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Mario Strikers: Charged Football
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Mario Strikers: Charged Football - Review ( cont'd )
Written by James Hobbs

It's definitely multiplayer where the game shines. Whilst you do have single-player options such as a fairly large career mode, versus, and training, the multiplayer options are far more entertaining and extend to most of the single player options available. For example, not only can you play online against other people by yourself, you can also have a friend join you online ( if you have two controllers ), or on the career mode or versus. This ability to play with a friend across the entire game is fantastic, and whether you're playing against the person next to you or alongside them, it definitely adds something.

As I've already mentioned, the online wi-fi connection mode suffered from fairly drastic problems initially. It's much better now, and when you do manage to connect you are able to play either friendly matches or 'ranked' matches, which count towards your overall ranking amongst the online players of the game. Ranked matches are good fun, as there's quite a lot of pressure on to keep your win ratio high to stay up in the rankings, and it's especially good when played with a friend, as you get to play two other people on the other end of the line, so to speak. What seemed poorly implemented and unnecessary at first ( when it didn't work ) is in fact one of the most entertaining parts of a game that, on the whole, is superb fun.

Mario Strikers Charged isn't particularly diverse, but underneath the facade of cutesy football lurks a tense, exciting, well-realised and ultimately rather polished arcade-style football game that should keep you entertained for some time to come. The addition of an online mode makes it one of the few Wii games around that actually has some definite, tangible replay value. It's football, but not as we know it.

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The verdict:

What it lacks in diversity it makes up for with raucous insanity, with more longevity than most Wii games to boot. Recommended.


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