PlayStation Move or Kinect, which is the Biggest Waste of Money?
They look at you; they convince you with their sweet little eyes; they make you spend money and take them home; and then… they just sit there! It’s been over three months and the amount of enjoyment we’ve gotten out of them is bare minimum. It’s about time something is done, but for now, we’ll have to put up with the few games that come out and start making use of them. I’m talking about PlayStation Move and Kinect, of course.
We should have known better when we went to the store on September 17th and stared at the neatly organized PS Move shelves for a few minutes, having a hard time choosing games for it. We ended up leaving the store with a couple of Move controllers and Sports Champions (we already owned the PlayStation Eye camera). No Start the Party!, no High Velocity Bowling, nothing. The launch line-up was a little weak, and we weren’t about to spend our hard-earned dollars in questionable titles that may or may not live up to the expectations. Now, we did have a great time playing Sports Champions, and the controls are pretty solid. However, you have to be in the mood for some off-the-couch action, and that mood has worn out a little after four years of Wii.
Fast-forward four months, and the PS Move offerings are not that much better. Sports Champions is still the star of the show, and many of the released games simply flopped thanks to their unreliable controls and lackluster gameplay (Brunswick Pro Bowling, I’m looking at you!). Sure, Time Crisis: Razing Storm is fun, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 with Move controls extends the overall experience, but other than that, we can say there hasn’t been a compelling PlayStation Move game to date that has made the purchase really worthwhile. Luckily, if you look at the horizon, you’ll see hope. Games like Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4 will pack some serious PS Move optional controls, and Sorcery may be the first PS Move-only game that will really put a show. After all, it looks like it may not have been a complete waste, but we’ll have to wait and see.
As for Kinect, that’s a whole different story, yet it’s the same in many regards. Microsoft’s motion controls are simple and they can be reliable, but they don’t require holding or waving a controller, which is its best friend and biggest enemy at the same time.
We were excited about Kinect, and on day one we got the system, Kinect Sports, Dance Central, Kinect Joy Ride, and of course, Kinect Adventures, since it came with it. We weren’t overly excited about any of those games, but we certainly were interested in Dance Central and Kinect Sports. As we suspected, those games were quite solid, even if they weren’t perfect. Dance Central offered a whole new way of playing a dancing game, with no mat or controllers to hold. What’s more, it managed to teach people (some people) how to dance. Kinect Sports, on the other hand, is not as polished, and the controls aren’t as good. Then again, it can be fun. As for the exercising games, some of them are very compelling, but they’re certainly not a gaming experience as we know it, and almost all the other Kinect games, just like it happened with the PS Move titles, just don’t control very well.
Looking forward, there are a few Kinect games to keep in mind, namely Child of Eden, Codename D, and Forza Motorsport 4; the latter one will have regular controls but will also support Kinect, hopefully taking the driving experience to the next level.
That said, Kinect requires no controller, which means you have to stand up in the middle of the room no matter what in order to play any of its games. Most gamers aren’t overly excited about that, as everyone knows playing video games is an activity you do in your free time, mostly when you want to wind down and immerse yourself into something other than your own life. For that, getting up and acting out in front of the screen is less than ideal. To top it off, the system demands that there’s plenty of space between the TV and the player, which is not always a possibility.
I guess, in a way, both systems are a bit of a rip-off, as we don’t use either one of them on a daily basis; not even on a weekly or a monthly basis! Hopefully things will change in the future and game developers will figure out unique ways to employ PS Move and Kinect, but unfortunately, as we suspected, the Wii took the best out of motion controls and there doesn’t seem to be much left to do.
An enthusiast of gaming adventures as well as party and puzzle games. Writer, editor, translator, graphics designer, and a multitasker at heart. Maria has worked in the gaming industry since 2007, though she's been a gamer since the eighties. She proudly wore her Spain jersey when they won the 2010 World Cup!
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