Earlier this week, I picked up the Ultimate Board Game Collection, so we have 3 reviews.
Just go out and buy it. Really. It's got everything you're looking for in a game - the "Grab it and play" factor, up 4 players at a time (or more if you go on the net), decent graphics, interesting racing circuits, choices of different cars or motorcycles, a single-player mode, and unpredictable bonus stuff.
When I mentioned to one of my daughters that I had bought 4 steering wheels, she said "That's nuts. You just have to hold the controller sideways!" It's NOT the same. There are a few other racing games out there, so it's not like you're buying a single-use steering wheel - and from what I've seen with my friends' kids, kids get the hang of the wheel really quickly.
Note: You can have up to 4 "drivers licenses", each one associated with a Mii. As you get points, you unlock new race tracks.
Summary: It's worth every penny, No wonder it's been so hard to find in stores until recently.
Far Cry - Vengence
Point the controller left, you look left. Point it right, you look right. Point it up, you look up, Point it down
It's pretty much a single-player game. There is a two-player mode, but lets face it - the other player is going to "screen peak" to see where you are, so the advantage goes to whoever has played the game the most, and remembers the terrain.
I'm not into first-person shooters, but I watched as a friend of mine who likes them got into it
Summary: Only for solitary play, and only if you're into FPS games.
Ultimate Board Game Collection
I picked this up this week at Bureau en Gros (Staples to the rest of you) while waiting for my car to get a wheel alignment at Crappy Tire (Canadian Tire). It was on my original list of games to pick up, and at $20, why not?
Sudoku, Chess, Checkers, Reversi, Chinese Checkers, Mah Jong, Backgammon, Word Find, Battleship, Quattro, Gunaku, and a Jigsaw Puzzle. It sounds simplistic, but I still managed to waste over an hour just playing around with the Word Find, and a bit more with a round of Battleship and a jigsaw puzzle.
Depending on the game, you can play with up to 4 players, or against up to 3 virtual opponents. There's no integration with your Mii (pity), but it's certainly something that you can pop in your Wii if you just want to pass some time without getting involved in a long game session.
Summary: Why not?