Well hello to all you loyal readers, enjoying a sunny day ? Anyway, it’s time for our review of Sorcery for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Move. The game is based around a sorcerer’s apprentice, Finn.

Anyone who has been waiting for this game for the EXTREMELY long development cycle will know that it’s been long awaited due to the fact is was the most promising Playstation Move game shown at E3 2010. It is finally here… good.. but, should be even better due to the long dev time available.

Here is the official plot, according to Sony:

The Nightmare Queen has broken the ancient pact with mankind and threatens to cover the land in eternal night. As a young sorcerer’s apprentice, it is up to the player to master the arcane arts and fight back the foul creatures of this magical realm. Sorcery puts the power in the players’ hands using the PlayStation Move motion controller and letting them conjure and command powerful magic as they brave the dark world of the Faerie Kingdoms.

On their journey, players will encounter a multitude of enemies, solve ingenious puzzles, learn powerful spells, and craft strange potions with the in-game alchemy system. With over eight spells that can be used in various combinations and countless items to discover and collect, Sorcery immerses players in a unique fantasy adventure like never before.

» A REAL MAGIC WAND – Use the PlayStation Move motion controller as your magic wand. Cast extraordinary magic spells, brew enchanted elixirs, solve ingenious puzzles, and defeat the forces of darkness!

» UNIQUE COMBO SYSTEM – The gesture-based casting system lets you chain together basic spells into powerful combos. Freeze and shatter your enemies, electrocute them with lightning called down from the heavens, or incinerate them in a lethal firestorm!

» DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTER – Collect magic items, learn new spells, and concoct upgrade potions, to turn your humble apprentice into an unstoppable magic force!

» A LUSH AND VARIED WORLD – Explore five unique realms, each with their own enemies and challenges. Descend into the kingdom of the dead to battle the Banshee and the Restless Dead warriors, venture into the endless stair where vicious bogies are wreaking havoc, brave the faerie forest, raid the Slumbering Palace to free Lord Fey, the Faerie King, and much more!

Any of the Irish (like me), will be happy to know the entire world of the game is based around Irish mythology.

So, I will get on with the review now, discussing controls, gameplay, graphics, sound and value.

As you begin the game, it guides you through a short, comic book like story explaining how we got to the point at which gameplay commences. You are then guided through how to use the basic spells and more tutorials are provided along the way.

Move controls are very well done, it really helps to make you feel like you are controlling the character. Some spells, such as curved shot spells may be difficult to cast based on where you are playing but most of the controls are very well done.

Aiming spells in different directions works very well, it isn’t hard to do and playing the game using the move controller is extremely enjoyable. I will have to vote this as the best Move game in terms of controls thus far.

Mechanics of the game are fluid, character movement is free and does not feel buggy. The game draws you in. You begin to care for the characters and between Erline (the cat) and Finn are quite humourous. You will enjoy the game simply from it’s well produced dialogue.

The game is suited to both children and adults, some of the dialogue is specifically tailored to provide an adult experience which children will just enjoy the gameplay.

Now, on to graphics. Character models for Erline and Finn are done very well, however, the enemies are very bland and their is little variation in their design between different types of enemy. Most are simply boring green sprites.

Environment is usually impressive, textures are sharp and a lot of the design will please you. However, there is something about the textures that feel a little bland. They can sometimes lack inspiration and feel repetitive. Overall though, the graphic QUALITY is good.

One thing I have to say, I feel that graphics lack the power of some other PS3 exclusive titles such as God of War, Uncharted and other Santa Monica titles. Something is missing from the graphics, but, I can’t quite put my finger on it.

Dialogue, I mentioned is excellent, very entertaining. Sound effects are good and match the game’s theme and overall sound is better than average.

Now, on to gameplay. The story is interesting and will draw you in quickly. This is the type of game you might play for a few hours at a time and can be very enjoyable for anyone who likes the action-adventure genre and those who like entertainment featuring magic. Quite a few spells are learned throughout the game and are very easy to use. The move controls make a massive impact on the gameplay enjoyability factor.

One thing I have to mention is the absolutely brilliant combination of spells. You can freeze enemies then attack to deal extra damage, or, a more extreme case, you can create a tornado of fire. Launch a fire spell into a cast tornado will create blazing hell for enemies with a swirling fire tornado of doom….

Also to add to the gameplay, potions are an integral part of the experience. Potions which allow the restoration of health, increase of power in spells or wit and many other temporary boosting effects. These can be brewed and used later by shaking the move controller (to shake the potion) and then proceeding to turn the controller upside-down to drink the potion. The brewing can be quite inconvenient, but, it’s worth it for some of the more useful potions.

Now, the place where Sorcery is lacking, it’s time for value. Sorcery does not provide very much value. After the single player campaign is completed there is no more you can do other than restart the campaign to work for trophies. The campaign itself if quite short, it will only take most people 5-7 hours to complete depending on difficulty level.

Extra time can be squeezed from the game by exploring for treasure and trying different things to provide different gameplay outcomes, however, most people will be satisfied after finishing the game once. Overall, the game does not provide amazing value. One thing that must be mentioned though, the game is available quite cheaply in most places, such as Amazon.co.uk.

So, thank you for joining us for our review today, click “Toggle Scores” below for our final scores. Thanks for reading, please leave your comments below.