Cursed Mountain Wii Game Review

Cursed Mountain WiiCursed Mountain is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2009 and was released recently to good reviews.  I highly anticipated the game and thought it would be one of the best games ever on the Wii.  While I thought the game was great, to me; it failed to meet the lofty expectations I gave it.

The story of Cursed Mountain is about Eric Simmons, one of the best mountain climbers in the world.  His brother goes missing on a mountain and it’s up to Eric to find and rescue him.  Unfortunately for the Simmons brothers, the mountain has been cursed by an angry Buddhist goddess and Eric must purify the Mountain to save Frank.  The story was great and I loved the way the religion was blended in accurately with the story.

Presentation wise, Cursed Mountain is incredible.  The graphics are dark and crisp which provides for a spooky atmosphere that is genuinely scary.  The sound is the highlight of the game.   It has the best scary music in a video game ever.  Nothing comes close.  Even the sound effects blend in well with the graphics to provide a survivor horror game the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

The controls are what really kills mojo of this game.  Like all survivor horror games, the controls are slow and deliberate.  It is hard to turn and unlike Resident Evil, there is no quick 180 degree spin move which would be very useful in the game.  Also, there will be times when you need to thrust the Wiimote or the Nunchuck which can be difficult to register.  They should have waited and made it Wii Motion Plus compatible.

The gameplay is great at times and at other times terrible.  The game is very slowly paced with an emphasis on exploration.  If you like this, then you are in heaven  If you like fast paced games then you might want to skip this one.  Another problem is the auto save.  It is the only way to save the game.  I think in a game as slow paced as Cursed Mountain, it is good to have a normal save feature to keep you from losing progress.  That being said the innovations from this game are brilliant.  I loved the spells and axes for combat instead of guns, which is so overused.  The mystical element this game has is pure genius.  It is a true breath of fresh air in what can be considered a tired genre.

All in all Cursed Mountain is one of the best games on the Wii.  I’m mainly down on the game because of the controls and the slow pacing.  What would have made this game the best ever would have been to have sharper controls and a direction  finder to make it easier to get to the objectives in the beginning of the game.  Otherwise this game was absolutely outstanding and well up to my expectations.  Everything from the story to the graphics and especially the sound were amazing.  It is the most original game on the Wii and a game that Nintendo fans can hang their hats on with breaking the kiddy Wii stereotype.

Game review by Anthony Lifrieri.
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5 Responses to “Cursed Mountain Wii Game Review”

  1. Thanks Anthony for a great review of Cursed Mountain.

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  2. What the fans should do is email Nintendo and ask promtly to release some DLC. There are so many great games for the Nintendo Wii, even after hearing Capcom say that Super Smash Bros Brawl. Is the best fighting game. Just wait for the Wii HD.

  3. Very good review, I pretty much agree with the points raised, though the pacing didn’t bother me too much, I think it added to the overall atmosphere, which is outstanding. As for the “gesture based combat”, the inaccuracy of this would have been alleviated some by simply tutoring the player in A; how to perform them and B; emphasising that each gesture must be done deliberately and accurately - or “the goddess will be displeased and ignore it”.

    I also think that the movement control would have been much better if it were like that used in many FPS games, that is turning, including the amount and speed of the turn, should be controlled by pointing with the Wiimote. Secondly, giving Eric a torch would have been nice, again controlled by the pointer, some of the darker areas feel a bit like you are pixel-hunting for items or openings.

    Even so this is a very good game and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Exploring/adventure/horror or thriller type games. 8/10 from me.

  4. This game sounds great to me, right up my street I think. Does anyone know where would be cheapest to buy it in the UK? Would it be cheaper online? Thanks, Janice.

  5. I’ve just seen a tv advert for this game. It looks pretty scary! Don’t think I’ll play the game in the dark like the advert does though.

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