Few games have managed to capture the essence and true potential of the Playstation Move like Sorcery did during its E3 debut in 2010. Gamers got very excited seeing that preview, and most of the hype surrounding the Move can be attributed to this game. Unfortunately, this game took quite a while to get to the marketplace, and some even questioned whether it was ever going to see a proper release. To the delight of Move fans everywhere, Sorcery is finally here, and it manages to take its rightful place among Playstation Move libraries everywhere.
Sorcery follows the story of Finn, a young apprentice sorcerer under the tutelage of a sorcerer named Dash. Finn has a ton of potential, but he isn’t ready to face the world just yet. He is undisciplined and impatient, and, as you would expect, it gets him into trouble. Dash has been taking a careful and guarded approach to teaching Finn the art of magic, but Finn is quickly getting bored of the process. Erline, Dash’s talking cat, taunts Finn and persuades him into travelling with Erline to the land of the dead. Erline expects this to teach Finn that there are situations out there that he can’t handle, but instead, Finn ventures forward and gets swept up into a quest that puts his potential to the test.
Sorcery is a beautiful and interesting environment that puts the Playstation Move on display, giving gamers a glimpse of what this hardware can really do. This is a Playstation Move exclusive (meaning that it requires the Move to play), it does a good job of taking advantage of everything the Move has to offer. Most spells can be cast with a simple gesture that can be executed while standing or sitting. You will use spells to do some light puzzle solving, and you have the ability to combine spells to perform more powerful attacks. For example, you can combine your fire spell with a tornado spell to create a firestorm, or you can freeze enemies with the frost spell and shatter them with your arcane bolt. This spell combination system is similar to Magicka, but more simplistic since you can only combine two different spells. Despite the simplicity, the spell combination system is fun and adds some replay value to this title. You can navigate the levels by using the Playstation Move Navigation controller or by using the thumb sticks on a standard controller. Whichever scheme you choose, the controls are solid and work well. Moving around is fairly easy and the controls don’t get in the way of casting spells, which is arguably the most important part to this game.
While playing the game, you will have the chance to mix your own potions, which plays a big part in the game. These potions are used to increase your abilities, and it gives the game an RPG flavor. Though the system is not deep by any stretch, it keeps the player’s interest. They also contribute to the puzzle solving sections of the game that require access to certain potions to progress through the level. Though ultimately underutilized, it is still an interesting addition to the game and appeals to the completionist gamer.
Visually, Sorcery is impressive. The animations are smooth and the graphics are crisp. It is everything you expect from this generation of consoles. They are particularly impressive because they capture the movement from the Playstation Move hardware quite well. Your movements are directly translated to Finn when you are casting spells, but it lacks the jerky movements associated with most Move titles. The graphics also borrow heavily from Celtic myth, giving the game an incredibly unique appearance. If you are looking for a colorful, visual game, Sorcery may be something to consider.
All in all, Sorcery is a gem of a title. It does a nice job at showing off the Move and what the future of the Move could be. Unfortunately, the timing on this title is a little off, considering that it took a very long time to get to the shelf. This game probably would have done much better had it come out at launch; however, this shouldn’t discourage you from giving this game a chance. The campaign is on the short side, consisting of about 5 to 7 hours of gameplay, but it is perfectly paced and should provide any gamer with a positive and memorable gaming experience. If you’ve been on the fence about this game, or you’ve been looking for a good Playstation Move title, look no further than Sorcery.
This review is based off a review copy of the Playstation 3 version of Sorcery by SCEA