SCE didn't drop a bombshell when it revealed that a first-party sports compilation package would hit shelves alongside its PlayStation Move hardware. The real surprise is that at least two of Sports Champions' mini-games will offer more than the rest of the clutter. Thank the fidelity.
What Are These Things and What Do They Do?
"Gladiator Duels" is a 3rd-person fighter set in an arena. You'll control a cartoony avatar equipped with a weapon and shield that can be used independently if you have multiple Move wands. The combat is straightforward -- just drill the other weird-bodied dude. But the fights can be as complex as you want them to be. The robust wand tracking allows you to thrust, chop, and swing at any depth and angle. You can hack at knees, mouths, ankles and block at any level, which brings in a layer of strategy, and probably immersion, into the game. Most of these titles tend to do little more than irritate your wrist as they degrade into flimsy, gesture-based swing fests. This, however, feels refreshingly accurate and fun because of it.
Neverending Nightmares is eerily evocative, and set for release on September 26
6:00 PM on 09.09.2014