This author mainly writes about science and tech, but good PS3 Move games have a special place in his heart.
If you loved the classic PlayStation console, you're going to love PS3 Move games. Many older games have been given a new dimension with the Move's interactive gameplay.
The range of the PS3 Move game genres is huge: sports, fitness, shooters and action games all benefit from a Move controller. It is important to get the latest games compatible with Move, but 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, this article includes some of the very best games available, organised by genre.
PS3 Move Games to Get You Moving
- Fitness Games
- Sports Games
- Action/Adventure Games
- Fighting Games
- Shooting Games
- Period and Magic Games
- Kids/Family Games
- Mature Games
Regardless of your age, gaming experience or personal preference, this list has a game for you. All of these games are incredibly fun, and the PlayStation Move controller makes them even more so.
Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 lets you dance online with a global community or with your neighbor across the street. There is a large package of dances with customizable sweaty workouts and competitions.
This is the last in the Just Dance series and gives you an almost inexhaustible variety of dance styles, individualized workouts with progression from easy to professional routines, from mash-ups to hilarious, offbeat dances that keeps the fun alive.
If you were quickly bored by the original Just Dance, this will renew your faith in the power of move.
EA Sports Active 2
EA offers the most comprehensive fitness program in game format. For most of us, this is a genuine motivator and has helped many people get in really good shape. It is not perfect, though. Sometimes you experience a lag between sequences and sometimes it can seem repetitive. Otherwise, it's a great way to get in shape and have fun doing it!
There are around 70 different exercise routines to work through. You can use the supplied music or add your own.
The included motion and heart sensors, as well as the detailed data feedback, do a good job of assessing your progress.
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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 be enthusiastic about the challenge. It just happens. Dancing with other people in real life or online (it is easy to find partners out there) takes a workout to a whole other level.
There is also an option to dance alone to work through the various levels. This is fun as the game responds to your increasing skill and energy by providing exciting new 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 program around—it is also one of the most affordable. Compare it to workout DVDs or group classes, and you realize what a great bargain it is.
Start the Party, a Fun Family Game
Technically, this is not a fitness game, but it is a great way to help kids get some exercise, especially when the weather outside is lousy.
There are more than 20 separate minigames 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 also a pretty spooky ghost hunt.
The gameplay can be competitive or cooperative, and there are plenty of team-play options so the whole family can get involved. There is also a solo-play mode 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 go flying!
Sports Champions 1 and 2
The original Sports Champions and the new Sports Champions 2 have a total of 12 games, ranging from boxing to archery. Either is a good way to get a feel for the possibilities of the Move controller, and together they provide a lot of physical fun.
I would say that the table tennis game from the original game is one of the best motion-control games on any platform. And the tennis feature in SC 2 is as close to the real thing that 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!
Virtual 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 finally 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 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: It's 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 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 gameplay in the various venues and tournaments.
High Velocity Bowling
High Velocity Bowling is a fun take on bowling, with a surprising level of control and accuracy. A PS move controller is recommended by Sony but a regular PS3 controller, works fine. You even hold the controller like a real bowl.
Each lane is different, which means you need to practice to get the right spin and placement to hit those pins just right.
The Sly Collection
This features three of the best games from PS2, updated in glorious HD for the Move.
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus, Sly: Band of Thieves and Sly: Honor Among Thieves were fun platformers with plenty of minigames in their early days, and are now even better in the update.
LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition
The addition of the Move controller to this classic game makes it 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 a PS3. Here are some of the game's features:
- There are 50 levels of gameplay in the platform/puzzler tradition.
- Plenty of scopes to create your own environments using Move Paint studio tools. You can also download other people's creations and upload your own.
- There is a multiplayer 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 Corporation and its chief agent, Commander Black.
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 certain 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.
This is a first-person shooter exclusive to PS3 that 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) for the best gaming experience.
For pure fun, The Shoot is a tough shooter game to beat. For a setting, you choose one of five movie sets; including a gangster, sci-fi and wild west theme.
The really enjoyable part is blowing away the buildings to reveal 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 two-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).
Medieval and Magic Games
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. 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 and dungeon-filled gameworld. You collect spells and potions as you pass through and jump up from level to level. The 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 scythe sword sweeps.
It's engrossing stuff!
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
For any kids who have just discovered the joys of Harry Potter, this game is a 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.
It's great fun, though, while it lasts!
Kids and Family Games
This game is one of the few Move games that young kids will enjoy. Three-year-olds will love this game with your help, and kids of eight 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 surprisingly 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.
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 popularity if you perform well, or sink into oblivion if you don't. When you start to gain success in various shows (from cooking to makeovers to sports) you also get the chance to get rich and 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 four people, but it is easier with extra controllers.
Assassins Creed 3
This ever-popular series 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 immersive environments in both the city and the wilderness.
There are also big battles you can participate in with weapons such as tomahawks, knives and guns.
Multiplayer mode is a must-try. The bundled version includes all the hardware and is a 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 your squad effectively to get the most from their special abilities. Tactics range from a stealthy approach to full-on firefights.
