Xbox 360 Review: Wanted

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Wanted was a spectacular movie, introducing many to the original comic it was based on. Now the franchise has been brought into another medium, and the results are sadly mixed. Despite enormous potential for Wanted in game form, this feels rushed, lacking ideas, and barely tested level designs.

To be clear, Wanted Weapons of Fate is quite playable. This third-person shooter does what it needs to, including a solid cover system, unique bullet curving, and increasingly intense action. Visuals are strong aside from ugly artifacting and screen tearing during the cinematics (to the point that some are completely unwatchable).

Serving as both a prequel and a sequel to the film, Wanted’s game picks up not long after the film ended, with players controlling Wesley Gibson. In alternate levels, you’ll flashback to control his father. It nicely fills in the plotline for those interested even without the film actors handling voice-overs.

Wanted uses a rather poor aiming system in which the longer you move the stick, the quicker the reticule moves. That’s fine when a minor adjustment is needed, but the rapid change in speed can send the players aim careening off the target. On the opposite end, it can feel sluggish. There’s no happy medium.

Bullet curving is introduced early, and is an effective weapon. Levels and enemy AI are designed around it. You’re limited in how often you can do this by a bullet meter at the top of the screen. Holding the right bumper allows the player to adjust the trajectory, and letting go fires the shot. It’s somewhat touchy, and canceling the shot requires a press of the B button, undoubtedly awkward in execution.

Later levels try and increase the coolness of this move by adding explosive bullets, and it works. However, it’s irritating to be stuck with the same gun for almost the entire game. Enemies use shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and grenades, yet the player has a pistol. Canned moments let the player use a turret and a sniper rifle, but the latter can’t be carried with the player. The final few levels allow for some SMG action, but then the repetition has set in.

Irritating quick-time events grow old in the final stages which overuse them. What they need more of are the slow motion cinematics, which resemble a classic light gun shooter. The game inter-cuts a cinema with player controlled slow-mo action and the effect is wonderful. It captures the feel of the film more so than the basic pop-and-shoot mechanic everything else is based on.

It’s made worse by the design of the last two levels. The game moves briskly, so it needed something to extend playtime. However, simply padding the game with repeating sections, countless enemy assaults, and the worst staircase fight since Ghostbusters on the NES (and other incarnations) is not the way to handle things. By this point, the game has seemingly run out of ideas, so it lets the player loose with all available power but it simply seems as if it never ends.

Unlockables include the ability to play as different characters, although there’s no actual gameplay benefit. There are tons of unlockable galleries, but nothing to make you feel as if you spent $60 wisely. Only die-hard fans of the franchise will spend the time to find all of the items in the game.

For a while, when Wanted has momentum, it comes away as a fine movie tie-in. As it goes on, it begins to fall apart as the inadequate clunky controls become an issue, and the level design can’t keep up the excitement. A rental will serve Wanted fans just fine.

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Credit Union Journal July 15, 2002 NATIONAL CUES, Madison, Wis., announced the following are Directors Leadership Institute graduates: Bruce V. Anderson, The Burbank FCU; Roger P. Andrus, Mountain America CU; Truman Baird, U Lane O Credit Union; Thomas J. Baker, Justice FCU; Thomas A. Bieler, United Nations FCU; Edward T. Blommel, Wright-Patt CU; Wayne P. Burchfield, Jr., OmniAmerican CU; Pasquale F. Ciresi, IBM Southeast EFCU; John J. Coffey, Fairwinds CU; Malachy T. Coghlan, FAA First FCU; Sharon Conser, Portland Teachers CU; Rick Craig, America First CU; Dariusz M. Czoch, Polish & Slavic FCU; Andrew R. D’Angelo, First Atlantic FCU; Bobbi L. Fife, Tower Federal CU; Marty Goldman, Marine Federal CU; Lauri Grimes, Weyerhaeuser Employees CU; Barbara A. Haddock, Meriwest CU; Steven C. Hunter, NWA Federal CU; Patricia Ihnat, Tower Federal CU; Jean M. Isham, Vermont Federal CU; Harold L. Keyes, United Heritage CU; May D. Lofgreen, United Heritage CU; Barbara J. Lovett, Tower Federal CU; Sheldon McKowan, Los Angeles Firemen’s CU; Paul E. McLeay, SGE The Service CU; Karl Noordam, Fraser Valley Edelweiss CU; Alan M. Potter, United Nations Federal CU; Dana Sales, Bay Federal CU; Brenda Simmons, Educational Community CU; Harry J. Smith, TAPCO Credit Union; Janet Sparrow, Kinecta Federal CU; William R. Tracy, IBM Southeast Employees Federal CU; Tom Welch, Norbel CU; Winton Williams; Campus USA CU; and Clark E. Woodward, Valley Credit Union.

