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The Conduit Does In Fact Have Multiplayer

Screenshots, a trailer, and... no impressions from the online aspect of High Voltage's Wii shooter.

Sega held an event in San Francisco last night intended to showcase the online multiplayer in The Conduit, the Wii first-person shooter in its final stages of production at High Voltage Software. I wasn't personally able to attend, since I was intent on upholding my annual tradition, now in its sixth year, of frantically filing my income taxes on the 14th of April. (I ended up owing Uncle Sam $68, if you must know.)

It seems the event was a bit of a wash. Sega ran into some trouble with Nintendo's servers and was unable to actually show off any online action, defaulting to demos of the game's single-player campaign instead. But the company did provide the assets and trailer that were set to release along with the event, so you can at least get some sense of what the game will be like online.


  



Looks like... a functional online shooter! What are your thoughts, Wii owners? Do you want to get your deathmatch on with a Wii remote, or are you already filling those needs on other consoles? We'll talk more about The Conduit's multiplayer once we do get a proper look at it.


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Posted by Brad
Sega held an event in San Francisco last night intended to showcase the online multiplayer in The Conduit, the Wii first-person shooter in its final stages of production at High Voltage Software. I wasn't personally able to attend, since I was intent on upholding my annual tradition, now in its sixth year, of frantically filing my income taxes on the 14th of April. (I ended up owing Uncle Sam $68, if you must know.)

It seems the event was a bit of a wash. Sega ran into some trouble with Nintendo's servers and was unable to actually show off any online action, defaulting to demos of the game's single-player campaign instead. But the company did provide the assets and trailer that were set to release along with the event, so you can at least get some sense of what the game will be like online.


  



Looks like... a functional online shooter! What are your thoughts, Wii owners? Do you want to get your deathmatch on with a Wii remote, or are you already filling those needs on other consoles? We'll talk more about The Conduit's multiplayer once we do get a proper look at it.


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Edited by theMcNasty

     Honestly, I think it's insanely funny that those servers went down.  I'm sure Technician Tim lost his job over that one.  Anyway, really excited about the game.

     Also, I'll fail to be a gentlemen and mention this is the first time I've gotten first comment, so... fuck you all!  Bwahahahaha.  Kidding, but seriously, fuck Uncle Sam for robbing Brad of a game.  $68 could get you a blockbuster title like Ninja Blade!   :D :D :D  ...or not.  But we do all know Brad needs his Ninja Vision and hearty servings of QTE.

Posted by Mysterysheep

I dunno. Something about that trailer made the gameplay seem very clunky.

Posted by BiggerBomb

They can't even get the Ninty servers to work for a multiplayer demo in front of the press? Maybe that says something unto itself, me thinks.

Posted by RHCPfan24

It actually looks....okay. It won't replace COD4 or Halo 3, but it looks like a fun distraction at least.

Edited by Al3xand3r

I want The Conduit for single player but it's nice to have a complete package anyway. They're going for the Goldeneye/Perfect Dark feel with fast paced deathmatchy modes (13 of them) and all sorts of cheats to unlock. But I don't know if I should repeat it all here, I mean, it's in this thread already with many gameplay details from people who were actually there or have otherwise had a hands-on (of the single player) or discussed about it with its developers. Maybe thread merge? And, it's not the first Wii FPS with online. It will be for me, but WaW sold and rated well enough.

Also, your linked article cited doesn't say it was Nintendo's fault (and since it's Kotaku, they certainly would have said so). The IGN article said so instead. But is it true or speculation? I don't use my WIi for online gaming, I don't even own Mario Kart yet. I will be getting Excitebots though.

Posted by damnboyadvance

I own only a Wii, but I still look at other systems and stuff, and I think this looks awesome. This could actually match up to other games on other systems.

It's nice to see someone taking full advantage of the Wii. I dare you to pick up this game. It looks awesome, both graphically, and the gameplay looks awesome too. I can't wait to pick this up.

Posted by MjHealy

Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 was a decent online Wii shooter, it just lacked depth.

Posted by TwoOneFive

whats the point of this?

Posted by addictedtopinescent

 I want this for it's single player but I might have some fun with it online, anyways looking forward to it.

Posted by Media_Master

YAHOOO!

Posted by Kraznor

I swear if this game was on any other platform no one would care at all. "A sci-fi themed first-person shooter? NO WAY!!!"

Posted by zityz

Reality: Looks good but because its on the Wii, people will hate on it. If it was on the 360 or ps3 it would be overshadowed by other shooters and be called generic.

It could be good, My only problem will be if you need to have friend codes for multiplayer.  If so, then kinda ruins it.

Posted by Claude

I played Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 online and had a good time with it, but I was also playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 on my PC, so I got bored real quick. I did like MoHH2's controls and the online was cool. I will be giving the Conduit a shot. I'm really looking forward to the single player first and when I'm done... I'll give it some online time.

