• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2009
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  • Summary: The Conduit is a first-person action shooter that promises to provide some of the best visuals seen to date on Nintendo's Wii gaming console. Using their proprietary Quantum 3 Game Engine technology, the team at High Voltage Software fuses fast and fluid gameplay with an advanced set ofThe Conduit is a first-person action shooter that promises to provide some of the best visuals seen to date on Nintendo's Wii gaming console. Using their proprietary Quantum 3 Game Engine technology, the team at High Voltage Software fuses fast and fluid gameplay with an advanced set of visuals intended to squarely establish the Wii as a true next-generation gaming platform. The first-person shooter boasts a competitive online multiplayer component and a thrilling single-player campaign. Advanced graphical features include dynamic environment mapping, interactive water with real-time reflection, and four-stage texture composition including gloss, diffuse, and bump mapping. Featuring terrifying alien creatures, an advanced Artificial Intelligence System, and a rich, conspiracy-laden story, The Conduit has more than a pretty face. The Conduit's control scheme was carefully designed from the ground up with the Wii in mind, as were each of the weapons in the extensive armory, providing gameplay not possible on other platforms. As Secret Service Agent Ford, you must learn to master each of these weapons as well as the special "All Seeing Eye" device to defeat enemies, solve puzzles, and unravel the game's mysteries. [High Voltage Software] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 79
  2. Negative: 4 out of 79
  1. The Conduit is a flawed masterpiece: it doesn’t quite live up to the nigh-unreachable hype built up around it, but by breaking so much ground on the Wii it does something more important than meet the hype.
  2. 85
    The Conduit is finally a high-end shooter for the Wii. High Voltage Software has really tried to get the maximum out of the console while still offering a wonderful game. Hopefully, more developers will follow this example and we can get more new franchises that achieve a certain level. The Conduit has several things going for it to be called a classic, but it still lacks several things left and right to belong to that category.
  3. A great first-person shooter on the Wii.
  4. If you've only got a Wii, the game's worth a purchase, but if you're a multi-platform owner you can definitely do better in terms of FPS games.
  5. 70
    To be blunt, The Conduit is a by the numbers shooter that offers a couple of thrills but ultimately doesn't make much of an impact.
  6. 65
    Although it sets a new standard by giving players the ability to change Wii remote sensitivity and button mapping, at the end of the day The Conduit is an average run and gun shooter.
  7. It seems set with doing the bare minimum (a lot of the time, not even that) and expects it to be acceptable just because it’s splashing around in a small pond starved of enough shooters to hold the flag without it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 93
  2. Negative: 8 out of 93
  1. May 2, 2020
    10
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  2. John
    Jun 25, 2009
    10
    Ignore the reviews, they're all flawed (except IGNs) All of them ignore some part of the Conduit's amazingness. A few of them Ignore the reviews, they're all flawed (except IGNs) All of them ignore some part of the Conduit's amazingness. A few of them didn't even realize about the Games customizable controls. Contrary to reviews, the single player isn't that short, because its damn hard. The AI is amazing, ambushing me, flanking me, and dodging. The NP reviewer played it on easy difficulty, no wonder he thought it was crap. Multiplayer, this game shines, with so many options. This game, is truly a wii gem, and one which every self-respecting wii gamer should have. Expand
