*Note – As with all emulators it is considered a copyright breach if you use a backup image and Nintendo & Sony especially are pretty harsh and refuses to accept the fair use policy‚ I thank my friend Zoe for lending me her slim DVD+RW external drive that can read the wii format discs so i could do this flashback 100% legally*
So lets get onto my flashback review. Endless ocean was announced in 2007 at E3 to a huge level of excitement in my view it May not have had the power of the Sony’s aquanauts holiday but it did not need it‚ it had the power of the wiimote and the nun chuck in its corner however endless ocean 2 did not support it but i will cover in the endless 2 review.
it was a Wii exclusive title as its primary control was of course its wiimote and nunchuck it has to date never released on any other platform other‚ its long out of print so its hard to get it now in game stores but quite easy to find online and in the us i have heard it appears at thift stores occassionally.
Gameplay & Control’s
I could fire up the Wii and run this but I have one problem I dont have a capture device right now so I cannot grab screenshots for the article so with the DVD drive I borrowed from a friend (see note at top) I fired it up using dolphin 5.0
Control wise Dolphin is good but not perfect when you use emulated control’s I could have switched over to a real wii mote which can be connected to the PC with a Bluetooth dongle and a light source like a wireless light bar but thing’s like lamp’s work pretty well in place if you dont have a wireless light bar.
Gameplay wise endless ocean is for me a pure example of complete chilled out and you cant get much better really there is really no places where it gets a bit more tense compared to endless ocean 2 its pretty laid back and its a great light game to play when you are not in the mood for going around blowing things up or the like.
Never added a soundtrack section to my flashback reviews before but Endless Ocean deserves one with the soundtrack being completely done by New Zealand artist Hayley Westerna and this just add’s to the previous part about how laid back this title really is and I recommend anyone checks out some of the music by this artist it is very good did it need any other artist’s for music no not all but its possible to use your own mp3 files with a special option to support this.
Endless ocean is showing its age a bit now GPU’s have come a long way since it was released and used the Wii’s Hollywood GPU which is pretty slow by today’s standards and lacks alot of capabilities but one great thing with Dolphin emulator is its possible to go beyond the base 480i and see what it would look like in full HD
Endless is pretty much done once you complete the story line but you can keep playing to complete your species database if you did not focus on this while playing the game’s story line and really that’s about it there is not really much else to do.
It’s a bit of a shame but to be honest you kinda want to play it again and again after the first time so its not a bad thing.
This was a cool idea but I never really used it back when it was out and it worked through what the game called the “Gate” at the front of the Gabbiano‚ it was always nice to have it in Endless Ocean even if I hardly used it.
In closing I Don’t think I have ever played a game as laid back and beautiful as Endless Ocean and getting to play it in HD is just something else and if you never played Endless ocean while the wii was in its prime its worth getting a older Wii from a retro shop and tracking down a copy of the game.