way of running with players off the ball using the right analog pad. I found that controlling the main player in the left anlog pad, and trying to move a different way on the right analog pad, almost impossible to do (maybe it's my age!). I suspect others did too as this was never included in any future version
The Wii certainly has a place in the market and works brilliantly well for many genres of game. I think that Wii developers should stick to developing games that lend themselves to the new input devices naturally rather than forcing the technology onto a game where there is really no need for it!
Saying that, I'd still be interested to have a go, and if I'm wrong, I'll eat my words!