KILLER FREAKS FROM OUTER SPACE

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Wii U Out: 2012 GAMERS who feel the Wii’s cat­a­logue is too fo­cused on ca­sual en­ter­tain­ment would do well to check out Killer Freaks from Outer Space.

This first-per­son shooter is be­ing de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively for Nin­tendo’s next sys­tem — the Wii U due in 2012 — and looks like good, gory fun.

As one of the last hu­man sur­vivors in the wake of an alien in­va­sion, play­ers will find them­selves fac­ing ev­ery­thing from sharp-toothed lit­tle crit­ters that at­tack in swarms to gi­ant ro­bots that stalk across cityscapes.

In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional weapons, play­ers will be armed with more ex­otic items such as a saw-blade launcher and a jet­pack.

The key el­e­ment of Killer Freaks From Outer Space, how­ever, is the fact that it’s be­ing de­signed to make the most of the Wii U’s in­no­va­tive new con­troller that has a 6.2-inch touch­screen and mo­tion-sens­ing tech­nol­ogy.

To that end, Killer Freaks elim­i­nates the need for the TV screen en­tirely.

Play­ers view the ac­tion on the Wii U con­troller’s screen and con­trol their char­ac­ter us­ing the thumb­sticks and mo­tion con­trol.

By mov­ing the con­troller, play­ers can look around them and should have a grat­i­fy­ing level of ac­cu­racy aim­ing.

Killer Freaks will also have a num­ber of mul­ti­player op­tions, from four-player co-op­er­a­tive play to ad­ver­sar­ial mul­ti­player.

One mode demon­strated has a player de­fend­ing against waves of en­e­mies sent into battle by an­other player.

With gory ac­tion and a darkly com­i­cal edge, Killer Freaks is a game to keep an eye on. Like the Wii U, it will be out some time in 2012.

CAM SHEA

Gotcha: An alien is blasted in Killer Freaks From Outer Space.

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