Cracking stuff from the gaming genius of Sony as the power of the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Move unite to take the family orientated and casual fun game to another level with the next in the series of our PS Move title reviews.
Never having been one for the whole ‘party favour’ type title that is associated with every family gathering and celebration these days, it was then with great surprise that I was asked to undertake the review of Sony’s ‘Start The Party’ title. To say that I have been pleasantly surprised at the game is to understate to an enormous degree, as never before would such a title have even graced my beloved Playstation 3, let alone that I would have actually enjoyed the thing.
But enjoy I, and my family and friends did, as I* invited over a small gathering of close friends to partake in a little Start The Party action with my wife and I, and as the wine began to flow and the inhibitions were lowered it was with much gratitude and admiration that I began to find a new-found respect for the genre and began to have a whole lot of fun myself.
Start The Party is a fun-filled experience for all the family, regardless of age, that will have the kids sniggering at the adults and the adults sniggering and bellowing like sea lions at the ineptitude of each other, as they take it in turns to attempt some of the plethora of available mini-games that the title is, in itself, made up of. The main idea of the title is that players get together and just have a general good time, and I am pleased to be able to tell you that is exactly what will happen when you purchase Start The Party at your local games retailer.
The gameplay is simplicity itself as you are faced with a bright colourful menu that allows you to decide which of the multitude of mini games that you would like to take part in before being transported into the game by the witchcraft contained in the Playstation Eye. Quite literally because of the high standard of graphical content and computing wizardry, the player’s image is superimposed onto the actual gaming screen so that what you see when you play the game is yourself, and your friends, onto the game screen surrounded by whichever scenario the task dictates as your Playstation Move controller is then transformed into whatever utensil is required to complete the objective. So that, for instance, in one of the title myriad mini’s you may find yourself transported into the belly of a deep-sea diver, or you may even find yourself having to use your Move controller as a sledgehammer to bash down the wall to release your friends? The mini games are short and sweet, but are all a lot of good clean fun.
The competitive nature of the title and the addition of the timed modes in the mini-games produces many a belly laugh as you will watch in pant-wetting glee as your friends attempt swatting everything from bug’s to boulders to ball’s and even buildings and bad guys. To say there is scope for comedic capers is not enough as you will have some true moments of genuine hilarity along the way. It is inevitable with the variety of games that are on offer from the menu.
Gamers young and old will love this game and we can definitely say that Start The Party becoming a firm family favourite around birthday’s, get-together’s and the festive season. Children in particular are going to love being part of the gameplay itself as they are whisked into the world of the game by the Playstation Eye, and the novelty of seeing themselves on the television screen will not be lost on even older gamers as the ability to see yourself as part of the screen play really does benefit the game and make it more enjoyable. Although this is not a feature that is exclusive to the Playstation, we do feel, however, that Sony have managed to add their own special touch to the proceedings as it just seems to work that little but better than the offerings from their competitors.
Although the game can be played as a solo experience we are not gong to dwell for too long on the subject as, although still immensely enjoyable, it is the game’s standing as a multiplayer title for all the family to enjoy is ultimately where the games strength lies. Yes, you can play Start The Party on your own, but why would you ever want too? The whole point of the title is to invoke a response and a reaction from multiple players and gauge the success or failure on the title from that with which it was designed to be experienced, and in that respect Start The Party is an enormous hit and gets a huge ‘thumbs up’ from all of us here at GamesMediaPro Towers.
Graphics: When it comes to a Sony title you always know that the game is going to look fantastic. Thanks in no small part to the dedication and talent of the men and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring us these wonderful games, and thanks also to the hardware itself for being so good. Start The Party is no exception to this rule. It’s brightly coloured and detailed menu’s are vivid and eye-catching and the actual game that are on offer are all well presented with solid-looking renders. 7
Gameplay: A chuckle-fest of great family entertainment that will have gamers of all ages fanning parachutists onto rafts for many a day yet. The quality of the Sony exclusive is still there for all to see, and the inclusion of the Playstation Move technology just adds to the title and make sit all the more enjoyable 7
RePlay Value: Sony come up trumps yet again by incorporating their new Playstation Move technology seamlessly into a great gaming format that will see the whole family reaching for the Start The Party box every time there is a celebration in the house. So good you may very well invent some. 8
Presentation: As with every Sony title you always know that you are going to have a quality experience every time that you open the case and pop the disc into your little black box of wonder! Start The Party will have the whole family interacting in ways that they have not done so since the days of Charades. A genuinely entertaining title that looks and plays better than anything else in its genre. 8