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Ben 10 Galactic Racing - Nintendo Wii
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2011
My 5 year old loves Ben 10, and loves Mario Kart, so we thought this would be an excellent game for him. He likes it for the most part, but honestly the graphics arent that great, and the gameplay is pretty hard, even for me!! And the most disapointing thing, and this is my gripe with most games, why does everything need to be unlocked? You can only play 2 levels. My son is only 5 and is no expert, but wants to play more than 2 races. Which means I am gonna have to play (which I really dont want to) to try to unlock more stuff for him. I find this with most of today's games and it frustrates me to no end!!!! Games geared towrds children should not have this feature, just let them play the whole game!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2012
My son is a big Ben 10 fan, so this was a must-get for the Christmas season.

The visuals I thought were pretty good, not perfect, for the Wii. While not as crisp as you would like, there is plenty of nice Ben 10 stuff in here. However, the screen seemed a bit busy and crude at times on the Primus/Galvan and Vulpin home worlds without the richness/detail it deserved. In general everything tracked fluidly while playing, however, when there were animated obstacles (giant rotating fan blades in tunnels to drive between, carnivous plants to avoid being knocked out by, etc), the animation was a bit choppy (not the game play itself), which came off as a bit crude.

However, the variety of backdrops made for interesting racing. Unlocking new tracks was one of the bigger thrills of the game.

The game offers:

- Plenty of tracks (but you have to unlock almost all, ehh)
- A lot of characters to race as, each with different attributes
- A lot of modes/options (single player, multi-player, different races and scoring systems/eliminations)
- A lot of interesting powers/weapons to exercise

I and my son liked, besides the main races, the mini-race competitions, like the Omnitrix tag and demolition-derby Elimination games. These enhance the game, and my son enjoyed playing them with me (vs. against on the regular).

The criticisms:

- The computer racers are quite hard. I mean, really quite hard, as I had to work quite a bit to master the system to win consistently. You pretty much cannot win without mastering drifting, the offensive and defensive powers, and knowledge of the tracks.

This is pretty much too hard for anyone 7 and under to master enough to race well from what I have seen, and detracts from the game for that age group. There should have been a difficulty setting. This is the single biggest error. Someone was out to lunch on the design team.

By the way, even after you master all that, you won't win every time unless you get far ahead of the field, because you simply become the number one target and get pummeled (a few of the tracks are long enough with some secret/triggerable shortcuts to build an insurmountable lead, but most aren't).

- Almost everything has to be unlocked, which meant I had to spend a lot of play time unlocking everything for my son.

- Not the games fault, really, but 4-way split screen is hard to see as much as you would like. 2-way is fine, even though its a bit cropped

- The semi-translucent null void tracks are difficult to follow what is going on through some twists and turns for younger racers, and require you to master drift to avoid constantly falling over the side (which imposes a time penalty)

- There are a few bugs that occasionally cause the car to get stuck or otherwise penalize as unfair, and occasionally cause you to get turned around and pointing the wrong direction, thereby practically guaranteeing last place by the time you get things straightened out.

The tracks are really nicely creative, with a bunch of interesting things plucked from the show, which any Ben 10 fan will appreciate. However, as you unlock the higher level tracks, you will find they are a mix of new elements stitched together with sections of track from the earlier levels. They are still all fun and unique, but obviously not as unique as they could be, so this is a corner cut.

Overall, this is a really nice game. The biggest problem is either you need other "Human Racers" at the same level, or you need to be really good to compete with the computer. My almost 7-year old struggles can't really place past 6th or 7th place (out of 8) against the computer, so I think the challenge is a bit much.

That being said, if you do have other human racers, this is a great Cart game for Ben 10 fans. It has gotten a lot of play since we got it.

It would be 5 stars if it had a difficulty setting to ease back for the younger ones.
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on June 29, 2014
excelente
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on January 18, 2014
I like this Wii video game- But there are some things that I think that the makers could improve on.

*Better graphics would nice
*Because of the graphics, it is kind of hard to navigate

Those are really the only things, other than that it's great.

Thanks!!!
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on January 7, 2014
Don't let the Ben 10 license fool you; Ben 10 Galactic Racing is the single greatest game I've ever played. Imagine Mario Kart but at LEAST five hundred times more polished and revised. Not only is it the best kart racer I've ever played, it's simply the best game overall. I've sinked over 400 hours into this game alone, and I'm not even half-way through the spectacular single-player campaign. There's just THAT much content, and it's insane how much you get for the asking price. It has super realistic kart physics and expertly crafted, deep gameplay that just isn't matched by any other game. Monkey Bar Games did a superb job with this game, such a good job in fact that I don't see myself playing any other game for at least a few years. I'm serious; it's THAT good. How it's not on the top of the Metacritic charts is beyond me, and I personally believe the only reason it's constantly overlooked is because it has the Ben 10 name, and most people think that it's going to be a mediocre cash in on a children's cartoon. Believe me, folks, this isn't a quick cash in. I can't praise this game enough, and at only a $15 price tag, it's definitely a must-own. Take my word for it!
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on November 25, 2013
I bought this for my sons 4th birthday. I realized it would be a challenge for him. My 5 and 7 year old could barely play it properly. It's too hard and the graphics are too busy and confusing.
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on August 1, 2013
It took forever to get this to load - you have to push "2" to proceed but none of the information says that. Some of the processing seems a little slow between playing sessions. But the game itself is a lot of fun (very challenging though - we have yet to bet 7th place out of 8). Racetracks are pretty cool and I love flipping the characters in the jumps. If you have a Ben 10 fan in your house - this game is a must.
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on January 12, 2013
I guess there's not enough action or levels. It doesn't hold their interest. They tried it once and that was it. Never played again.
I'm glad it didn't cost a lot.
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on January 1, 2013
Lots of fun and excitement in the house !!! Would definitely recommend this game. Make a nice gift. Receiver will be happy!
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on April 21, 2012
My son just loves the many, cool characters, graphics, and fighting on these games. Definitely a good game for hours of entertainment on rainy, cold days or hot, summer ones.
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