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Given the limited number of games currently available for the Xbox Live, Whacked! will probably do quite well. When it launched in October, more than a month before Xbox Live, it was hardly worth the $50 price of admission, and even now this is a game more suited toward a $30 price tag. Luckily, for those who have waited, that is what you can find this game for at just about any store.
Whacked might be worth considering if you plan on enjoying it via Xbox Live, the games intended platform, but it still doesn't fair too well against some much more sophisticated competitors, such as Unreal Championship. Fans of the style may enjoy, and it isn't too demanding, but I still recommend you try before you buy.
Ben je iemand die de nodige variatie wel weet te appreciëren en niet alleen lood door andermans tere lijf wil pompen met Unreal Championship, Ghost Recon of andere Xbox Live zwaargewichten? Dan is Whacked! zeker het proberen waard. Herken je jezelf echter als iemand wiens woordenschat het begrip "humor" niet kent, dan is Whacked! meer dan waarschijnlijk niet op jouw lijf geschreven. Maar laat dat je er niet van weerhouden het desondanks eens een kans te gunnen, wie weet is het de ultieme remedie om je van een saai bestaan te verlossen!
D'un interêt limité en solo, Whacked! Devrait vous convaincre à plusieurs. Même si son gameplay est simpliste, son ambiance décalée est très efficace. Beaucoup de fun, mais malheureusement pas très longtemps. Le seul petit détail, on se demande bien pourquoi Microsoft n'attend pas la disponibilité du Xbox Live en Europe pour commercialiser le titre tant le risque de lassitude d'ici là est grand.
XBox Solution (XBS)
This is a fun, light hearted, humorous title
that may find it hard to maintain any type of spotlight given the upcoming titles
for the Xbox and Xbox Live. However, if you’re looking for a good party game
that certainly holds it’s own to other party titles like Fuzion Frenzy, then
give it a try.
Whacked! features two modes to choose from. The first is called Gameshow mode, but this may not be what you expect from your normal celebrity feasts. Remember, this is the wackiest show around. Providing fun and challenging rounds with frag fests, chicken shooting and egg fights this is what The Generation Game should have been. And didn't they do well?. As you progress the wacky stages challenges will become much more stupid and pointless. Getting broadband to sample the delights of online madness is definetly the best way to enjoy Whacked!.
The Xbox Live service is set to go online on November 15, 2002 but Whacked! is in stores now. Should you hold off and wait for a bigger, flashier game? That's up to you, but if you're looking for some funny, violent action relief in the next few weeks, then give Whacked! a whirl -- just don't expect to be returning to it when you could be gunning down terrorists in Ghost Recon later in the year.
Whacked is a viciously twisted game that isn’t afraid to get its hands dirty but it falls short when it comes to the challenges. The action can grow somewhat repetitive even when the game throws extras to keep gamers on their toes. It’s multiplayer options make this a decent party game to be enjoyed with a group of friends or with a network of all-new gamers once the Xbox Live is finally launched.
Whacked! is definitely missing some ingredient, but it's hard to figure out what that is. Maybe the level-design is too loose or just poorly crafted. Or maybe the character control could have used a bit more complexity to make it more of a challenge. More than anything, Whacked! should have made itself more like a game show. It's one thing if the single-player presentation is weak (after all, it's geared for multiplayer), but to have no real game show setup in the multiplayer is lackluster. If you're gonna go for a game show theme, you have to stay within that context in some way. As is, Whacked! becomes a game of tag with rocket launchers. It can be fun online, but it's really not worth fifty bucks. But when this baby gets discounted (and it will) look for it.
All in all, Whacked! is a fun little game that is a blast (for a short time) at parties with a decent training mode to get you ready to be the in-house expert. It definitely could have done with more minigame varieties though and without the Xbox Live component in New Zealand, it's appeal is definitely limited. If it sounds like your cup of tea, check it out - if you have lots of mates that like to play videogames with you, this is a likely buyer. Otherwise, rental might better suit, considering the limited playability and longevity.
Whacked's main problem is that there simply isn't much to it. The single-player mode is plain and simple, and the multiplayer mode, once you get over the novelty of shooting people over the Internet, really lacks depth. It benefits from being the first action game with Xbox Live support, but considering the fact that other, deeper action titles are slated for release when the service officially launches next month, anyone who isn't an Xbox Live beta tester desperate for something other than a sports game should really look elsewhere.
Jag tror att Whacked! är rent hälsovådligt och rekommenderar att du istället lägger dina pengar på Ooga Booga till Dreamcast. Själv stängde jag inte av i tid och måste därför lägga hela min nästa lön på en duktig psykolog.
Game Informer Magazine
This annoying new approach to party games subjects you to the wild world of Whacked – where a grating game-show host leads you through a series of action battle games. Unlike Mario party, there is a certain amount of skill involved with these challenges, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are entertaining. Since Whacked is Xbox Live enabled, the title does have longer legs in the online arena, but the fun of these party games wears thin rather quickly. Somewhere in the universe there is an alternate Earth, and I’m willing to bet the people there are rejoicing that they don’t have to play Whacked.