Written by Cole Burton Monday, 04 October 2010 15:31
PlayStation Move has been out now for a little over 2 weeks, and we gamers have had plenty of time to adjust to it. Sure, there are the fun and simple Move only titles, but how do we feel about two already popular PS3 games and how they work with Move? Lets find out!
To start off, Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition was the first game I played with PlayStation Move. It was patched for Move before Heavy Rain was, and seemed like a great starter game for Move. It may be important to note that I used the control scheme “Move B” as it seemed better to me than “Move A” did.
Many people may think PlayStation Move would make games at least a little harder than playing with a normal controller. I was one of those people, and I am glad to say that I was far off. The difficulty doesn't change at all for most people, at least not after you adjust to the controls. There is however one pretty big problem I have discovered with the Move controls for Resident Evil 5, when playing as Albert Wesker in “The Mercenaries,” you cannot use his unique dash ability, which requires the right analog stick. Or at least if you can, I haven't discovered how, or heard of anyone who knows how to pull it off.
Moving on, besides that small problem with Wesker, there aren't many more cons. Aiming with the Move Controller feels natural, and whether you use a dualshock 3/sixaxis controller or a navigation controller, it feels fine. I thought it would feel awkward using my DualShock 3 controller, but was stunned of how much easier it was than I had thought. However, I do use my Navigation controller over my DualShock 3 because it just seems like the right thing to do.
Now you know how well the shooting works, the knife on the other hand is somewhat bitter sweet. I can not tell you how many times I stopped the game to stretch my arms or walk over to my laptop for a moment only to frantically slash with my knife. To be fair, thats okay. I mean thats the point, right? By moving your arm, Chris (Or whoever you are playing as) moves there arm to quickly grab their knife and slash or stab. Still, it does get annoying.
So there you have it. Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition goes great with PlayStation Move and is a great way to refresh that aging game. I highly recommend it, and even prefer the move edition to the traditional controller method of Resident Evil 5. As for Heavy Rain on the other hand, it is certainly a hardcore Move title, where as this is more of a pickup and play game. Let's find out why.
First, I must start off by saying PlayStation Move should have launched the day Heavy Rain did. It was simply made for Move. It feels so right. However, it certainly can be annoying at times. Especially if you are not used to the Move controls.
First off, the simple actions like pushing pulling are easy, but when you have to string together a huge combination of moves and buttons to perform just one action, it really annoys you. However, you should understand the complications because everything from the simple actions to the complicated string of moves is very close to how the actions would be performed in real life situations.
You can Really tell that Move was not just tacked on to Heavy Rain. However, what do you expect from a First Party Sony Game? The Move patch is over 1 gig in size, but thats nothing my upgraded 320 gig hdd can't handle. Even the main menu of Heavy Rain has been changed to make the selections easy to point and click with Move controllers. I gotta give it up for Quantic Dream here, they did an excellent job with Move. However, I've said it before and will say it again, this title isn't as much of a pick up and play game as Resident Evil 5 was.
In the end, both of the games were worth purchases long before Move came out. In Resident Evil 5's case, only the Gold Edition supports Move which is a pretty big let down, but it is worth the $40 for what you get, and if you already had the Gold Edition you have nothing to lose. As for Heavy Rain, there are no catches anywhere. No special edition you have to run out and buy. And come on, if you don't own Heavy Rain by now there is something wrong with you. These are both great games that work with whatever your control style is: Motion or a Controller.