Tank! Tank! Tank! Trailer Looks Dull! Dull! Dull!

By Ryan Winslett 2012-09-15 13:40:21 discussion comments
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Nintendo's Wii U is supposed to catapult gaming into the next generation or, at the very least, catch Nintendo up hardware/software-wise with the current generation. With about 50 games scheduled to release within the first four months following the console's launch, Namco Bandai's Tank! Tank! Tank! doesn't look to accomplish either of those goals.

If you're looking for a party game that isn't too worried about being the prettiest date at the ball, however, you might find something to enjoy in this tank-infused, explosion riddled blast-a-palooza. Here's the official trailer:



I know it's not polite to judge a book by its cover (or a game by its trailer), but I can't help but be underwhelmed here. There's little footage of the tanks actually moving, making me wonder if locomotion is a very big part of the gameplay. Otherwise, what's seen here looks like a four-player button mash-fest. I'm sure (or at least hopeful) there's more to it than that, but it looks like there's little more to do than light up the shot and just lay into the fire button until whatever is in front of you goes boom.

Visually, Tank! Tank! Tank! looks like it could have run on the Nintendo 64. That's not me being rude. That's me being honest. And whoever thought it was a good idea to have the profile pictures cluttering up the screen like that needs a stern talking to.

Maybe I'm picking on the little guy here, but it all stems from my growing sense of unease when it comes to the Wii U in general. Very little of what Nintendo has shown off has me feeling like they are headed towards the future of console gaming. I'm speaking from a place of love here. I genuinely don't want to see them spinning in neutral for another half-decade.
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