I seem to be on a roll with answering off-topic comments in a blog post! schrublycan asked me what I thought of the latest laser tag system popping up on store shelves. I could only assume that he meant "Light Strike" by Wowee toys It's been awhile since I ranted about this system and it's been out for awhile. So, in a "final nail in the coffin" post for this system, I present to you: Bazookafied's stand on Light Strike
this video, it pretty much set a bad taste in my mouth. The claims in the video are just radical. "It's the first interactive game to bring Video Games in to the real world, live, and in color"... laser tag has been doing that for ages, so Light Strike certainly isn't the first. The options that they boast with the "Super Ammo" that's in the machine gun bipod, or the Scope that gets you up to 100 feet don't sell for me either. Most laser tag systems can outshoot their sniper scope in their normal format. Granted, this system is designed for indoor use anyways, but now it means that outdoor games with this gear are out of the question. It's a steep price for this gear that's only geared towards indoor games. The bulk of my laser tagging is outdoors, so while I am biased in my dislike of an indoor-only game, I can just as easily use my equipment indoors too.
Aside from those issues, my biggest complaint about this system has been it's overall design. I'm a big fan of aesthetics and none of these blasters do it for me with their "Paper Jamz" designs and comic book graphics. I just can't warrant using a blaster that looks THAT awful and cheap. On top of that, they're gimmick laden with all sorts of flashy abilities that, from what I've heard, get in the way of the game. Gameplay itself doesn't even seem to warrant much more than "Shoot!" with this system anyways, as the scoring system/objectives are lost on me. The features seem like they're there for the sake of having options instead of actually enhancing gameplay and strategy.
If you think I'm being harsh to the new kid on the block, take a look at Light Strike in your own stores. If your retailers shelves are anything like mine, you'll see the Strikers, Assault Strikers, Sensors, Targets, and accessories in the same spot you did 3 weeks ago collecting dust. Heck, this system hit shelves around me in July. 3 months later, I've noted minimal stock changes of these products on the shelves. Not even when it initially hit store shelves did I see signs that anyone had picked one up. While I doubt that Light Strike hasn't been well received due to folks reading up on it and not liking what they've read on the interwebs, this overpriced system is taking up shelf space that I, personally, think would be better served for the LTX or for more Nerf blasters.
I had originally planned to pick one up myself and do testing on it, but seeing the prices remain high, reading the unfavorable reviews, and seeing that no-one else has really ventured into this system, I don't think I need to subject myself to getting these Paper Jamz blasters.