A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PlayStation Move Heroes is a collection of mini-games featuring frequent cartoonish violence that is playable using the Move Controller for PlayStation 3. The game's six heroes, all plucked from popular PlayStation exclusive franchises, go up against non-human enemies in the form of robots that explode in flashes of light. It also promotes teamwork via a two-player mode that sees a pair of friends, each wielding their own PlayStation Move motion controller, working together.
What's it about?
PLAYSTION MOVE HEROES sees three popular PlayStation protagonists and their companions whisked away from their respective universes and dumped together to play a strange set of games. Ratchet and robot pal Clank, Jak along with his furry buddy Daxter, and Sly and his geeky half-shelled helper Bentley work through a variety of mini-game levels designed after their home worlds as they try to free trapped creatures and survive waves of attacks. Players use the PlayStation Move motion controller to aim by pointing it at the screen and control moving objects such as balls and disks by rotating the wand left and right. Connect a second PlayStation Move controller and a friend can join in and help out.
Is it any good?
Though not nearly as satisfying as some of the other adventures in which these top-tier Sony heroes have appeared, this collection of activities is nonetheless one of the more polished PlayStation Move games yet released. The motion controls are intuitive and precise, making actions such as powered up whip lashes -- performed by raising and holding the remote behind your shoulder -- easy and fun.
However, the game suffers from a distinct lack of narrative zest. Many of these characters are renowned for their personalities and wit; both key factors in their appeal over the years. But here they are rarely allowed the opportunity to speak, much less get us laughing with their customary barrages of snappy one-liners. And while there are plenty of levels and objectives, a dearth of diversity results in repetitive action. PlayStation Move Heroes is an okay bet for folks who want to get a little more use out of their motion controllers, but it’s not the reason to invest in PlayStation Move that Sony fans have been waiting for.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about commercialism in games. Did this game need to feature characters with which players are familiar?
Would it have been more or less fun had the heroes been original? Did seeing characters like Ratchet and Clank in this game make you want to play other games in which they appear?
Families can also discuss cooperative gameplay. Do you enjoy playing games with friends working as a team, or would you rather engage in competitive or single-player interactive experiences? What motivates your preference?
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