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Review: 'Sin & Punishment' sequel is a blast from the past

"Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" for the Nintendo Wii takes place in a futuristic Japan.
"Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" for the Nintendo Wii takes place in a futuristic Japan.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" is a frantic and bizarre ride
  • It's an "on-rails" shooter, so you're whisked to each new area by the game
  • The game is an enjoyable third-person shooter with wild environments and enemies

(CNN) -- Whether or not you've played the original "Sin & Punishment," a Japanese cult classic that debuted on the Nintendo 64 a decade ago, action fans looking for a frantic and bizarre ride need look no further than "Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" for the Nintendo Wii.

In this third-person shooter game -- in which most of your movement is handled by the game, as you aim and fire at enemies -- you play as either Isa Jo or Kachi, who wear jet packs and ride hoverboards while they take out targets.

The game has seven stages and it takes place both above and underneath a futuristic Japan. At some points, it takes players underwater and into outer space, too. The story is a bit difficult to follow, but the gist is this: Isa Jo, a male soldier, aims to protect the female Kachi, an alien reconnaissance fighter, who has no memory of her past.

It seems the evil Nebulox wants Kachi destroyed, presumably for information she carries but cannot yet recall. The two characters are on the run from a number of forces working together to stop them, including soldiers, robots and wild creatures like killer fish, giant birds and multi-armed beasts.

One of the highlights in this anime-inspired, sci-fi game is the enormous boss characters you'll need to take down in order to progress through the campaign.

Players must assess the bosses' movements, find weaknesses and chip away at their health bars with well-timed attacks in order to succeed..

Your character will probably die at least once while fighting all major bosses, but at least you'll start at the beginning of the fight each time.

"Sin & Punishment: Star Successor"
Score: 3 (out of 4)

Rating: T for Teen

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

Price: $49.99
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You can choose from one of four control schemes to play the game: a Wii remote and nunchuk combination, Wii classic controller, GameCube controller, or the Wii Zapper, which is a plastic gun that snaps onto the Wii remote.

Also, this game is classified as an "on-rails" shooter, so you're whisked to each new area by the game automatically, instead of having to move the character throughout the game manually.

Downsides

While wacky, fast and fun, this "Sin & Punishment" sequel isn't a flawless adventure.

For one thing, the game offers a cooperative option, but instead of allowing two friends to battle enemies together, only one player is seen in the game at a time. The second one can only set his or her sight and shoot at targets.

This is very disappointing, as the second player is merely helping out the first, instead of feeling as if they're performing actions together.

Another letdown is finding out the "Wi-Fi Connection" sticker on the front of the game box -- which seems to imply online multiplayer support or at least downloadable extras -- only refers to the ability to post your score to a global leader board.

Shortcomings notwithstanding, "Sin & Punishment: Star Successor" is an enjoyable third-person shooter game with wild environments and enemies. It's fast and furious, and a lot of fun to blast through.

Gamers who haven't yet played the original "Sin & Punishment" can download it from Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel for $12.

The opinions expressed in this review are solely those of Marc Saltzman.

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