The Conduit is a fast-paced First Person Shooter for the Nintendo Wii, set in a near-future Washington D.C. that in recent times has been through some odd and disturbing occurrences. A secret organization named The Trust is the first to figure out that these occurrences are alien in nature and that the capital is under some sort of attack. The Trust sends one of its agents, codenamed "Mr Ford", to from where the attacks originate, and possibly stop any further from happening. But, as with any good story, things aren't always what they appear.
The conduit derives its name from portal like devices named Conduits that are being used by an alien race called The Drudge. They enable them to gain access to any part of the city, deploying insectoid-like enemies with telling names such as Mites, Scarabs, Drones and Skimmers.
Shoot from the hip
Although the Wii has made its mark as a console for everybody, developers are still trying to hone in on Nintendo’s neglected crowd of hardcore gamers. Sega in particular has been making strides with its software line-up, trying to show that the Wii is for more than casual gaming. One of its latest efforts is The Conduit, a first person shooter that tries to take full advantage of the Wii’s capabilities.
When the Wiimote was first shown, many thought that it would deliver the best FPS experience since the PC’s mouse and keyboard controls. Although we got a taste of what that is like through a handful of shooters released, the genre has yet to take off on the Wii. With The Conduit, that could potentially change. Developer High Voltage Studios has treated this game with oozes of TLC, hoping to make it a hit with hardcore audiences. They’ve left the controls entirely customizable, letting each player craft his or her own controls. That leaves little room for error, since everyone can play the way they want.
Graphics versus gameplay
Fan service doesn’t end there. The Wii doesn’t have the graphical power of the PS3 or 360, but The Conduit aims to push the console to the max. Using every graphical mechanic at its disposal, the developer has really created a visually satisfying experience. The Conduit definitely takes its place as one of the best looking games on the Wii. Considering competition like Metroid Prime 3 and Super Mario Galaxy, that’s quite an accomplishment.
We’ve established that the game looks amazing and can control any way you want it to, but the most important part is the gameplay itself. Although the Wii lacks shooters, the videogame market as a whole is congested with them. As a result, The Conduit is quite likely to get lost in the shuffle if it cannot nail down the actual progression of the game. There’s hope that this will be a quality experience in both look and play, but only time will reveal what this game really has under its belt.
Finally, some online
In addition to an engaging single player campaign, there are plans for a full-fledged online multiplayer mode. If pulled off correctly, this may become a groundbreaking experience for the Wii, as the console doesn’t offer many quality competitive online experiences. Many details are still unknown, but the mode looks like a promising addendum to the game.
The Conduit is currently scheduled to hit shelves in June of this year. Hype doesn’t make a great game, but there is plenty to be optimistic about. High Voltage doesn’t have the benefit of a license or franchise to tack onto this game, so it has to make a quality game that can stand on its own. Hopefully its efforts will pay off and Wii owners will have an FPS to look forward to.