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Let's Get Moving: A Plea For Higher Quality Move Games

sonysmove.jpgSo I have a confession. I was never a die-hard Sony fanboy, but I never outright hated any of their products. However, I really never care much for Playstation 3. It seemed to me that there was not enough innovation on the system and that there was not enough focus on must have, original, quality titles that brought new experiences that could not be had on other consoles. Sure there were a few titles here and there like Infamous and Little Big Planet, but nothing that could convince me to shell out money for the price tag. However, as a casual Wii fan (read: not fanboy), I was excited when Sony announced the knockoff creative take on the Wii remote. We all knew it would come to this. With Nintendo raking in the cash with their new approach to gameplay Microsoft and Sony knew they had to implement some form of motion controls on their consoles to widen their audience of casual gamers and family gaming, as well as help keep their gaming experiences and images fresh on their respective platforms.

The Xbox 360, in my mind, has certainly won the first duel of the new boys of motion control in town. Kinect launched with 17 titles and while some of them, such as Dance Central and Kinect Sports, were rather solid titles, there were also a few duds in the selection, such as the new Harry Potter title and Adrenalin Misfits. However, the quality of the titles that were well done easily overshadowed the clunkers released for the new control option and really helped gain excitement from non-gamers to give the Kinect a shot. I'm sure that Oprah endorsement didn't hurt either.

Despite seeing some cool tech demos, I originally had not bought into any of the Kinect hype. I was more excited to see what the Move was going to bring. I guess I saw Move evolving what we got with the Wii in every conceivable way. I saw and can still see its potential as the next step in Wii style controls as we get better accuracy with vastly improved visuals. Not to mention a slightly more robust online gaming experience and a beastly hardware that can improve upon gameplay experience with more advanced AI, larger environments, and more. I was excited to see what PS Move meant for the console FPS, as my current preferred method of killing zombies and hat-simulation is on the PC platform. I've always admired how the Wii interpreted FPS controls, but I've found most of the games controls to be unreliable with motion sensitivity being iffy, especially in games emphasizing motion with the nun-chuck and somewhat unplayable do to the console's limited hardware capabilities limiting such options as downloadable content, online gameplay, and visuals. However, these have yet to materialize at all for the PS3 and I am very curious as to why there has not been more announcements for such titles. I'm even surprised at the fairly small list of Move enabled party style games that the Wii is notorious for over-doing.

However, despite purchasing the PS3 Move Bundle, I was very disappointed by the lineup of software at Move's launch. The hardware is excellent and highly responsive but I found the only real must have title that was Move enabled was the pack in game, Sports Champions, a game I find to be fairly uninspired and frankly, ugly. Despite some reviewers actually claiming to like it over Kinect Sports, I've find both the Wii Sports series and Kinect Sports to have more character, better visuals with their less bland, more stylistic approach, and simply had much more fun playing them alone or with friends. Please do note that I'm excluding The Sly Collection from consideration as although it is a stellar title, its handful of rushed mini-games are hardly really all that qualifying as a Move game to me, I'm more discussing the games that require the Move control scheme, or have it fully implemented into a game alongside standard control options. Resident Evil 5 with Move controls does interest me, but I already own the title on 360 and see no need to re-purchase it. Perhaps a few of you guys could comment and let me know how it plays out and maybe I'll give it a rental!

Currently, I find even budget Wii titles with a few tacked on "waggle" motion gimmick features to be more playable, fun titles than what is currently offered on the Move line. EA Sports Active 2 and Dance Dance Revolution are a step in the right direction, but even they have fallen short of my expectations. However, with the PS3's hardware capabilities, if developers tapped into this and worked hard enough to create something of decent quality, Sony could have something huge on their hands.

Hopefully with SOCOM 4 and Killzone 3 coming down the line, PS Move owners will be having something new to play with. I have not really read too much on the SOCOM title as the series has never really interested me at all, but Killzone 3 is visually stunning and will not only hopefully push developers to create new, fresh experience with the PS Move, but will also push more games on PS3 into 3D. Anyone else have a Move out there and are frustrated by their limited options right now with motion gaming on their beloved PS3 systems? Do you disagree? Politely tell me how I need to wake up and point me to the games I'm somehow missing out on, please!

6 Comments

Keebler Fudge Packer said:

Can't write much, since I'm at work, despite wanting to respond to your views towards PS3... But I will say that playing RE5 with the PS3 Move made it feel like I was playing a new game and an old favorite at the same time. If it says anything, I'm months behind in gaming, with a stack of unwrapped games (some of which are now sold in a pretty PS3 classics red boxen), on account of replaying RE5 over and over again with different friends and family and my sweet Move. Yeah, there could be more awesome Move games out, but what's the rush? No matter how hard PlayStation competes, Xbox 360 is still like American football; only popular in the US. PS3's international community is what it is.

Nugget said:

I'm curious as to what you'll say regarding my views of the console itself. I admit to not liking it originally but now being somewhat of a fan, my negative views represent early impressions of the console, they do not represent how I feel about the console now, other than the lack of interesting Move titles.

I give Sony credit that they are making it easy for developers to add Move support to titles which would otherwise be controlled exclusively with the Dualshock. I like having the freedom of choice of control schemes.

The title that I've had the most fun (and frustration) with is Eyepet. On the one hand, it's really fun using the Move as a wand, and a great use of the camera. On the other hand, the lack of sensitivity of the Move control gets frustrating.

I suspect that motion control will be much better in the next generation of consoles, and we are currently experiencing the experiments.

NaviFairy said:

The move games that I've played that work well are on par with what I see with Wii Motion+. There are developers out there who have made good use of Wii Motion+, and they need to treat Playstation Move like the same device.

Yes, I know the Move is capable of more/different things than Wii Motion+, but you need to start with understanding the base mechanics before moving on to the advanced stuff.

For example: imagine if Ubisoft took what they learned from Red Steel 2 and made a Move-focused FPS/sword game for the PS3.

Dan said:

You're a fool for buying into this technology as soon as it comes out while having no idea what the future holds for it.

Doesn't it make more sense to wait until there are things available that you actually want to _play_ rather than just "try out" a bit?

Sure, Move is capable of great things, but so was the Wii. Don't get taken in by the tech demos. Just wait to see what comes out.

Mark said:

@Dan:

I knew what I was buying into when I picked up my Move, and I've loved almost every game I've tried for it. I see no reason why I should hold out if there are games now that I want to play. Sure, there aren't a ton coming out right now, but I don't think early adopters should be called fools for supporting a technology that they think is going to be good. If nobody bought technology when it was new, and that would just result in a society where technology does not progress and everybody is too afraid to try something until it becomes the norm - not good for advancement at all.

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