So 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!