The Wii has single-handedly revived the light gun game. We [The Globe and Mail] hadn't played an on-rails shooter--which is to say, a game in which the camera moves on its own accord while the player simply takes aim at anything that happens to pass in front of it--in a long time, and now we've played three in a single calendar year that we've really enjoyed. We had a blast with September's Dead Space: Extraction, and last spring's House of the Dead: Overkill was pretty fun, too. But our favourite Wii light gun game to date has to be Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles.
For starters, it looks great. The opening mission, which takes place in a South American town, looks much like the African village from the beginning of Resident Evil 5. The dilapidated shanty houses are filled with detail and are as close to photo-realistic as anything we've seen in a Wii game.
The terrific graphics are appreciated all the more once one of our heroes, Leon, begins remembering a mission from earlier in his career, which sets to stage for us to begin revisiting classic scenes from previous Resident Evil games. Working through the bulk of Resident Evil 2-an iconic game that's been stamped into the minds of many '90s-era players-with updated graphics, new voice acting, and more cinematic pacing, is a blast. Ditto for the scenes in which we return to in Resident Evil: Code Veronica.