Sony’s PlayStation Move has been on retail shelves for a couple months now and software is still slowly trickling in for the new PS3 motion controller. Though third-party support has been faint in 2010, Sony is filling in the blank of third-party title absence by releasing many first-party titles to keep gamers strapped into their Move controllers for the remainder of the year. TV Superstars is a new first-party competitive mini-game compilation designed as a reality television show. Your goal is to become a celebrity and make it to the A-list as fast as possible.
Prior to beginning your quest to become the next major star, you first need to take a picture for your in-game avatar. Getting the perfect lighting in the room to get a good picture can be difficult, but, even with the low-resolution of the PS Eye, you can get a decent enough picture taken for your in-game persona. You’ll need to take three picture variations: generic, smiling, and mad. Using your own creativity, you can either keep things civil and make a normal looking version of yourself or go to the extreme and make a terrifying version of yourself. It can be fun to see what the game renders the face as in-game, so have fun with it as it won’t look perfect no matter how hard you try. After your picture it taken, you can record a catchphrase that your character will shout out when entering a game or lounge — so think of something totally obscene or hilarious.
Making an avatar can be fun and for some that’s where the fun will begin to dwindle away. In order to become a star, you need to participate in a number of different reality TV-based mini-games, but to get to the games becomes a hassle. There are a lot of loading screens and take too long for the content that comes out the other end of it. TV Superstars’ mini-games are mostly designed on what you’ll find on TV, though some take extreme liberties with that idea. Of the mini-game categories provided are: cooking, home improvement, modeling, making commercials, and an extreme sport/stunt-based show.
Each of these mini-games offers some personality and unique qualities, but none of them offer enough to warrant constant revisiting. For example, the cooking game starts off fun with you making pancakes, but suddenly you are performing a rap and dancing. If this mini-game concentrated on the cooking element and explored that idea to a great extent, it would have been far more enjoyable because the cooking segment used the Move control method really well. The one standout section that really uses Move well is the Wipeout-styled games. A lot of variety is offered with the different obstacle courses and objectives like running on a large wheel and leaping over obstacles or shooting your avatar at large targets. The target shooting is a lot of fun and uses the Move controller really well. Every target is designed as a body position and you have to twist and turn the Move controller so your avatar can fit in the outline. Sadly, the fun delivered in this mode isn’t replicated throughout the game.
The home improvement/decorating lack depth and isn’t too compelling, while the modeling on the catwalk is just a bunch of random swinging motions done with the Move controller at random points of time. Filming commercials is done the same away as you need to copy actions at certain points. It’s not very fun to do and grows stale quickly.
TV Superstars can be fun, but most of the compilation lacks substance and grows stagnant fairly quickly. Only a couple games are worth trying out, but with the majority of the package being sub-par, it’s hard to recommend this as a full retail release. It does show some unique ways the Move controller and camera can be used together, but otherwise the game in context and fun falls short.
(Editor’s Note: A review copy was provided by Sony. All the modes were completed and A-list status was achieved in approximately 5hrs. A total of 10hrs was spent in the game for this review.)