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Tak and the Guardians of Gross Review

It’s the holiday season, so we are subject to all of the revivals and sequels that the game companies can cheaply produce. This year one of these fine titles is Tak and the Guardians of Gross. Good old Tak has had some adventures in the past, and this year we get to see him step into the next gen on the Wii, if you can call the Wii next gen. So can we expect something new and fresh from Tak on the Wii? Nope, this title is a complete by-the-book formula action game if I have ever seen, and it does not execute that rather well.

OK, Tak is a game designed for the younger crowd, so I tried to keep that in mind while running through this. Tak runs around with his magic stick, bashing things and casting his special magic. OK, there’s the story, hope that is enough to keep your attention.

Controls and game play are about as formula as you can get. Tak and the Guardians of Gross is a 3D game, but is played directly on a line. There’s hardly any variation from the main path as you slog through each area. If you do get lost, which is near impossible, there are some handy blue orbs to point the way forward. Go from the start to the exit and try not to get killed or fall off a platform. Clearly, no attempt at innovation has been made in any way for this game. Good thing the Wii has that great motion sensor capability to enhance the control…or well, maybe not. You do get to shake the controller every once in awhile, never seen that before in a Wii game. Even the mini-games are standard and hardly worth a mention as they are less fun than the main trek, which is saying something.

We all know that the Wii just does not standup to the other consoles as graphics are concerned so we can figure Tak will not measure up to other contemporary titles. This is very true, but this game goes one step farther. Maybe if the game were shrunk down and put on the PSP screen it might look alright, but on any form of TV, it is just difficult to look at. It’s quite apparent that the graphics were not touched as this game was being designed for the PS2, and ported to Wii hastily. Music and sound is uninspired and strictly formula. Nothing new was attempted or achieved, as can be expected.

Final Verdict

Tak and the Guardians of Gross is a completely uninspired, rushed to market rival of a character no one cares about. Standard game play, poor graphics and average sound equal unremarkable results in this clunker disguised as a kid title. With its budget price tag, it may get some looks, but even then, is not worth the price of admission.

Score

4.0 out of 10

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Tak and the Guardians of Gross Review

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Posted by: Niadano
Date: October 29, 2008
Publisher: THQ
Developer: THQ
Website: THQ.com
Release Date: 10/13/2008
Genre: Action
Number of Players: 1
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
System Reviewed: Wii

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Categories: Wii Reviews, PlayStation 2 Reviews, Wii, PlayStation 2, Reviews

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