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Best for 3 or more players,
This review is from: Wii Party U (Video Game)
Played enough with my GF to give a brief analysis from a 2-player experience.
This game was built from the ground-up to be a 3-4 player game experience, although some accomodations were made for 2-player guests. The House Party Mode, for example, where you'll find many of the popular games including 'Name the Face' is practically inaccessible to 2 players, as most of the games there are for 3 or more players. In the other modes, including Gamepad Island and TV party, CPU opponents can be added for those mini-games requiring more than 2 players. The CPU replacements are challenging at first for the uninitiated and gaming neophytes in general, but after playing the same mini-game 2-3 times and getting a better grasp of the controls/rules, the CPU opponents, even in the hard settings, pose no challenge.
From personal preference, Gamepad Island is a step-down from its predecessor, IMO. My GF and I found passing the Gamepad back-and-forth to be bothersome after a while. In the original Wii Party, all you needed was a Wii Mote in your hand, and the simplicity of that cannot be understated, especially for casual gamers. Going from Wii Mote to Gamepad and then back to the Wii Motes again broke the seamless trance, which is important because when you're playing a mini-game collection, you want to go from one mini to another quickly to keep players interested and engaged.
'Highway Roller' is a favorite of ours, as is 'Catch the Sneak' and the one mini-game mode where the first player to the top platform is declared champion. In these modes, you win simply by beating the other player in a series of mini-games presented to you both seamlessly and simplistically. Use of the Gamepad depends on the mini-game in question, but it's not the focal point of these modes which is a big plus for my GF.
Overall, I think Wii Party U is very much worth it, especially since it comes bundled with a Wii Mote, making it our third one and you need 3 Wii motes (and 3 players holding them) to take full advantage of Wii Party U. I know I was down on Gamepad Island and the Gamepad use in general, but that's a personal preference - switching from one controller to the next or constantly switching focus from the TV to the Gamepad isn't my idea of a fast and fluidic multiplayer experience, especially when we're going to have friends around who'll probably be holding their phones/beer/whatever in the other hand, then we're going to tell them to put those things down, pick up the controller, no the other controller with the screen on it, etc. etc. etc.
From a 2-player experience, I give Wii Party U 4 stars. I might change that score once we have guests and explore the 3+ player games.
Hopefully we get some DLC for this title. This is a great warmup for the upcoming Wii Fit U game which I know for a fact will be awesome.