PlayStation Move Heroes Updated Hands-On: All Characters, All Moves

We check out the latest version of Sony's upcoming mascot mash-up for the PlayStation Move.

The more we see Sony's upcoming PlayStation Heroes on the Move, the more we're reminded of the 1984-85 Marvel Comic miniseries Secret Wars. To wit, a bunch of heroes have been kidnapped and taken to a mysterious planet in space by an alien; the planet is a patchwork of chunks from each hero's world; and the heroes must compete in challenges. Not a bad premise for a collection of minigames featuring a gaggle of familiar faces from Sony's stable of games. The latest demo of the game on hand at Sony's CES booth was hot off the presses from developer Nihilistic and let us get a feel for all five of the major gameplay mechanics that will be central to the minigames that make up the meat of the game.

The demo featured five minigames to try: gun, Frisbee, bowling ball, whip, and melee. Each minigame focused on a specific type of gameplay, offered three characters to choose from, and rewarded players with a bronze, silver, and gold ranking. It's still a little tricky to get a sense of the game's structure since the story elements still weren't on display and we just chose a game from a basic menu that listed all of them.

The minigames have been polished up since the last time we got our hands on the game. The gun minigame featured Clank as a selectable character, so we naturally picked him. The level had the tiny bot racing through an area and rescuing aliens called whibblets by finding them and taking them to select drop-off points. The task is complicated by a time limit and mobs of enemies, but as fans of the Ratchet & Clank series know, Clank is no pushover. The tiny robot packs heat in the form of a pistol with a wide spread of fire and has a special attack that must be charged by collecting crystals, and he summons the Zoni to help deal with enemies. In addition, you will be able to blast hourglasses to increase the time limit, collect health pickups, and find score multipliers.

The Frisbee minigame offered Bentley from the Sly Cooper series as an option, so we nabbed him given the soft spot we have for the series. The minigame focused on guiding an explosive Frisbee around a level and destroying containers strewn throughout the level. Unlike in the gun minigame, moving Bentley around the level isn't as important as smart Frisbee navigation. Although there weren't any enemies to contend with, the minigame was pretty tricky due to a time limit, moving targets, and a limited number of Frisbees. The levels feature rings to increase your Frisbee speed and the obligatory hourglasses to earn more time, along with point multiplier bonuses to increase your score. The one benefit of spending some time moving Bentley around is the ability to collect crystals to charge up his special attack (a computer hack) and collect Frisbee pickups.

For the bowling ball minigame we chose Jak from the Jak and Daxter games. The goal was to destroy the same types of containers we were blowing up with the Frisbee, this time with an exploding bowling ball. The demo play area was a series of small sections connected by jump pads you have to maneuver Jak to in between rounds. Jak is kept stationary during the actual bowling sequences, where the ball is thrown and guided to targets or the familiar score modifier, speed-up, hourglass, and crystal pickups. Fans will be pleased to see that Jak's super attack is morphing into Dark Jak.

We used Sly Cooper in the whip minigame that had the thievy raccoon whipping foes and destroying red containers in a level while fending off waves of enemies. Aside from the standard whipping action, it was possible to lock on to and ensnare a specific foe to hold him and focus your attacks. It was also possible to charge the whip up, by holding it back and above your head, to charge and unleash a power slam. This particular minigame herded us along to different areas to face enemies but skimped a little on the pickups.

We finally finished up our demo by choosing Ratchet for the melee minigame, which sent the lombax on a wrench-smacking frenzy. Much like Clank's gun level, the melee sequence had Ratchet rescuing whibblets hidden throughout a level by finding them and bringing them to a drop-off point. The timed minigame required exploration of the modestly sized levels and featured the same array of power-ups we saw in the other games.

Controls in the game made solid use of the Move and navigation controller and required a mix of standing still and broad motions. For the most part, all the games featured an intuitive approach to handling. Moving with the navigation controller and pointing/interacting via the Move wand all made sense and handled well. The Frisbee and bowling ball games definitely showcased the Move's precision, which we liked. The gun, melee, and whip minigames were a little more uneven, with problematic camera angles that made it a little tricky to kick butt.

Based on what we played, PlayStation Heroes on the Move is looking like a solid enough showcase for the Move--maybe not as fun as we'd like it to be but still solid. At this point, our big questions are around game modes, multiplayer support, and online functionality, all of which are still being kept under wraps. We're also curious as to how these minigames are going to tie together and if the game's story will have some fun with how all the characters wind up together--hopefully the game will have a sense of humor about itself. PlayStation Heroes on the Move is set to ship early this year. Look for more on the game soon.

