|System: PS3 (MOVE)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Sony Computer Entertainment||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 17, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: N/A||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The rest of the Move library is not nearly as fun, and includes far too many tech demos that were turned into full games. Start the Party is a decent but short-lived party game that will only be fun for young kids, and even then will probably grow tiresome after a couple rounds.
Eyepet is similar in that regard. This game will provide a few hours of fun for young kids, but will hold next to zero appeal for adults or anyone looking beyond those few hours. It's an intriguing toy that will probably sell quite a few Move controllers thanks to TV ad spots during the Saturday morning cartoons, but it's a less than compelling gaming experience.
Other genres have been poorly represented as well. Kung Fu Rider is the Move's first foray into racing game territory, but it mostly falls flat despite a few entertaining moments. Time Crisis and The Shoot also make interesting showings, but ultimately make us fear for future installments in the shooter genre.
Most of the games created specifically for the Move controller aren't very good. However, don't let that keep you from trying it out. There are a host of other games slated to receive patches that will include support for motion control. Some notables include MAG, SOCOM 4, and Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition. The latter of which seems to be the most compelling choice. I've yet to try it out for myself, but Resident Evil 4 on the Nintendo Wii was a great combination, and it is said to play similarly.
Personally, I have a lot of faith that this technology is going to do very well for fans of hardcore games and fans of casual experiences alike. Its early experiences have been impressive in terms of showing us what the technology is capable of, if not necessarily providing awesome gaming. I'm looking forward to seeing what the technology will do for sports games in particular. Sports games have failed miserably to push the genre forward on the Wii (they've actually regressed considerably). But with the advanced technology of the Move controller coupled with the processing power of the PlayStation 3, this could be a match made in heaven.
Move has all the advantages of the Wii's motion controller, and none of the weaknesses of the Wii console. Sports Champions has proved that the system can support quality gaming experiences, now the onus is on the developers to make that happen. Expect a rocky first year though. When things like this come out, developers have a tendency to insert that new technology into their in-progress games in order to be one of the first to market, which isnt always the best use of new gadgets. However, in about a year we'll start seeing true Move games, then I think we'll really start to be impressed with how far motion gaming has come.
CCC Freelance Writer