is the latest shooter to arrive on the Nintendo Wii where
gamers are transformed into Michael Ford, an elite government agent
who becomes engaged in an X-Files reminiscent story of aliens and
other deadly forces. Although the story of the game is quite clichéd
and actually a tad tedious at times as the gamer is never given the
full story of what is happening, The Conduit does to bring
this genre to the next level which works and doesn’t.
At its core, The Conduit is a traditional shooter, however where it
does shine on the Nintendo Wii is through the good control system
which works very well with the game. The player must use both the
analog and remote to control their character in the gaming world
with the analog stick used to move and interact with the gaming
environment and the remote to be used like a gun with some
customisation allowed. Although initially it was quite fiddle some
to setup, once the controls have been configured, The Conduit
turned from a mediocre science fiction game to something
refreshingly entertaining that than become a little lost midway
through the game.
As this is a Nintendo Wii game, the level designs are impressive
enough for this console, although it lacks that true next generation
console graphical experience. As you explore the different
environments that include claustrophobic corridors in secret
government bases to outside city areas, the illusion of "freedom"
works quite well in the game and of course ensures that the player
is kept on track with the story.
The main goal of The Conduit besides "saving the world" is
of course to destroy the deadly alien-like creatures that brings
forth a variety of ideas from movies such as Aliens, X-Files and
even Gremlins. Running through these corridors as you hunt and
become the hunted can be a tricky business as your enemies are
actually quite clever at times.
You need to re-think where the enemies may be located because just
like Aliens, they can spawn from a variety of places, up, down or
sideways as are their attacks. The key in their defeat is by
locating their nests and laying waste to them before they can spawn
more creatures, however this is sometimes easier said than done.
Although the enemies do become repetitive, there are a few different
types that you encounter and the boss levels to liven things up
through frustration and finally victory. Match that with a variety
of different modern and futuristic weaponry and it's fun to explore
the different weapons in the game, provided you are not swarmed by
your enemies which generally leads to instant death. There are some
puzzles along the way and in order to successfully complete this
game without all the stress, it's better to take your time, rather
than running blind into battle.
contains a sturdy multiplayer experience of up to 12 players which
supports the WiiSpeak. Boasting a few different gameplay modes such
as deathmatch and capture flag, the online mode is an interesting
twist to the game and it's always more fun challenging live players,
rather than AI. The speeds of the online play were quite good and we
had no dropouts or lag, hence our decent score.
Graphically, for a shooter, The Conduit is probably one of
the better games available with some great character designs,
textures and impressive special effects. The lighting and gun flare
is exceptionally impressive as are the explosions from grenades and
the like. The biggest issue is that the gaming environment does
become a blur by the time you have completed the game and the
palette is quite Earthy at times. In terms of the soundtrack, I
actually dug the ambience of the music which suited this clichéd
science fiction shooter perfectly as did the sound effects which
needed to be heard on a surround sound system to appreciate the
is an interesting shooter for the Nintendo Wii console that although
doesn't offer too much in terms of "new" gameplay, it sticks to the
safe road, creating an apt game. Graphically, it offers some
impressive technology feats on the Wii that is matched with an
equally impressive gaming interface but unfortunately the repetitive
level design may find some gamers getting a little tiresome, however
if you're after a medium to good shooter, than The Conduit
may be for you.