The Wii Zapper is out and so are compatible games. But which is the best? Link's Crossbow Training is a bonus game that comes with the Wii Zapper, in the same way that Wii Sports comes with the Wii, so you have no choice but to add the little green elf's first shooter to your game collection. But is it better than Capcom's Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles? VideoGamer.com's Versus series pits the two Wii Zapper compatible games head to head and finds out which has the quickest trigger finger.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
For a third party game on the Wii, Umbrella Chronicles looks like a game from the future, with cool lighting effects, destructible environments and nice scenery. Disappointingly and strangely, it doesn't look as good as Resident Evil 4. But it will certainly impress Wii owners who have had their eyes burnt by some of the rubbish out on the console. Umbrella Chronicles retreads familiar settings from Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, so there won't be many surprises in terms of what you'll be looking at as you slowly travel along the game's rails. But that doesn't stop the game's looks from being a solid, decent effort. Try shooting that light out. You never know what secret it might hold.
Link's Crossbow Training
Crossbow training uses the same engine as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and as such is a pretty impressive looking game. Again, it's an on-rails shooter to a degree, so you don't get to fully take in many of the environments, but certain stages do allow you to free-aim to some degree. Sadly the visuals are hurt somewhat by what looks like some kind of blur filter that gives everything an extremely soft appearance. There's also far less cohesiveness to the settings than in Umbrella Chronicles, with each level often being seemingly unrelated to the last as there's no story tying them together.
Umbrella Chronicles' graphics zero in on Link's forehead and takes the little green elf out with a deadly accurate head shot.