Have you ever wanted to have powerful magic spells in your hand, have you ever run around thinking you are a wizard turning things into pumpkins or animals into rats? Well there is now a PS3 game for kids young and old who want to harness a magic wand, Sorcery for the Playstation Move. Gamers assume the role of sorcerer’s apprentice Finn. While his older wizard teacher Dash is away, Finn who has been impatient borrows Dash’s magic wand and sets off on an adventure with Erline the talking cat. As Finn progresses he finds himself on the frontline of a war against The Nightmare Queen who has broken an ancient pact and threatens to plunge mankind into eternal darkness.
Along the way Finn will build his skills and become ever more powerful. As the adventure begins Finn has a limited number of abilities. He can use the magic wand to defeat enemies, shatter objects, or turn sheep into pigs. He also has the ability to use telekinesis and mend to move and repair heavy objects, though these objects are mainly blatant things blocking our path. As you become more adept in the ways of wizardry you’ll be learning new and more powerful spells. And as your toolbox of destruction increases you can start to combine your spells to easily end your enemies. Beyond your numerous Arcane, Fire and frost spells you’ll also learn a Heroic Spell, which is a devastating spell that is only usable as you fill up a meter to use the spell.
Besides your offense, you also have a few defensive spells which kick back oncoming enemies. But your main defense is a magic shield you acquire fairly early on. The shield is very basic blocking pretty much all incoming attacks plus allows you a way to smash back enemies. Sometimes you’ll need to smash enemies with the shield to break down their armor before unleashing your wand attacks.
Sorcery is a 100% PS Move game. You’ll need both a PS Move wand and a Move Navigation controller. I was very impressed with the game’s controls. Moving around and casting spells was a cinch. And it all felt natural. With your wand you’ll need to learn accuracy not only on a level left and right plane, but also need to learn to strike targets high and low. You are even able to curve shots to hit enemies taking cover behind objects. Besides casting spells your PS Move will also allow you to shake up potions and drink them to revive health or give your powers an extra boost. As you play you’ll be able to learn how to mix potions together to make your own, but beware while alchemy can reward you with some awesome powers, there is the chance of harmful side-effects.
Overall I’ve enjoyed Sorcery. The story mode is pretty straight forward. For the most part you are just following paths, defeating enemies along the way and running into boss battles that require you to use your various skills. It is a bit short and can be pretty much finished in a couple of afternoons of play. And that is the game’s biggest downside, there really isn’t any replay value to it. There are multiple paths through-out the game, so if you really want to go adventuring you’ll have a couple of things to do, but I didn’t feel the need to really do so. The best part of the game is the Move integration. The PS Move works really well with this game, and mastering the combos and directing your wand shots is fun and feels natural. Sorcery would be a great fantasy adventure for any 10 year old wannabe wizard master!
A copy of Sorcery for PS3 was provided to us for this review from SCEA