Whacked! is the new game from Microsoft Game Studios that is based around a
crazy game show hosted by a big toothed charasmatic guy named Van Tastic. Van
will send you all into a spin as you play, *insert audience chant* WHACKED!
This title has been launched in the USA as part of the XBox Live line-up and
praised for it's ease to set up and get into a game. Due to Live not being in
Australia at this time, we cannot cover that aspect of gaming and will instead
concentrate on the single and multiplayer aspects of the title.
- Players 1- 4
Genre: Third Person Action
- Rating: M15+
Game Show Setting
- Easy to pick up and play
- 5.1 Dolby
XBox Live compatible (in future)
Every game show needs a contestant, right?
You are the contestant and there are eight characters that you can choose from
to do their thing in the various game arenas. In essence the game is a
deathmatch that takes place for points on the game. It's not incredibly
in-depth and very simplistic in the way that it plays.
As a single player experience, Whacked! is
fun but reasonably shallow. The beauty of single player is that you do get to
see all the cut scenes and funny commercials that are played between games and
some of them are truly ingenious. The downside is that this game is truly a
multiplayer title and to try to take it on in single player mode is a pretty
When playing in split screen mode, the game
roars along at a furious rate and is truly fun with friends ribbing each other
about laying the smack down to the characters onscreen. The graphics are
nothing really special, nor are they bad either. The best way to describe them
is "sufficient". I am guessing that over the XBox Live network the game would
roar along just fine with images of this nature.
The characters you can choose from are
certainly zany and there really should be something for everyone. My two
favourite characters were Lucky the rabbit and Lucy the Naked Chick. Yes, I
did say naked chick. Okay, are you back from buying the game... good. Let's
In single player mode, we get on the set of
Whacked! and meet Van Tastic, the enigmatic host of the program. He tantalises
players with the incentive of winning "The Prize" upon completion of the game
and then you choose which character you wish to play as. Then the title leaves
the show environment and presents you with a number of choices to make.