PlayStation Move Heroes Review (PS3)

April 2, 2011

PlayStation 3, Reviews

Playstation Move Heroes is an action adventure game developed by Nihilistic Software and published by Sony for the Playstation 3 while utilizing the Playstation Move. It is a crossover from the Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, and Sly Cooper game franchises.

Story: 2/5

The story begins when all 6 characters (Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, Sly and Bentley) are transported from their respective worlds through a wormhole to an unknown planet. There, they meet two aliens who tell them that they have been chosen to participate in a tournament. Though all 6 characters are confused about the situation and briefly dispute amongst themselves, they agree to participate. However, the aliens are up to no good and have a plan of their own. During the tournament, our protagonists need to free little aliens called the Whibbles, and the further you progress, the more the story unfolds. Now I‘ve always liked the idea of taking characters out of their surroundings and throwing them into crossover stories, so I didn’t mind the limited plot involved, but others looking for a more in-depth storyline will be disappointed. Essentially, I realized that this is more of a pick-up-and-play party game, but the developers tried to reason why these characters from other worlds are together. It works, but barely. The dialogue is sometimes humorous, but oftentimes not as charming as the characters are known to be.

Gameplay: 3/5

The game is played using the Move Navigator and Controller, and doesn’t give you the option to play with a Dualshock. So if you don’t have a Move, you’re out of luck, but in defense, the game IS called Playstation Move Heroes, and was made specifically for the device. As far as controls go, the Move is responsive and almost entirely accurate. You will find moments where movement is a little stiff, but it doesn’t damage the overall feel for the game. The game features both single-player and two player co-op multiplayer, and has more than 50 levels that range from 5 different game modes: Disc, Whip, Bowling, Projectile, and Melee. The Disc is a Frisbee style game where the character throws the disc in order to strike your targets to achieve the objective. This mini-game worked well and was fun to play. The Whip is an energy weapon (similar to the weapon in the Ratchet and Clank series) that characters use to destroy enemies in order to free the Whibbles. The Move controller worked okay, but out of all the mini-games, I felt that the controls could have been more responsive. Bowling requires your character to throw a ball down various ramps to their destination, and was enjoyable to play in all its different obstacles. Projectiles is a mini-game where your character uses an assortment of guns to obliterate enemies while either protecting Whibbles long enough for the timer to end, or free them from their rocket cages. Melee is similar to Projectiles whereas instead of guns, you use either Sly’s Cane, Ratchet’s Wrench or Jak’s Gunstaff. These sections also provide a power move allowing each character to use a special that reflects their respective game franchise (Ratchet’s disco ball, Jak’s dark eco, Sly’s thief time). The Projectile mini-games were the more enjoyable of the two, as it got tiring to swing your weapon during the Melee sections. All three worlds are incorporated into the game, with the final world being the Whibbles home planet. Essentially, the Move Controller works well, but can be perfected a bit more for this type of game play.

Graphics: 3/5

The Ratchet and Clank games are known for their superior graphics, and as Jak and Sly are rumored to appear on the PS3 console soon, I expect them to be given the same graphical treatment as their exceptional Playstation 2 predecessors. Playstation Move Heroes is a step down from the latest Ratchet and Clank Future games, but that doesn’t mean they look bad. The characters look great, but the environments are bland and don’t offer a lot to the game.

Sound: 3/5

As you play, you’ll notice sound effects taken from the other characters game series, as well as some familiar tunes, but there is nothing that stands out. The sound effects and music are decent, but nothing that will stand out.

Overall: 11/20 = 5.5/10

Playstation Move Heroes is a fun co-op game and handles the Move Controller well, but there isn’t enough content in this game to make you come back for more.

PROS:

+Some good mini-games that are fun to play in short sessions

CONS:

-Mediocre Story

-Controls are unresponsive for some events

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