The Best PS3 Move Games, 2015-2016
For anyone who has always loved the Playstation, the PS3 Move games are a fantastic addition. Many older games have been given a new dimension. Many kinds of games that would never have worked on older Playstations are now available.
The range is huge- sports games, fitness games, shooter games and action games all benefit from a Move controller. It is important to get the latest games compatible with Move, of course. It is also worth looking out for classic Playstation games like the Sly Collection that have been updated to use the new technology.
Just for fun, here is a page of the very best games available this year.
On this page:
- Best recent Releases
- Fitness Games
- Sports Games
- Action/Adventure Games
- Fighting Games
- Shooting Games
Fitness Games for Move
Get that body moving with sports, dance and workouts...
Just Dance 2015
Just Dance goes international with a new multiplayer mode. Dance online with Brazilians and Poles, Chinese and Inuit (maybe). Or just the girls across the street...
This is a big package of dances with customizable sweaty workouts and competitions.
There is an interesting option for supporting dancing while someone stars in the spotlight.
There are dance classics like 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and recent hits from the likes of Ellie Goulding and will.i.am to choose from.
EA Sports Active 2
EA offer probably the most comprehensive fitness program in game format. It is not perfect, though. Sometimes you get lag between sequences and sometimes it can seem repetitive. For most of us though, this is a genuine motivator and has helped many people get in real good shape.
There are around 70 different exercise routines to work through. You can use the supplied music or add your own.
The motion and heart sensors that are supplied, plus the detailed data feedback do a good job of accessing how you are are progressing with time.
For anyone who wants to be fit but gets easily bored with treadmill-type training, Zumba Fitness is a gift from workout heaven. Most fitness training challenges you. Zumba makes you want to challenge the program.
You don't have to be wildly competitive to get drawn into the challenge. It just happens.
Dancing with other people in real life or online (it is easy to find partners out there, this game is extraordinarily popular) takes a workout to a whole other level.
There are also options for dancing alone and working through the various levels. These are fun as the game responds more and more to your increasing skill and energy by providing more even more exciting settings.
There are nine dance styles to perfect and 30 different routines, so variety will never be an issue.
This is not only one of the most comprehensive dance/fitness programs around it is also one of the most affordable. Compare it to Workout DVD's or classes and you realize what a great bargain it is.
Start the Party
This is not a fitness game, but it is a great way of getting kids some exercise, especially when the weather outside is lousy.
There are more than 20 separate games to get involved in. You can spear puffer fish in an underwater game. You can try to hold out against hoards of invading alien robots. There is a pretty spooky ghost hunt.
The game play can be competitive or cooperative, and there are plenty of team play options that let the whole family get involved. There are also solo play modes for anyone who gets really hooked or wants to practice a skill.
It is surprising how high the energy levels get with just a couple of kids - use this game at a party and things will fly!
Playstation 3 Move Sports Games
Sports Champions 1 and 2
The original 'Sports Champions' and the new 'Sports Champions 2' have a total of 12 games with 6 each, ranging from boxing to archery.
Either is a good way to get a feel for the possibilities of the Move technology and together they provide a lot of play.
The table tennis game on the original, in fact, is one of the best motion-controlled games on any platform. The tennis game on game on SC 2 is as close to the real thing and you will find on a screen.
The boxing game stands a good comparison with the dedicated boxing game 'Lights Out' featured below.
Prepare to be driven to fitness by your competitive instincts!
Good Starter Game: Virtua Tennis 4
This is not the most challenging game. You will not need the highest kind skill level and you will not need to play for weeks to be be able to win. That is a downer for real tennis game fans but it can be a plus for kids and grown ups up who want to be active without too much concentration.
People who like it say it is great 'arcade game' fun. People who hate it point out that the move controller only works with party and exhibition game elements, not the career ladder mode.
Final verdict: perhaps, a little dated now but fun for kids and also inexpensive.
Big Bonus: all the featured players are still alive.
Brunswick Pro Bowling
Not everyone is a fan of this bowling game. People who have played Wii bowling games don't seem to like it at all. People who come to it fresh are enthusiastic.
It seems pretty accurate to me and the physics works. I reckon the issue is that the Wii is just a little different and the change takes some getting used to.
As soon as you are fully attuned, it is a fun bowler with the quality graphic environment you would expect and plenty of game play in the various venues and tournaments.
Adventure Games Suitable for All
The Sly Collection
This features three of the best games from PS2, updated in glorious HD and ready for Move.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly: Band of Thieves and Sly: Honor Among Thieves were fun platformers with plenty of mini games in their early days and are even better in the update.
LittleBigPlanet Special Edition for the Move
The enabling of Move controls makes this old favorite even better. The tough but cute Sackboy (or Sackgirl or even Sackthing, if you prefer) has a special Move bundle to get you fully involved. This makes a good gift or intro to the Move for anyone with the PS3 already.
- There are 50 levels of game play in the platform/puzzler tradition.
- Plenty of scope to create your own environments using Move Paint studio tools. You can also download other people's creations and upload your own.
- A multi-player mode
De Blob 2
This is one of those action-adventure games that turns out to be relaxing in a hypnotic kind of way. It is also wonderfully gratifying because you feel you are doing so much good.
Your task is to return color to a world where all the color has been stolen. You are also liberating the inhabitants - the Graydians - from their dreary prison. To do this, you need to absorb colors wherever you can and paint everything that needs painting - while avoiding the evil Inkt corperation and its chief agent, Commander Black.
Best Fight Game for PS3 Move?
The Fight: Lights Out
This got poor reviews from a lot of sources when it was released but it has developed a devoted fan base and is one of the most realistic fight games around. The problem for the reviewers was almost certainly that they didn't have the skills to play it.