The basic game has a list price of around $57, but you will get many hours of gameplay. There is a mega bundle available at a massive $150, but it is a pretty good value for anyone who wants to get the most from a game but doesn't have any Move accessories. Aside from the game, this bundle includes the Move motion controller, Move navigation controller, Eye camera and the sharpshooter—a realistic-looking gun that the motion controller slips inside. This allows you to point and shoot at the bad guys on-screen with a realistically quick response time.
The multiplayer mode allows up to 32 players.
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 big time. 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 switch between four characters whose lives gradually become entangled, leading to the answer of many mysteries.
Note: The 'Directer's Cut' version includes all the material from preceding Heavy Rain releases
Dead Space: Extraction
Dead Space: Extraction, is a PS3 Move compatible game that serves as a prequel to the main game. If you are lucky enough to find the game on its own and not bundled with Dead Space 2, 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. It is not recommended for anyone younger than 17.
You do not need to have played the series to know what is going on. There is a 'catch up' section in the story.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil is a pretty old game, but the action is fast and the characters are a cut above many more recent offerings.
Note: Only the Gold Edition supports Move.
Movin' and Groovin' With PlayStation
The PlayStation Move accessory makes classic and well-know PlayStation 3 titles even better. With a wide range of genres, it can be utilized in a variety of different ways. No matter what type of gamer you are, I guarantee that you'll love moving with these great games.
Paul on September 12, 2019:
I've played most of these games, the move was was the best thing about the PS3, shame it didn't last very long! I absolutely loved the fight:lights out and played sports champions to death. A few games that definitely deserve a mention are high velocity bowling (extremely accurate), everybody's golf 6 (hot shots world invitation in the US) and Greg Hastings paintball 2 (the best shoot em up with the move by far - sucks you right in!). I'm glad they decided to use the move again with PS VR.
Kilo Five on June 07, 2017:
I downloaded Assassin's Creed III and it doesn't work with the Move controller.
RdWd on April 06, 2015:
Sorcery and Child of Eden are two of the best.
Samuel Franklin on September 20, 2014:
Deadmund's Quest and De Blob for me!
vanilla gorilla on April 06, 2013:
house of the dead: overkill best playstation move game specially with gun attachment!
Wesnuman on February 18, 2013:
Hi is there a page where i can learn how to set up and calibrate properly will , as ive pretty new to ps3 and just won an action on eBay for two move controllers the eye camera and charging dock , but they are new but no box and instructions , so would love your help , you can contact me at. Wesnuman8@gmail.com , thanks wesnuman .
Gi on January 03, 2013:
Sorcery is good fun, with 3 difficulty settings even challeging !
Anthony on August 06, 2012:
Killozone 3 is awsonm
MeraBOTpene on June 05, 2012:
I love all except The Shoot
Will Apse (author) on April 17, 2012:
A lot of people would like to see Skyrim in the Move catalog. Flaming zombies, dark dragons and move controller weapons to cut them down to size!
We can can only hope...
JAY on April 17, 2012:
When will they make a First person Medieval combat game you can actually MOVE around in the world. It would be very could is ps3 release a skyrim update to make it compatible with move or a ps3 game that was like it. I know that cross platform games will never be move compatible though... Thanks
Will Apse (author) on April 07, 2012:
First, are you sure you calibrated the move controller properly?
Second, sport games can be repetitive if you don't really like sports games in real life.
I agree with you about Medieval Moves. I don't think it is worth the money.
Bob on April 07, 2012:
I bought the package with Sports Champions and Medieval Moves, and Sports Champions is miles from what they're describing here. The number of games is limited, and the play is repetitive and poorly responsive. I was greatly disappointed in it. I need to try some other games to see if I can find something that isn't sub-Wii to use the Move with.
Neil R on April 04, 2012:
EA Sports Active 2 isn't actually a Move game at all. It uses it's own kit and sensors.
John on March 06, 2012:
Problem with fight club is the tracking sometimes sucks. Very frustrating wasting your energy on moves that just don't take off. If tracking was improved this game would be awesome. Also sometimes the scenes are so dark you can barely see your opponent, a bit irritating.
Tom on November 12, 2011:
mikeyperk on September 22, 2011:
Great hub! I love the move! It seems to have more of an adult audience than the kinect or the wii. Voted up!
andrewwilliams63 on September 21, 2011:
Thanks for that, the PS3 definitely needs more good move games. I like the look of the new star wars kinect game that is coming out on the 360, the ps3 needs more like that
jeneriodan on September 21, 2011:
The SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy Seals sounds interesting, and I love De Blob 2 it helps me relax from all the seriousness in other games.
I played Killzone 3, and loved the stealth mission in it.
great hub man thanks a lot Will
Will Apse (author) on September 19, 2011:
Thanks, Sam. These are enjoyable pages to write!
Sam on September 18, 2011:
Thank you Will. This was very informative! I like your reviews and advices.