Holiday Guide - 6 essential PlayStation Move games

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We’ve had a fair few little visitors in our house since Wonderbook has arrived and every last one of their cute faces has lit up when they’ve held the Move controller in their hands and witnessed it transform into a wand. Sure, the magic will probably begin to fade after Christmas when the game has been played to death and completed, but can you really deprive your children of this magical holiday gift? Enjoy the guilt trip folks.

The Unfinished Swan
Giant Sparrow’s surreal adventure is an excellent game with a traditional controller, but PlayStation Move gives it something a little extra special. Starting off with a blank white canvas, players are tasked with flicking blobs of black paint at the screen in order to build a scene and explore. Move is the ideal paint flicker and you feel much more of a connection exploring the environment than via traditional controls.

           

There’s a cute-ish story about a boy in search for a swan too, but the real magic lies in exploring the unknown and wondering what you’ll find next. Disappointingly it doesn’t last for too long, approximately 2 hours in total, but while it does you’ll be mesmerised by its beauty.

Dead Space Extraction
EA’s horror-themed, on-rails shooter will be enjoyed mostly by fans of the Dead Space series due to the references made to those games. With more thrills and spills than a day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the action is smooth and intuitive with Move doubling as a gun to shoot limbs off necromorphs and mutated corpses. The production quality is impressive, creepy audio adds to the tension around every corner and character models are suitably scary.

            

There’s a decent variety of weapons too and whether you’re using a flamethrower to torch the undead or meleeing horrible creatures away like a policeman at a football riot, you always feel a little on edge and totally drawn into its dark game world. We like to keep the lights on for this one.

EA Sports Active 2.0
The craze for fitness games on consoles looks like it’s finally dying down now, which is good news if you’re looking to shed a few pounds or get fit in the New Year as you’ll pick up titles like EA Sports Active 2.0 for a snip of the original price. This is one of the better fitness games for Move combining 68 different exercises into the complete workout package. It’s really designed to complement your existing fitness regime and it does so with a diverse range of exercises, which even include mountain-biking.

           

You can tailor routines to suit your needs and track your progress so there’s no excuse for slackers. EA Sports Active 2.0 is also great for people who don’t have the confidence to go to the gym and, of course, it works out much cheaper than a monthly subscription. Strip off and get sweaty; just make sure you close the curtains otherwise the neighbours will talk.

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