The Grinder First Look

High Voltage's next first-person shooter on the Wii is coming, and we've got a first look.

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The Grinder is High Voltage Software's upcoming first-person shooter on the Wii. The game is due for release in 2010, and today we had a chance to see it for the first time at the High Voltage E3 booth to check out its mix of gritty visuals and nonstop action.

Who's Making This Game: High Voltage, the development studio responsible for another first-person shooter on the Wii, the sci-fi themed The Conduit.

What the Game Looks Like: One part Western movie, one part grindhouse flick. The Grinder is taking inspiration from the violent action movies of the 1970s (complete with film-graining effects that add to the game's pulp-fiction roots). As with The Conduit, High Voltage is extracting a good deal of graphical performance out of the Wii with a game that piles up the monsters and lets you blast through them with ease.

What There Is to Do: A short demo level was shown to us, and we didn't get a chance to play it for ourselves. The demo featured the unnamed hero making his way through a dusky town that's been infested by such monsters as vampires, werewolves, and big ugly dudes with axes. You play as a bounty hunter who's been hired by the town to get rid of the monster infestation personally, before the government decides to wipe the town off the map with a handy carpet-bombing (thus eliminating the monsters, but also the civilians). Expect a full single-player campaign as well as online multiplayer, both competitive and cooperative, for up to four players. The game will also have two-player offline split-screen play.

How the Game Is Played: Although we didn't get a chance to try the game for ourselves, the controls look to be similar to that of The Conduit, with the Wii Remote handling the majority of the aiming and turning, the B button for the trigger, and so on.

What They Say: One part first-person shooter, one part Quentin Tarantino.

What We Say: The Southwestern setting makes it appealing, and the shooting action looks responsive. We would have liked to have seen more enemy types; the swarms of vampire enemies, though impressive in number, felt a bit repetitive even in the short demo. That said, the producers are promising more types of enemies, including zombies and horrors (which sound like the creepy burrowing worms from the film Tremors). Considering The Conduit's focus on fast-paced action and lots of customization, it's clear that the team at High Voltage has a vision of what they think first-person shooters can be on the Wii, and we'll be following The Grinder's progress in the coming months.

Discussion

27 comments
Sgthombre
Sgthombre

So... I'm going to guess this is pretty much a dead game. I'll just put that in the spot that Duke Nukem held on the "Never Going to See the Light of Day" shelf.

Redbird520
Redbird520

Finally! The conduit was great and the only thing that lacked was co-op play. Now we have the Grinder so my fears are put to rest

arconreef
arconreef

Finally some *real* fps are coming to the Wii (i.e. the Call of Duty series, and now Grinder). This just jumped to the top of my wish list, lol...

disBjeFFi
disBjeFFi

@MasterC5 This game might be taking the first person shooter style and blood and gore from left 4 dead, but other than that the two games are pretty different. 1. In left 4 dead, you shooting and killing zombies while in the grinder you're killing werewolves, vampires, other creatures. 2. This game has motion based controls. 3. This game is on the Wii, so let the people out there who only own a Wii enjoy the good first person shooter that this game can be. This game is looking good. Lets hope it learns from the conduits one really big mistake(repetitive enemies and levels) and becomes something even better.

3quin0X
3quin0X

For all the Wii haters spamming about this being a L4D rip-off,lay-off and play your L4D instead of wasting your time hating on The Grinder.If Valve won't make a L4D for Wii,WHY NOT make one game similar for us Wii owners!WHAT?We can't have our own L4D-esque game?Too bad,we will now have one,so put a sock in it!

MathMattS
MathMattS

HVS did a nice job with The Conduit-- I'm eager to see how this game turns out.

MasterC5
MasterC5

Idiots, this does rip off left 4 dead and Killing Floor massively. don't say they did it first with hunter the reckoning, that games was a crappy top down shooter.

bulseye946
bulseye946

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David_le248
David_le248

First the conduit. Now This! AWESOME

krzygamer24
krzygamer24

great at least high voltage is trying to get us some games worth our money

M212
M212

This is another good idea from High Voltage. The Wii needs this kind of a game. And there using the Quantam 3 engine. Once again, High Voltage has taken advantage of the Wii's hardware

wtf_its_nik
wtf_its_nik

theres gonna be wii motion plus in this game used for chain saws ands samirie swords

jbeasly
jbeasly

@iloveshooters ummm high voltage did hunter the reckoning before left 4 dead

iloveShooters
iloveShooters

High Voltage Software makes me laugh HAHAHAHA.... theyre basically copying awesome games from other systems. The Conduit is very similar to Halo and now The Grinder is a copy of Left 4 Dead. High Voltage just changes it up a bit. Im not saying this is a bad thing tho because the wii needs better games.

remixbaby44
remixbaby44

@acfjosh this game actually isnt coming out until 2010, but ur right finally some games for the wii that are worth a damn

acfjosh
acfjosh

First the Wii gets the awesome The Conduit and now this! Im really looking foward to all the new Wii games scheduled for release this year

noobpower13
noobpower13

This could be awesome. I just hope online doesnt lag like SSBB.

OreoMilkshake
OreoMilkshake

Can't wait. They should release it around Halloween. Online should be a blast and the theme is awesome.

Spanishflea12
Spanishflea12

If the Conduit delivers top notch performance then The Grinder shouldn't be a problem. Now that HVS is incorporating WiiSpeak into their games maybe people will actually have a reason to buy it instead of just Animal Crossing.

dareough
dareough

This game looks really awesome.

Matthew_B
Matthew_B

Also, it looked like it will have dual wielding in some of the pics, that should be awesome on the wii,

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

that's all?

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

Already tracking, let's see if they really can deliver a high profile game (fingers crossed!)

Matthew_B
Matthew_B

Promising, but I want to see what we get out of The Conduit before I start worrying about this game