Wii – Jimmie Johnson’s Anything With an Engine

Of all the different kart racing games available on the Wii, Jimmie Johnson Wii has to take the top spot for being the most brash and crude, and that is really saying something. It is really difficult to start anywhere with Anything With an Engine Wii. The thought of adding an engine to a lawn mower is interesting, sure. A recliner is also interesting, and maybe even riding a bomb kart would be kind of cool. But a toilet and a bath tub both belong in the bathroom, not a kart game.

The first crude thing you will notice in this game is, to put it as tactfully as possible, the female announcer looks like a "lady of the night." I can understand how the developers might want to try and appeal to male gamers on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the Wii is a family console. It is even stranger that the Wii version contains such fast and furious violence; for example, you use weapons to attack your opponents, and your opponents are equally aggressive.

The only good thing I can think about this game is that it does have good replay value, assuming you can handle all of the issues as far as content goes. Four players can enjoy this game at once, but the Wii version does not include any of the leaderboards or extra downloadable game content that could have even further lengthened the game.

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Unlike other games that begin easy and then increase in difficulty, Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine takes the high road, starting out difficult and then progressing into extreme difficulty. While there is a tutorial that is easy enough to follow, there are just a ton of things that the game throws out you out of left field, making the game really just too difficult. Even though I would call myself a hardcore gamer, I still found plenty of frustration with the game, so I cannot imagine how much trouble casual gamers would find it.

While there are great ideas implemented in Jimmie Johnson's Anything With an Engine, there are too many things that are bringing it down as well. Not only is it too difficult, but despite an E10+ rating from the ESRB, there are far too many anti-family problems here, with a T or even M rating being a much better fit. In other words, definitely do not purchase this for your young children; I would not even really recommend getting this for your teenage children or family members either. If you have a relative about to turn eighteen and wants a really significant challenge in his game, however, feel free to rent this for him one weekend.