There's a few online modes, but I can't remember them, plus the friend code love/hate. I'm sure I can find some friends to play here or somewhere else. We'll see.

Edited by Al3xand3r
Kraznor said:
"I swear if this game was on any other platform no one would care at all. "A sci-fi themed first-person shooter? NO WAY!!!""
People sure cared about Haze and all its hype, up until reviews slammed it hard. Let's see what happens with this, eh? So, yeah, people do care about generic things, as long as they look like they will offer some solid fun. But apparently not when they're on the Wii. Meh.

zityz said:
"Reality: Looks good but because its on the Wii, people will hate on it. If it was on the 360 or ps3 it would be overshadowed by other shooters and be called generic.It could be good, My only problem will be if you need to have friend codes for multiplayer.  If so, then kinda ruins it."
You can play random matches without friends just fine. Again, this thread has all sorts of info like game modes and some info on voice chat. I, like Claude, mostly want this for the single player myself, but I'm liking what I've seen of the MP, especially the interface.
Posted by StarFoxA

I'm honestly not incredibly interested in this game. Looks pretty generic.

Posted by Steve_C
Al3xand3r said:
"Kraznor said:
"I swear if this game was on any other platform no one would care at all. "A sci-fi themed first-person shooter? NO WAY!!!""
People sure cared about Haze and all its hype, up until reviews slammed it hard. Let's see what happens with this, eh?"
I imagine that was based more on the pedigree of the developer, Free Radical, who had made awesome Timeplitters games up to that point.

I'm quite interested to see how this game fares though. It looks to be well put together and seems like a solid shooter at any rate, but i wonder if that's enough - both critically and sales wise.
Edited by Al3xand3r

Generic things are what is played the most, all that matters is if they're fun. Ie, Call of Duty, Halo, Unreal Tournament, Resistance, people even already anticipate Modern Warfare 2. How's that not going to be generic? It's just bound to be fucking awesome which is why people look forward to it. Generic is just thrown around by anyone who wants to insult them, not because it actually matters in how good a game is.

And no I'm not saying The Conduit will approach any of these (maybe eventually if it becomes a franchise), especially when it comes to the multi player side, but meh, let's not slam it just yet. It could be a good throwback to the days of Perfect Dark. It can't be as bad as Haze, right?

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

GOD DAMNIT.

WHY???????????

WHY ISN'T THE WII HAVE MORE GOOD GAMES TO MAKE THIS WORTH IT!

Posted by Arkthemaniac
Fragstoff said:
"great visuals straight out of 1999"
L O MUTHAFUCKIN L

That's a fuckin good one. Never gets old. Also, never comes true.
Edited by InFamous91

i heard a few negative things about this game but hopefully high voltage  will fix these problems
because this game looks great for the Wii and i can't wait to play the hell out this game

Posted by Ravenlock

Not that it's going to matter to anybody, but the Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer on Wii is actually excellent. Very fast matchmaking, no lag, and pretty much the full online CoD experience, with ranks, perks, the in-game items (UAV's, artillery, dogs)... the whole bit except for chat.


Which of course means it's damn hard to find a consistent group to play with (or to coordinate with the people you are playing with), but it's still a lot of fun to jump into for a half hour. And the controls are great. I would rather aim and shoot with a Wiimote than with a dual-analog any day of the week. It's just such a damn shame that Nintendo failed to account for the absolute need for voice chat in online gaming. All they would need is that and a decent friends system, and I would actually prefer CoD on Wii over PC/360, even with the hit to the graphics.
Posted by pause422

I can't imagine anyone that didn't expect it to have multiplayer. Also, that made me laugh Fragstoff, thank you.

Posted by Claude
Ravenlock said:
"Not that it's going to matter to anybody, but the Call of Duty: World at War multiplayer on Wii is actually excellent. Very fast matchmaking, no lag, and pretty much the full online CoD experience, with ranks, perks, the in-game items (UAV's, artillery, dogs)... the whole bit except for chat.

Which of course means it's damn hard to find a consistent group to play with (or to coordinate with the people you are playing with), but it's still a lot of fun to jump into for a half hour. And the controls are great. I would rather aim and shoot with a Wiimote than with a dual-analog any day of the week. It's just such a damn shame that Nintendo failed to account for the absolute need for voice chat in online gaming. All they would need is that and a decent friends system, and I would actually prefer CoD on Wii over PC/360, even with the hit to the graphics.
"
Word... from the front lines.
Edited by DannyJ

To me it looks like a mix of almost all the "generic" shooters on the market. It has the Goldeneye/Perfect Dark theme goin for it. You can see some Timesplitters thrown in there. And jumping from Halo ;)

Not saying it as a bad thing, I think this mix will make it a lot of fun. It probably wont have a great storyline but it should be fun.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Friend codes needed?

