PS3 Review: Playstation Move Heroes

Playstation mascots come together for the first time, but with mixed results…

Sony has quite the number of mascots these days. Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank and Sly and Bentley are brought together by aliens to compete against each other for high scores in events that make use of Move. These vary from shooting, fighting, protecting and hitting targets with objects like bowling balls and Frisbees. But is it worthy of a hero?

The trouble with Playstation Move Heroes is that the mini-games that you play are repetitive and within 10 minutes, you’ve seen all the game has to offer. You will see varieties of events, but the gameplay becomes predictable and isn’t that much fun. You will be impressed with the way Move responds to your movements with objects like bowling balls and Frisbees that you can steer when thrown, but to be fair…its obviously been done all before in Wii Sports/Wii Sports Resort and the only difference is being able to steer after throwing the object.

The most enjoyable aspects of Heroes is shooting, which does work quite well…but I can’t help thinking it would have been nice if it supported standard controls. Combat can be a mixture of button-mashing or using the Move controller as a whip, it is impressive…but it becomes repetitive quickly. There is a 2 player mode for those with more Move controllers, but its best played solo as co-op doesn’t really add anything new to the game.

Visually, Heroes isn’t a terrible looking game…it runs smoothly and has a steady framerate, but there are PS3 games that look a lot better than this. Voice-acting isn’t bad, but it isn’t particularly great either. The real crime is that Sony’s mascots have been used to front this rather average game when individually their games are superb, it’s a real shame that their first encounter together as one is a disappointment.

The Verdict

Playstation Move Heroes does make good use of Move, that’s undeniable. The problem though is the lack of care taken to Sony’s mascots for this repetitive and that the games aren’t that much fun to play besides shooting and throwing objects and to be honest, Nintendo already had the latter locked down with Wii Sports. If you are fan of either Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank or Sly and Bentley then I suggest you stick with their individual games to avoid disappointment.