Conduit 2 Updated Impressions

If you thought the original Conduit was a little too vanilla, perhaps a sea monster that breathes lasers will be more up your alley.

Released last year, the original Conduit stood out among Wii games for a number of reasons. Chief among them were the game's impressive graphics and ability to take a genre so firmly entrenched on other platforms and make the control scheme work brilliantly on the Wii. But as is so often the case with games designed to tread new ground, developer High Voltage Software didn't quite nail the basics. With a ho-hum story and a predictable campaign, the core of the game didn't live up to the strong points that made it unique for its chosen platform. For Conduit 2, High Voltage is clearly aiming to right those wrongs with a game that, it hopes, will grab you right away and keep you entertained for the long haul.

Rather than set the entire game in one continuous locale as the first game did with Washington DC, Conduit 2 will offer a more globe-trotting affair in its aim to alleviate that predictability. The game begins on an offshore oil derrick in the Atlantic Ocean, with rain pouring down and crashing waves serving to let you know right off the bat that you're not in the nation's capital anymore. From there, you will venture to places like China, Siberia, and even the lost city of Atlantis. Yes, you read that right--your fight against invading aliens will lead you to one of the most mysterious civilizations in Earth's history.

High Voltage also wants to punctuate the campaign with more "wow" moments to add more variety to the pacing--a big flaw with the original. The most noticeable change in this regard is the inclusion of boss fights. High Voltage gave us a look at one of the bosses from the sequel, and it certainly managed to stand out from the usual alien grunts you'll face during most of the game. You can chalk that up to the fact that this boss was a sea monster, roughly the size of a skyscraper that happened to also shoot lasers out of its mouth. While we didn't get a chance to play during this section of the game, if nothing else, the boss served to underscore the point that High Voltage knows that Conduit 2 could benefit from some more exasperations of "What the heck?" on your part.

Some changes to the core gameplay have been added as well, including the ability to flip objects over for impromptu cover and alternate fire options for most of the guns. Some of these that we saw looked pretty cool, if a little bit bizarre and hard to master right away. One that really stood out was the hive cannon, which lets you fire bullets as the primary fire or shoot a sticky tag onto the enemy as an alternate fire that then pulls those regular bullets toward it like a magnet--even if that means around corners. Another gun pulls enemy bullets toward it, only to erupt in one giant explosion of gunfire much like a scene from the movie District 9, which High Voltage was quick to reference when talking about the guns.

At the very least, it looks like High Voltage knows what it'll take to make a better Conduit game. Of course, that's easier said than done. Whether this sequel improves upon its predecessor in a substantial way is something we'll have to wait to find out. In the meantime, you can expect to see Conduit 2 released for the Wii next February.

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HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

@FrogDude14 Agreed, the first Conduit was nearly unplayable online, last time I tried it. It was completely hack-filled, as well as buggy. And don't get me started on the lag. And I hope that they create some kind of party invite system, similar to online games on the PS3 & 360. For the sake of the FPS fans who only own Wii's, I hope this game turns out good.

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

However, I somehow doubt it will be as good as some other shooters on Wii, like CoD Reflex, Black Ops, or GoldenEye.

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

I'm very curious as to how this will turn out. HVS is a very small dev, and this game looks like it will be a huge improvement off the first.

srdjan311
srdjan311

@ domofury i didn't rate it...keyword (think). i said i think it it'll score that rating. it's a prediction not a rating

Ayer99
Ayer99

My god HVS. Just set a date and stick with it. I don't care if it is ten years. I just need a solid date.

domofury
domofury

@srdjan311 You can't rate a game you haven't even played :/

domofury
domofury

@Ayer99 Because it got delayed...again.

Ayer99
Ayer99

Why does it say this comes out april 3rd?

moutaindewkid
moutaindewkid

I am excited for the sea monster and boss battles. They should make the final boss something that you would never see coming.

Imathon17
Imathon17

I'm still having difficulties whether to buy this game or not...

FrogDude14
FrogDude14

Its good to know High Voltage is working on fixing the issues the other game had. Hopefully this means we won't see as many hacks online as the first Conduit.

coltsfan1893
coltsfan1893

its about time we see a good fps series on the wii only! i have high hopes for the game

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

The only problem with most shooters on the Wii is that if they were ported onto the 360, the PS3, and PC...no one would buy them. The fact that they're wii-exclusive shows that they're honestly not that great in comparison to shooters. Besides Metroid Prime 3 (which was good, not amazing), how many exclusive shooters can you say are in your top 10 for best shooters recently?

ferrustaurus
ferrustaurus

I liked the first game to a point, it didn't keep a strong online community in my region so games were hard to come by. I think the reason Conduit will have a problem is that, most FPS players are already in trenched in their PS3s and Xbox360 versions of FPS gaming, that they won't wonder over to their WII to play it.

Tri-Enforcer
Tri-Enforcer

This is already sounding better than GoldenEye!

Fundai
Fundai

@topherfilms it wasnt horrible. Not perfect, but it was definetly not horrible. Why do u think its bad? U didn't say which mistake were made.