CUNA, Madison, Wis., announced the following received their Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) certificates: Sandra Altier, Hughes Federal Credit Union; Tara Brookshier, Hughes Federal Credit Union; site crane federal credit union

Careth Curry, First Credit Union; Wanda Hammonds, Pyramid Credit Union; Tammy Ketcherside, First Credit Union; Virginia Lampson, First Credit Union; Frank Mesquita, First Credit Union; Nancy Painter, AEA Federal Credit Union; Bert Soto, Tucson Federal Credit Union; Marci Aguayo, High Desert Federal Credit Union; Rosie Arambula, Santa Ana Federal Credit Union; Cynthia Chafe, Aerospace Federal Credit Union; Glenda Howard, Eagle Community Credit Union; Melanie Kirsch, Norton Community CU; Sharon Lindeman, Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union; Wendy Miguel, University Credit Union; Sabina Montgomery, Norton Community Credit Union; Scott Rains, USC Credit Union; Kevin Sherrell, Riverside County Credit Union; Brad Coen, Gateway Credit Union; Cheryl Kaesik, Credit Union of Denver; Renee Thompson, Delaware Federal Credit Union; Christine Dawson, Community Educators Credit Union; Kristi Fields, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates; Laura Gober, Georgia Credit Union Affiliates; Vershelle Riley, Coca Cola Company Family Federal Credit Union; Steven Ryniec, Motorola Employees’ Credit Union; Vicki Touchton, Motorola Employees’ Credit Union; Carol Rauschenbach, La Porter Federal Credit Union; Dianne Taylor, Iowa Credit Union League; LaRae Davis, Kansas State University Federal Credit Union; Connie White, Mid American Credit Union; Robyn Sheridan, Zellco Federal Credit Union; Brian Stoliker, NorState Federal Credit Union; Shannon Burt, Michigan Credit Union League; Marilyn Gramer, United Christian Community Credit Union; Deborah Koonter, Detroit Edison Credit Union; Brian McKibbin, Family Financial Credit Union; Eugene Niehoff, Missouri Credit Union System; Donya Parrish, Montana Credit Union Network; Kimberly Bohannon, North Carolina Credit Union Network; Betty Talbert, North Carolina Credit Union Network; Barbara Latz, Ohio Credit Union System; Chet Looney, Atomic Employees’ Credit Union Inc; Babs Manion, SELCO Credit Union; Anita Miller, St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union; Steven Scott, U Lane O Credit Union; Vicki Miller, Pennsylvania Credit Union League; Ricardo Ramos, Coop AyC Abraham Rosa; Gloria Daly, Complex Community Federal Credit Union; Darla Grimes, Texas Dow Employees’ Credit Union; Kathy Olsen, University Of Utah Credit Union; Lory Peterson, Goldenwest Credit Union; Jennifer Pratt, Cyprus Credit Union; Brian Clark, Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union; Lawrence Malone, Navy Federal Credit Union; Patrick McNichol, Navy Federal Credit Union; Stacy Smokes, Entrust Federal Credit Union; Cynthia Berry, Kitsap County Public Employees’ Credit Union; Lisa Langei, Whatcom Educational Credit Union; Amy Mason, Columbia Credit Union; Steph Hopper, Landmark Credit Union; and Emily Hirsch, Warren Federal Credit Union. here crane federal credit union

CUNA announced the following received Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation: Sharon Angle, Buttle Federal Credit Union; Kelly Brink, Member Source Credit Union; Tonya Earnhardt, State Employees Credit Union; Delorse Grady, State Employees Credit Union; Debbie Hendrix, Entrx Credit Union; Linda Jeffery, Postal of Arkansas Federal Credit Union; Lisa Johnston, Patriot Federal Credit Union; Samantha Jones, State Employees Credit Union; Joyce Klockgether, University Federal Credit Union; Bonnie Soltesz, BAE Credit Union; Brenda Washington, State ECU; Barbara Wilson, Crane Federal Credit Union; and Diana Winkley, Capital Area Federal Credit Union.

The Certified Financial Services Professional (CFSP) designee is Brenda Washington, State Employees Credit Union.

The Certified Financial management Specialist designees are Michelle A. Ariss, Du Trac Community Credit Union, and Jeanne E. Hartwig, Consumers Choice Credit Union.

The Certified Human Resource Specialist designees are Kathleen F. Robertson, Washington Telephone Federal Credit Union, and Lorna L. Saunders, DuPont Community Credit Union.

The Certified Lending Specialist designees are: Stephanie Chapin, Duluth City and Count Employees Credit Union; Laura patricia Davis, Eastman Credit Union; and Lesia A. Fraysier, Eastman Credit Union.

The National Federation of CDCUs, N.Y., N.Y., elected to its board: Rita L. Haynes, chair; Robert Jackson, vice chair; Sharon Saulters, Robert Coleman, and John Dupree, Jr.