|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|
The system's hardware is good, but there is no way to change the fact that the PS Wand bulb is huge. That leads to some ridiculous looking make-up on your model and other things like that. It's not a deal breaker, but it seems unnecessary to include these games. Surely the developers knew that the hardware was barely capable of completing these tasks.
The more fun games are the kinetic games that get you up and moving. One of my favorites involved shooting yourself out of a canon, then using the wand to orientate your body to fly through a body-shaped hole. You don't need to be perfect, but the closer to the shape you are, the more points you receive.
The PS Move hardware holds up pretty well considering all of the loops that TV Superstars puts it through. Just about every function the controller is capable of is put to test in this game. You can even take pictures of your face using the Move camera then use that face on your character. The way this is done is clever. The camera will not take the picture unless it recognizes that what it's seeing is a face in the predetermined area (yes, it can do that.) Then it asks you to make a blank, happy, and angry face that it will use to correspond to your characters emotions during the games. Lose a match for instance, and the angry face pops up while the happy face adorns the winner.
The only snag is that the face mapping is generally pretty bad. The Move camera takes decent pictures, but most of the characters we made ended up looking pretty awful. You can try to fix this, but most of the time your face will go on crooked, and you'll probably never ever get the skin tone to look natural. It still accomplishes the effect of having your face in the game, but they can make you look pretty ugly.
You can also use the microphone embedded into the Move camera to record your name so that your name with your voice rings out from the speakers instead of a disembodied voice announcing, "player number one is the winner." You also get to record a quick catchphrase. The microphone recorder was never particular good when we tried these aspects, but we weren't able to test it on multiple systems.
Despite some of its shortcomings, TV Superstars is a fun party game for a family that likes reality TV or a group of younger kids (the modeling games probably skew this one slightly towards young girls, but boys should still get some enjoyment out of it.) For the budget price of $40, this is a relatively cheap way to entertain the whole family for a few nights before it runs out of steam, but if you don't have many people to play with then you may not get your money's worth out of this package.
Sony's first party Move games have scratched a very particular itch the PlayStation 3 families may have had. There wasn't much for families, and most games skewed towards hardcore gamers. Sony's games have been pretty high quality family/party games, but some of the games developed by third parties haven't been quite as good. Let's hope more games come out like The Shoot, TV Superstars, and Time Crisis, and fewer like John Daly's Prostroke Golf.
CCC Freelance Writer