The Conduit...FPS built from scratch for the Wii and ONLY the Wii, what does that bring? Something we've been waiting for, for a pretty damn long time, but can the Conduit live up to it's high expectations? <img src="http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/8/947068_103604_front.jpg" border="0" class="linked-image" /> When you pickup an FPS, what do you do first? Thats right, jump online. Wether your a vet. or a noob, your going online first thing to grasp the controls and KICK ASS. Single Player only trains you for the experience of multiplayer, and thats all the Conduit single player is going to offer, which is why i'm not going to review it. Wii point and click = perfect FPS. For the idiots (like me) who had problems aiming at first because of awkward furniture placement, move the censor bar. Back on topic, controls are great. Not liking em? Fire up the options menu and fix it up. You are able to change the controls on the fly at anytime of the game (though not suggested when online) to your liking. Your not use to how all the on-screen infomation is place (Such as health, ammo, Gun, radar) you can move that to, though it might be tough with the Wii to put them to the perfect place you want, but it gets the job done. Now on the the matchmaking. Why...the...hell...IS THE OPTIONS RANDOMIZED? If your expecting to jump in to the game for a quick 12 minute match, beware, the game takes out any kind of general lobby. The randomization lets the gameplay modes change constantly under specific conditions (like free for all or team deathmatch) which lets you stay with the same group of people, but your going to find yourself playing the same set of maps, same set of guns and the same game-modes. People only like a few things, for example, in a Team Deathmatch variant, you'll be finding yourself playing in Streets with the Near/Far set of guns on Quick Match mode. You WILL play this set at LEAST 3 times if you play in a few TDM matches. Another thing. Once you found a set of players which is not the maximum number, the game will not start. The game will keep searching for available players, you can't go back and choose another mode or go back and search again, you have to completely shut off the wii and restart the game. Now in the category where you actually get INTO the game. You have your basic 7 maps, all differing in size. They are all unique and show different environments. One minute your raiding a hospital, another you are rushing in guns blazing at Americas most strongest military stronghold. There is no class system in the game, rather a category system. It categories each batch of weapons. From normal Human weapons, to high-tech over the top Trust weapons and don't forget the Alien weaponry of the Drudge. This is just me complaining, but for the weapons, there is no real sniper rifle. You can snipe with weapons like the SCAR and the Strike Rifle, but both are not a true sniper. SCAR is a 3 shot assault rifle capable of long ranged shots. Strike Rifles can be charged for a devastating blast. You can say SCAR is a sniper, but the sniper i refer to is a one shot, powerful long ranged weapon. Charging the Strike Rifle takes to long, if you don't headshot, the enemy WILL get away no matter what. Headshotting with a SCAR won't give a instant kill (don't ask me why). Most Long ranged weapons require a charge for a good 1 hit kill, you miss, the enemy will know where you are. It's not like, you missed, they know they have a sniper up their asses, but they don't know where, it's you miss, your screwed. While in the topic of weapons, there are 3 categories of unique weapons to choose from. Human weapons, Trust weapons, and Drudge weapons. To spice things up, the weapons were mixed and matched to add 5 more categories: Near/Far, Close Range, Long Range, Explosive, and Chargeable. Each category packs their own throwing item, all in all, there are 3. Your standard grenade, frag grenade, and a toxic bomb, throw THAT right on to someone and they will die a slow death. Moving on to the actual online, as said before, this may NOT apply to you depending on your internet connection. So far i had no problems finding games to play (in the afternoon at least) and they are quick and easy to jump in any play (as long as you don't expect any specific match). One problem i am VERY annoyed about, i don't know wether this is part of the game, a glitch, or a hack, it's just freaking annoying. You get killed, you wait a time to respawn. I had to wait 19 seconds. i wait...it's on 5, i grab the controls ready to get back into the game, but for some reason, the game speeds through 3,2 and 1, and goes RIGHT back to 19. You may think this is a 1 time mishap, but it keeps going and going and going. If they intentionally WANT me to wait one minute, just make the damn timer 3 minute, not 19 seconds 6 times! Another problem i find is the lack of any security or in-game reporting system. To report, you must go onto the site and state their name (yes that'll do ALOT). The names are NOT unique. You can find a hack named Mr.Ford and a legit dude named Mr.Ford. If your report a hacker