First Impressions - Rodea The Sky Soldier

Available on Wii U, Wii, 3DS; version played Wii U

The Game
This is a game that I will admit that I was looking forward to for a while now. I am a fan of Yuji Naka (the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog) and his games since they have been known to be enjoyable (at least to me).  The game opens up in the middle of a battle between two armies. Rodea is doing what he can to get to the princess and protect her. Due to events the happen later he is found 1,000 years later and that is where the story truly begins. Graphically, the game looks like a Wii title even on the Wii U. That's not saying that it looks ugly but it doesn't look amazing either. Characters have an anime look and feel to them and in all honesty it kind of reminds me of Nights into Dreams that was on the Sega Saturn. There has been a lot of talk about this game especially since Naka came out and urged people to play the Wii version of the game as it is the superior version. His words, not mine. Of course this leads into my next point.

The Gameplay
I own the Wii U version of this game. Playing this game with the Gamepad or Pro Controller is not a good idea. Personally, I found that, from a control standpoint, the game played better with the wiimote and chuck. The main issue that I found was with the camera. I found the camera to be all over the place at times. It also doesn't help that if you overshoot a floating island or an enemy that the camera does not recenter. This can make the game rather frustrating at times. That being said once I got the controls down the game started to make more sense, at least from a control standpoint. I feel like this is one of those games that will require a measure of patience that I am not sure a lot of people will be willing to give it.

The Soundtrack
The voice acting in the game is okay. In all honesty it sounds a lot like a Saturday morning cartoon and I think that is the tone that the developers were going for. For this game I think that works as there are some comedic bits to it that give a fairly light hearted tone. As for the music, there isn't anything that stands out in my opinion. It all sounds fairly generic to me, not bad just generic. Then again I wasn't really hoping for a grammy nominated soundtrack if you know what I mean. All in all I would say that the soundtrack isn't to bad, not great but also not annoying either.

The Wrap
At the point I am at in the game I can't really suggest people go out and buy it. I would say RENT IT/GAMEFLY IT first and then see if it is something you may want to finish out. Being a fan of Yuji Naka it kind of hurts to say that but it is the truth. Hopefully his next console game will be better.


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