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Dead Space With A Wiimote? Already Done!

Intrepid YouTube user hacks Wii controls into sci-fi horror game, beats EA to the punch.

Among EA's stack of announcements out of its earnings conference call yesterday, you may have noticed plans to release the excellent Dead Space for the Wii. I'm a little confused about this port, because almost all of the people who would play Dead Space in the first place don't play games only on the Wii--and they either already played the game on the X360 or PS3, or they should play it on one of those.

Then again, perhaps the investment of development resources is relatively low given the payoff of putting the game out on the console with the highest installed base. Can't blame them for casting a wide net when the game is so good.

Anyhow, if you're curious about how the forthcoming Wii port might play (but not how it will look), MTV Multiplayer's sultan of swing Patrick Klepek dug up a YouTube video of a guy who is using his Wii remote as a Bluetooth device to play the PC version of Dead Space. Observe.


  


Control-wise, that actually looks pretty good, especially considering this is just a hack and not a final Wii product. Jury will remain out on how Dead Space's lavish visuals will translate to the lesser Wii, but this looks like a good start.

Do you have any interest in playing--or revisiting--Dead Space with a Wii remote? Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad

Among EA's stack of announcements out of its earnings conference call yesterday, you may have noticed plans to release the excellent Dead Space for the Wii. I'm a little confused about this port, because almost all of the people who would play Dead Space in the first place don't play games only on the Wii--and they either already played the game on the X360 or PS3, or they should play it on one of those.

Then again, perhaps the investment of development resources is relatively low given the payoff of putting the game out on the console with the highest installed base. Can't blame them for casting a wide net when the game is so good.

Anyhow, if you're curious about how the forthcoming Wii port might play (but not how it will look), MTV Multiplayer's sultan of swing Patrick Klepek dug up a YouTube video of a guy who is using his Wii remote as a Bluetooth device to play the PC version of Dead Space. Observe.


  


Control-wise, that actually looks pretty good, especially considering this is just a hack and not a final Wii product. Jury will remain out on how Dead Space's lavish visuals will translate to the lesser Wii, but this looks like a good start.

Do you have any interest in playing--or revisiting--Dead Space with a Wii remote?
Posted by zityz

Here's hoping the actual wii version has good controls

Posted by Miningguyx360

This will make me buy dead space for the pc

totaly worth it if you get the hand of it
Posted by dtran1212

an awesome game like Dead Space don't deserve to be on the Wii

Posted by norton123

No thanks. I'll stick with my 360.

Posted by ybouc

As long as the game is a variation-on-a-theme that suits the Wii well, I'm all for it.  (but DAMN YOU Nintendo for not making the Wii HD ! )

Posted by mrhankey

You know, i don't think would make me revisit Dead Space....mainly because i got bored of Dead Space and quit playing after Ch 6...i'm sorry it was too predictable

Posted by masternater27

If it's a campion piece, yes.  A port, dead rising style, no.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Dude...

Posted by strangeling

@dtran1212

You doesn't deserve to play an awesome game like Dead Space.

I'll probably pick it up for PC eventually.  By the time it's released on the Wii for $50, I'll probably be able to get the PC version for $30 or lower.
Posted by HatKing

The game was pretty dang good, but it isn't exactly build for the Wii...I just know they aren't going to transfer as smoothly as this guy did.  The graphics, a very strong point of Dead Space, will be loss.

Posted by SamuSlave

One thing the game will lose in transition is some of the atmosphere with the loss of 5.1 surround sound.

Posted by InFamous91

Wow....pretty cool

Posted by Systech

Hehe, apparently the PC is a better Wii than the Wii itself.

Posted by Black_Rose
Brad said:
"Do you have any interest in playing--or revisiting--Dead Space with a Wii remote?"
Yes
Posted by MetalRocker

I support the Wii but, some games are just not meant for it, Dead Space is one of those games.

Posted by Arkthemaniac
Brad said:
"almost all of the people who would play Dead Space in the first place don't play games only on the Wii--and they either already played the game on the X360 or PS3, or they should play it on one of those.
May not play games only on Wii, but I am picking Dead Space on Wii over Xbox.
Wii controls are better than HD visuals to me when they're so applicable.
Posted by Light_Bahamut

I think it's amusing that this guy's a big enough dork to figure out how to use his Wii remote as a mouse, but doesn't know how to capture video from his PC.

Posted by Lumieres
ybouc said:
"As long as the game is a variation-on-a-theme that suits the Wii well, I'm all for it.  (but DAMN YOU Nintendo for not making the Wii HD ! )"
You know,

You can buy special HD Wii compatible colour cords, to make the Wii work with HDTVs. (Sorry, don't really know the right term for those cords, but you know.. the colour cord thingies that go from into the console to your TV)

I personally would/do prefer the standard 360 controller, a game like this might be awkward using the Wii Remote. Although I own both the 360, and the Wii, so I may buy yet another copy of Dead Space for the Wii whenever it's released, just to check it out. ;)
Edited by strangeling

@ Light_Bahamut

If he just captured the video, there'd be no proof he was using the Wii remote.
Posted by Claude

Dead Space was rock solid as a game. +

I loved the Wii version of RE 4. =

I would buy with the hype, but after a few days to let it sink in... I'm now waiting to see.

I still can see me playing it.

Posted by ArclightBorealis

I'm glad EA is bringing their other IPs to the Wii, but hopefully, not only do the controls get nailed and work well, but the game isn't a direct port, but is instead like a side story of sorts. Just making a direct port is near suicide.

