It's awesome that there are so many Wii U classics coming back so here's PlatinumGames' fun-filled The Wonderful 101: Remastered.
As a proud Wii U owner since its release, I love seeing all sorts of hidden gems and classics from the console's library re-release for modern machines. One such title is The Wonderful 101 which has you control a horde of heroes to fend off an alien invasion. Although this sounds simple, being able to do so effectively requires a great deal of practice and patience, especially considering how unconventional The Wonderful 101 plays. Even if you understand the basics, you'll still reach plenty of hurdles and this unintuitive and cumbersome setup may turn off less patient gamers but if you're willing to stick to it, you'll find a supremely rewarding gameplay formula. Swapping between weapons like a giant fist, sword, gun, and whip while beating the heck out of alien robots is an absolute blast that's suitably challenging.
The main aspect of The Wonderful 101 that I enjoy most is its over-the-top campaign that'll have you fighting all sorts of hulking alien monstrosities as well as partaking in enjoyable side activities such as rail shooter segments, puzzle solving, and discovering hidden secrets throughout the elaborately designed stages. There's so much variety packed in that it'll make your head spin. Plus, it makes for an incredible game to simply watch as many of the segments feel like they're ripped straight from an animated action film. Throw in plenty of quirky and silly characters, funny dialogue scenes, and an overall sense of urgency and you're left with a thoroughly exciting campaign. It makes me think; it's a shame that more renowned game developers don't take risks like this nowadays. It's absurdly enjoyable stuff.
It might be a strange thing to say but while I played through The Wonderful 101, I ended up being a little inspired by its premise. You see; as you play, you recruit ordinary citizens to join your horde who then act like super-heroes. You can then use them to form weapons and handy items such as ladders and even have them carry stuff to shield everyone from falling debris. Not only does this show that ordinary folks can accomplish extraordinary things, it also illustrates how working together is often the key to success. With so much needless and preposterous levels of animosity in our society in recent years, playing The Wonderful 101: Remastered made me feel hopeful for the future as well as a little disheartened in the present. It may be silly to think such things but I honestly couldn't help it.
Although I loved my time with The Wonderful 101, it does have its issues. Besides the aforementioned steep initial learning curve, the most prominent downside is the fact that it doesn't look all that remastered. Keep in mind; it originally released on an HD console so you'd hope that everything would look much better considering it has Remastered in the title. However, the character models are very grainy and tough to look at but the environments look fantastic as they always have. Finally, certain scenarios could be more self-explanatory as I found myself regularly confused while not knowing how to progress. One spot merely said to look around and I did and couldn't see anything noteworthy. Another time, it prompted to absorb a bomb. What the heck does that mean? Oh, you just walk up to it...
The Wonderful 101: Remastered is indeed wonderful with its action-packed campaign and highly enjoyable gameplay. As if that's not enough, there's an underlying message that I'm sure we could all use right now.
- + Exciting campaign that's filled with variety and oodles of mind-blowing scenarios
- + Fantastic yet unconventional gameplay
- + Lovely message of coming together
- - Not everything looks Remastered
- - Gameplay is quite cumbersome at first
- - Plenty of "What do I do?" moments