Written by Grant Miles
Horse racing, eh? Hmmmm... I have to be honest with
you and say I hate horse racing, so when I heard there
was a game of this 'sport' coming to the Wii, well, I
wasn't exactly wetting myself with excitement. To tell
you the truth it had quite the opposite effect.
You are probably wondering how Final Furlong
utilises the Wii remote. Well, you hold the Wii-mote and the Nunchuk
attachment and basically use them like the horses
reins - swinging them up and down, swinging faster to
make your horse speed up and vice versa. In terms of horse racing games, this is probably the
most 'realistic' and physical. Whether or not that's saying much, is another question.
Of course, you can't just swing the controller and
nunchuk like a maniac as fast as you possibly can.
Your horse will eventually run out of stamina so there
will be a tactical element to Final Furlong too.
So, is that it? Well, yes, it is really. It isn't
yet known if there will be tournaments or how many
race tracks there will be in the game, but even so, I
can't help thinking that it will get very tedious
after a while. The novelty of waving your arms about, just like you
did in the last race, doesn't sound like it will appeal much after a couple of goes. Also, another worrying thing is
that your arms will most probably ache after a few
races, so you'll just give up playing it.
This doesn't look set to be a good game, even using
the Wii remote as the horses reins. I can't say I'm
thrilled to bits knowing one of my least favourite sports is coming to the Wii,
but maybe, just maybe, horse riders may show an
interest in Final Furlong. When we receive some screenshots they will be uploaded to this preview. Final Furlong is released in