Tuesday, May 29, 2012

S&S Review: Sorcery


Title: Sorcery
Format: PS3
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: The Workshop
Price: $39.99
ESRB Rating: E

Sony has been renown for releasing many quirky and unique titles and Sorcery fits directly into that mold.  This is easily the best game that takes full advantage of the Playstation Move controller.
Presentation and Story:
In Sorcery, you play as Finn, a free spirited sorcerer's apprentice.  He never really follows orders, and this is what leads him to his first adventures.  Erline, is your daring companion, who is also a talking feline.  She is the main reason that you quickly wander off onto your adventure.  The game is no visual powerhouse by any means, but it still looks impressive.  The diverse locales look really clean and solid, and a steady framerate to boot.  The indoor environments can get a little repetitive in style, but they look good enough so it doesn't grind on you.  The game surprisingly runs on the famous Unreal Engine, I never thought they would use such a powerful engine for a smaller title, ultimately its a good looking game for an Unreal powered game.  The voice acting is one of my favorite parts of the game from the opening cinematic to the friendly banter from Finn and Erline.  The music is up there right along with the voiceovers, setting up the atmosphere perfectly with subtle tones that are not forced in any way.  The magical sound effects adds even more to the games great sound mixtures.  
Core Gameplay:
Sorcery requires the Playstation Move to play it, so if you're still not sold on the Move itself, you'll be out of luck if you want to give this game a shot.  You can use a DualShock to control movement, or the Navigation controller aslo.  Simple flicks of your wrist will cast your standard Arcane Bolt.  The one to one motion is very apparent as you direct your bolts in any direction you want.  As you progress through the story of the game, you'll learn new spells including tornadoes, and fire and ice spells.  You can combine these spells to make more devastating attacks.  Each spell can be used two different ways, straight shots and secondary attacks.  I have to mention that once you learn your Thunder spells, the game becomes very easy.  Its the most powerful spell in the game, you can easily balance this out by upping the difficulty setting.  When all this comes together, the combat is fluid and a blast.  There are a few RPG style elements, including a potion making system, similar to your standard crafting minigames.  You'll find chests with gold or items in them, then you can combine those items to make your different potions.  Potions will help you with health, mana, or more spell attack power.  Performing drinking gestures with your Move controller never gets old.
Final Thoughts:
Sorcery is a great game, and another cool PS3 exclusive for all you fanboys to get your hands on.  This is one of the best motion controlled games to date, with a cool story and great gameplay to back it up.
Final Rating: 8/10

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