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  • Summary: In the grand racing tradition of Excitebike, get ready for a big-air experience like no other as players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain. Remember tilting your arms while playing Excitebike to try to make your character land a huge jump? Well, that experience isIn the grand racing tradition of Excitebike, get ready for a big-air experience like no other as players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain. Remember tilting your arms while playing Excitebike to try to make your character land a huge jump? Well, that experience is finally a reality with Excite Truck, a wild, off-road race only possible on Nintendos Wii console. Players hold the Wii Remote like an NES controller to control the truck. The 2 button is the accelerator, the 1 button is the brake, the + Control Pad is the turbo … but that's just the beginning. Tilt the Wii Remote right and left like a steering wheel to steer. Once the truck goes airborne, tilt the Wii Remote every which way to line up perfect landings for turbo boosts. Pick up items on the courses to make the terrain deform in real time, turning innocent bumps into massive launch pads that affect not only the player's route, but that of his or her rivals. Players jump and bump their way to the highest score and highest finish. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. A lightening fast and frantic thrill ride from beginning to end, and well worth a purchase.
  2. It plays smooth and fast, and like a bright flame it burns out earlier than it should.
  3. This is Nintendo's best console racer since "F-Zero GX," although it will appeal to a somewhat different crowd than that hardcore series.
  4. 75
    What works about Excite Truck? Simply put, its use of the Wii Remote provides a more tactile feel to an otherwise straightforward destruction derby racer. Without the Wii's controller, Excite Truck would barely be worth a glance.
  5. It's not terribly deep, but like tearing around on your uncle's ATV, it's fun while it lasts. [Jan. 2007, p.63]
  6. It's worth spending some money to play, but with its incredibly limited content and potential for a much better sequel, there's no real reason to pay the full price for this game.
  7. It’s a fun game with great control, a portent of good things to come, but sports a bargain title’s worth of content while asking for a full price.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. RikkoS.
    Nov 20, 2006
    10
    After my first play I was thinking I really didn't enjoy this title.. I loved Excite Bike back in the day but don't especially like After my first play I was thinking I really didn't enjoy this title.. I loved Excite Bike back in the day but don't especially like racing games one bit... The next day I took it to a friend's house to show off my Wii.. Also not a gamer, we somehow lost 7 hours of our day to Excite Truck, and I've reversed and decided it's potentially the best launch title for the Wii! The sound effects, visual cues, sense of speed, and music are stunning and make it just as fun to watch as to play. The custom soundtrack is just a great added bonus - copy MP3 files onto your SD card and insert them into the Wii and you can choose to play those songs (up to 100) during races instead of the included hard rock tunes. A terrific party game (even if only watching single player!), but not the best bet if you play alone. Expand
  2. bhdsde
    Nov 29, 2007
    10
    The controls of this game are exellent and very easily got used to. Definitly the best racing game on the wii. The main reason I have given The controls of this game are exellent and very easily got used to. Definitly the best racing game on the wii. The main reason I have given it a 10 is because it is SO FUN. When I first got it I couldn't stop playing on it. The only downfall of this game is the graphics which are average and the layout of 2 player. Otherwis this game is EXELLENT. A game you must have for your wii. Expand
  3. AS
    Nov 3, 2008
    10
    Best racer on the Wii. Graphics are amazing especially the effects and blur. Sound and music are excellent. Controls work PERFECTLY.....and Best racer on the Wii. Graphics are amazing especially the effects and blur. Sound and music are excellent. Controls work PERFECTLY.....and most of all the game is insanely fun! Gameplay is like a rollercoaster with super fast trucks and huge air. EASILY the best racer on the Wii. Ignore the negative reviews....this game is just so fun to play not to mention look at. Expand
  4. BradM.
    Jan 5, 2007
    9
    Best racing game for the Wii so far. The steering control is flawless and the placement of accelerator, brake and boost buttons is intuitive. Best racing game for the Wii so far. The steering control is flawless and the placement of accelerator, brake and boost buttons is intuitive. Tilting the controller to land flat for extra boost is a nice touch. The fact that my 8 year old was able to play it right out of the box is great if you have kids. The ability to change the terrain also makes it different from other standard racing games. Kudos to Nintendo for getting this game ready and polished in time for the Wii launch. Expand
  5. Ande
    Jun 14, 2008
    8
    I got 'ET'cos mario karts sold out!good game, reminds me of the very first burnout on the gamecube. great rush,new ip,fun and I got 'ET'cos mario karts sold out!good game, reminds me of the very first burnout on the gamecube. great rush,new ip,fun and smashes. Only a bit of spit and polish could improve iit.worth 12 quid at gamesation. Expand
  6. NickC.
    Apr 18, 2007
    8
    8.5 Excite Truck is probably the best racing game out for the Wii right now. When I first bought it, I picked up a couple racing wheels as 8.5 Excite Truck is probably the best racing game out for the Wii right now. When I first bought it, I picked up a couple racing wheels as well, which i highly recommend to do. While it doesn't have the greatest graphics (what wii game does), its high speed feel (almost like burnout revenge) makes it an instant winner. My biggest complaint is that the multi-player sucks. The split screen cuts out way too much of your screen for the high speeds that you're driving at. You can see the end of a corner until you're already past it making steering in multi-player a royal pain. The single player, however is awesome. It addicts you within the first 10 mins you are playing (Unfortunately you need to go through a tutorial first). Expand
  7. DK
    Aug 22, 2007
    1
    This game is boring. You MIGHT enjoy it for the first 2 minutes but then you'll just be bored. Lacks a good lasting single player and a This game is boring. You MIGHT enjoy it for the first 2 minutes but then you'll just be bored. Lacks a good lasting single player and a has horrible multiplayer. You might want to rent it, but dont pay $50 for it. Expand

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