Sony’s PS3 Move may not have had the ground-breaking techno-wizardry of the Xbox Kinect motion detection system. But here’s the rub – PS3 Move actually works. A PlayStation 3 game, that has been properly hooked into the Move controller’s motion-feed, plays about ten time better than the equivalent on Kinect – which can often feel like you’re playing in treacle. So don’t believe the hype. Getting your hands on PS3 Move, and stocking up on Move games, is well worth the candle. And to prove it, here’s a jaunty collection of the best Move games to get you started; PS3 offerings that are guaranteed to have you deftly throwing shapes, all around your bedroom.
Talking about the wizardry of modern motion-sensing technology, how about wielding a wand? That plastic Move controller is really just begging to be transformed into an instrument of magical power. And that’s what been achieved with Sony’s Sorcery – a game that has been brewed so long in the development cauldron, it just has to be awesome. OK, so you’re no Harry Potter in this game, but you are a young wizard strutting an his (or her) stuff in a fantastical world – one naturally beset by mean monsters and wizards-gone-bad.
And just a flick of your wand-cum-Move-controller, and you can call upon an array of spells to defeat said-nasties. Apart from its gorgeous and mouth-watering graphics, what’s made the ‘Move massive’ sit up and take note of Sorcery, is its superb game-play. There’s a seamless elegance to the way the controller is used, that promises a thrilling ‘embedded play’ experience. Expect to hear a lot more about Sorcery in the near future.
You can’t really have a ‘body interaction’ games console, without there being a game to get all physical with. And for the PS3 Move, that game may be Zumba Fitness – one of the best booty-movers to be found on the street-dancing block. Rather than putting you through lots of tedious faux sports moves, Zumba lays down some banging danceable tunes, helping you to put the fun back into fitness. You can do your dance-thing on your own, or you can hook up with some friends, turning the evening into a real dance-party.
The Move controller does a great job of capturing your boogie, which can be shaken out through 30 separate routines, and nine different dance-styles. But don’t let that variety intimidate you. Zumba gives you a nicely-graduated path through this dance landscape. So, you can build on your skills slowly, until you’re ready to attempt some of the more challenging moves. If you want PS3 Move to get fit, then Zumba Fitness should be your first stop.
Little Big Planet was one of the killer gaming apps for the original PlayStation platform, giving players unlimited control to play in (and fashion) a magical realm, with the endearing Sackboy. And with the Move-enabled version of Little Big Planet 2, the creative potential of the series remains undiminished. In fact, Sony, well-aware of the flagship status of Little Big Planet, threw much of their marketing weight behind the recent downloadable Move Pack for LBP2.
Not surprising when you take a peek – the results are nothing short of stellar. The Move controller has had all of its functions opened up, so that you can connect them directly to your LBP toolbox. You’re no longer just ‘playing’ at creating a world; with LBP Move, you can actually feel the awesome power of creation within your hands. The graphics remain breathtaking, the puzzles challenging, and the inventiveness dazzling. If you only get one Move game this year, make sure it has Little Big Planet 2 printed on the box.
“Enough of the fluff – where’s the action?”, I hear the adrenaline-junkies cry? Right here, in fact – in SOCOM 4: Navy Seal, the latest in the long-line of elite military ‘shoot-first, don’t-ask-questions’ games. The SOCOM franchise has done well in carving out a reputation as ‘hardcore’ covert action title, but as a third-person, squad-based game, rather than the more common first-person shooters. SOCOM 4 takes that concept, and tries to weave something more of a storyline to connect together the endless firefights. And in the main, that blend of action and narrative works well.
When you combine that to the solid feel of hefting your gun around (which is what your Move controller becomes, when you slip the ‘sharp shooter’ adapter over it), you get a pretty intense and immersive experience. The tension involved as you traipse-and-shoot through the jungles of SE Asia is palpable. As well as following the campaign through to its dramatic finale, you can also play SOCOM 4 online as a multi-player shooter – where up to 32 players compete in a variety of kill-em-all games. Playing the Move-enabled SOCOM 4 gets you a long way towards that total combat experience, without actually enlisting.
Another one for the fitness freaks, Sports Champions takes the more straight-faced approach to getting fit in your living room. You can use your Move controller to drive, slice and draw your way through a selection of six sports – disc golf, table tennis, bocce, beach volleyball, archery or gladiator duel. An odd mix, and ‘So far, so Wii Sports’ many of you may be thinking. But that’s really like comparing a kids doodle to a Rembrandt, because Sports Champions really delivers on the authentic sporting experience.
It does so by concentrating on getting the detail of your chosen sport exactly right. So the graphics are top notch, and your Move controller responds in a sensitive but totally believable fashion. The ball really can be sliced in the table tennis game, and the fluid motion, needed to pull the bow, are beautifully mapped out in the archery class. You can practice each sport on your own, or play as a competition with your fellow living room athletes. That works great with the gladiatorial duel. And whichever way the contest falls, everyone’s a winner with this excellent fitness-enhancing game.