Please, let this be a good one.

Posted by JoelTGM

looks like that thing works better there than on an actual Wii.  mine jitters all over the place.

Posted by stephengotlost

Dead Space is great, but the mouse control on the PC is superfluous as the horizontal turning speed is much higher than the vertical turning speed, like aiming with thumbsticks. Also, there is no easy way to plug in a controller and play as the button layout is all over the place. Furthermore, only half the button configuration is customizable when using a gamepad.

Posted by Linkyshinks
Black_Rose said:
"Brad said:
"Do you have any interest in playing--or revisiting--Dead Space with a Wii remote?"
Yes"


Yes, and I already have the PC version.



Posted by DrRandle

I would certainly play it, I don't care if the graphics are downed. I still go back to RE4 Wii Edition, because it's the best version out there. Granted RE4 Never looked that good, but the point remains, that it just plain works, in my opinion, to play with those controls.

Speaking of which, I kind of want to see RE5 get the Dead Space Treatement for Wii, because, again, better controls.

Edited by MrKlorox

Dead Space on PC already feels floaty as fuck when using a mouse. Thumbsticks work fine, but the wii-mote would be worse than the mouse on PC. Also this dude's lisp gets on my nerves. Yes I'm a negative jerk.

@stephengotlost: Try using a 360 controller. The controls are very obviously designed for current gen controllers.

@those who are analogizing it to RE4:Wii. RE4's controls on WII are a vast improvement because RE's controls suck massively in the first place. Dead Spaces, however, were very good with regular controllers to begin with. You cannot expect the same leap.

Posted by keyhunter

It better come with a minigame compilation!

Edited by Linkyshinks
MrKlorox said:
"Dead Space on PC already feels floaty as fuck when using a mouse. Thumbsticks work fine, but the wii-mote would be worse than the mouse on PC. Also this dude's lisp gets on my nerves. Yes I'm a negative jerk.

@stephengotlost: Try using a 360 controller. The controls are very obviously designed for current gen controllers.

@those who are analogizing it to RE4:Wii. RE4's controls on WII are a vast improvement because RE's controls suck massively in the first place. Dead Spaces, however, were very good with regular controllers to begin with. You cannot expect the same leap."


I never found it to feel floaty at all myself.  Maybe I have my Razer DeathAdder's mouse settings tuned perfectly for it.



Posted by Stevokenevo

Its certainly not a bad idea, but having already bought and played it on the PC theres no way i would get it on the Wii.  I guess they must be marketing it towards people who havent got a PC, 360 or PS3, all twelve of them.

However come to think of it, theres plenty of people i know at work who only play the wii.....damn them.

Posted by Stevokenevo

The controls on the pc are 'floaty' to suit the gamestyle / gameplay.  It took me a few minutes to get used to it, but the idea is you are in a massive engineering suit that restricts agility.  Being able to aim and move as quick as a game like Far Cry 2 for instance would have been out of place in Deadspace.

Posted by Kohe321

I highly doubt I'll be playing deadspace on the wii...

Posted by GeekyDad

Very cool. If he can tweak it to work with the Wii Remote so quickly, then there's little reason why EA can't get this game to work on par with RE4 (Wii Edition).

Visuals? Meh...they can make it work. Half-Life 2 still holds up, in my opinion, and if they can get it up to a level that's something along those lines, I'll be greatly pleased.

Very much looking forward to the final product (from EA).

Posted by acsguitar

Hey everyone. that's my video. And yes I am a dork. I could've used FRAPS but considering the massive size fraps usually records in and the fact that I didn't really care that much (and you couldn't see the wiimote otherwise) I just used my  n95.

Anyways here's the location of the script:

http://www.wiili.org/forum/glovepie-wii-mote-scripts-t360-s378.html

Its under the post by acsguitar (thats me).

Enjoy you'll need glovepie and a bluetooth adapter ( i think I used blue soleil)

Posted by Media_Master

me too

Posted by PJ

It looks okey, a bit loose but that can be fixed in the settings like the dude said. Dont think that the game will look that great since its a really dark game whit real small details that really make the game creappy and i think that by sacrofysing the visual quallity it wont be as athmospheric. And since EA(the same goes for every othe company out there too, not just EA) isnte really known to put alot of polish into Wii games then i dont think it will look as good as it could.

Posted by Snail

Oh. So no need for a Wii game! Right? Right??!?!?

Posted by mthe1337one

idk...there's a slim chance dead space wii could be good ONLY if they use the same graphics engine that's currently powering The Conduit.

even for a Wii game, The Conduit looks amazing and props to High Voltage for developing the engine.  the guys working on Dead Space wii need to get their hands on it.

Posted by TwoOneFive

lol good find. nice. 

Posted by RHCPfan24

interesting vid. I hope the graphics and sound hold up, as that was one of the game's strong suits. I am interested in this idea, I must say.

Posted by jakob187

I'm fucking ready.  Bring that shit!!!

Posted by Claude
acsguitar said:
"Hey everyone. that's my video. And yes I am a dork. I could've used FRAPS but considering the massive size fraps usually records in and the fact that I didn't really care that much (and you couldn't see the wiimote otherwise) I just used my  n95.

Anyways here's the location of the script:

http://www.wiili.org/forum/glovepie-wii-mote-scripts-t360-s378.html

Its under the post by acsguitar (thats me).

Enjoy you'll need glovepie and a bluetooth adapter ( i think I used blue soleil)"

Dude, you're a Superdork, that makes you a hero.