Forthcoming Move-only titles
Beat Sketcher (DEMO) (demo available on PSN) (ETA 21st October 2010)
NOTE: This game only works if you set the Move to controller port 7 and turn off all the other controllers, including your BD remote, which may or may not involve removing the batteries.
More of a creation toy than a game, Beat Sketcher allows the player to paint across the screen using the Move controller, selecting various brushes, colours and patterns. As you paint, layers of sound are added to the initial percussion, making strange and sometimes amusing songs. The demo doesn’t give away too many details, and while it’s certainly worth downloading to give it a 5-minute blast, it’s hard to see where the longevity will come from. Like Start The Party, this feels like an obligatory tech-demo style release, but at least it has some entertainment value – for a little while at least. We wait for the full release before passing final judgment.
The Shoot (DEMO) (demo available on PSN) (ETA 22nd October 2010)
The Shoot is an on-rails shooter set in a movie studio. The rather flimsy plot is to try and make good shots for a movie, but that doesn’t matter: this is bang bang time! On my first playthrough I was rather less than impressed, however addiction set in on my 2nd go. The shooting works well, and you are equipped with three special moves which spice things up very nicely: spin around to activate a sort of bullet time for a few seconds (prepare to get dizzy after doing this 10 times in 2 minutes), shoot down at the ground to blast a shockwave through nearby enemies, or shoot up to activate rapid fire.
There are also some nice standout moments of variety: in stage 1-1, you enter a bar at one point and have to quickdraw against an opponent. In stage 1-4, you have to keep a cargo train moving by pumping the lever up and down, and are also required to physically duck into crevices as you get rained upon by machine gun fire.
Whether or not this game will be worth the final asking price (and it is a budget release) depends entirely on how long the campaign is and how much variety is in it, plus the implementation of multi-player. Definitely download this and give it a go if you want to try shooting things. If it doesn’t suit your taste, Time Crisis: Razing Storm may whet your appetite when it is released soon.
The Fight: Lights Out (ETA 22nd October 2010)
A demo for this is available on the Starter Pack demo disk but not on the PSN store as yet, so hopefully one will be released. Initial reports from my colleagues are generally poor – the final release will tell for sure.
TV Superstars (DEMO) (demo available on PSN) (ETA 26th October 2010)
TV Superstars has the potential to be an epic party game, drunken or sober as you please. You start by posing with various facial expressions, which are then transformed into an avatar whose hair and such you can customise. It looks extremely embarrassing, making it perfect for parties.
The demo features two games: Frockstar and Let’s Get Physical. In the former, you take on the role of a fashion model and are asked to perform various poses and dance moves; in Let’s Get Physical, running on a hamster wheel avoiding boxing gloves, and catapulting yourself into walls at just the right orientation is the order of the day.
I can see the potential, but the demo had a number of flaws. There was a lot of stutter causing the video and audio to go out of sync, and I could not figure out how to get Frockstar to work at all. There were a lot of cut scenes and annoying unskippable chatter between games, and it remains to be seen whether the games will actually be fun over the long term. If the bugs are fixed, this will be one to watch as a potentially much better alternative to Start The Party for your party game needs.
SingStar Dance (ETA 5th November 2010)
It was with a churlish groan when I heard that SingStar will be rehashed with half of the same songs we already own – http://www.totalmusicgaming.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=1177 for the full track list (don’t forget to pay me a subscription, I can’t live on dirt from the pavement outside forever you know) – and that I’d have to support it on my web site. No doubt this will find a niche with social gamers though, and it’s already being showcased in plenty of Sony’s Move advertising. But why didn’t they include the Time Warp or anything that required the Robot dance?!
I’ll have a full review on this one once I get out of hospital from my forthcoming broken hip.
Echochrome II (DEMO) (demo available on PSN) (ETA 18th November 2010 – Japan)
Echochrome was the very first PSN title I purchased and like many of you, it twisted my mind permanently with its highly original perspective-based puzzling action. The sequel looks similar but plays completely differently: this time, you have a bunch of blocks suspended in the air and you have to manipulate the light and camera to place a congruent shadow on the wall, which your echo (character) then walks along to the exit.
The demo was as nutty and fun as expected and I have no doubt the game will be worthy of a purchase for anyone who likes their brains taxed to the limit, but I do have a major qualm: this game is Move only, yet the only control you perform is a 2D manipulation of a light. This can easily be done with a single analog stick. Why exclude people who don’t own a Move from playing this?
Echochrome ii was also the only game with which I had major trouble calibrating the Move. The game repeatedly refused to accept the calibration and it took at least 10 minutes to get it to work in the same conditions as all the other games.
This is one to watch.
Other forthcoming Move-only titles
Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos (TBA)
Grand Slam Tennis 11 (TBA)
Heroes On The Move (ETA 2011)
Michael Jackson: The Experience (ETA November 2010)
Sorcery (ETA Q2 2011)
Zumba Fitness (ETA 2010)