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Hands-on with PlayStation Move

Every Move game played and rated

Painting tech demo

Okay – it’s not strictly a game but this tech demo highlighted the Move’s accuracy better than any other software we saw. Notice how Sony’s own Richard Marks has enough control to line his own handwriting with slightly thinner handwriting. To change colours he just needed to dip the glowing sphere into the palette at the bottom of the screen.
Potential: 5/5

Augmented reality tech demo

This tracked our torso, head, and emulated the movement of our arms without any noticeable lag. The Move kept everything in perfect perspective, even when we squeezed the trigger to distort our massive robot hand. The demo got us excited about the Move’s future and made us feel guilty about our presumptive Wii-comparisons.
Potential: 5/5

SOCOM 4

Using the pointer to aim our red dot and the navigation controller to move, SOCOM 4 gave us an idea of how enthusiasts might use the Move for ‘hardcore’ games. Picking off enemies worked well, but it felt counter intuitive aiming our remote at the sides of the screen to turn. Lead Designer, Travis Steiner, reckons that testers using the Move end up pwning DualShock 3 kids. Hmm.
Potential: 3/5

Motion Fighter

This is actually a gesture-based game like the majority of Wiimote fighters. It was a bit disappointing not getting to use one-to-one control, but we were informed that it was a design decision based on the poor street-brawling skills of gamers as opposed to technical limitations. The build was just 20% complete but it felt responsive and looked stylish.
Potential: 4/5

Move Party

A varied selection of casual games, Party is a turn based affair that’s already looking polished but not as thorough as we’d have liked – it’s hard not to question the long term appeal of cutting a monster’s hair or swatting flies with a virtual tennis racquet. It did use the PSEye to take a profile picture of each player and record a soundbite though, which was a nice touch.
Potential: 3/5

Sports Champions

We got to sample two minigames from Sony’s answer to Wii Sports. It lacked the charm and accessibility of Nintendo’s title but had superior motion controls. Table tennis was reassuringly button-free and Gladiator Duel (where you hold a sword and shield and go one-on-one with an opponent) combined one-to-one-control with gestures to good effect.
Potential: 4/5

The Shoot

Another underwhelming Wii-alike, The Shoot is a light-gun game with a few gestures bundled in to perform special moves. It used the PSEye to detect your body position (allowing you to dodge projectiles) demonstrated the pointer’s accuracy, and got us excited about the next Time Crisis.
Potential: 2/5

TV Superstars

Map your face to an avatar and go on the steady rise to TV stardom (if that’s your thing). This casual title has you performing mediocre minigames (use sweeping gestures to make your character dance) and dress them up in ‘funny’ outfits. One for the ladies then. The ladies with bad taste in games.
Potential: 1/5

Brunswick Pro Bowling

This felt worse than the bowling minigame in Wii sports. It was a bit of a glitchy mess but we were supposedly playing on a pre-alpha build. If this had been the only game on the floor we’d have smashed up the Move and left feeling very sad indeed.
Potential: 0/5

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34 comments

  • JADENkOTOR - April 26, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    @ stalpph Yep HUGE fanboy. Change your picture before you start calling other people out.
  • Rub3z - April 19, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Those of you who say nothing new is added to the table, or that it is a Wii knock-off, I'm inclined to disagree. Sure, it's a two-piece plastic remote thing with some buttons on it, but did you really read the article? About the kind of superior tech that this offers in comparison to the Wii? They described one-to-one movement with no sign of lag, moving their entire bodies, not just the remotes... even when they moved the controller behind their backs it didn't mess up, a feat the Wii can't pull. The Wii only gets true one-to-one with the Motion Plus add-on, and that's still only boasting one-to-one movement of your hand, not your entire body. It makes me wonder if Natal, which only uses the camera, is more prone to glitching (which, from some things we've seen at E3, might be so). So no, I don't think this is a Wii knock-off, this looks like it's moving forward the ways motion control can be integrated into gaming experiences. Still, using a controller is better, and why the f*** is there no news of a mind control thing in the works? I think just about everyone, casual or hardcore, can get excited about that sort of thing... btw, there is an old article on this site about videogame mind control, i suggest you check it out.
  • reaperman22 - April 17, 2010 12:46 p.m.