There is full 1:1 control in the fights but you need to learn the moves. The game starts off easy but to really get ahead in the tournaments you will have to practice. In other words, this might not be the best game for a casual player but it will reward anyone with dedication (or just raw natural talent).
There are single-player and multiplayer options.
Best Shooter Games
This is a first-person shooter exclusive to PS3 and works fantastically well with Move. The online mode will have you fully immersed in a world that is both nightmarish and intoxicating.
You are battling the evil Helghast Empire in a range of combat situations from melee to aerial to vehicle-based combat.
You will need both PS3 controllers (Move and Navigation) to get the best from the game.
For pure fun, 'The Shoot' is a tough shooter game to beat. For a setting, you choose any one of 5 movie sets- including a gangster, robot-gone-crazy sci-fi, and Wild West.
The really enjoyable part is blowing away the buildings to get at the bad guys. Shooting up a saloon is always going to be a blast.
You will need one of the Move guns to play this game but it is a worthwhile investment.
There is a 2 player mode but you need to play in one player mode before it is unlocked (which is hard if you have the kids queuing up at the unboxing).
Best Sword Fights?
The first Medieval Moves game had a few problems with the controls. This one is a super-accurate and super-smooth. Swing your sword and it goes exactly where you want it to go. Shoot an arrow and it will hit the target, as long as your aim is up to the task.
The company behind the game make Sports Champions which is one of the best Move games around and they have put their expertise to good use.
You also get great graphics and plenty of gruesome enemies to overcome.
Watching those huge trolls hit the floor after a hard fight is very satisfying.
Your move controller is a wand in this single payer, role-playing game. You can use it to throw fireballs at your adversaries, mix potions, or stir up massive whirlwinds that flatten foes.
In many ways, this is an exploration game with a large, mystery-filled, dungeon gameworld. You collect spells and potions as you pass through and jump up from level to level. Strategy also matters as some adversaries need to be outwitted.
There are bad faeries, huge trolls, and, ultimately, the Nightmare Queen, to take down.
This will appeal to patient players who prefer subtle wrist flicks (as you cast your spells) to scything sword sweeps.
For Harry Potter Fans
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
For any kids who have just discovered the joys of Harry Potter this game is great gift. It was written by J. K. Rowling herself and makes you feel like a student at Hogwarts as you learn the spells of the great magicians.
The downside is that once you have worked your way through all the spells there is no free play. There is also no multiplayer option, so in some ways it is more like a book experience than a game experience.
Great fun, though, while it lasts!
For Younger Kids
This game is one of the few Move games that very young kids will enjoy. Three-year-olds will delight in the game with your help and kids of 8 and up will get a lot from the game on their own.
The virtual pet appears on screen with you, or whoever is in camera range, and you learn to control its movements, accomplish tasks and interact in a surprising realistic way. It will respond to your movements intuitively as you watch it play, eat or cosy up for some attention.
Some people find the instructions difficult, so it is best for kids with parents who are familiar with game formats and have the time to learn the moves.
If you really love EyePet, the follow up game is worth a thought. It has some new features but also a few bugs.
Best Family/Party Game?
If you have ever been hooked on the kind of reality TV show where unknowns have a chance of stardom, this game will appeal.
You can rise in the popularity stakes, if you perform well, or sink into oblivion. When you start to rise in any of the various shows (from cooking to makeovers to sports) you also get the chance to get rich, as well as famous. Game rich, of course...
All in all, it is a fun game for a group or family, especially over a holiday period.
The makers say that one move controller is enough for 4 people but it is easier with extra controllers.
Games You Will Want to Keep Away from Kids
These are engrossing games but can be a bit gruesome.
Assassins Creed 3
This ever popular series just got a complete makeover with a new game engine and an arresting scenario.
The assassin, Connor makes his contribution at the birth of America with some of the best and most detailed graphics of any game on any console. There are are city and wilderness immersive worlds as well as big battles.
Weapons include tomahawks, knives and guns.
Multiplayer mode is a must try.
The bundled version includes all the hardware and is good deal for anyone without a console already and makes a great gift.
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals
The game is a squad-based shooter with a strong tactical component. You need to organize you squad effectively to get the most from their special abilities. Tactics range from stealthy approach and surprise to full-on firefights.
The basic game has a list price of around $57 but you will get a lot of gameplay from this one. There is a mega bundle available at a massive $150 but is pretty good value for anyone who wants to get the most from the game but doesn't have all the Move accessories. Besides the game there is the Move motion controller, the Move navigation controller, the Eye camera and the sharp shooter- a realistic looking gun that the motion controller slips inside. This allows you to point and shoot at the bad guys on the screen with a realistically quick response time and overall feel.
The multiplayer mode allows up to 32 players.
'Dead Space Extraction', is a PS 3 Move compatible game included in Deep Space 2 Limited edition. If you are lucky enough to see Deep Space Extraction on its own, it might save you a few dollars over the bundled game.
This is a genuinely scary environment, with an air of real menace, and half-human monsters that will stalk you for as long as it takes. It is not recommended for anyone younger than 17.
You do not need to have watched part one of the series to know what is going on. There is a 'catch up' in the story section.
I found, heavy Rain to be a genuinely depressing game, but it is well constructed and fans of crime movies tend to go for it bigtime.
So do not let me put you off!
If you like mournful music, tear-jerking tragedy and a world that is grimmer than a mobster's tool chest, this is one for you.
The story revolves around the search for a serial killer and you play four characters whose lives gradually become entangled, leading to a solution of many mysteries.
The 'Directer's Cut' version includes all the material from preceding 'Heavy Rain' releases
Resident Evil is a pretty old game but the action is fast and the characters a cut above many more recent offerings.
Only the Gold Edition supports Move.