Game: PlayStation Move Heroes
System: PlayStation 3
Review by: Denoch
Welcome to the next generation of platforming based on the heroes that were brought to us by Insomniac, Naughty Dog and, Sucker Punch. Making their debut on the PlaySation 3 is Jax, Daxter, Sly Cooper and the crew. I was really excited to get my hands on this new collaboration for many reasons, first of all, collecting every Hero of the best platforming games and creating a smash up, that only means many possible ways of playing a new kind of experience with the Move. You must beware of course that PlayStation Move was developed by Nihilistic Software, it is the company’s first game that includes any of these characters.
Story- What happens when every Hero is kidnapped from their home world and placed light years away across the galaxy, only to find out that some aliens want you too compete in a series of challenges to find out who is the best, Sly Cooper, Ratchet, or Jax along with their own respective sidekicks. To tell you the truth nothing much happens in the story, the only time I get to see something remotely to a storyline is in the beginning, between worlds and at the end. I was under the impression that all three sets of friends were suppose to compete against each other in a “friendly challenge” but instead there is a six playable characters that almost play alike and the only differences is the outfits. This part of the game is the weakest point and could have actually been the strongest one if there could have been a writer on this project. To me it leaves something to be desired especially when all these collaboration of heroes have a background of witty and funny storylines.
Graphics- The quality of Move Heroes is quite decent, the few cut scenes that are available throughout the game are not spectacular but it is almost in par to the games we have seen in this generation’s Ratchet and Clank. The in game graphics is “Okay”, it’s not like I was jumping up and down well actually I was but it wasn’t cause of the presentation, although I must say for a developer that has not worked on any previous titles that included all the furry friends, they sure knew how to capture the “feel” of all the worlds that we have come to love.
Gameplay- Now lets get to the best and juicy part of our review, the only way you can play Move Heores is if you have a Move controller otherwise you are screwed, it has single player and it supports up to two friendly gamers. I feel torn between the gameplay because Move support is actually good and fun, but it is a game with ONLY challenges, you know like the ones that you play as bonus after you beat a certain game that has them. Challenges includes a Frisbee blade that you control with the Move in order to free your captured audience, explosive bowling ball that move to hit crystals and gain fuel to send your audience in space ships. It also has some gun and play shoot outs, there is also a challenge where you use a whip to defeat your enemies and at the same time keep them away from audience by protecting them, you have to do all this while racing against the time clock. Like I said before, the way the Move is implemented is fun but it gets way to repetitive and really has nothing to draw you in after you tried all of the challenges, and the story doesn’t help much either. On the flip side, if you have a spouse, a sibling or a friends come over and help you out can double the fun, I think it is friendly to non-gamers
Sound- From what I can tell all the characters reprised their roles, its always good to hear familiar voices, it might not mean much but it’s a good way to relate to them. The music is a good blend of all three franchises, you might not notice it because it will have an announcer guy saying something each time you gain time, rescue someone or is doing the countdown to the rockets.
Platinum Road- I haven’t received my platinum yet, and one of the reasons why is because you need two Move controllers in order to unlock all trophies, its only a couple of them. If you are looking for trophy whoring than keep that in mind, from what I can tell they seem fairly easy, they are challenges but there is no difficulty setting. With maybe a day or two to spare, I predict in about 10 hours you can unlock the Platinum. I give it a 3 out of 10 on the Platinum Road.
Wishes or Changes- Where do I start? Lets start with wishes, the story could have been something better, it was weak and I wish I could have seen more of my favorite characters go down a plot twist or bring their special skills to the table somehow. Changes to this game are the most obvious one, do not make it into only Challenges, the game play was fun and wish it could have stayed as a platformer and it could have worked really well. Lastly Its suppose to be a competition but you can choose whatever character you want on any stage, so that defeats the purpose of who is the best of three duos because you cant track of any progress.
TQ bottom line- The bottom line is with a good gameplay mechanics, poor storyline, and repetitive challenges makes the Heroes look at their worst when they know they could be better. If you have a second player than hunt them trophies down or just compete with each others high score. This Collective Group gets 3 Michelas.
FINAL SCORE: 3 out of 5 Michelas!
PlayStation Move Heroes
Developer: Nihilistic Software