    if they dont want 1:1 with the fighter cause of peoples skills then they should add it in as a setting so people who can fight and people that just plain want to can do it, i know i would be more interested in a 1:1 fighting experience than a gesture based even if i would suck at it
  • Tochy - April 17, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    @Stalpph Fanboy reCAPTCHA:waste tests wtf how
  • Stalpph - April 17, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    I'm getting Playstation Move on release date.
  • Stalpph - April 17, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    OMG all the Nintendo and Xbox fanboys commenting on this saying that Playstation is copying the Wii better get a reality check because Playstation came out with the whole motion control thing with the PS2 EyeToy. Anyway even though Wii is beating PS3 Playstation will always be superior to Nintendo and Xbox. They made the best selling console of all time (Playstation 2, 120 million units worldwide) AND the second best selling console of all time, the Playstation one (100 million units wordwide). Nintendo have only got the best selling game of all time (Super Mario Bros. 3 or whatever it was) and thats it. And Xbox? What have they ever done?
  • sleepy92ismypsn - April 16, 2010 5:08 p.m.

    it vibrates...well i guess it really is a dildo. but i will still get one probably not launch day but when hardcore games start using the tech. i just hope my girlfriend doesnt hog it lol
  • adamasunder - April 16, 2010 1:45 p.m.

    I found the bit in the article about cross platform releases between the wii and ps3 interesting. Hopefully it'll raise the quality bar on the Wii as reputed companies will put more effort in knowing they have a greater chance at recuperation. The most likely outcome is that the ps3 ends up sinking under a deluge of shovelware. 90% of the Wii catalogue is drivel.
  • philipshaw - April 16, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    Read this already in this months PSM3 and it's a good read
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 16, 2010 12:08 p.m.

    sorry to be a perfectionist, but the wiimote's d-pad is ABOVE the a-button.
  • Howetzer - April 16, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    Hey way to go gamesradar! I never would have expected you guys to be putting out a sort-of semi prasing article about sony's move. Did anyone tell microsoft? Hope no one gets grounded!
  • FreekinIdiot - April 16, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    Meh, I don't really see anything new here.
  • 4fromK - April 16, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    " Sony haven’t tried to compromise form for function." that reads as "oh yes, we've gone for style over substance here. the move is gonna LOOK awesome."
  • jmcgrotty - April 16, 2010 6:28 a.m.

    I'm a huge fan of Sony and have to say that I hope with all my heart this crap fails. And I am 99% sure it will.
  • super0sonic - April 16, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    I just don't understand. the 6axis is kinda underwhelming and now they make something that's so much a wii knockoff that if it was not on the Sony website i would call bullshit.
  • sgloomy - April 16, 2010 4:39 a.m.

    I think Ill wait until I hear more about it to be optimistic. I have a wii and a ps3 and if you are a gamer, you'll know the difference between the two consoles. not that im saying the wii is bad or anything, its just that i don't see games like god of war or uncharted playing too well with this. its good that they have games specific for it but I guess we'll just have to wait and see, same thing for Natal, it could be very cool, but at the same time it could fail very miserably
  • JeffGoldblum1 - April 16, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Haha you might want to look for a more recent picture of Jeff.
  • Cwf2008 - April 16, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    it looks like a wii remote with a giant ball and the PS3 buttons though...well we'll see how good it is
  • El_Hombre11 - April 16, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    What I see here is the PS3 attempting to steal the Wii's currently unbeatable sales. If it works, more power to 'em. If it fails, then it fails, people forget, and Natal better take that as an opportunity to kick some ass!!
  • JC182 - April 16, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    why are all the companies trying to copy the wii i would rather use a controler to play video games

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