Skip to main content

Review: Moving Out (PS4)

Watching my children play together is one of the permanent joys of my life, but it's not a joy I experience as much as I use to. As they grew older they grew more apart. This is a normal thing so in those rare moments when they come together to play, laugh and argue I get to relive their younger years and they don't even know it.

Like most people my family has been in quarantine for the past weeks and 3 of my children are old enough to live away from home. What use to be family weekend dinners with a few video games mixed in became a text messages and phone calls. Week's went by without seeing them. I could tell our youngest was getting bored and whenever he heard us talking to one of his older siblings on the phone his ears would perk up and he would inevitably ask if they were coming over. We would have to say no and he would slump back down and continue doing whatever he was doing. As the quarantine orders have been lifted and we are finally able to venture out and my kids were able to spend some time together.

Moving Out fills a specific itch for my family. It's a game of competitive cooperation that will make you feel frustrated and elated all at the same time. Watching my kids play together I could see their distinct personalities come out. How the boy's would gang up on the girls or how the older one's would boss around the youngest. It's a game that puts the full family dynamic on display.

In Moving Out you play as part of a moving team that is tasked various moving jobs. You and the other players move predetermined items into a moving truck to clear the levels. The chaotic fun is enhanced by the physics based movement system. You have the ability to grab, pull and throw objects to find the most efficient way to get them to the truck. The whole time your doing this you are crashing into walls, other players and many other items strewn about the stages. The obstacles combined with the physics create a freewheeling, explosion of chaos that is best compared to what would happen if you released a bag of puppies into a pit of bouncy balls inside of a trampoline.

Levels are quick and it has the standard gold, silver and bronze time based completion objectives that are standard in many mobile games. For an added challenge there are bonus objectives for each stage; like not breaking anything or keeping the window intact. Not sure why someone wouldn't want to break all the windows. It's pretty much the first thing I did when I played with my kids.

The characters are so cute and are reminiscent of Animal Crossing but with more character and style. Plus you unlock more characters as you go and can customize them to your cuteness desires. Overall the art makes the game very approachable and can be an easy way to draw a non-gamer in if you are looking to get more players involved.

This love letter to couch co-op is on my must play list. It's a quick and easy game to learn. It allows multiple skill levels to play together while still giving a hardcore gamer a challenge worth trying. Although I believe this game is best played with others it can be played alone and the difficulty does scale. It would have been nice to have some kind of online component so you could play with friends but that's a minor ask if you have people at home to play with. The true magic of this game is sitting right next to someone and wanting to cuss them out because they aren't helping you get this damn couch around this damn corner!

I wholeheartedly recommend Moving Out. It has brought my family hours of fun and has taken me back to my kids younger days. Although it can be a bit of a challenge at time and can cause a controller throwing tantrum, it's worth your time. Couch co-op may be a throwback but in my household it's a must.

8.5 out of 10

  • Developer: SMG Studio
  • Publisher: Team17 Software Ltd. 
  • Platform: PS4 
  • Release Date: 5/12/20
  • Reviewer: ediddy999


Popular posts from this blog

Season 2: TPSNFL Update Week 16 (TPSNFL Finale)

It's the final of the TPSNFL. This week we live streamed the championship between franchise254 and Team It was a close match-up but Beast Mode came through for franchise in a big way. We also get a few beautiful renditions of Fraudulent Night, the official Christmas Carol of the TPSNFL. Thanks everyone for a great season and join us in a few week for the next TPSNBA Update. Download Podcast

Why Doesn't PS Vita Remote Play Work Like The Wii U?

When remote play was announced I was all like, but it never really lived up to the hype on the PSP and PlayStation 3. When it was implemented on the PS Vita and the PlayStation 4 I was like, but again I was disappointed. When I got my Wii U and saw the gamepad for the first time I was like, but Nintendo had done it right. It doesn't have the range of remote play and you cannot use it through the net. But, it just works. It's seemless with responsive controls and no pixelation. When you walk too far away from the Wii U the controller just cuts off the video completely and tells you to go back to whence you came. Recently Sony introduced remote play with the PC. Steam has had this for a while and it works pretty good as long as your have a decent PC and a nice connection. I've ran through Black Mesa this way and didn't have any problems. Why doesn't remote play on the Vita and the PS4 work this well? Some people say it's your internet or router th

MLB The Show 16: Sliders or Bust

I love stats and I love sports so baseball was invented for someone like me. For a while now I've picked up MLB The Show and every year is the same, I have to update the sliders to get the perfect simulation experience without sacrificing fun. If you're just looking for stats  Out of the Park Baseball   is what you need, but if you want more interaction, then maybe getting under the hood of The Show is in order. It all goes down like this. I get the game on or around day one and play it for an hour or two. I always think to myself, "wow this plays great out of the box. I may not have to change a thing". Then I sit down to play more and little things start to stand out. I don't give up or get any walks, I haven't hit a home run in 5 games or my batting average is sub .200. That's when I start my yearly search for a slider set that works for me. I need something that gives me stats that mirror the real MLB but also tricks me into the feeling that I'm