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Game of the Year: Best PlayStation Move Game of 2012

Posted by Push Square Staff

Motion in the ocean

With new console launches hogging the headlines harder than Kristen Stewart and Harry Styles, the PlayStation Move was pushed to the sidelines slightly in 2012. But while the motion peripheral may have been left howling for attention louder than a member of The Wanted, it still managed to muster a selection box of software worth waving your wand about.

Best PlayStation Move Game of 2012: Datura

Few games prompt essays dedicated to uncovering their meanings, but Polish studio Plastic managed to puzzle even the most intelligent players with its ethereal first-person adventure, Datura. Supporting the PlayStation Move as an optional – but ultimately essential – accessory, the spiritual successor to the equally strange Linger in Shadows offered one of the most thought-provoking experiences of 2012.

While the game may not have boasted the most sturdy motion mechanics of the year, the downloadable oddity intrigued by virtue of its premise alone. Wandering through dense foliage in pursuit of petrified pigs, freeing frightened hostages detained beneath layers of ice, and manoeuvring vehicles through dim dual carriageways – the experimental exclusive delivered a three-hour acid trip rich with memorable set-pieces and genuinely perplexing plot beats.

Datura delivered a three-hour acid trip rich with memorable set-pieces

Furthermore, as an undeniably niche experience, it served as another shining example of Sony’s willingness to commission projects that dare to do something a little bit different. There’s simply nothing else like Datura – and while minor technical issues may have let it down at launch, its underlying ambitions were bold enough to push it above its motion controlled peers in our poll.

“Everyone at Plastic is really proud of this award,” said lead designer Michal Staniszewski. “It’s highly unexpected, and we feel motivated to experiment with new genres in the future.”

Runner Up: Sports Champions 2

Sports Champions 2 has prompted many a sweaty brow in the Push Square office since its release in October, so it’s no surprise to see Zindagi Games’ excellent motion controlled compilation earn a spot in our game of the year rundown.

With fewer calibration screens – but the same showpiece accuracy as its predecessor – and a laundry list of new sports, the slick sequel may have missed out on the top prize, but it can still wear its runner up rosette with pride.

Honourable Mentions: PixelJunk 4am, Sorcery, Wonderbook: Book of Spells.

What was your favourite PlayStation Move game of 2012? Do you agree with our winners? Let us know in the comments section below.

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User Comments (11)

coroum

#1

coroum said:

I still enjoy sc2. Havent played datura. Prefer group games.. But will there be more games is the question for move.. There are no more group games like sc or start the party coming... Death of move?

get2sammybAdmin

#2

get2sammyb said:

@coroum There are more Wonderbook games on the way, that's for sure! Sports Champions 2 was announced not long before it was released, so fingers crossed there'll be more on the way for the peripheral! :)

coroum

#3

coroum said:

Just hope sc2 sold well so there will be more of these games.. Ty

coroum

#5

coroum said:

Y i wish more games like house of the dead were made... Has anyone played the resident evil chronicles is it good for two player ?

Ginkgo

#10

Ginkgo said:

There is no doubt that 2012 was a poor year for Move (howling for attention is an apt description). However, in truth it is a cry for quality not quantity.

I am aware of 40+ titles that implemented some sort of Move support in 2012. Unfortunately, too many of them were obscure games or had poor motion implementation.

That being said, there were some notable instalments worth mentioning (2012 wasn't as bad as all that).

Shooters

  • House Of The Dead : Overkill
  • Resident Evil Chronicles HD Collection

Sport

  • Sports Champions 2
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13
  • MLB 12 The Show
  • Foosball 2012

Adventure

  • Wonderbook: Book Of Spells
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Sorcery
  • Okami HD

Puzzle

  • Portal 2 (game Patch) plus In Motion DLC

And probably some others that people enjoyed. I haven't played them all. Wonderbook probably gets my vote. My daughter LOVES it.

Ginkgo

#11

Ginkgo said:

Have to say 2013 is already shaping up to be a better year for Move.

In particular I am already looking forward to :

  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Star Trek
  • Until Dawn

Can't wait.

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