Excerpt: We Ski has to be one of the most amazing video games I have played all year. This Wii video game feels like being on the slopes. I spent quite a few years snowboarding in the Cascades and absolutely love how We Ski feels. Namco Bandai knows what they are doing with this Wii Balance Board compatible video game. Do not worry if you do not have the Wii Balance Board because We Ski is just as playable with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers.
Excerpt: We Ski was one of the great video games to be released on the Wii. Namco Bandai made sure it was approachable by all ages, and skill sets. The only thing I wanted out of that game was snowboarding. I snowboarded in the Cascades for years, and have always had a soft spot in my heart for that particular winter activity. Namco Bandai has proven they listen to Family Friendly Gaming with the sequel We Ski & Snowboard.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a game that can be played on the Wii Balance Board but that it can also be enjoyed using Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. There is a minor alcohol reference when the player delivers food to one of the characters in the game and the character remarks about how they wish they had wine to go with it. This is a fun game for up to four kids to play together.
Fun but unoriginal arcade sports game for the family.
Common Sense Media
20 May 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a sequel to last year's We Ski, but that there isn't much new. If you own last year's We Ski , you can skip this one. This game does make use of the Wii balance board, if you have one, but you can play it without. There isn't any controversial content in this video game. It is all about having fun virtually skiing and snowboarding.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, other than the ability to snowboard and the addition of a second, more open and wilder mountain, this title is essentially identical to what its predecessor brought to the table. As such, owners of the original game won't find a truly compelling reason to pick up the second attempt. That being said, We Ski & Snowboard is the definitive edition if you haven't already plunked down cash on the first.
Conclusion: Along that line of thought, I can't wait for the next edition of 1080° to come out! Simply by flipping the Balance Board parallel rather than perpendicular to the player will completely revitalize that franchise. The fact that I'm dreaming of the possibilities of a great 1080° title says a lot about some of We Ski's downfalls. Even though We Ski is pretty fun, it will not speak to the majority of core gamers.
Excerpt: Oh, skiing. The appeal of strapping my feet to two sticks, and then pushing myself down a big hill never really got my motor running. Sitting around a fireplace in a lodge enjoying some Swiss Miss was always more up my alley. Anyhow, I was given the dubious honor of reviewing Namco Bandai’s We Ski and Snowboard , the sequel to a game that received average reviews, but didn’t do much in the way of standing out, despite being the first balance board compatible game.
Conclusion: Set among 4 miles of open slopes set among a pair of mountain resorts, We Ski’s basic control scheme consists of assuming either a skiing or snowboarding position and leaning or shifting weight on the balance board (or moving the Wii Remote and Nunchuk accordingly). Aside from pointing in the direction you want to head and giving the Nunchuk a waggle to get going it’s as easy as standing in line at the DMV.
Pros: Excellent use of the Balance Board, Local multiplayer, You can do anything and go anywhere right off the bat
Cons: Everything is open from the start, giving you little incentive to keep playing after you've seen all the slopes, Graphics are sub-par, Having to press buttons for certain moves breaks the immersion, Split-screen means slowdown