Excerpt: Family Friendly Gaming welcomes you to the first ever review of a Nintendo Wii video game. (also known as Wiiview) Excite Truck uses the innovative Wii Remote controller in a most unusual way - the controller is held sideways. Lifting the left side of the controller up is like turning a steering wheel in that direction. Twisting the controller towards the player lifts the front of the truck during a jump to go farther.
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Excerpt: Anticipation. There is no denying that if you were a gamer in November of 2006, anticipation permeated your gaming appetite in a way never before seen. In retrospect, it’s quite difficult to even fathom the launch of both the PS3 and Wii, the release of Resistance Fall of Man, Gears of War, Wii Sports, and a new Zelda title could all happen in the same month. What’s even more difficult?
Excerpt: The problem with Excite Truck is that it looks like it can be played by anyone, when in reality your average Joe will be in a constant battle to keep their truck under control. Give someone the Wii-mote and tell them to tilt it to steer their on-screen truck and they'll be waving their arms around like a mad person, which isn't really the best way to play Nintendo's latest racer.
Summary: Parents need to know that this racing game showcases big crashes and rewards players for smashing into other trucks. Players can also throw competitors into the air or knock them off course by altering the racecourse during a race. The action is always cartoon-ish, though, and the wrecks never involve more than a few parts flying off the vehicles. The use of the Wii controller as a steering wheel is innovative, but it may take awhile for some players to get used to it.
Summary: Another fun and quirky launch title for the Nintendo Wii that shouldn't be passed on. Even if you only rent this game for a few days or weeks, you'll no doubt enjoy yourself whether playing against a friend or in the single player races. I think with the lack of depth, the title could've easily been more of a contender at a lower price point and would have probably swayed other reviewer's opinions.