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Rediscover family fun with the PlayStation®Move
Posted 2:17 PM on Thu-16-Dec-2010
The whole family was very much looking forward to trialling the new PlayStation Move games. Our boys had had a short go at a stand that was set up at the cinema and loved it. The graphics looked amazing too so we were pretty excited. And we weren't disappointed! We had three games to trial and as these are very different games I will review them separately.

The Move controller that you use for all the games is so comfortable to hold and the wrist strap saves me from having to remind the kids to hang on to the controller and not let it fly into my TV! They are also very robust and the globe on the end is squidgy so no chance of breaking the LED light inside. The controller also has the standard PlayStation X, O, square and triangle to help with screen selections and an easy to use trigger for added gameplay.

Start the Party

If my boys had their way they would Start the Party and never stop! This game is very reminiscent of the Eye Toy games on PS2, except the graphics and game play are way beyond the capabilities of the Eye Toy. You see yourself on the screen and it is really clear, making you believe that you really are part of the game. For each mini game you also have a different virtual object in your hand - a racket, a fan, a toothbrush, a pair of hair clippers (!) and it actually looks like you're holding it. The object moves so precisely with your movements it is truly amazing.

There's several different ways to play, either on your own or in a group. You get to do a variety of tasks, like bashing bugs with your tennis racket, scrubbing a crocodile's teeth and even shaving a rather nervous looking guy's hair into the correct style. There's 20 games in all. You really do get quite carried away with the games. I was in the middle of a round where I had to use a fan to blow little chicks falling out of the tree into their nests when I accidentally got too close to one and sent feathers flying everywhere! I could hardly believe that I actually apologised to the chick - it is really immersive play!

This game is ideal for little kids though the whole family loved it. The opportunity to play a game where we can all take part is great for family bonding plus it helps the kids learn about turn-taking and encouragement.


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Sports Champions

This game was a hit with my older child (8) who is very sports-minded. Hubby also liked this one (same competitive streak I think!). But there were games in it that I also enjoyed and I am in no way a sporty person. Again you are brought right into the action but this time you get to choose which character you would like to be. I opted for the hunky basketball player thinking that size would be an advantage but apparently mother's lack of co-ordination pretty much wiped out that advantage! My boys loved to choose the futuristic robot. You can see your character pick up the frisbee, fire an arrow, bowl the bocce ball but it is you that controls the movements and actions. I found that I am a dab hand at table tennis (so it's not quite true to life LOL). We loved the disc golf and bocce games and being able to choose different environments was, for want of a better word, cool.

Games included are archery, disc golf, beach volleyball, table tennis, bocce and gladiator duel. The latter game is a bit of a step away from the other sports but it was my youngest child's favourite. And let's face it, I would rather he was being a gladiator on the screen and working off some energy than picking on his older brother. I had a go at this myself and didn't find it to be gory or particularly violent - it did put my balance and fitness to the test though!

This game would suit the whole family and the sports element definitely interests the Dads!

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Check out my upcoming review of Singstar + Dance! This was our favourite and so much fun!
Posted by JulieKidspotter


Comments (1)
mumof3girls - 2:11 PM on Tue-21-Dec-2010  
i have to say prior to reading all about playstation on kidspot i had said that over my dead body would we get one.... but i have to say i have changed my mind. I have realised that you dont buy the GAMES that you dont want in your house - its not the playstation its the games I dont like but there are lots of games i do like the sound of. DUH. took me a while!

We have decided on a tramp for this xmas but i think a playstation is in the pipeline for another time!


   
 
 
 
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