Sony’s PlayStation move might’ve sold 15 million units, and while it’s some pretty good, accurate tech, it just hasn’t resonated much with core gamers who want actual games, and not just sports and fitness nonsense. Sony needs to do something to make Move viable. Cue the Hybrid controller.
One of the most intriguing titles I saw at Gamescom this year was Wonderbook: Book of Spells but unfortunately our local PlayStation representatives at the time hadn’t booked us any time with this experience and so I’ve been left wondering whether it was a gimmick or a breakthrough in gaming ever since… but now I know - and you are about to find out.
So apparently, the Sony PS Move controller can actually be used for gaming, and not just for abusing the Wonderbook technology to augment some Kama Sutra novels. And while I may have missed out on owning a Microsoft branded wireless steering wheel last week, I’ve got to be honest, and admit that the latest Sony imitation version of that specific peripheral, has captured my imagination.
One of the benefits of being the boss is that I can pick and choose what games to review or not to review. Generally I steer clear of reviewing at all as it’s not something I actually enjoy that much.
However the unfortunate part of hiring two great writers like Geoff and Darryn and having some great reviewers on the team like Garth and Abigail is that none of them seem to understand what sports are. At all.. it’s weird really.
So any sports titles that come in are sent to me for review and generally I enjoy that but not today… today will live in infamy after I received a copy of Move Street Cricket.
Remember way back in E3 2010, which is an eternity in the video game world, we saw the PlayStation Move being used to great effect in a magical title called Sorcery?
At the time it was one of my favourite titles of E3 and was one of the reasons to want to own a PlayStation Move, but then the Move came out and another E3 passed and nothing else has been heard about Sorcery.
On one hand it's nice to see that these corporate executives are normal people like me and you but on the other hand complaining about your competitor is generally viewed as poor form.
The head of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Andrew House, has been interviewed by MCV and while the entire interview is pretty standard fair you can see a little bit of corporate envy emanating from Andrew.
Danny Bilson from THQ has been busy updating his Twitter followers about THQâ€™s near term plans and has tweeted the above which is pretty straight forward really.
What this core game is and how Kinect will be enabled is anyoneâ€™s guess but with him also saying that they have 2 Move core titles that are going to be announced I am guessing it could be a Kinect enhanced version of THQâ€™s upcoming HomeFront.
Sonyâ€™s Move faceman, Anton Mikhailov, has been chatting to Videogamer.com about all things Move and Kinect related and has stated in no uncertain terms that he isnâ€™t a massive fan of Kinect.
This can be expected since he is one of the men responsible for the Kinectâ€™s biggest competitor but at the same time he isnâ€™t really giving an opinion he is stating technological facts which canâ€™t just be ignored.
IGN has posted up a roundup of their Move and Kinect reviews and while itâ€™s entirely their opinion it is interesting to see just how bad some of the launch titles were scored.
In general neither side blew them away with the top titles on both platforms peaking at 8/10. Kinect had 2 titles that scored a 8 being Dance Central and Kinect Sports while the Move only had 1 launch title with an 8, Eyepet: Your Virtual Pet.
Sony are continuing the moment of their PlayStation Move marketing campaign by releasing an infographic detailing the Momentum of the PlayStation Move.
Unfortunately itâ€™s all US based figures but it still has some interesting facts like the average Move buyer is 28 and only half are parents.
Check the infographic after the break.
Sony has released a video detailing the history of the EyeToy which is pretty interesting in itself but what is more interesting really is the number of off handed comments they send over Microsoftâ€™s way.
[pullquote]EyeToy helped us understand that while people definitely enjoy physical interaction and movement, they also want precise control and a simple, fast, reliable way to trigger actions.[/pullquote]I found it fun trying to pick out exactly how many digs Sony has at Microsoft in the one video which just happened to be released a day before the US Kinect launch.
Here are the ones I spotted
- Perfect placement of the PS Kinetic game
- Tons of gameplay footage of a Kinect Adventures style game
- Buttonsâ€¦ always the buttons
One of the most hyped titles before anyone had their hands on the PlayStation Move was The Fight: Lights Out.
Itâ€™s graphics were gritty and hardcore and this was the title that was going to bring motion control fighting to the hardcore fans.
We had some hands on time with it at E3 and it was utterly abysmal and ever since then it has been slinking off the scene and trying to remain unnoticed.
But itâ€™s time has arrived and the review embargo is lifted, we never received a copy which is most probably because we live in deepest darkest Africa and it was to scared to even show itâ€™s face around here judging by how meek the title actually is.