|System: PS3 (MOVE)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Cambridge Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sony||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 26, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Andrew Groen
So far the PlayStation Move has taken a relatively unexpected turn. In retrospect it should have been obvious that Sony would have pushed its launch games towards casual gamers and non-gamers. Its initial crop of games have skewed heavily away from hardcore gamers, choosing instead to satiate hardcore gamers by adding new functionality to games that have already proven popular.
There are a few games that are attempting to bridge the gap slightly, such as Time Crisis: Raging Storm, The Fight: Lights Out, and Sports Champions, but for the most part Move games have been family-friendly fare. Games like Start the Party and The Shoot have been more prevalent than hardcore killer apps like Resident Evil 5.
TV Superstars certainly falls into the former category, but the PlayStation Move has proven far better than Wii that motion-controlled casual games don't have to be bad. They still have a long way to go, but PS Move has at least elevated the genre to "I guess it's pretty fun if you like that sort of thing."
That definition fits for Start the Party and The Shoot, and it's particularly apt with TV Superstars. This game is going to appeal mostly to families, particularly if they enjoy reality TV. If you're a lone wolf who prefers to play games solo, then TV Superstars probably isn't for you. The experience is doubtless best enjoyed with a few other people to compete with and enjoy the experience with you.
There's a loose story mode to the game, but it mostly just serves to tie together the competitive mini-games that make up the bulk of the game. It follows you on your path to becoming a reality TV Superstar, and in some respect could be said to reinforce a lot of modern stereotypes. I've recently read about polls of kids today, and by a huge margin the answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up" is "I want to be famous." The days when police officer, fireman, and astronaut would dominate that list are over, and in many ways TV Superstars feels like a direct reflection of that fact. If you're a parent who abhors the type of "desperate to be famous" message that modern television imparts on kids today, then TV Superstars probably isn't something you want your kids playing.
I still haven't quite gotten used to casual games being fun. Hundreds of horrible Wii games have beaten it into my brain that these kinds of games are awful. But TV Superstars is a competent party game in its own way.
Most of the mini-games are spawned from mimicking different types of reality TV shows. There seem to be spoofs on those zany Japanese game shows, Project Runway, American Gladiators, home remodeling shows, and more. By and large, most of these games are pretty fun. Some may have you rearranging furniture, stripping paint off wood, putting make-up on a model, or firing yourself out of a canon. The only games that aren't fun are the games that require precision that the PlayStation Move simply isn't capable of.