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Emergency Mayhem is a video game available for the Wii[1] developed and released by Codemasters.

History

Emergency Mayhem was first announced for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo, published and developed by Acclaim. However, the game was canceled when Acclaim filed for bankruptcy in September 2006. In May 2007, Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the game. Warner Bros. announced the game would be released for the Wii and they would publish the game, while Codemasters would develop the game. Then, in December of the same year, Codemasters announced they had taken over the publishing rights, and Supersonic Software Ltd took on developing the game. Codemasters also announced that the game would be released in the second quarter of 2008.[2] [3] [4] [5]

Gameplay

The game is based around the three main emergency services (fire, police and emergency medical services). The player must drive to the destination as quickly as possible. There's a minigame at the end of each level, which is based around defusing the situation. These minigames use the Wii Remote's motion sensing. These minigames include administering CPR, disarming bombs, wrangling escaped zoo animals, among others.

Reception

 Reviews
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 40/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 3/10[7]
Game Informer 5.5/10[8]
GameSpot 2.5/10[9]
IGN 5.0/10[10]

The game has generally been received negative with an aggregate score of 40/100 on Metacritic[11]. IGN gave the game a 5.0/10 and thought that the graphics were "generic and dated" and the gameplay was "Fun, but shallow and repetitive. And there's nothing besides the gimmicky minis that hasn't already been done by Crazy Taxi". They praised it for having "fitting music" and "60 frames at all time".[12] GameSpot gave the game a 2.5/10 and criticized the game for its lack of variety, "wildly uneven difficulty" said that some minigames have "overly sensitive controls" while "others are completely unresponsive".[13]

Awards

GameSpot nominated Emergency Mayhem for the dubious award of Flat-Out Worst Game in its 2008 video game awards.[14]

References

  1. RevoGamers Interview with Codemasters
  2. Acclaim reveals new games at E3
  3. Acclaim bankruptcy now official
  4. Emergency Mayhem resuscitated for Wii
  5. Codemasters schedules Emergency Mayhem
  6. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/wii/emergencymayhem
  7. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/wii-roundup_3?page=2
  8. http://gameinformer.com/NR/exeres/A69FAB5C-DDCC-4A70-84C7-FE3503DE24FD.htm
  9. http://www.gamespot.com/wii/driving/emergencymayhem/review.html
  10. http://wii.ign.com/articles/872/872288p1.html
  11. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/wii/emergencymayhem/
  12. http://wii.ign.com/articles/872/872288p1.html
  13. http://www.gamespot.com/wii/driving/emergencymayhem/review.html
  14. Flat-Out Worst Game. GameSpot.com. Retrieved on 2008-12-28.

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