Yoshilila
Yoshilila

@topherfilms and all others saying The Conduit was terrible: 1.) The Wii had almost no "Good to play" FPS back when it was released... the only two good games for FPS multiplayer where MW:R and TC 2.) Let´s be happy that is actually has the classic modes online.. it´s not like there are tons of good online games for wii.. 3.) the only prob from my look at the action is this: to many glitches that at the moment are being used as hell 4.) the grafiks are awesome for a wii game and anyone saying that the controls suck just didnt ajust them the right way. Basically Conduit 2 can only get better^^

topherfilms
topherfilms

@fundai: Don't be stupid. The first game was terrible. Hopefully HVS learned from thier mistakes.

death_dealerK
death_dealerK

i am soo getting this when it comes out. best shooter for wii ever

Fundai
Fundai

Bassicly, this is what i know bout this. 1st game deserved an 8.5-9(yeah thats right tom mcshea) 2nd, they will fix the online. and thirdly thisll be awesome

yoyou225
yoyou225

I'm glad I'll get that epic multiplayer experience on my Wii.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@Serpentes420: I don't know where you've been but "one long hallway" was never acceptable, even for corridor shooters like Doom. It was too bad because the Conduit could have been a great single player game with better level designs. Let's hope they get it right this time.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I like the first game so I've got even higher hopes for this sequel. Hopefully it'll be great. :)

Arcterran
Arcterran

I was wondering where this game went....At least It looks good, I liked 1 so lets see if HVS can top it (Which they can...1 was flawed...good but flawed...)

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

@huntervaneg MoH:H2, CoD, Conduit, had already proved the Wiimote is great for FPS. None has sold as good as Red Steel perhaps, but the controls and gameplay had been greatly improved by using the Wiimote

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

I remember seeing an interview where the developers realized that Conduit 1 was like playing through one long hallway basically (which was good 15-20 years ago, now not so much) so I hope they fix that with the sequel. So I hope they make level design more interesting, I really looked forward to The Conduit and it was so disappointing I shipped it back to gamefly before finishing the campaign (which is a huge rarity for me). I hope they get the sequel right and give me an excuse to play my wii again between big nintendo releases (i.e. Zelda, Mario glaxy, metroid, etc..)

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

I really enjoyed the first one so I'm hoping to try this as soon as possible!

shafe-man
shafe-man

You guys are forgetting they hired a couple story writers that wrote for some big game/movie (something like.... Enslaved or some game that was good but didn't sell very well because it didn't have call of duty in the name.) and were making a real good story for the Conduit 2. And the graphics are way better than GoldenEye; Whatch'u smokin' dug?

huntervaneg
huntervaneg

It is sad that the Wiimote has so many potential for first person shooter making the gaming and the experience so intuitive (moreover with the improvements on the precission trough the wiimotion plus release) but after all these years -in my opinion- any developer has exploited it..!! Let see if the Conduit 2 finally fulfill my expectations!!

moe3000
moe3000

@hibbler123 WTF are you on about

moe3000
moe3000

@redder1111 if the wii wasn`t alive you wudn`t be checkin dis page Dirt dawg

hibbler123
hibbler123

headphones and headshots.......its going to be ...epic....da wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii new HALO....WE GOT MR. FORD.hahahahahahahha

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Well if it isn't too violent,I may grab this.Seems sorta like a Wii version of Halo,Darkvoid,and other "big boy" games.Again I just don't want to see guts and hear blood-curding screams.(Thumb down me if you want,in this big universe,I worry about more important things than other peoples' thumbs.Like quality gaming.)

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

@topherfilms Um, a lot of people, actually care about story. And the campaign, itself, looks better, because you get special objectives to complete for playing on a regular difficulty, while Conduit 2 will most likely just be run-and-gun. I've seen some gameplay for Conduit 2, and I was not impressed with the level design. It was only slightly better than the designs that I saw in the first game. And multiplayer-wise, Goldeneye feels kinda unique, because of modes like Golden Gun, Paintball, Melee Only, etc. Conduit 2's only advantages are that it allows more players & features perks. Only reason that I would buy Conduit 2 over Goldeneye is co-op.

smm217
smm217

This seems like it's gonna be way better than the first one.

korn62586
korn62586

if it's worth 50$ I'll pick it and up. Same goes for goldeneye and C.o.D. BO

topherfilms
topherfilms

@HaloOverrated: Who the hell cares about story? GoldenEye's story is already know through the movie and the first game. I'm not buying that one (or this one) for the story. Let's hope they get the gameplay and the level designs right.

topherfilms
topherfilms

Love that headshot from the first pic. One of the only cool things about the aliens in the first was the way thier heads exploded.

keatsunn
keatsunn

i guess it can only go up from here...

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

The alien in the pci kinds looks like a wolf alien. very cool

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@mechum1012 Red Steel 2 isn't bad, but I am encountering some issues with it: repetition in missions, the same kind of environments, occasional lack of response between physical actions and on screen reactions, dull storyline and average voice acting and script. But the style is nice and it is enjoyable to play, despite a few extremely frustrating parts (the fights with Payne and the minigun weilders spring to mind). And I am going to guess.... The Conduit 2 to be better. After all, High Voltage are trying, Activision are just doing an EA and trying to cash in on our love of nostalgia gaming.

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Honestly, there needs to be more good shooters on Wii. For a platform that is practically SCREAMING for shooters, it hasn't gotten many that are worth while. I loved the first Conduit, and I'll likely get the sequel.

flawless75
flawless75

THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE ****ING AWESOME!!!!

HaloOverrated
HaloOverrated

Hopefully, the online play on this one won't be broken, But I can't help but feel like this is just another generic shooter. The only reason why people are more excited for this than Goldeneye is because it has co-op, perks, and the multiplayer supports more players. I mean, come on, this is 2010, co-op & perks are nothing new in the FPS market. At least Goldeneye has an interesting story & most likely will have a great campaign. And the multiplayer has an old school feel to it. And the graphics are WAY better.

mechum1012
mechum1012

@kavadias1981 Yeah. That's what I was asking for. Turns out most people would want Conduit 2 more. And I will wait for some reviews. For some reason I love modern FPS. Wait, you think Red Steel 2 is okay??? It's awesome! But too short... :( I love the graphics in that game. It's so unique. But it's just my opinion.