PlayStation Move Heroes
Gear Up For An Intergalactic Competition
What It Is
PlayStation Move Heroes brings together characters from three of PlayStation’s most popular game franchises — Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Dexter and Sly Cooper — for a series of challenges and events. The player chooses to play as one of the familiar characters — Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Dexter, Sly or Bentley — and is transported to a futuristic event location where they compete in a high-energy challenge. Each challenge typically takes three to four minutes to complete and is like a full-featured, long mini-game.
The game is controlled using the PlayStation Move Motion Controller and Navigation Controller, which makes this a highly active, action game.
Why It’s Fun
All three game franchises are known for their creative and over-the-top weapons and gadgets. Heroes follows that model with a new arsenal of weapons for players to enjoy including a ball, disc launcher, whip and multiple blasters. The Move controller system allows players to unleash the weapons by using realistic actions such as cracking the whip and flinging the discs.
The game’s energetic feel comes from both the physical activity of using the Move controllers, which will have players getting into some frantic action as they compete in a challenge, and the game’s humorous game-show-like atmosphere.
Who’s Going To Love It
You don’t have to be familiar with the three franchises, but chances are good that fans of those games will get more out of Heroes than non-fans. As for ages, Heroes is rated 10 and up because of fantasy violence, which is not very violent at all. Most of the violence involves smashing robots, and kids as young as six will probably have a blast doing just that.
What To Be Aware Of
In addition to the PlayStation Move motion controller (the one with the colored ball on it), you will also need the Navigation Controller to play this game. The Navigation Controller is how you move your character around the game while the motion controller becomes the weapon. Wii players are probably used to this system from using the Wii-Remote and Nunchuck. If you don’t have the Navigation Controller, you can use the PS3 Dualshock controller but it is awkward to hold, and kids or anyone with small hands will have a very difficult and frustrating time of it.
There are tons of challenges - more than 50 — that take place in multiple space-themed environments so there are plenty of opportunities to play this game repeatedly. Additionally, players are awarded a medal (bronze, silver or gold) after each challenge so competitive players will want to replay each challenge until they get that gold medal.
3 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
PlayStation Move Heroes
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Rated: Everyone 10+
Players: 1 - 2
Launch Date: March 22, 2011
Date of Review: April 13, 2011