Excerpt: I wondered why the Playstation Move never really caught on. After all it was better than the Wii Remote. Sure it was not as good as the Kinect, but it should have resonated. Start the Party is the perfect example of what Sony did wrong. They make a “family” game, but they make it edgy, offensive, and to try and entice hardcore gamers. Here is the problem, hardcore gamers won’t touch Start the Party because it is not full of disgusting content.
Conclusion: "Start the Party" is the perfect game to bust out at, well a party. Easy to understand, silly, and cute, "Start the Party" is competitive silliness done nearly perfectly. I may not sit at home playing it by myself, but I can honestly say, it's going to sit with "Buzz!" as one of my go to party games now. Fun and funny, "Start the Party" pulls people into the action like few games can.
Pros: One of the sillier, faster, and more fun party games out there, Over 20 mini-games included, Only requires one PlayStation Move controller for four players, Great for both adults and kids, One of the sillier, faster, and more fun party games out there, Over 20 mini-games included, Only requires one PlayStation Move controller for four players, Great for both adults and kids
Cons: Would be nice to have more mini-games, Transitions between games could happen faster, less menu, more game time, Two-player simultaneous games would be nice, Would be nice to have more mini-games, Transitions between games could happen faster, less menu, more game time, Two-player simultaneous games would be nice
Excerpt: The original Start the Party! was one of the launch titles alongside the PlayStation Move motion controller, although it was sadly a little too limited for its own good. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fun mini-game compilation for what it was, but there just wasn’t enough content for it to be plucked off the shelf regularly. This low key sequel does attempt to rectify this.
Excerpt: It seems that December is the season of the PlayStation Move and SONY have just released another Move titled with Start the Party! Save the World! Developed by Supermassive Games, this title is another casual collection of mini-games that offers players the choice of either single or multiplayer gaming. With that said, the PlayStation Move controller and the PlayStation Eye camera is needed to play the title which as we all know is a staple of this genre.
Conclusion: As a budget-price sequel to a party-themed launch title, it comes as little surprise that Start the Party: Save the World takes very few risks; what is surprising is how it does little to rectify the issues that hampered the first instalment. Lacking in depth, breadth and content it fails to establish itself as a regular addition to your party-game collection, coming across as an introduction to a bigger idea, rather than a fully formed package able to stand on its own.
Conclusion: That's Start the Party in a nutshell - as a Playstation Move launch title, it does a great job of showing off what could potentially be done with the hardware in the future, but as an actual game, it stinks. That's not to say we wouldn't welcome a more meaty sequel - throw in tons of minigames, give us the option to turn off the games we don't like very much, and we'll take that willingly.
Excerpt: How big can a mini-game get before it’s no longer a mini-game? Are the rounds of Wii Sports too long to be considered mini-games? Or is it a narrative thing? Does having a plot connect the mini-games make them more traditional levels? The plot of Half-Minute Hero tied together its 30 second levels, but as each level featured similar gameplay it might not be considered a collection of mini-games.