|Release date:||5 November 2004|
The game that started the entire EyeToy craze is back with a dazzling array of new games and features that'll get everyone off the sofa!
The original EyeToy: Play introduced the world to an entirely new way of playing games; the trusty DualShock was pushed aside, its purpose as the controller of choice usurped by, of all things, the human body.
Millions of converted EyeToy users later, and SCEE has finally returned to sate our desire for more camera-related entertainment with a new serving of frantic mini-games and groundbreaking experimental fun. EyeToy: Play 2 has arrived.
Things have come a long way since the original Play; EyeToy: Play 2 expands significantly on the mini-game formula, cramming over 70 wildly different quick-fire challenges into 12 spectacular new games and a variety of bonus mini-games. In addition, the PlayRoom has now become the home for a variety of amazing EyeToy experiments that will change your perception of what's possible with the wonder camera.
Those new games in full:
- Kung2: The EyeToy: Play favourite returns with more levels, more enemies, more bosses and more bonus challenges!
- SecretAgent: Collect the items that appear while freezing in silly positions to avoid the gaze of security cameras and spotlights
- BubblePop: Play's classic WishiWashi returns with a skilful twist - clear the screen of blue bubbles, but you'll have to perform some crazy contortions to avoid popping the red ones!
- MrChef: Make meals to order in a busy restaurant and perform a variety of tricky tasks to replenish your supply of ingredients
- MonkeyBars: Recreate King Kong's antics in reverse as you swing your way down a number of sky-scraping buildings
- DIY: Perform all sorts of home improvement tasks - from painting rooms and building walls, to chainsawing logs and chasing runaway pneumatic drills!
- Knockout: Boxing Chump receives an update, with extra opponents and improved fist-swinging gameplay
- HomeRun: Hit the incoming pitches as hard as you can, then physically run as fast as you can to score vital runs!
- GoalAttack: Train yourself up with a demanding coach, then attempt to save the day in various match scenarios
- Table Tennis: Play ping-pong against increasingly difficult opponents - time your shots for extra power!
- Air Guitar: Strum along to various rock tracks and take on a selection of string-plucking opponents in a test of your musical skill!
- Drummin' - Prove you've got rhythm by striking the drums on-screen in time to the music
The PlayRoom is now home to a variety of experimental games that demonstrate EyeToy's future potential - use your voice to interact with the Sonic Sub, catch out any intruders in your room with SpyToy, explore space with Solar System, and much, much more!
- 12 fantastic new games, each containing numerous fast-paced mini-games
- Improved Multi Player mode lets up to four people compete over 50 mini-games
- Catch out intruders with SpyToy security
- Interact with a 3D model of your own or your friend's head with EyeToy: Cameo
- Wide range of experimental PlayRoom effects - interact using movement, sound and even fruit!
Get fit with EyeToy
Fancy spicing up your fitness regime with a spot of martial arts? Give EyeToy: Kinetic Combat a workout.
The original EyeToy: Kinetic combined the motion-sensing technology of EyeToy with a holistic fitness regime that really worked - and now it has a follow-up in the (perfectly toned) shape of EyeToy: Kinetic Combat. Expanding on its predecessor's aims, Kinetic Combat provides a fresh workout, this time inspired by martial arts - and the results are certainly striking.
The art of Shaolin
It's worth noting that nobody should be put off by use of the term 'combat'. While Kinetic Combat does indeed allow you to take part in simulated sparring sessions, this title focuses on much more than just that, allowing for the expansion of your health and fitness regime while teaching some of the fundamentals of martial arts. The roots of the game rest within the ancient art of Hun Gar Kung Fu, a 17th century discipline used by Shaolin monks and offered in many modern exercise classes. Hun Gar is primarily used for increasing fitness, but also includes a range of kicking, punching and movement techniques that gives a total body work out.
As with the original Kinetic, instructors Matt and Anna can be selected to help you through a one-on-one fitness programme, along with a new martial arts specific trainer, Leon. The idea is that you follow your chosen trainer's on-screen moves, matching them via a traced body outline. Your mimicry is tracked by the EyeToy Camera, allowing the game to notice if you are performing a move correctly, and provide personal feedback on your performance.
With over 200 separate Hung Gar Kung Fu moves, the routine is separated into four animal styles; dragon (a gentle introduction), tiger (strength through cardiovascular fitness), mantis (agility and balance), and phoenix (a combination of all prior lessons). Once a specific set of moves is learned, Kinetic Combat tests you via a series of mini-games like hitting on-screen sensors using your newly acquired techniques, and sparring sessions against the relevant animal opponent. Each one comprehensively gauges your skills, forcing you to duck, weave and strike your way to a better grade.
An inexhaustible trainer
Kinetic Combat is wonderfully professional, and despite its relatively serious fitness slant, plenty of fun. There's plenty of scope to enjoy it in the way that suits you best, too: Personal Trainer Mode takes you through a 16-week fitness programme, Freestyle allows for a more custom-built workout, the Quick Play mode contains a number of one-off games that can be played competitively against friends and family, offering a less goal-oriented way of getting exercise.
It works perfectly towards providing something for those looking to increase their exercise routine, or just get fit without hassle. Kinetic Combat's interactivity and feedback options provide a more personalised work out than a fitness DVD, and there's none of the irritating predictability that comes with the typical exercise video.
EyeToy: Kinetic Combat ticks all the right boxes; it's deep, fresh, involving and teaches something that's not only fun but beneficial. Who says videogames are unhealthy? This should certainly change a fair few minds - and bodies - for the better.