So why haven't the Wii or PS Move stepped in to fill the void with imitator shooters? Hell we barely even have any gallery blasters. Step forward young challenger, Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear. May the spirit of Virtua Cop be with you.
We'll forgive you for not having heard of the game, it was something of a surprise to us until a few weeks ago too. It's an on-rails FPS, which can also be played with a control pad. But you really shouldn't, it's awful with a pad. The aiming is all over the place. It's so over-sensitive it feels as though the crosshairs are attached to a hockey puck.
However, if you have a PlayStation Move controller, you're well on your way. Aiming is much better and targeting and shooting feels much more reliable. At selected points you can duck in and out of cover, with multiple directions often available. This is where I had to try various controller setups to find the best match. Playing with just the Move controller you hold the Move button and point in the direction of where you want to move into cover. It's awkward and feels counter-intuitive when you're planning on where to shoot when leaving cover.Click here to read more...
If you missed out on last week’s excellent deal from Amazon, here’s a second chance to pick up Child Of Eden for a fiver. This time it’s Asda Direct providing the saving, with a price difference of over a fiver separating it from Amazon.
The low price mark makes it a more attractive purchase to balance the game’s short length and replay value, but its visuals and soundtrack are great stuff. Those looking for something different could find themselves having some fun in the neon-infused title. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Unfortunately, despite its beauty Child Of Eden's over far too quickly. There's plenty of replay value though so you'll more than likely jump back into it to pick up a few more achievements or to completely purge Project Lumi from the virus that's attacking it, provided you don't go into sensory overload of course! Amazon are parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £5 which is an absolute steal and should save you almost £5 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.
£7.49 for a bit of mutant killing isn't bad at all, especially if you're a light gun fan who wants to make a saving of almost £5.50 on the next best offers coming in from The Hut and Zavvi. In this one, the release of a mutant horde cause chaos and an unlikely band of survivors find themselves picking up discarded weapons to send the walking abominations back to their graves. This instalment of the series also has a grindhouse edge to it, which isn't a bad thing. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
Chances are if you bought Kinect it was because of this game, and if you've got Kinect and haven't picked this one up, why not? Are you mad? It's a visual treat for your eyes and ears unlike any computer game I've seen in the past, and you'll find yourself getting pulled into it instantly. Unfortunately, it's a bit on the short side and there isn't a co-op mode, or any multiplayer modes, but despite these facts it really is a game you have to experience for yourself, so don't wait any longer head on over to ShopTo and pick up your copy for £19.85, which'll save you over £3 on the next best offers. Thanks to TomTom101 @ HUKD.
Developer: Q Entertainment
I've been waiting to get my hands on this one for a while now, mainly because about two days after I bought Kinect the clever little device had lost its novelty edge and since then it's been sitting around gathering dust, which isn't what I wanted really. What I did want was a motion sensing peripheral that I could use on a regular basis, complete with games that were of the same standard as those designed for a normal controller and therefore would not only hold my interest, but would be titles that I actually wanted to break out again and again. With this in mind I trotted off to pick up the first Kinect compatible game on the market that had grabbed my interest, Child Of Eden, and also a high quality duster!
On returning home, I whizzed through the Kinect calibration, loaded the disc into the tray, and momentarily prepared myself for an audio visual treat before the introductory videos kicked in and eventually subsided to leave the title screen running. Once you jump into the game, you're treated with a quick bit of text explaining what's going on, followed by a short but breathtaking opening cut scene. Then things kick off!Click here for more!
Child Of Eden looks like it's going to be a psychedelic treat with an array of colours flooding your screen at any one time. Most of the gameplay'll involve you shooting stuff that appears on-screen and their destruction will shower you in musical notes and sound effects. If you want to know why you should be excited about this game then head on over to Jon's preview for some more details.
After the first on-rails shooter, The Umbrella Chronicles, did well in sales Capcom released a sequel continuing to re-cap the key moments in the Resident Evil series in The Darkside Chronicles. Taking control of one of the main characters, shoot your way through 4 different stories as you re-live the action of the main games. It’s simple zombie shooting fun that you and a friend can go trigger happy with, and while fans of the series may get a kick out of playing through the stories again the turbulent camera-work may distract you from the enjoyment.
Links Crossbow Training lets you jump into the Legend of Zelda universe, as you strive to earn medals by building up your score during the course of the various levels. Link's crossbow skills are put to the test by the three different game modes, which include shooting targets, remaining stationary whilst defending an area against enemy troops, and gaining full control over Link in ranger mode. Also, the game comes with the added bonus of the Wii Zapper peripheral, which is a great piece of kit for any on rails shooter. Thanks to Norse @ HUKD.
It's incredibly appropriate that Sin and Punishment 2's been developed by Treasure, as this game is an absolute gem among the numerous on-rails shooters that you can pick up for the Wii.
