Fast Draw Showdown
WiiWare | Digital Leisure | 1 Player / 2 Players (local multiplayer) | Out Now | 500 Nintendo Points
Controller Compatibility: Wii Remote (pointer)
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27th January 2010; By KnucklesSonic8
The entire game is played through FMV sequences where you face off in fast-draw showdowns against western opponents. The game plays out in a series of rounds which are comprised of 6 match-ups each. To move onto the next round, you must defeat all of your opponents without sustaining a hit or getting a foul. You'll face off against some pretty silly characters who want to put a bullet in you for no apparent reason! In some events, there will be two or even three characters on the screen and only one of these (or both) will end up firing. In other cases, some characters will have two bullets and will try to get you just when you think they're done for good. Do you think you're ready to step up to the challenge?
When playing on Easy, you'll have visual cues that tell you when you need to holster and when you're allowed to draw your gun. On the normal difficulty, though, you'll need to rely on your eyes, watching for any sudden movements that your rival makes towards their gun. For those who are up for something a bit more challenging, Hard mode will make it so that your firearm will only have one or two bullets in it, requiring even more accuracy. If you're not careful, some opponents will psych you out by moving their hands ever so slightly towards their holster without actually picking the gun up. Any slight movement of the Wii Remote can get recognized and if you go too early, a clip will play and Wes (the fast draw champion) will tell you to put your gun back in your holster. If you make a mistake more than once by drawing when you're not supposed to, this can count towards a Foul and will prevent you from clearing the Round. Not all of the characters will act immediately and so just waiting for them to draw can make you a bit giddy. Others will be standing at a considerable distance away from you requiring a little more accuracy. But having this mix of both speed and range makes gameplay that much more interesting.
To that end, the game also features modes for two players where you can see who really is the fastest drawer. The multiplayer option features 'Quick Draw' mode where two players take turns, facing off against the same rival to see who can get the better time. In 'Showdown' mode, you and a friend play simultaneously where the first one to get the kill is crowned the winner for that match. These modes definitely have an arcade feel to them and they're great inclusions. It's a bit unfortunate that 4-player support wasn't added. Even though this wasn't included in the original arcade title, now that it's on the Wii, 4-player support would've worked well for an even stronger multiplayer appeal. Still, because the game doesn't take itself too seriously, the game is great even for a couple laughs with a friend from time to time.
Being an older arcade game from 1994, the visuals show their age a bit, but really, one shouldn't expect astounding visuals. Clips can be a bit jumpy at times, particularly when participating in shootouts where your rival has two bullets in his firearm. At times you'll notice footage that isn't as crisp as you'd hope, but most won't pay much attention to it after a while. When playing, players need to be careful not to press the - Button accidentally, as this button is used to quit. Rather than giving you a warning screen, you'll be jumped straight back to the Main Menu, forcing you to start all over again. Nevertheless, all of these issues can be overlooked since the game is never hampered by any of the aforementioned flaws.
Even as an old game from the 1990's, it still carries some level of appeal in this day and age. For only 500 Points, you're getting a nice little diversion that you can play once in a while and still have some fun. You're bound to come back to this even just playing by yourself, aiming for new records and faster draws. Not to mention, too, that the single-player option can get really challenging and many will feel motivated to face off in the final showdown with the fast drawer champion. When playing with a friend, you're bound to have some good fun trying to outperform each other and just having a laugh at some of the movie clips. No matter how you look at it, the game is still a good buy for just 500 Points.
23/30 - Good
Gameplay 8/10 - Simple yet fun concept, challenges solo players, a lot to "aim" for, controls work perfectly
Presentation 7/10 - Not the most stunning title but for only $5 you can't complain, played entirely through decent-looking FMV clips
Enjoyment 4/5 - Sustainable single-player experience, doesn't take itself too seriously, good for laughs amongst buddies, fun multiplayer
Extra Content 4/5 - Great multiplayer, high-score focused: best draws for each event and Top 10 fastest draws overall
Equivalent to a score of 77% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)