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Playstation Move Heroes Review

It seems that both the Kinect and the Move peripherals I purchase to keep on top of what’s going on in the gaming scene have spent far more time gathering dust that being used. Like the Wii, the novelty quickly wears off, and boils down to a wait for decent, innovative titles that make use of these peripherals.

I’d like to say that Move Heroes is one such title. So I will. Even though it really fails to check the “innovative” box. I actually really enjoy playing it, although I would have expected a union of some of Sonys best duos to result in a little more substance.

Your old favourites Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank and, for some reason Sly & Bently (who are not generally known as a duo) have been united together in competition on an alien world the inhabitants of which are, apparently, really quite bored. It doesn’t get more complicated than that. Pick your favourite duo, and have a crack at some Move enhanced mini-games. Rinse, repeat.

Mini though they may be, the games are actually treated to some pretty decent graphics, and are fairly varied, giving you plenty of content to muddle through. The co-operative mode allows you and a friend to each play one of the selected duo, working together to conquer challenges, and is fun in small doses.

Amongst my favourite mini games are the smashing of ranks of robots into tiny pieces, always fun, and the controlling of a spinning, flying disc with the Move controller… which would’t be a half bad flight mechanic in a more serious title.

Heroes is a great mini-game compilation, but the fact it’s still just a bunch of mini games strung together with a tenuous plot is still an unnerving sign that Move is likely to break no new ground that hasn’t already been stomped to acrid dust by the Wii. It’s disappointing to see so many great characters united in something so lacking in “epicness”. But, what more should we expect from motion controls?

Playstation Move Heroes should be an online-only title priced at around £9, the fact that it’s not makes it a hard pill to swallow. But if you can pick it up cheap, then its not the worst way in the world to get re-acquainted with your favourite heroes and waste a few hours. Just be prepared to be underwhelmed by the re-appearance of your favourite characters, or just pick up the awesome Sly Compilation instead- as much as re-hashed titles can be irritating, you can’t balk at a graphically enhanced port of 3 of the Playstation 1 & 2s best platform games of all time.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011, Featured, Playstation 3.