How many videos have you watched where gaming professionals claim the PlayStation Move is nothing more than a copycat Wii because of the mini games currently offered? Or perhaps you’ve read a review where testers comment that the future of these devices depend on the software that will be released? No crap Sherlock!?!
Sony and their developers don’t need to know the obvious. They need ideas and creativity. They need to know how to use PlayStation Move to make your favorite games better. Motion gaming is going to evolve with or without you, however, the pace at which it progresses is all up to us.
As was shown with SOCOM 4, the sub controller works as primarily for directional purposes while the Move controller is used for arming. The buttons are still there to take care of firing and even some equipment management if necessary.
You need to melee that jambroni in front of you? Use the Move controller to pistol whip him, crack him with your rifle Uncharted style, or slice your foes up with a knife. Tuck your move controller down towards your waistband and then hold the trigger button to cook a grenade. To toss it, just make that motion with the Move controller. Perhaps you’ve emptied your clip and you need your trusty pistol. Reach towards your waist line and pull the controller up as if you’re pulling a gun out of the holster, then point and fire. What about heavy artillery like a rocket launcher? Reach over your back until the colored ball is no longer visible to your eyes, then bring it back over your shoulder or in case of a turret gun, in front of you. Then unleash hell upon your enemy.
From Call of Duty to third person shooters like Uncharted, these controls can be modified to make these games more realistic and dare I say, more fun.
MMO / RPG / Action – Adventure
This may perhaps be the greatest boon to consoles as the motion controls allow a lot of things to be freed up on the button interface.
Your primary weapon whether gun, bow, sword, or staff could be controlled with the Move controller. Depending upon the type of game, you could even bring in a second Move controller or use the Sub controller for moving. Inventory control can be as simple as pressing a button on your Move controller and moving to that particular item. In games like WoW or the upcoming DC Universe for the PS3, performing the right moves and timing is absolutely crucial to survival. Developers could either use the Move controller as a substitute for a mouse allowing the game to play exactly as it would on a PC or they could opt for specific motion controls such as making circles with the Move controller prompting some type of wind power. Of course, the colored balls on the ends could be used for extra visual effect.
Even in games like God of War, the Move controller can add some punch. Perhaps grabbing an opponent can be done by thrusting the Move controller and then the rest is determined by your own movements. Punch the guy in the face or lift both Move controllers above your head tear him apart. What about using the two Move controllers to swing around Kratos’ blades or perhaps slash up foes with Wolverine’s claws in an X-Men game? Of course everybody would love to see a Star Wars game where we get to control a light saber.
While this is probably the first genre that comes to mind when motion controls are mentioned, it is also the most tedious to adapt because there’s a serious conflict. Sports such as soccer, rugby, and racing have actions that require your feet to be tracked. That said, this is nothing that can’t be fixed with a few add-ons such as maybe strap on balls for your feet. Don’t go there! But when you consider most sports involve some type of object projected in one direction another, the Move is a natural replacement for standard controller. Take your free throws, toss up a Hail Mary to your best receiver, or triple-deke to beat the goalie all with the MOVE controller.
While these lists do not cover everything, when you think about it, there’s not one single genre where motion controllers couldn’t be used to enhance gaming. Whether it’s using the Move controller as a flashlight in a horror game or letting kids circle letters of the Alphabet, PlayStation Move opens up gaming to younger audiences and even those who admonish consoles for keeping people on couches. In fact, motion controls will most likely tire gamers quicker and actually result in many people having healthier gaming habits.
Yes…motion controllers do have limits. There’s still major questions concerning movement and managing tasks when you use two Move controllers. There’s still no way to track feet and balancing the use of motion controls in games is highly subjective. But these are all things that can be fixed with a little creativity. It’s time we stop making excuses and started finding answers