The Biggest (and more expensive) Wii Ware Titles Head to Head

Its already been three days and if you are still wondering which title to buy, good for you, don’t take the plunge just yet.

Wii Ware on paper looks pretty good. The games range from 5 USD and the priciest sits at 15 USD and after playing Lost Winds and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (which will be known as FFCC for sanity’s sake) to completion, I’m not exactly sold especially if you are able to blow past the games as fast as I am.

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True to the nature of the Wii, the games offered by the service is no doubt meant for the casual crowd who spends 2-3 hours in the evenings playing games for recreation. The get-up-and-go nature of the two games I played does not require you to sacrifice your sleep time just to complete an achievement or make it to the next save point. Take your time with them and they will put a smile on your face.

It’s Caesar without the obnoxious city building. It’s Populous with lesser God powers. It’s Civilization without the multiple city micro-management. It’s Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre without the depth. Harvest Moon without the crops and animals. Roll them all together and you get Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.

At 15USD, this game is worth its weight in terms of gameplay for, maybe, the first few hours before you find yourself reaching for the credit card to buy additional content packs for your kingdom. My initial investment suddenly has almost doubled after I plonked down an additional 13USD to get myself three new races and eleven additional dungeons only to find out that the bakery I wanted to get a 100% completion rate was not among the 2 content packs. Oh well, I will save the 300 points for another time. I then find myself a happy gamer with a lighter wallet.

Translation: Talking to me costs you 3 bucks, honey.

Don’t get me wrong if it appears that I’m whining over the DLC because I certainly am not. The 3 additional races does add a much needed spark to an otherwise boring town in which every female/male human NPC looks like they are all inbred relations with the only distinction being their hair. EVERYONE looks alike. The dungeon pack would easily add an additional 3-5 hours of gameplay considering their difficulty level surpasses that of the final boss. The good thing about these packs is that they help fill up the barren spaces of your kingdom. Before you know it, all buildable land has been filled out. Demolish existing structures to make way for new shops for your adventurers? The choice is yours.

As mentioned earlier, FFCC is a game that takes on many parts of other games, so there’s nothing really fresh if that’s what you are looking for. The game towards the middle tends to drag especially when your adventurers lack the finances and levels to tackle the higher difficulty dungeons. I found myself issuing my daily orders to adventurers then going to bed. This built in cap system artificially prolongs the time needed to complete the game. Take your time and you will certainly find a rich treasure trove of content to wade through at your own leisure. Thankfully, if you plan to bulldoze through the game like I did, Square plans to release additional dungeon packs in the near future, with the next one being priced at 300 points. Working it out, if these packs were released at, maybe, two per month it still would be cheaper than your monthly subscription to WoW.

Lost Winds, is a side scrolling environmental puzzle game that can be played with ‘two’ players. Why the inverted commas? Because the game can be played with one player using the nunchuck for movement while the other controls the wind with the remote and eventually your nunchuck player would just fall asleep then it becomes single player. Marketing trickery at its finest. This game is single player. Period. Really.

For people who have played Okami, stay away from this. For those who have not, the concept is pretty exciting to be honest. The cartoonish look of the game makes the game shine even brighter and how the environment reacts to the direction in which you blow the wind at, never ceases to bring a smile to my face. Sadly, I was able to complete this game in a short span of 3 hours according to my game save. Its not a particularly hard game to start off with but I had expected a lengthier game with more puzzles. I could describe this game in less than 10 words.

Pretty? Yes. Fun? Maybe. Long? No. See, I did it in 6 and just like Lost Winds, it lacks the extra 4 words to fully justify the cost.

Overall, I’ve clocked in 22 hours for FFCC and 3 for Lost Winds and my investment for each works out to $1.18 and $3.33 respectively. It is actually quite hard to justify which is the better of the two considering the additional investment one has pay to gain the most out of FFCC. On the most basic level, I would have to say go with Lost Winds but if you are willing to go the extra mile, go with FFCC, it would cost less than your typical AAA Wii title even after all the extras.

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3 Responses to The Biggest (and more expensive) Wii Ware Titles Head to Head

  1. kolslorr says:

    u completed both games in just 2 days? goodness!

    Very good review, and i totally agree on the Lost Winds part.

    I have spent 1.5hrs Defending my castle, and i can tell u at current stage i might need to master both hands with wiimotes in order to proceed further. Probably let me write a complete review…

  2. scopelenz says:

    I must say that DYC is comparatively a better WiiWare to buy at this moment. Without considering the graphics of the game, DYC packs more than 100 different stages and a very versatile multiplayer mode. True, the game starts slow and boring (at least for the first 20-30 minutes, depending on your speed), but once your enemies become bigger, faster and stronger, you will realise that your Wiimote becomes totally out of control.

    For 5 bucks, DYC packs near to unlimited replayability and cheap fun. It is a great add on to the online flash version – and trust me, get it and you will not regret it.

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