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26 comments
fedetaco
fedetaco

When this game is released I'm gonna buy the move for sure, cuz I thing this is worth playing.....what about Killzone and Resident Evil, can someone confirm if these games are fun to play with the move? Happy gaming partners!

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

Sony: Ruining your dreams with a party game meant to showcase an unappealing controller. Seriously, I've been wanting a Ratchet & Clank / Jak & Daxter crossover, and when I heard Sly Cooper was in it, that made me even happier. When I heard how basic the story was and that it was meant specifically for the Move, I was disappointed. Sony appears to believe that they can fool people with the concept of this crossover and people will buy the Move so they can play this. I get it, business is about money, but you have to make sure that people want to spend money for your product and be satisfied with it so that they will continue to buy your products. This game fails even the most basic of monetary logic. Although, I will admit that the instant they announce a Move bundle with this game that I can pre-order at GameStop that lets me get the DLC, then I will take everything back. R&C > Sly > J&D for me, but I'm glad that Sly and Jak are getting attention. Ratchet & Clank has had quite a few games recently, while Jak & Daxter only had the apparently disappointing The Lost Frontier, and Sly 4 was only recently confirmed. I kind of want this game to succeed so that it can warrant a sequel to improve upon the original, not to mention actually include one of the original developers.

Nihonjinjanai
Nihonjinjanai

@therealsomeguy I think a DLC with cartoony versions of those characters and levels would be cool too. Should have Sackboy, and other PS3 exclusive characters. Of course without blood. LOL

muzza93
muzza93

Need a good Move game. Killzone 3 and Socom will be good, but i dont know of any others. i have sports champions, tumble and racquet sports, and dont like any of the other games out, except The Shoot, but id rather be shooting people, not cardboard cut outs of people. What good Move games are coming out this year???? (this does not look like one of them)

therealsomeguy
therealsomeguy

next there will be a MA version with Nathan Hale, Sev, Nathan Drake fighting Kratos

nicebai1224
nicebai1224

should have bean one epic story line with all 4 of them

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

I played the Ratchet level at the EuroGamer Expo and it was NOT GOOD. Very disappointing. Unresponsive, slow, and waaaay too easy.

servb0ts
servb0ts

i definitely look forwards to this. Big time R&C Fan as well as started to become Sly fan thanks to there kick ass collection. J&D meh. guess i'll give them 2nd chance after release PS3 collection of J&D. But R&C collection Day 1 purchased. R&C my favorite platform series fron Sony.

feral_warrior
feral_warrior

Call me biased or crazy but I want this for one sole reason; to play as Ratchet who is one of my all time top favorite video game characters!

Ratchet_Fan8
Ratchet_Fan8

"maybe not as fun as we'd like it to be but still solid" 7.0 at GS i have a Move and like all 5 characters(Sly,clank,bentley,ratchet and Daxter but not Jak) i guess its not as good as i thought,i would of loved a story mode.If its just stupid minigames then heck no im not getting it

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

Congratulations Sony! You managed to completely kill all 3 of your original supreme characters! Have a cookie, you earned it!(OK guys, lets set up the gallows while they're not looking.)

Aderdunn_3
Aderdunn_3

Only with move?!......I like all these characters but no thanks......Agree with the guy below....

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Is this a Move only game? If so, I'm not interested. I still can't justify to myself paying 60 quid for a Move and navigation controller. I can get 4 new games for that.

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

Hopefully it's more than just a minigame collection. This is the one Move game I'm really hoping for because it can truly be more than a minigame collection and really more of a true experience that has a personality and become a full experience.

Scavengre
Scavengre

If its just minigames count me out, if they are incorporated into a larger overall game experience I will give it a look

X-RS
X-RS

wow. getting tons of these noew.

albatraum
albatraum

The idea of mashing up all the greatest Playstation heroes into one game would be pretty freaking amazing... but not in a minigame-based game using the PS move...

Mrlkbob
Mrlkbob

keep in mind that it's using the PS move

youdhee
youdhee

What? a Mini games collection? i thought it was a collaborative adventure of "action-platforming" heroes of playstation with only little mini games included. But it seems like minigames is the only premise here.. dissapointing :(

ofiki100
ofiki100

after I read all of the preview im pretty dissapointed. i htought they will mix all sorts of gameplay types from the games but they just took the charcters from the games and mixed them with dumm minigames. I really liked all three games but they just put the charcters in minigames with no connection to their original games.

jackhole_88
jackhole_88

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KTfreak4Jesus2
KTfreak4Jesus2

this has been a very g00d day for sony. We cant let this happen ever again