Gameplay are parting with copies for £18.99, which is a big saving of exactly £10.50 on the next best price of £29.49 coming in from Cool Shop UK.
The game contains two playable character who have unique weapon abilities, Isa comes with the added bonus of a jetpack, whereas Kachi can weave her way around the environment on her hoverboard. Co-op mode is available but your partner'll have to settle for being represented by a targeting reticule.
There's a bit more freedom than the majority of on-rails shooters, you move around using the nunchuck and blast enemies using the Wii mote, or if you prefer you can hook up a classic controller or a gamecube pad but they're no where near as much fun. With plenty of assailants to mow down you'll never be too far from the action and there are also a number of boss fights, which can be a challenge to complete and make their destruction all the more rewarding.
Visually the game is stunning and a lot of this is down to the artwork. When you're not starring at the beauty of the characters, you'll be gazing around the environments, or soaking up the light show from all the ammunition that's flying around during firefights provided you're not too busy trying to stay alive.
If you're looking for a stunning game that's great fun to play on the Wii, then you should definitely check out Sin and Punishment 2 because you won't be disappointed and it'll definitely earn a top spot in your collection.
Thanks to flamingcarrot @ HUKD
With copies selling out fast, and ShopTo down to their last few copies, you'll need to run to your computer, as if you were being chased by a T-virus enhanced creature, and order one sharpish!
ShopTo's current price for the game is £14.85, which'll make you a saving of almost £1.50 on the next best offer of £16.19 from DVD.co.uk.
As an on rails shooter, Umbrella Chronicles definitely brings the fun of old arcade visits into the comfort of your own living room, and is best enjoyed with a friend in two-player co-op mode, during which you'll definitely share your opinions on each others computer games proficiency as you battle a horde of undead assailants. For fans of the series, the narration by Wekser, the ability to replay old scenes from previous games, and the addition of playable events that run parallel to some of the original games' story-lines, are all big selling points.
However, this is a Resident Evil game that despite a few interesting story threads is only intended for a bit of fun. Light gun games where you fight the undead generally aren't scary and are just about destroying as many walking corpses as possible in the shortest amount of time, and this is no exception. On the one hand this can be an incredibly satisfying experience but on the other hand you can't help but feel a tiny bit disappointed that there aren't any jump out of your seat moments or times when your heart is pounding against your chest from fear, which the old Resident Evil games were so good at doing.
If you're a fan of the series then you should definitely pick up a copy, although if you've never played a Resident Evil title before you shouldn't worry because the sections of the story from previous games have been retold pretty much word for word, but if I'm being honest you should probably go and invest in the older titles first, as they're all amazing games.
The Darkside Chronicles allows gamers to play through renovated sections of Resident Evil 2, Code Veronica, and a brand new story, oh yeah and you get a shiny new gun accessory for your troubles.
The bundle, including the game and zapper, will set you back £15.97 at Amazon, which is almost £2 cheaper than the next best offer of £17.91 from Asda and is only just over £3 more expensive than buying the game by itself. You may have to wait a week or two for this one, though.
For an on rails shooter, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the graphics and the amount of destruction that you can cause to the environment.
The ability to play through the graphically enhanced sections of Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica are wonderfully nostalgic, whilst the new parts of the game fit nicely into the established mythology.
What appealed to me the most about RE:TDC was the ability to completely immerse myself in the survival horror shooter world of the Resident Evil series, by running around my living room with something that actually resembled a gun instead of holding the controller up to my face and pretending to aim down the shoulder buttons.
The only downside that I could see to the game was the camera, which is stationed over the shoulder of your character giving you a 3rd person perspective instead of the familiar 1st person view of most lightgun games, and initially can cause you to feel a bit disorientated.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of zombie fighting fun, which'll have you glued to your screen zapper in hand trying to prevent further outbreaks from threatening humanity.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
House of the Dead: Overkill is one of the silliest, most immature and ridiculous of Wii games (and don't forget this is the console that boasts Chegger's Party Quiz) but all the more fun for it.
If you like your horror cheesy and firmly of the B grade then you really ought to have this game already, if not you can do yourself a favour by visiting ebuyer who are selling it for just £7.59 delivered. This compares rather favourably to the next best price of £11.73 from The Hut and gives you a £4 saving.
I personally love this game and am almost blind to its flaws. Sure it's more than a tad too easy but that just makes it a fast and furious frenzy of fun. Sure it's ridiculously cheesy but it's all in the name of tongue in cheek humour and a brilliant nod to the classic B movies of the horror genre. Yup, it's incredibly crass and immature but I can't help but get a childish feeling of glee anytime something even slightly offensive comes out of my innocent little Wii.
HotD: Overkill may not continue to enthrall you for years, or even weeks to come but I am positive that it is scientifically impossible to play this game and not enjoy yourself immensely and come away with the absurdly catchy tunes making their merry way round and round your head.
Thanks to shaun3man at Hotukdeals!