PlayStation Move Heroes was originally shown at E3 as a crossover title that featured some of Sony’s most prestigious mascots using Move as the main means of control. With Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and Sly and Bentley all present in the title, you’d expect a thrilling and riveting experience that utilizes the best of each duo and their respective franchise.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the case here as PlayStation Move Heroes delivers an experience similar to a mini-game compilation that just so happens to feature a storyline of sorts. Catered to a family audience, PlayStation Move Heroes delivers a unique game that may satisfy your needs in some way, but it’ll leave others wishing for a lot more.
Upon booting up the game, you’re prompted with a generic storyline that explains how all the heroes meet up in a strange new world and get tasked with the quest to save mysterious alien creatures known as Whibbles. Initially, you don’t know why the creatures are being held captive or by whom, but slowly details unfold on the happenings. The story is a generic tale and is rather lackluster, but it provides enough mystery that it may interest younger gamers.
As we said earlier, PlayStation Move Heroes is basically a crossover mini-game compilation. The mini-games handle well in most cases, but in a few instances the controls don’t respond as well as you would like it to. Some of the mini-games feature shooting mechanics and these handle perfectly, others, like using Ratchet’s wrench, Sly’s cane, or Jak’s hammer handle well enough but feel like a waggle experience, which is a bit disappointing.
Featuring several different mini-game types, each one uses the Move hardware in a slightly diverse fashion. Twisting the controller to guide a blade to break open Whibble cages or swinging it to crack a whip, the controller’s use is varied, but doesn’t always deliver. The game handles well overall, but doesn’t utilize the most of the Move hardware and it’s unfortunate because this would have been a great chance to showcase the full abilities of Move.
As for the mini-games, they are all functional and work well, but none of them convey a strong enough sense of fun that will keep you entertained for long periods of times. They feel more designed for a quick pickup and play session here and there. Playing for fifteen to twenty minutes felt like more than enough time with the game before boredom began to set in.
There isn’t enough variety offered in mini-game types and this repetitious gameplay grows stagnant quickly. The one area of the game that does offer some variety is in world types. Visiting the Metropolis of the Ratchet and Clank universe, Haven City from Jak and Daxter, and Paris of Sly fame, the variety of different locations is great, but it’s a shame that’s where the variety ends.
Completing the game is simple, but there some additional collectibles to hunt for in each level. Achieving gold medal status on each level is quite challenging. For those committed to achieving perfection or hunting for the coveted Platinum trophy will find plenty of challenge. For the rest of us, the game will take a handful of hours to complete. You can play the game with a friend, but the multiplayer doesn’t add much to the overall experience and won’t increase the fun all that much.
One aspect of the game that is quite remarkable is the graphical display. The character models and worlds all look amazing. Seeing Sly and Jak in true HD fashion is great and makes the wait and desire to see PS3 installments of those series all the more painful to wait for. Sly Cooper 4 is coming, but no such luck on a Jak & Daxter revival any time soon. It’s definitely one of the best looking PS3 titles.
PlayStation Move Heroes is a tough game to judge. It has redeeming qualities, but it is held back by boring mini-games. Move handles well enough in the game, but it does suffer from a few problematic instances here and there. If you are looking for a new Move game or a mini-game compilation, PlayStation Move Heroes may be a worthwhile rental for you as it does have some fun game features. Depending on your expectations, Move Heroes could prove to be a fun time; otherwise it isn’t a heroic effort.
(Editor’s Note: A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for review purposes. All four game world locations and levels were played.)