Sin and Punishment is an on-rails shooter on the Wii which sees you running and flying around a number of crazy locations shooting everything in sight. The difference being, unlike recent shooters on the Wii, this time around it’s not a first-person view you play in and instead you play the game Space Harrier style as you not only shoot things but have to watch where your little man on the screen is too if you don’t want to die early.
The story is the usual Japanese crazy stuff I don’t understand. Isa Jo and Kachi are the two main characters in the game, there’s some prologue in the manual about Inner Space and Outer Space and Kachi not being human but it doesn’t make much sense – it doesn’t need to though as the game’s fun enough without any story.
You can play with one or two players, the 2nd player just shooting as Kachi and not controlling Isa on the screen. Holding down the B button will fire and by tapping A you can lock onto enemies and worry about your character, the trade-off being slightly weaker firepower. Isa and Kachi also have charge shots by holding down A. One of them emits a large burst of energy, the other targets more than one enemy at a time.
And there are plenty of things to aim at. You may be flying through the sky hitting spaceships and soldiers with jetpacks, zooming through an underwater tunnel firing at crabs and eels and even playing through some side-scrolling levels akin to R-Type. The good news is the action is fast, the frame-rate never drops and the way the camera swoops around the environment is a treat for the eyes.
This game is also tough and, being a hardcore shooter, you lose all your points if you have to use one of the infinite continues. Because you can also upload your scores online, this does encourage replayability as you go back and try to get a better high score.
You’ll blast through the game in around 4 or 5 hours but if you’re after a hardcore arcade shooter to play alone or with a friend, you can’t go far wrong with this. It gets an excellent 8 out of 10.
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