Meanwhile, the Move-enabled Tiger Woods 11 is even more authentic than the superb Wii version. Watching the club move as you move the Move controller in real-time, the fidelity between controller and virtual club is superb, to the point where rotating the controller visibly opens or closes the face of the club to draw and fade the shot. If anything, it’s too realistic; without the real visual feedback of being able to see the ball between your feet and the club head swinging towards it, it’s very difficult to hit shots accurately and well.
Still, it certainly bodes well for other Move sports titles, even if EA Sports has some work to do in making Move control easier to set up – unlike every other title it took some configuration on the PS3 and some work with options screens in-game to make it work.
All this is great, but at the moment Move desperately needs a ‘killer app.’ Nobody bought a Wii because they fancied the appeal of motion control and thought it might work well for future games – they bought it for Wii Sports. Alas, Move currently falls flat. The obvious contender – Sports Champions – is spoilt by its use of unlikable, meat-head characters instead of personalized Mii-style avatars, not to mention the fact that it isn’t actually that easy to pick up and play. Again, these things won’t matter to the hardcore gamer, but they’re not going to help Sony broaden its audience across the home.
Sony needs to sort this out because, while questions remain about the software, there’s no doubt that the hardware works extremely well. With such a reasonably entry price – just £30 per controller if you already have an Eye – all that stands against Move being a day one purchase is the lack of one amazing game. What’s there is good enough for early adopters to be getting on with, and there’s a lot more on the way, but we eagerly await a second wave of games to make Move feel an essential part of the PS3 experience, and not just an optional add-on.
Move ups the ante for motion controls with greater accuracy, flexibility and finesse than any rival. That said, the launch games lack the charm and ease-of-play that made the Wii such a blockbuster hit. Move deserves to be a must-have, but it needs stronger games to make that happen.