Yes, Shrek has done it again. He managed to create a craptastic game with one goal in mind; whore himself out to make a quick buck.
Shrek The Third is the exact same game as the 360 and PS2 versions. The only difference is the player must wave the remote and nunchuck to attack. The beat’em up style gameplay is typical and barebones, revolving around button mashing, three hit combos, and finishing moves that don’t work right. Following the story from the game, the player controls Shrek and the other main characters from the movie on a quest to find a new king for Far Far Away.
Playing this game on the Wii is a lot more cumbersome than the other versions as swinging a remote controller can actually become painful and tiring. While the Wii version contains the same levels and modes as the other versions, you must tip your hat more in the direction of the 360 because gamers can at least bump up their Achievement Points. With the Wii, the only extras you receive are carpel tunnel and wasted time.
The graphics are so low res and choppy, I have seen animated .gifs on the web that can blow Shrek’s animations out of the water. This is such a shame considering the movie prides itself on fluid animation and high res 3D renders. The “B” list voice actors do a decent job sounding like each actor from the film but still suffer from slight inconsistency.
There are a handful of mini games, but don’t expect any type of Mario Party entertainment. And the restricting factor of only allowing two-players is quite limiting. But in a way, allowing only two players to simultaneously play can be a good thing. Would four players really want to play a bad game anyway?
The vast majority of consumers will know what to expect from this gamer just by reading the title on the packaging, gamer or non-gamer. Shrek the Third is just another drop in the bucket of Shrek titles and was created as a quick money maker. And just like every other Shrek game, this game turns the suck-o-meter on high. But does that mean this game won’t sell? Hell no. All Shrek games are simple marketing ploys to drive sales and hype for the movies. If you value your time, stay away from this game. Go see the movie instead.