We Ski

Published by Namco Bandai, Developed by Namco

Genres: Sports (4 players)

US release date: May 13th, 2008 | EU release date: -

We Ski user review

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Brinkofhumor wrote this game review.

Review written by
Brinkofhumor

January 28th, 2009

So off to We Ski. My family and I wanted to try the new Wii Balance board that my mother got for Wii Fit (she also got her own Wii for Christmas, so when I go back to college she has her own) and we all enjoyed Wii Fit, but we wanted to see what else was out there for the Balance Board.

Once I figured out how to connect the Board to everything, I started off, on the slopes. Let me tell you, this game is fun. A third party actually did a really good job.

We Ski screenshotYou move left and right by shifting your weight on the board, and use the wiimote as the ski poles to move when you are not on the hills. That's basically it for gameplay, minus that you move the wiimote to do tricks while in the air.

There are two basic types of gameplay, Free ski and Tournament mode. In Free ski, you are basically a skier at a ski resort and you can go to any slope you want with a touch of a button (or you could ride the chair lifts if that's your fancy), and you ski. You can talk to other skiers and they will give you things to do, like find lost students, or race etc.

In Tournament mode, you can race, Slaloms, or do moguls and try to get the best score. All of these things you can do in Free Ski, but this adds just a little more gameplay.

We Ski screenshotAlso, since this is made from Namco, you hear familiar Pac-Man and Katamari Damacy tunes while on the slopes and it feels like you're on an actual ski resort when the loud speaker tells you about lost children.

This game does a lot of things right, but it has a lot of room for improvement if they decide to make a sequel later on. For example, when you are using the board, only one skier can ski at a time. You can have four skiers on on Wii, but you have to use the Wiimote and Nunchuck, while it works, it's not as much fun. The resort is big, but it does get old after a while. If they had other resorts that you could go to (or perhaps.. make.. wouldn't that be fun), it would add to gameplay. If there was an online racing element, or even a fun online ski resort element, that would be fun. But, for the first game to really use the balance board other than Wii Fit, it does well.

If you have the board, pick this game up. It's entertaining and won't burn a hole in your pocket.

89%

Gameplay: Gameplay score: 10

Graphics: Graphics score: 8

Sound: Sound score: 10

Lifespan: Lifespan score: 5

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