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Emergency Mayhem

 

 

SCORE: 73

 

Emergency Mayhem 

 

Emergency Mayhem is one of the most interesting blending of styles I have ever seen. This Nintendo Wii game from Codemasters is part Crazy Taxi, and part WarioWare. The city is in crisis, and the player gets to take the role of the police, fire department, and ambulance to bring the panic down. Some of the missions require the player drive as fast as possible to the destination, whereas others require the player to play a mini game (put that fire out for example). The strangest thing about this game is how people are “saved.” The ambulance runs over patients to save them, as does the fire truck, and the police car captures criminals that way.

Graphically Emergency Mayhem is bright and colorful. The details in the graphics feel a little dated to me personally. There is cartoon violence with car crashes, pedestrians being run over, etc. Few will notice the attire of certain female characters, but slowing down will bring that to the light of day as well

I liked how Emergency Mayhem would tell me to leave the normal people alone. On the flip side this game would tell me: “you suck” when I would fail certain mini games. I did not appreciate that commentary at all. The music fits the fast paced theme of this game nicely.

If you enjoy the game play found within Emergency Mayhem then there is certainly a fair amount of replay value to it. This is also a game that I expect will be on the lower end of the price spectrum. There are mini games playable by more than one person to give that party atmosphere as well.

The controls work well with the Nunchuk and Wii Remote. The guiding arrow is my biggest complaint. I understand that it is pointing directly towards where I need to go. The problem is there can be buildings in the way. I found myself looping around roads with no idea how to get inside the middle where the game was pointing me. This would wind up meaning I did not complete a delivery in time. Crazy Taxi is a little bit better in this regard, and this is a needed improvement for sequels.

I really liked the idea of going out and saving the city in a time of turmoil. Unfortunately Emergency Mayhem is more of the Crazy Taxi than it is of saving the city. I would like to see a sequel to Emergency Mayhem, especially if the tone is adjusted. Emergency Mayhem certainly earns its Teen rating from the ESRB.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 71%
Sound: 76%
Replay/Extras: 77%
Gameplay: 75%
Family Friendly Factor: 67%
System: Wii
Publisher: Codemasters
ESRB Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}

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