Sorcery Impressions

Sony describes Sorcery as a "next generation" motion controller experience, and we got to see it at E3 2010.

The PlayStation Move is set to be one of the big stories of this year's E3, so it was no surprise to see the new controller as the focus of Sony's press conference. One of the first games demoed on stage was Sorcery, where you'll play as a young wizard who must stop a great evil, using the Move controller as your wand.

As the sorcerer's apprentice, you can call up a wheel to select spells and then wave the wand to cast them. You can control the power and direction of the spell by the way you move your arm, doing different things depending on how you shake the Move controller. You can flick it to fire at enemies or move it across your body to draw a wall of fire, for example. We saw a selection of spells, such as fire, ice, and whirlwind. You can even mix spells to create a whirlwind of fire, which you can then steer using the remote.

You can also drink potions to turn yourself into other creatures, such as a rat. We watched as the Sony demonstrator shook the remote to mix the potion and then made a drinking motion to drink it down. As a rat, you can then get into smaller areas, and there will be other forms you can take in the finished game to reach other places. There are also more utilitarian spells, such as the mending spell that will help you fix broken bridges.

Sorcery looks like it takes place in a Fable-esque world, as the demo ended as a huge ogre stormed through a corridor, knocking down pillars as it charged toward you. The demo ended before we got to see an epic fight, but it was still a tantalizing glimpse at one of the games Sony is clearly hoping will sell Move to family gamers. We'll bring you more information on the game when we have it, and you can catch it in stores in the second quarter of 2011.

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teteringen
teteringen

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titan_assassin
titan_assassin

looks pretty good, ill porbably buy. move is starting to look better than kinect, which seems to me like eyetoy 2.0... looking at the demo for the kinect star wars game, alot of it seemed to be just waving his hand to deflect bullets. Maybe im just imagining it, but it'll sure be interesting to see what comes out on top when theyre both released

Gioh
Gioh

This one im def gonna get, with move an all!!

lightmight
lightmight

best game for move i have seen so far

pobsta
pobsta

I don't know why this game looks so fun! At the start of the Sony conference I was like 'meh' to the Move, but at the end I was like 'YEH!'

seany1399
seany1399

atleast ervy motion controller game isnt gna b a kids party game! cough cough certain crappy console

thekey
thekey

This game is looking real good!

meedak
meedak

Meh...the core casting doesn't sound too unique thus far. The storyline so far seems pretty typical. Games like Eternal Darkness which really challenge the player to think of interesting limitations and challenges DURING combat should be the priority of Sorcery before getting too excited about being able to wave a wand around. Obviously these observations are based off of little to no information, but I just hope we don't have to go through another thousand titles of "OMG MOTION CONTROLS, I CAN WAVE THIS THING AND STUFF HAPPENS."

The_Tricko
The_Tricko

I don't know why but i'm just getting crazy over this game! I can't wait to see more

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

This might be what will make me buy Move. I got bored of motion controls with the Wii, but this game looks amazing! If they keep making games like this for Move, I'll definitely get some of these controllers.

haze_blaze
haze_blaze

@HollowNinja, it's impossible to assign a score from a brief 3 min video. But even so, this clip showed at least a solid AA title, easily. And it definitely was not the only game worth owning Move for... Socom 4 will be the first title worth owning it for imo. But Resi5 Gold, Killzone 3, & SportsChampions will all be worth owning Move.

haze_blaze
haze_blaze

I was pleasantly surprised by this demo!!! Not only was it a great demonstration of Move implementation... it was a genuinely fun looking game! It reminded me of the core experiences that made the PS2 so great!

soyt_llusala
soyt_llusala

It looks fuuuunnn! Definitely a must buy for me.

Infinite_Access
Infinite_Access

This could lead to so much cooler stuff.. Imagine elder scrolls.. with move.

gimlifn
gimlifn

looks nice and the controls also look precise

yoda4ps3
yoda4ps3

Looks like what we've wanted the harry potter games to be all these years lol

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

This game looks very promising. I can't wait to try out the new motion control in this kind of a game. :)

icekids
icekids

PM Rocks,,,,I will buy for play Dead Space 2,Portal 2,MW3,Killzone 3,RE5 and RE6,MoH,Crysis 2,Left4Dead 3,Half-Life3,Silent Hill,etccc...fighting games, tennis games,golf games etc will be very good because the controls vibrate.I LOVE SONY

CerberusV3
CerberusV3

Good game for Playstation Move...i hope they put this thing of the motion on Lego Harry Potter

Nerissa
Nerissa

I liked Folklore, so will get this one too

hexashadow13
hexashadow13

Doesn't look like OMG Best game ever, but looks decent.

Morf_uni
Morf_uni

@HollowNinja True from what we saw it's at about a 7. But it's not being released this year so they have plenty of time to implement a lot more interesting things. Also i posted a thread on the forums with more info on the game (i got bored). The final game should feature: more spells, progress from apprentice to master wizard and of cause some "stop bad guy/gal"-storeline. Hope they make some interesting puzzles and it might be enough to warrant a PS Move buy. Time will tell :)

Havickk
Havickk

This is amazing. I really hope this game gets released before 2nd qtr of 2011

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

@Morf_uni Well, yes, that part was quite interesting, I'll admit that. The idea of mixing spells as potential. But that in itself can't carry the entire individuality factor of the entire game. I'll admit that that's a new idea, but it doesn't separate the game from the pack. Out of all the Move games, this is the one that came closest to capturing my interest. But at best, this seems like a 7/10 game: Just average (kind of leaning down to a 6 even). Granted, I haven't played it. I don't know everything about the game. But from what I've seen, there isn't much new to be seen, other that the motion control gimmick (which was at least implemented well).

Morf_uni
Morf_uni

@HollowNinja i must disagree, the ability to mix the spells (whirlwind+fire = firestorm), makes the game different from what else i've seen out there. Also it did seem it was very well integrated with the Move controller. Personally this is about the only move controller based game that have ignited my interest. My 2 cents.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

You know, if this made no use of motion control whatsoever, it would just be another cookie-cutter fantasy game, no, THE cookie-cutter fantasy game. The only selling point to Sorcery is the use of the Move. That's not a good thing.

MissObvious
MissObvious

This game looks like it has the potential to be really fun. Can't wait to see it when it's done!

edant79
edant79

Move seems great for targeting hardcore and casual gamers. Where as kinect seems to work well with the xbox media interface, but for good games......you really need buttons.

Al3xki
Al3xki

not sure a bout move, kinect just seems like a much bolder and promising move. Id rather buy 3-4 games frankly than another controller

madd_hatter
madd_hatter

I'm getting Move. It looks pretty good :]

redmac851126
redmac851126

This game looked great! Can be a great game!

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

I think they're going to have to have a healthy dose of casual and "hardore" to lure in supposed "hardcore" who have a lot of bias against motion controls to begin with. Contrary to popular opinion (on gamespot with a very biased audience), the supposed shovelware formula isn't really bad considering it isn't even aimed at hardcore. Families, middle aged house wives, and overweight people will eat that stuff up. The Wii showed it and the kinect has a chance to steal some of that market. Will the Move? It's uncertain and it will depend on which audience it appeals to most at first.

agpickle
agpickle

Better than all the crap on Kinect.

logan2k_17
logan2k_17

This and Tiger Woods 11, Getting Move

Franzkill
Franzkill

Yeah this looked really decent, nice to see that Sony is taking a more hardcore approach to introducing its motion sensing gaming.

soulless4now
soulless4now

The game looked pretty fun, but it's going to take a lot more than that to convince to get Move.

WareW0lf_n
WareW0lf_n

It actually looked more than decent i have to say