Onslaught Pushes WiiWare to its Limits

onslaughtwiiware “Onslaught is a FPS that puts you in the middle of a futuristic war between humans and insectoid aliens. You become part of the Elite Interstellar Strike Force, fighting against an overwhelming onslaught of alien lifeforms. Enjoy the rush of mowing down wave after wave of aliens with machine guns, grenades, and more. Feel your heart pound as you battle gigantic boss aliens. Besides the normal game, “Onslaught” includes modes that let you play with rivals from around the world using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Team up with up to 3 other people in Free Battle Mode. Or compete on special maps to see who can get the most points by killing enemies before time runs out in Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Ranking Battle Mode.”

Nintendo Bros Rates this title: A

*Based on an S-F scoring board; S, A, B, C, D, FAIL

I’ll admit, I was very skeptical about this game when I first saw it. I mean, isn’t shooting bugs in outer space with futuristic weapons a little old-school? Absolutely not! I haven’t felt this much thrill in shooting insectoid alien lifeforms since Metroid Prime. The story falls a little on the short side (and thank goodness it is), and there isn’t much of a plot. Just exterminate bugs/aliens within the time limit and/or reach the goal; Basic gaming concepts that take you through 13 levels on nonstop, hardcore shooting action. Now, when I said that it was a good thing that the story-mode was short is because as we all know, Wiiware is stored on your Wii’s internal memory, which we also know isn’t very big. Onslaught takes up 308 Blocks of “MEM” for the game and 1 Block for Saves. I don’t download much to my Wii, and yet I was a little shocked at the amount of Blocks left on my Console. Even so, this game is definitely worth more than 1000 Wii Points (equivalent of $10). I would have at the very least slapped on a price tag of 1500 Wii points, but as a consumer, I am glad it is very cheap.
Players will instantly fave weapons and stages (mine being the shot-gun for close range combat and the Investigation stage that ends with a practical but engaging Boss Battle. And of course, we can’t forget the Online gameplay. In fact, that is where this game really shines. I have always been a fan of Co-op gameplay, and this instantly brought me to obtaining this pleasantly satisfying FPS Wiiware title to my Wii Console. Up to 4 people can play online simultaneously (albeit not on the same Wii Console), whether in Co-op mode or Competitive matches (in which you compete to obtain the highest killing spree; A.K.A. Points). If you are still up for a challenge, then try to find weapon upgrades, which involves beating the story many times on higher difficulties and/or acquiring weapons from a particular area. Remember, if you are a fan of hardcore first-person shooters, and are looking for an exciting Wiiware title, this is it. Don’t miss out on this great game, and see you in the Battlefield!

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