Playstation Move – Sports Champions (Off-Screen Video)

With the fact that Playstation Move has been out for over two weeks with nothing more than a whisper from Sony PR about sales, I’m going to go out on a limb and say most of you haven’t played or seen Playstation Move. Well, the fine folks at STLGamer have come through in the clutch….well, more like after the game is over and I’m helping you with the equipment, but whatever.

J Deisel and Smoov LT took a stab at Duel, one of the many Wii Sportseque games packaged within the Playstion Move game Sports Champions developed by Zindagi Games. Never heard of Zindadi Games, well, me neither. According to their website, “…we’ve collaborated directly with Sony on the Move tech since its inception all the way through R&D and production. The result is Sports Champions, a collection of 6 fully developed sporting events designed and engineered to showcase the Move controller to the fullest extent of its capabilities.” Unfortunately, I don’t think this particular Move title would be something to hang your hat on. Now this is just my first impression of the move. I didn’t get to play any of the other games within Sports Champions. Nor did I play any of the other Move launch titles. However, I have played the Wii.

I tried moving my sword in a figure eight but my avatar onscreen only made one strike. I tried using my shield but then remembered that there is a button for that. I did like the fact that there were onscreen queues to let you know that you could do something cool. However, if I wanted to play a game where I could only swing my sword the way they wanted me to, I’d go out a by a Wii Motion Plus and get that fix.

The juggling combos, super strike, and the visual fidelity of the game are all great but where is the one-to-one movement that Sony touted at E3? One thing I did notice, if you look at the video, there are a few small tutorial instructions before the match starts. The one that made me laugh was the ‘Multiplayer’ screen that has two players in front of a screen holding TWO motion controllers. We only had one controller per person in our demo. I heard that Sony stated that developers needed to design their games with one move controller as the common denominator (a decision that fellow STLGamer TheImpetuousOne calls ‘a compromise into mediocrity’). So do you need two controllers to get one-to-one movement? I guess that’s why I need a button for my shield.

So in the grand scheme of things, Sports Champions looks great! But the visuals can only go so far. Sony needs to stop touting the visuals of their games. That’s going to come with the system. I would love it if they focused on their gameplay, make sure they deliver on what was said at E3, and do something new to a technology that was just up-resed and made pretty.

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