  3. AlexanderP.
    Aug 13, 2009
    9
    I have played through the game already. I thought The Conduit was a well-done game to be honest with you. So Gamespot, Eurogamer, and 1UP.com I have played through the game already. I thought The Conduit was a well-done game to be honest with you. So Gamespot, Eurogamer, and 1UP.com all said the game was generic, and multiplayer was unoriginal, but none could deny the success of the graphics and controls. With all due honesty, High Voltage Software has been putting more and more successful games and has been improving with each game that comes out. To be honest, the graphics are second to Galaxy, maybe Brawl. The difficulty of the game to me started off harder than most Wii games I've played, but once I got used to getting swamped by Drudges and other soldiers, I got through the game pretty quickly. Was it original like Gamespot said? I can't disagree with them, but can't the same thing be said with a lot of other shooter games on the market right now? The only thing I thought about when I played through the single player was how short the game was, I thought it could've been better with more missions and other whatnot. "Multiplayer" was fun, but the only thing they offered in their multiplayer mode was the online play. I can tell you right now, I am not very good at online multiplayer. Nonetheless, the connection was always very good every time I have played and it was always fun to play. I honestly thought there would have been an offline multiplayer mode, but I guess you can't put everything on a Wii (unless it's a double layer game). Bottomline, it's still a good game to have. With the very slow sales going on, don't be surprised if the price of the game goes down very quickly, that's gonna be a great time to pick up a copy of this game. Expand
  4. EstebanA
    Jun 24, 2009
    8
    to put it short, amazing gameplay, great online, a bit generic and not really innovative story. But for anyone looking for game simply based to put it short, amazing gameplay, great online, a bit generic and not really innovative story. But for anyone looking for game simply based on how much you enjoy playing, do not hesitate to buy it, and that way you show support to HVS for their efforts to please all of us Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2012
    8
    The graphics are insane, and the sound is well done. The game suffers framerate issues but nothing major. The story is good. The gunplay andThe graphics are insane, and the sound is well done. The game suffers framerate issues but nothing major. The story is good. The gunplay and controls are great, and the level design and mission structure are good. The ai is impressive, but the game doesn't have enough variety. Plenty of content to be found here as well. Expand
  6. AdamH.
    Jul 23, 2009
    8
    Ah, the conduit. i found this to be a very enjoyable experience. The campain is rather dull in a sense. Its extremely tedious at times. and Ah, the conduit. i found this to be a very enjoyable experience. The campain is rather dull in a sense. Its extremely tedious at times. and the strange fluxuation in difficulty gives it a certain unpredictable vibe at times. the story may not seem like much but the real story is told through all the hidden messages and radio broadcast scattered through out the game. most reviews simply look at the most obvious parts of the game and say "cliche" but its takes some digging to really appreciate the story to any degree. a fair use of symbolism is used as well. If they had presented it in a less cryptic way it may be much more entertaining but sadly they went all out for the multiplayer leaving the campain short and the story with a feeling of being wasted when it had so much potential. hopefully in the inevitable sequal they will capitalize more on how deep the story really is. and if you dont think the story is deep just listen to the radios scattered around every level then find all the hidden messages. then google everything you find. it will make sense (mostly). so from the campain bland level design, repetative enemy types, and lost potential in the story subtract from the score. the multiplayer would be the big draw here. no other wii game has a multiplayer this good. 12 player frag fest can cure any disease. the online play will vary depending on youre connection. most reported glitches are the fault of poor connection such as spawing in an orange/brown/white/ bare room/wall is the fault of connection. laggers are a big problem too. if someone does manage to get connected and they have an awful connection then they will probably win. through the simple fact that you can kill them 20 times over but the damage will take so long to register that they could kill you,youre team mate, your friends, and your grandma before they die hackers are a major problem as well. i cant imagine who would have the audacity to hack the best online game for the wii but they should be strung up high for it. level design for multiplayer is a little bit better than the campain but the weapon sets are poorly balanced. the explosive set gives you the rocket launcher as a defualt weapon. so now as soon as the game starts an earthquake ensues. the multiplayer is this games strength. but it isnt perfect. a poor connection will leave you covered in glitches and getting disconnected constantly. laggers and hackers also hurt it but thats not the fault of the developers. but if you get in a full group of players and you and everyone else has a good connection and there are no hackers then you will be in heaven with this multiplayer. controls are simply the best. if there is something you dont like then simply change it. anything at all. it can be changed/tweaked/adjusted/lowered/increased/altered or anything else you can think of. the graphics are uneven. the character models look great, the weapons look great, the A.S.E looks great. but the enviroments are very blocky and bland. although bump-mapping is absolutly everywhere. so all in all a very enjoyable game. the MP is the best on wii and i think in the sequal we could see alot more done with it. the campain is short with a deep but hard to reach back story. enviroments are bland and the number of character models is small but they look really good. weapons are just what you think "point and shoot" certain ones do have interesting effects. one bounces off of walls, another follows your cursor, and there are some others. all in all great game. Expand
  7. PotaterManPazza
    Jul 2, 2009
    0
    Generic characters and graphics, bad sound, bad MP, bad story, mediocre controls. It's one of those games that people say is "good for Generic characters and graphics, bad sound, bad MP, bad story, mediocre controls. It's one of those games that people say is "good for the wii", because if it were on any other console it would belong in the bargain bin, as it would be smashed by any mildly good FPS. Expand

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