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Conduit 2 Review

A big improvement on the original

Conduit 2 review: Remember High Voltage saying how The Conduit was going to change the face of Wii shooters? We remember how disappointed we were when the game was finally released and things weren't quite as promised. So it's ironic that Conduit 2 has arrived with little hype surrounding it, because it's much more like the game we were hoping for in the first place.

Conduit 2 is set immediately after the events of the first game and starts with Agent Michael Ford waking up on an oil rig shortly after blowing up the Trust base.

Playing the game with the basic control setting doesn't feel all that different from the original and while the controls are fully customisable, it can be tricky to find a layout that feels just right. This is partly due to the game's need to map two of your actions to motion controls, namely shaking the Nunchuk and thrusting the Wii Remote forward in a stabbing motion, the latter of which messes up your aim.

The Classic Controller solves a lot of these problems but also makes aiming your weapon a lot less satisfying. By far the best option is to play with Wii MotionPlus.

Use of MotionPlus makes for fantastically precise aiming yet it's so subtle it may not feel like it's making a difference, but play the same level with and without it and you'll see how it changes things.

Other new features include the ability to tip over tables and other objects to hide behind them, while a new sprint button makes the game feel a lot faster and slicker than the original.

Enemy AI is also a lot more realistic, especially in harder difficulty settings. If you throw a grenade, they'll try to run away from it, and enemies with close-range weapons will try to get closer to fire them off.

Shoot To Thrill

Visually Conduit 2 is a big improvement over the original and it's easily the best-looking shooter on the Wii. The level design is far better this time around and the lighting and water effects are superb.

Unfortunately the plot is a load of sci-fi nonsense that's seems like an excuse to explain why you're playing in such a wide variety of locations. Admittedly, this does mean the game's 16 levels feel a lot more diverse than the moody locations of the original. One minute you're in an alien spaceship, the next you're running around a lush jungle, the next you're in China.

The voice-acting is also B-movie-style cheesiness of the absolute highest order, with some laughably bad dialogue. The sound effects and music and are top quality though.

Online multiplayer returns once again in Conduit 2, and we've been promised that High Voltage is taking measures to stop hackers from activating invincibility and that sort of thing this time around.

At the time of writing, we couldn't fully test out the game's online multiplayer but we did play a few matches from London against the High Voltage team in the US and the connection was pleasantly lag-free.

Split-screen multiplayer is present this time and naturally, the more players you add (up to four) the more the frame rate and graphical quality suffers, but even with four players it still looks decent. What's more, the wide variety of options in both split-screen and online multiplayer mean there's plenty there to keep you busy for weeks or months.

Conduit 2 is a huge improvement over the original game. It's still not without its problems, such as its awkward controls and the B-movie production values but it's still well worth a look if you're a fan of first-person shooters. This is an edited version of a review that appears in the May issue of Official Nintendo Magazine which is out now. You can buy it here.

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  1. retrotoad Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 08:57

    I might think about picking this up, It looks like a big improvement over the previous one. Nice to see the hype turned down to zero this time, as well.

  2. Ai64 Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 09:19

    A joy to have the conduit back. I might keep an eye out for this cracking game. :)

  3. OpenYourEyes Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 10:48

    I'll probably get this at some point.

    This is a edited version of a review

    Not again! In almost every article I read on here I come across a spelling or grammar error. Come on guys! Can't you proof read things before posting? How hard is it? :D

  4. Poke-J Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 16:03

    I like it how Portal 2 has overshadowed this game by being released at the same time, and of course the fact that it's awesome. :o

  5. rotorooter Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 21:56

    Big improvement overall, but why on earth have they made the multiplayer region-specific? Thats a shocking decision and means I will not be playing it for as long as I might have.

  6. imbusydoctorwho Thursday 21st Apr 2011 at 21:57

    I really really really want this game.

  7. Gameking53 Friday 22nd Apr 2011 at 10:01

    Big improvement overall, but why on earth have they made the multiplayer region-specific? Thats a shocking decision and means I will not be playing it for as long as I might have.

    How do you know it's region specific?

  8. conor3000 Friday 22nd Apr 2011 at 18:13

    well i dont care if it is good or bad and if there are hackers who cares. See you in Conduit 2 my nickname is Conor.

  9. conor3000 Friday 22nd Apr 2011 at 18:23

    Big improvement overall, but why on earth have they made the multiplayer region-specific? Thats a shocking decision and means I will not be playing it for as long as I might have.

    It isn't reigon-specific because i got it on wednesday and i was playing it with americans and im from scotland

  10. awesomeadam15 Friday 22nd Apr 2011 at 18:59

    Just bought this today, and I'm glad I did, because it's much better than the first!
    I've only been on campaign so i haven't seen whether or not online is hacker free, which I really hope it is!
    Love the idea of being able to by weapons and upgrades for your online character it'll add to the experience.
    Recommend this game to all FPS lovers.

  11. peteflea Sunday 24th Apr 2011 at 00:08

    This looks pretty good .

    I think it's funny how every one is saying there was no hype ..

    There really was quite allot , HVS just said they weren't hyping it to fool us all!!!!!!!!


    P.s I have actually been really excited bout this and will definitely buy it :p

  12. Missile the dog Sunday 24th Apr 2011 at 08:42

    I'm really considering getting this, but it would be my first first person shooter (except for metroid but you can't really count that) so do you guys reckon I should get this or something else :?:

  13. Adam3DS Thursday 28th Apr 2011 at 19:26

    It sounds good but is it good?

  14. Lylat64 Sunday 1st May 2011 at 09:10

    Getting this today my names going to be Jet 15

  15. graveon Sunday 1st May 2011 at 20:17

    I'm really considering getting this, but it would be my first first person shooter (except for metroid but you can't really count that) so do you guys reckon I should get this or something else :?:


    This might be a good game to start with. I started with halo which is similar. 8) 8) 8)

  16. liveswired Wednesday 20th Jul 2011 at 20:43

    Much better than the original. . .and still sucks. Why ONM must you overrate some of these titles? I feel bad for High Voltage, they just can't produce a good game - I don't care if it's an exclusive Wii game - if it's bad, it's bad.

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