name Mr.Ford, imagine how many players will get banned. Regardless, game plays great, no lag whatsoever and as long as you know how to play, most other problems are you, not the game. The game modes are pretty average online FPS game modes. You get your Free For All, Team Deathmatch, and Capture the flag. Some of them are a bit different, but they have been done. One game that i am not sure has been done, but i think is worth noting, is the Bounty Hunter mode. You are given a target to kill, and you have to kill him for 2 points, but lets not forget someone is after you! If you kill your hunter, you get one point. Kill anybody else, lose a point. It's pretty strategic, because you will need to find the perfect approach to kill your target, be able to debate over who and who is not your enemy, and how you attack each situation. Online aside, you are NOT able to play split screen. No Conduit parties for you. In the end, if this game gets a solid community (and it seems it has) and good dev's (MEANS DLC!), this will be your Call of Duty/Halo for your Wii. PS: Since this is a multiplayer review, it gets one and only one score (for gameplay) Score: 8.5/10 Online is great! There are a few problems. if your able to live through them, you have yourself a great multiplayer FPS for the wii <u>As a bonus, i'll be giving you a bit of tips and tricks for online gameplay (i haven't even touched single XD)</u> -Get use to the Shotgun (SPAS) and the SCAR, your going to be using those two ALOT. In maps with lots of hallways like Pentagon, have your Shotgun ready, because anybody can come out from the corner. SCAR is manly for when you are at a good sniping spot or you see a enemy far away. -NEVER, EVER, CAMP. I can't emphasize that enough. You can camp for a solid 2 or 3 kills, but camp for to long, and someone is bound to come up to your face and kick your ass. Always be on the go -Since all the noobs like explosive (since they can't get kills without a high damage, no skill of accuracy required weapon), here are some things to keep in mind. ALWAYS BE ON THE GO. NEVER STOP (unless you have a guy in your hands). You will get killed if you just stand there. When running. NEVER go near walls. Going near them is only easier for the enemy to kill you. When engaging in combat with the Rocket launcher, shoot at any obstacle the enemy is near by (includes the ground). Always jump, yes it'll throw off your aim, but you can avoid damage. If you were to miss your first shot, or it doesn't kill the enemy which knows your their, you have 2 options. hide, reload and attack OR go up close and WHACK EM IN THE HEAD. I'm dead serious. Blunt = awesome. -For any match that uses a ASE, here are some tips. ALWAYS have a full stack of grenades before going in to get the ASE. They are your best friends once you have it. In the case where you do NOT have a partner with you, this is how you efficiently use your grenades. Explosive Grenades are to be used if you see a group of people running at you. Make sure you aim it right. Frag Grenades are used for you to make a getaway. in the haste of battle. make sure you TURN AROUND once you threw the frag grenade to some obstacle near by and RUN. Toxic Grenades are used when enemies getting to close, the more toxin running through their vanes, the faster they die. When they get to close for comfort, start flicking the Wii mote like you mean it! (And lock on). If you happen to see A guy off guard, who has not noticed you yet. Punch. Frag is useless, Explosive will make him notice you, Toxin won't kill him fast enough. If you get at a good distance within a good time, you should be able to throw in a good 2-3 punches before he can get his gun ready to fire. Make sure you circle strafe and DO NOT USE THIS STRATEGY FOR A GROUP, you can use multiple nades for that situation. -For any Team games, never attack a group of people alone. Unless you have some sort of weapon which can damage at a high radius (or your JUST that skilled with the shotgun). RUN. You can NOT take them alone, run away, wait for 1 or 2 people to come by and STRIKE. (feel free to throw in a nade before you hit the road) -If you run out of ANY kind of nade, find the closes ammunition station of any sort and grab the ammo, any nades are good nades. -In bounty hunter, NEVER POINT YOUR GUN AT SOMEONE EITHER THAN THE TARGET (and the hunter if your sure who it is). If someone points their gun straight at you, there is a high chance they are after you. Best way to make sure? find somewhere to hide with only one entrance. Give it about 20 seconds. If they attack you in anyway, KICK THEIR ASS, if not return to hunting. -IF YOU DROP A MATCH, YOUR A NOOB. I understand some people need to go, but i REALLY, REALLY hate it when the losing team leaves right before the timer hits zero. If you had to leave at that time, you'd wait to get your XP then leave. It's not cool. I also hate it when a team is dominating, the other team loses half of it's member, leaving the skilled to have a hard time. I hope you like my multiplayer review and my tips and tricks. Look forward to more reviews by me! Rate and comment.