- Dull cutscenes
- Few faults with online server
- Single player gets too hard
- No offline multiplayer
The Conduit could be considered the Wii's answer to Halo on the X-Box. Both involve you blasting the living hell out of aliens (as do many other shooter games out there) and have frantic online modes. But is The Conduit a worthy opponent to the popular Halo franchise? Let's find out...
You are Agent Michael Ford who is contacted by John Adams, head of the shadow government known as the Trust, which have secretly protected America for over 200 years. You are sent to recover a stolen Trust artifact called the All Seeing Eye (ASE)....and I'll leave it there. I don't want to spoil now, do I?
The Conduit plays like many other shooting games on the market these days. Players wield a variety of weapons in each of the games nine stages and charge through, shooting foes and solving minor (and very simple) puzzles. This is one of the positives yet one of the negatives. This game does, I must say, have the same addicting gameplay that keeps you stuck in like other shooting games, but have we seen this a bit too much now? Is it time for some originality?
However, the game isn't totally unoriginal. It brings a cool new feature into the mix: an advanced piece of technology called the ASE. This device allows you to scan computer terminals in order to hack them, or open up new locations in the stages. For the most part, it's a nice feature, and the usage of it feels just right, except in some of the stages where it feels overused by far.
The Conduits stages are all themed after Washington D.C, and you basically run through them, killing all opponents. Simple, yet fun. The level design does seem bland in areas and the amount of enemies per room can get ridiculous at times, but the FPS gameplay is as gripping as ever.
The Conduit also supports a 12 player online mode, where you can duke it out on any of the games battlefields against other players. The online mode includes several game modes, ranging from ASE Football (hold the ASE for as long as possible before you're killed by foes) to Quick Match (a standard, 10 minute killing fest). The online also supports voice chat with Wii Speak, although players can only speak to their friends which is slightly disappointing.
The visuals in The Conduit were stated by High Voltage Software to be comparable to 360 and PS3 standards. The visuals do show off a lot of nice effects such as bump mapping and real time water simulation, but you cannot mistake this game for PS3 or 360 game because the rendering quality of the levels is not at that level. Also, the game lacks any decent art stage wise, as most of the levels are just human worlds that revolve around business and economy. No effort has been put in to make these levels more imaginative which is a major letdown.
Overall, The Conduit is a great FPS game. Great gameplay coupled with lovely graphics and a cool plot makes this a winner on the Wii, and is a must buy for any FPS fan.