When I first heard that the developers of Sports Champions were making a title called Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest, I was quite excited, imagining an almost Medieval version of Sports Champions and the hours of gaming pleasure this would bring with it, well… colour me disappointed.
Instead of taking what was fantastic about Sport Champions and improving on it even further, Zindagi Games has instead decided to take elements of that game, such as the Duelling, Archery and Disc golf and create an on-the-rails adventure game, which after playing seems like a totally wrong move.
The story behind Medieval Moves sees you playing as Edmund, a young skeleton-like boy, whose looks have been taken away by an evil figure known as Morgrimm. This is the same evil figure who has stolen an important amulet, the pieces of which you must recover in order to get your looks back and of course stop all the evil from destroying your kingdom. The amulet pieces are spread around, meaning you will need to fight all manner of sub-bosses before taking on the man himself.
Controlling the game comes courtesy of the PlayStation Move via either one or two controllers. Using two is most definitely the way to go, given that you can then have a sword in one hand while controlling your shield with the other. Controlling your sword is childsplay, you simply wait until the enemy draws near and then smack them as fast as you can, before being dragged in a predetermined direction to fight the next wave.
Luckily, to break up the monotony of swinging a sword back and forth, you also have a bow and arrow which can be used to take down enemies from a distance. To use the bow you simply place your arm behind your back, draw an arrow, target your enemy and fire. You can even zoom in, making sure that you don’t miss. To mix things up a little you can also blow up barrels and are given the chance to take part in a small in game challenge which tasks you with shooting the targets before the time runs out.
Another weapon in your arsenal is Ninja Stars. Using the Move like a frisbee you can take out enemies with these razor edged throwing stars, which helps add yet more variety to what is, in all honesty, a very mundane game. You can of course unlock other abilities too, such as the grappling hook which allows you to climb up roofs in order to progress on your path to Morgrimm, although given that the game is on-the-rails, you don’t really have a choice as to the path you take.
To me Medieval Moves is a game aimed at children and even my children soon got bored of the lack of freedom. Sure it was exciting at first, swinging your sword around and bashing skeletons about, however this excitement soon translated into boredom thanks to the repetitive nature of the game. At least it does offer some educational value though, since to replenish your health you need to lift the Move controller up to drink from a bottle of milk… the kids may learn something yet.
Graphically the game is very childish, offering colourful, almost cartoon-like graphics, with comic-style storytelling linking the scenes in between the action. There are a variety of environments to make your way through, however the game never seems to deviate from the set goal, which is a real shame because once the boredom kicks in you won’t be able to get shot of it easily.
Away from the single player experience, there are a few mini-games to be had. These can be played both offline and online (although I don’t hold out much hope of finding people to play against in the latter option). These mini games basically provide you with the chance to fight waves of enemies and improve your weapon skills, though if like me you have played the game for hours on end, then these mini-games will be the last thing on your mind.
Sports Champions was a wonderful game, perhaps the best title I have played using the PlayStation Move controller. Coming from the same developer I was looking for big things from Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest, however it is far from the sequel I was expecting. I wanted variety, great party play and a whole lot of fun, instead what we are met with is an on-the-rails adventure, which may drive PlayStation Move off-the-rails.
Rating: Below AverageReview Policy
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