Playstation Game Reviews: Wheel of Fortune 2nd Edition Review

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Wheel of Fortune 2nd Edition Review

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  Ever since I was about ten, I've always been a big fan of Wheel of Fortune. Back in the good ol' days when there was no Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, just when The Wheel and The Price is Right dominated the air waves and were the two biggest game shows. With the success of the game show, in the upcoming future developers would create Wheel of Fortune games for Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, PC and following that the Playstation and Nintendo 64. Well Hasbro has come back for the Playstation one last time with their sequel to Wheel of Fortune. See if this game is a moderate failure like Who Wants To Be a Millionaire was.

   No the graphics don't suck, that's because there is nothing to suck. The interface of the game is very plain, but at the same time captures the Wheel of Fortune look with the green letter board, and the gold chain around it, the atmosphere can also be changed from Cars, to Las Vegas, or just a plain scenario, nothing much but still decent. There are quite a few FMV clips of the ever so gorgeous Vanna White as she sets the game and from time to time comments, the quality of them is quite nice and never bland. The intro when starting a game starts out just like the real thing on TV, with the voice included. Overall, I wouldn't really say anything bad about the visuals since they are very simplistic and describe the show, but the gameplay is where it's at.

   Oh man, if you've never heard of Wheel of Fortune you are pretty much the biggest moron on the face of the planet! The point of the show is very simplistic you guess letters in order to reveal the puzzle, you have either the choice of guessing a constant or buying a vowel, to help you out a little a clue is given to you such as Place, Event, Classic TV Before and After, and Same Name, the premise is very simple and best of all very fun. WOF lets you play up to three players and it could be quite a lot of fun especially if your buds are fans of the show. There are a variety of modes to play, but everything is pretty much self-explanatory, so you basically know what to expect from the game. Everything from the TV show is here, the prizes, settings, Jackpot rounds, but there is no Pat Sajack, that's a bummer. WOF features over 1000 different puzzles, so it isn't likely that you play the game out any time soon. Final verdict: good stuff, especially with three people.

   Wheel of Fortune 2nd ED, features voices from a variety of different people, but no Pat. Vanna White is the game's main voice and the host as well, she will take you through the whole game and react to some of the spaces like Bankrupt, Surprise, $10,000 and etc. She does a good job at it, much better than the first game, but to some people it may get annoying. WOF has all of the sounds pulled out straight from the show, even the wheel spin sounds just as it does in the real-thing. Every little tidbit from the game sounds exactly like the sound effects from the televised show. Good sound, nothing to get ticked off at.

   There is absolutely nothing to control about the game, there are no characters or anything to move around, except choosing letters and spelling out words. The Dual Shock and analog don't work but they really don't need to. There is nothing to worry about here, the controls are pretty much as simplistic as they get. I know that this isn't the deepest review I've written, but the fact is that this isn't exactly the deepest game out there, albeit it's still a very enjoyable game I recommend it to fans, and game show lovers, I surely liked this game. Wheel of Fortune 2nd Edition is good game, an improvement over the first one, and with over 1,000 puzzles it's very likely that you'll be playing this game for quite a while.

11/14/2000 SolidSnake

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