Edited by Arkthemaniac
DannyJ said:
"To me it looks like a mix of almost all the "generic" shooters on the market. It has the Goldeneye/Perfect Dark theme goin for it. You can see some Timesplitters thrown in there. And jumping from Halo ;)Not saying it as a bad thing, I think this mix will make it a lot of fun. It probably wont have a great storyline but it should be fun."
None of those games are generic!

I call blasphemy for even attempting to call Timesplitters something other than totally kickass.

LiquidPrince said:
"Friend codes needed?"
You can play random people. I'm not sure if you can do voice chat with random people, but you can play random people.
Posted by Nasar7

I'm still not sold on this game but hopefully it'll turn out awesome.

Posted by Milkman

I guess it's pretty sweet that you're getting a full multiplayer experience on the Wii, though I think Medal of Honor Heroes 2 did that already perfectly. However, the game just looks so generic and at some points, the game just looks like it's on the N64. 

Posted by Arkthemaniac

Are you talking about Heroes 2 or the Conduit, Milkman?

Edited by Claude
Milkman said:
"I guess it's pretty sweet that you're getting a full multiplayer experience on the Wii, though I think Medal of Honor Heroes 2 did that already perfectly. However, the game just looks so generic and at some points, the game just looks like it's on the N64. "
Mod Edit: No need for that - TheBeast
Posted by DannyJ

Oh no no, dont get me wrong. I didnt mean generic as a negative term. To me the classic generic games were some of the best FPS's ever before the market got oversaturated wit them.

Edited by Heartagram

Ok so i had first comment and then it was taken from my grasp that's depressing. I guess the Final story was posted.

I don't see the point yeah it will have voice chat but with that stupid wii speak which honestly who the hell uses that. I cant see myself getting excited about online in any Wii game

Posted by MeatSim

To bad you have to use friends codes to play online.

Posted by Meowayne
Looks like... a functional online shooter!

And not the first one. But a Wii article is not complete without some negativity, right?
Posted by Meowayne
Looks like... a functional online shooter!

And not the first one. But a Wii article is not complete without some negativity, right?
Edited by ArbitraryWater

This game is only distinguished by it being for the Wii, and online multiplayer that will require (shudder) friend codes if you want to play with more than strangers is automatically a strike against it. But I assume that the usual suspects will defend it to the bitter end, no matter the critical reception (positive or negative)

Posted by TabooTongue

Can't wait, one of the few games I'm looking forward to.
Online voice chat with random people---great. Standard on the 360, but I can't stand playing an FPS with two sticks; and I don't have a graphic card (on board graphics on my computer).

Posted by FCKSNAP
TabooTongue said:
"Can't wait, one of the few games I'm looking forward to.Online voice chat with random people---great. Standard on the 360, but I can't stand playing an FPS with two sticks; and I don't have a graphic card (on board graphics on my computer)."
Hey, graphics cards are cheap. Even on a crappy desktop with no PCIExpress ports you can use one of these babies and still run TF2 on low settings.

Personally, I'm waiting for the Wii to get more major RTS/strategy games in general or a hardware upgrade; whichever comes first.
Posted by TheFrostedGamer

This game looks promising.



Expected to release in 1998 right?

Posted by Meowayne
TheFrostedGamer said:
Expected to release in 1998 right?"
HA TEH WII HAS BAD GRAFX NICE1
Posted by Kbm600

This could be awesome as hell if it's done right.

Posted by Zalasta

If you only have a Wii, then I can understand getting this for your FPS fix; but if you have either a 360 or PS3, why would you even bother with The Conduit when there are better and deeper shooters available?  It's your money to waste I guess.

Posted by TaintedSun

@ DannyJ

It is most definitely a bad thing when you see a console built upon the idea of innovation resort to classic ideas to fill a gap in their titles. I will never understand games like Mad World and Conduit, games that are obviously marketed towards the hardcore gamers who own the system. If hardcore gamers are to get involved, Nintendo needs to actually use the Wii-mote in an innovative way, not a classic one.

But what do I know? Apparently the Wii sells just fine ;)
 
@ Arkthemaniac

Timesplitters is pretty much a forgotten series.





Posted by mattysen

@ TaintedSun

Your an asshole if you have forgoten about timesplitters, sorry, you just are
Posted by darkspirit138

The first ever awesome Wii shooter? We'll see.

Posted by Shuborno

I want to like this game because I appreciate the effort this dev is putting behind their game, but I'm totally not feeling the art style.  I don't think the graphics are bad from a technical perspective, but it just looks uninspired.

Posted by DavidSnakes

I think the original Halo looks better than this

Posted by Ravey
DavidSnakes said:
"I think the original Halo looks better than this"

Probably does, so what? Are you saying Halo looks bad now? I think it's still a fantastic looking game, it can still stand up to the best because the genre hasn't even changed significantly in the past eight years.

Posted by Dauragon

This looks like some old school quake style fun. I'm down.

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