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Game Reviewed: Sorcery
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: The Workshop
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3
Category: Action/Playstation Move
ESRB Rating: E10+
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Game Description:

Sorcery is a third person action/adventure game in which you play as a sorcerer's apprentice named Finn. Finn is like many young teenage boys in that while he has a good heart, he does not always take the advice of his mentor, who in this story is an elderly Wizard named Dash. This leads him and his cat, Erline, on an adventure through a world that is inspired by Irish mythology which eventually leads them to the Faerie Kingdom where they must save it from an evil queen and the power of a Dark Lord.

The thing that makes Sorcery stand out from other action/adventure games is that it is played with the Playstation Move controller (a requirement for playing this game). The player can use either a normal PS3 controller or a Playstaion Move Navigation Controller with their left hand, and a Playstation Move Motion Controller with their right hand. The Move Motion Controller acts like a magic wand that the player uses to cast spells to attack enemies, move items, or mix potions.


What Parents Need to Know
(Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers)

Violence

The story cut-scenes are visually done as if you are looking at pictures in a storybook. Sometimes these scenes can show mild violence. For example, one scene shows the queen using darkness to choke one of her elite guards.

The player can zap enemies with different spells some of which cast enemies on fire or into blocks of ice that can be broken. When an enemy is defeated, they simply disappear.

Language

There is no bad language in this game.

Sexual Content

One of the female characters wears a short and form fitting dress.

There is an image of some fairies who are dressed by loose strips of cloth.

Spiritual Content
(Warning: Major Spoilers Ahead)

The player can eventually use 5 different types of elemental spells (Earth, Ice, Fire, Wind, and Lightning) as well as an Arcane Bolt Spell for attacks.

In one level there is reference to the restless dead, forsaken spirits, and a war between elves and humans.

Some of the enemies in one level are the restless dead, and the boss fight of that level is against a banshee.

Potions can be created by mixing ingredients.

The main villain is an evil queen who has been possessed by a Dark Lord.

In one part of the story the main character, Finn, is dead and he meets the spirit of his dead mentor. The two of them as spirits perform a rite which brings Finn back to life.

Reviewer's Thoughts

As far as games go, Sorcery is a decent game. As far as Playstation Move games go, in my opinion Sorcery is one of the best Move games available. I have a feeling that for most parents, the decision of whether or not to allow your children to play this game will come down to the Spiritual Content. If you are the type of parents that do not allow your children to read or watch Harry Potter, then you will probably not want your child to play this game. If stories like Harry Potter, however, are allowed in your home then you will most likely find the content in Sorcery permissible.




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