Choose your own adventure
THROUGHOUT the life of every games console, mascots have played a pivotal role in their success, and the PlayStation brand has had its fair share. Crash Bandicoot, Solid Snake and Lara Croft are just some of the stars in the console’s early days.
A fresh cast of iconic characters has taken over since then, that will no doubt be more familiar to current gamers. These include Ratchet and Clank, Sly Cooper and Bentley, plus Jak and Daxter, who have all previously starred in their own PlayStation series, though this is the first time they’ve appeared in a game together.
PlayStation Move Heroes puts you in the shoes of each of these characters as you’re presented with a collection of mini-games and challenges to complete and, as the title suggests, the wand-like motion-sensing Move controller is your weapon of choice.
The gameplay revolves around selecting one of the three available worlds, then an unlocked level within that, and then picking a hero to play as.
Depending on the location and task at hand, some characters have an advantage over others, as each has their own weapons, including a melee object, whip, bowling ball, flying disc and gun.
While these are far from groundbreaking, the combination of them throughout the course of the game make great use of the Move controller and its companion, the Navigation controller. Collecting jewels also unlocks another ability for each weapon.
I did run into occasions where finicky precision was required, such as steering a disc through mid-air and navigating a bowling ball around objects, where the motion-sensing felt a little too touchy, which proved frustrating. On the whole, though, the mini-games are well suited to the Move controller. There is also a two-player mode which allows a friend to become your sidekick.
Provided you don’t turn to this game expecting a full-scale action adventure akin to these heroes’ past exploits, there’s some light-hearted fun to be had, particularly for younger players.