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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. 90
    A fast, fluid, and gorgeous game, with a remarkable control scheme, a gratifying sense of progression, and its own unique sensibility. With a launch title like this, the Wii comes out of the gate swinging, demanding to be taken seriously.
  2. It plays smooth and fast, and like a bright flame it burns out earlier than it should.
  3. Excite Truck may underwhelm with its audio/visual presentation, but it has gameplay in droves. The high-speed acrobatics that would have had you pumping quarters into an arcade machine five years ago have been fine-tuned to create a console game that will keep you coming back for more.
  4. Your enjoyment of Excite Truck will depend on how often you want to bust out the game for multiplayer purposes.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    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. At first I wasn’t enjoying it too much due to the very sensitive controls, but give it a half an hour and I think most gamers will acclimate to the remote very easily.
  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: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  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. MattW.
    Jan 2, 2007
    9
    Thanks to its fresh control scheme, colourful graphics, and fast gameplay, make Excite Truck a game than easily runs over, and creams the Thanks to its fresh control scheme, colourful graphics, and fast gameplay, make Excite Truck a game than easily runs over, and creams the competition. Expand
  5. LiR.
    Nov 30, 2007
    8
    Unlike other's ratings here, I actually thought the game was boring at the start (though an interesting novelty as my dad actually Unlike other's ratings here, I actually thought the game was boring at the start (though an interesting novelty as my dad actually managed to play better than me when first playing). The game does pick up as you gain mastery of it learning to do stunts (spinning is quite frustrating at times though). You become hooked trying to top the scores as it's more about who gets the most points than who lands in first (though ranking higher yields extra points). I give this game a high 8, being hindered only by it's lacking multiplayer offerings (there's just a simple 2 player race with no computer opponents and the screen should be split horizontally or offer the choice but it's nowhere there). Hopefully they'll learn form this past experience and build a sequel, with continued MP3 support, more multiplayer (and hopefully online) options and greater number of tracks and trucks. Very fun game, you MUST PLAY IT at least once even as a rental. Expand
  6. PhillipV.
    Mar 26, 2007
    8
    This game is actually very good and deserves better recognition then the gaming industry gave it.
  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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#6 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2006
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#9 Most Shared Wii Game of 2006