When it comes to working hard on a game for the Wii, High-Voltage has proven itself mighty. When the Conduit came out.... it was an impressive Wii game... however it was still short of incredible as far as the FPS genre is concerned. Still with their work on the Quantum 3 engine and their game The Conduit being the best fps so far for the console, it's easy to see that we've got a good thing going on here! The Conduit seems only like a prototype or first step for future games to come. It's apparent that they'll be using their engine and trademark, super customizable controls, in their future projects! Their upcoming game The Grinder is looking like it could be High-Voltage taking the NEXT step. Let's hope they can truly deliver!
What's The Grinder? The Grinder is an online co-op first-person shooter where your team fights werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. It's visuals and story are inspired a lot from grindhouse films.
~When it comes to the videos, keep in mind that the games are still very much in development. The final product may be much more refined, visually and gameplay-wise.
The game will probably remind a lot of folks of Left 4 Dead. Which is a good thing. From what I've read, the vampire creatures have the ability to teleport around you.
Also I love the look of the vampires. I like how they're creepy bat people. I think that makes for a much more scarier vampire than the romanticized images we have of them.
"In my review for The Conduit last issue, I commented that I'd "love to see if High Voltage can take the next step and forge something truly special". Less than a month later, I may already have my answer. The Grinder, another Wii-exclusive first-person shooter, was one of the most impressive games at the show, and looks to improve on the developer's previous work in every way. The most exciting addition is an online co-op mode for up to four players. You and your compatriots play a group of freelance monster hunters tasked with ridding a small town of zombies, vampires, and other assorted ghoulies. Each of the four selectable characters has unique skills and abilities, which you can upgrade through out the game. A cool grindhouse aesthetic complements the technologically impressive visuals, and a staggering number of enemies can swarm the screen at once. In addition to the single-player and co-op modes, High Voltage promises that The Grinder will offer an ever greater number of competitive options than did The Conduit. The developer claims that the customizations options will be more extensive as well, though we have a hard time imagining how that is possible. Other improvements include a new adaptive AI system that should make enemies behave more intelligently, and environments that boast far more destructible elements. Perhaps our favorite part of the demo, however, was a boss known as the Slasher. This hulking freak is clad in a straight jacket, wields two axes (which he occasionally throws at you), and is nearly impossible to bring down. To make matters worse, if you lose sight of him, he can suddenly appear behind you a' la Jason Voorhees. It makes for an incredibly tense encounter, and gives us confidence that High Voltage indeed has something pretty special on their hands." - Steve T. (From Nintendo Power Magazine)
For more information on the Quantum 3 Engine visit: http://www.high-voltage.com/technology.htm
High Voltage website: http://www.high-voltage.com/
for more on The Conduit: www.conduitgame.com/