Start the Party!

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Start the Party!
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Developer(s) Supermassive Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release
  • NA: September 7, 2010
  • AU: September 16, 2010
  • EU: September 17, 2010
  • JP: November 18, 2010
Genre(s) Party game, augmented reality
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Start the Party! is a 2010 augmented reality party video game for the PlayStation 3, which utilizes the PlayStation Move controllers.[1] It was officially unveiled at the 2010 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.[1] The game is the first game developed by Supermassive Games and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment for release as a launch title for the PlayStation Move and was bundled with it in Asian regions excluding Japan.[2] The game is a collection of augmented reality mini-games which utilise the PlayStation Eye, and was released in 2010.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay of one of the mini-games. Notice how the camera is used as the game's background

The game first snaps a picture of the player using the PlayStation Eye, it then proceeds to display a real time video feed of players using the PlayStation Eye displaying the player and his surroundings in the game. The game consists of a wide variety of mini-games including bug-swatting and painting games, these are played using the PlayStation Move motion controller which would look like something else in the game. In the game the controller often transforms itself into animated objects similar to the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit which features real-life people holding cartoon-like objects. The controller can transform into a variety of things depending on the game such as a cartoon tennis racket for swatting bugs, a spiky prod for popping balloons which are shown in the game as being held on to by the player.[3] The game also allows for multiplayer modes with up to four different players with the use of a single PlayStation Move controller.

Reception[edit]

Start the Party!
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 55/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 5/10[5]
Eurogamer 6/10[6]
Famitsu 27/40[7]
Game Informer 6/10[8]
Game Revolution D[9]
GamesMaster 53%[10]
GameSpot 6.5/10[11]
GameTrailers 6/10[12]
IGN 6/10[13]
Joystiq 3/5 stars[14]
OPM (UK) 7/10[15]
OPM (AU) 6/10[16]
PSM 5/10[17]
The Daily Telegraph 6/10[18]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two sevens, one six, and one seven for a total of 27 out of 40.[7]

Sequel[edit]

Start the Party! Save the World
Developer(s) Supermassive Games
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release
  • AU: November 24, 2011
  • EU: November 25, 2011
  • NA: March 6, 2012
Genre(s) Party game, augmented reality
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

A sequel, titled Start the Party! Save the World, was released for retail in Australia on November 24, 2011, and in Europe the next day; and as a downloadable game for PlayStation 3 through PlayStation Network on March 6, 2012. In the game, the player (and up to three other players) is cast as a superhero, tasked with saving the world.

Reception[edit]

Start the Party! Save the World
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 50/100[19]
Review scores
Publication Score
GamesMaster 72%[20]
OPM (UK) 5/10[21]
OPM (AU) 5/10[22]

The sequel received a bit more mixed reviews than the original according to Metacritic.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mark Handy (March 10, 2010). "Introducing PlayStation Move". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sony Computer Entertainment Staff. "PlayStation Move @ Playstation.com Asia (Singapore)". PlayStation.com Singapore. Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stephen Totilo (March 11, 2010). "The Must-Play Magic Of PlayStation Move Involves... A Foam Finger?". Kotaku. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Start the Party! for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Start the Party!". Edge (220): 95. November 2010. 
  6. ^ Ellie Gibson (September 1, 2010). "Start the Party". Eurogamer. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Brian (November 9, 2010). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ Jeff Marchiafava (September 1, 2010). "Start the Party: A Minigame Collection That Will End Your Party". Game Informer. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Daniel R. Bischoff (October 27, 2010). "Start the Party Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Start the Party!". GamesMaster. November 2010. 
  11. ^ Justin Calvert (September 7, 2010). "Start the Party Review". GameSpot. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Start the Party Review". GameTrailers. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on December 27, 2012. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ Tom Butler (September 3, 2010). "Start the Party! Review". IGN. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  14. ^ Justin McElroy (September 1, 2010). "PlayStation Move review: Start the Party". Engadget (Joystiq). Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Start the Party!". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Start the Party!". PlayStation Official Magazine – Australia: 67. November 2010. 
  17. ^ "Review: Start the Party!". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 70. November 2010. 
  18. ^ Tom Hoggins (September 7, 2010). "PS Move launch titles review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Start the Party! Save the World for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Start the Party! Save the World". GamesMaster: 90. January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Start the Party! Save the World". PlayStation Official Magazine – UK. December 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Start the Party! Save the World". PlayStation Official Magazine – Australia: 80. January 2012. 

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