Early adopters of the PlayStation Move didn't have a ton of great reasons to justify the purchase at launch but, over time, the line-up has definitely grown. The latest is "PlayStation Move Heroes," an action-based mini-game compilation featurinig some of Sony's most famous characters, Jak and Daxter, Sly and Bentley, and Ratchet and Clank.
"PlayStation Move Heroes" begins in each characters' respective universe. However, each adventure is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious vortex that sucks the stars into an alternate universe where they are pitted against each other to see who is the biggest hero. Each of the six characters are competing in five different classes of games, spread out over four worlds. The five different game types (Jailbreak, Rescue, Countdown, Survival and Guardian) make use of five different weapons styles (disc, shooting, melee, ball, and whip) making for an assorted selection of gameplay, for both a single player and co-op multiplayer campaign.
Sony Stars On Parade
Easily, one of the biggest selling points of "PlayStation Move Heroes" is seeing almost all of Sony's biggest characters in one game. With the exception of Kratos, the line up of Jak and Daxter, Sly and Bentley, and Ratchet and Clank read like a list of some of the best first party PS2 games, and a match-up like this isn't something that Sony has really tried before. While Nintendo is famous for mixing up characters from their games in titles like "Super Smash Bros." and "Super Mario Kart," "Heroes" is Sony's first attempt, and a valiant one at that, with each character, and environment, remaining true to their original form.
Mini-games, But Better
Even if you've grown bored of the mini-game compilations, "PlayStation Move Heroes" might still be worth a look. A combination of sports and action themed levels, "Heroes" offers a fresh take on Frisbee and bowling by making them less about points, and more about saving Wibbles (little green aliens that serve as the objectives for each mode). The shooting, melee and whip levels are all more action oriented, but still feel bite-sized enough to be considered mini-games, yet well-rounded enough to feel satisfying.
Telling The Wibbles' Story
Instead of just skinning a bunch of big-named characters into a compilation game for no rhyme or reason, "Heroes" at least attempts to offer some story behind its existence. While the competition is really just a vehicle for the mini-games, it's set against an interesting background where an alien race is in need of salvation, and that's something any Sly, Jak, or Ratchet fan can easily relate to.
On The Move, Or Not
The PlayStation Move is an impressive piece of technology, and is capable of a lot of things, unfortunately "PSMH" doesn't really take full advantage of most of them. The controller's 1:1 motion controls are never really showcased at any point in the game, and, in fact, there isn't anything in terms of controls or gameplay that couldn't be accomplished on the Wii, well... except for calibration.
Here We Go Again
Mini-game compilations almost always result in the same thing: players who are bored by the time the game is over. Sadly, "Heroes" doesn't change this. The upside is that there's a decent amount of gameplay, and some worthwhile unlockables to be had here, but you're still experiencing the same things over and over.
Never Let The Left Hand Know That The Right's Having More Fun
Unlike many of the Move games currently on the market, "Heroes" requires a second controller, mainly to navigate the characters around each of the stages. This is most easily accomplished by using the nunchuck-esque Navigation Controller, at a cost of an extra $30, if you haven't picked one up already. However, if you can't drop the bills, a regular PS3 controller will work fine, but will be completely awkward as you try and hold on with one hand, while whipping your way through wave after wave of enemies.
The PlayStation Move is still looking for its killer app, and, unfortunately, "PlayStation Move Heroes" isn't it. However, even with its shortcomings, it does offer a more satisfying mini-game experience, than most of the other comparable games on the market. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.