|Release date:||4 November 2005|
The EyeToy revolution continues with 12 brand new and totally crazy party games, and PlayRoom innovations for the whole family to enjoy!
The greatest party series around is back for another bout of intensely entertaining family fun and amazing EyeToy innovations, once again courtesy of SCEE London Studio. EyeToy: Play 3 is packed with 12 new and exciting games, stunningly inventive PlayRoom experiments, and a vastly enhanced multiplayer mode that now allows four players to battle it out simultaneously.
Whether you want to play alone, or have a great time with your friends and family, EyeToy: Play 3 is guaranteed to get your bodies moving and the party started!
EyeToy: Play 3's games are divided into four categories - Sport, Music, Action, and Party - and each one is crammed full of modes that you can enjoy alone or with multiple players. It's even possible for those not lucky enough to be in front of EyeToy to play a part in some games with your DualShock controllers, thanks to the new audience participation feature.
Those 12 games in full:
- VolleyBall - team up with a friend to take on your pals or computer-controlled teams
- Bowling - aim to become 10-pin king against up to three friends
- TouchDown - try to make it past an entire American Football team
- DJ - attempt to keep up with the MC
- Be The Band - play along to rock, blues, and cool funk tracks
- Maestro - conduct crazy takes on classical music
- Boot Camp - do as the sergeant says and tackle gruelling assault courses
- Beauty Salon - become a professional beauty technician
- Ghost Grab - punch and dodge the ghosts
- Kitty Loves Me - compete to win the affections of a cat
- Monkey Rampage - battle to see who can crush the most buildings
- Athletics - compete in a variety of track and field events
Throw in an innovative face mapping feature, and a host of new PlayRoom attractions to mess around with, and you're looking at the finest, most entertaining instalment of EyeToy: Play yet. Let the party begin!
- Features 12 brand new games for up to four players to enjoy simultaneously
- Explore new EyeToy frontiers in the PlayRoom
- Now the audience can participate via the DualShock controllers
- Each game features multiple bonus games or events
- Engage in a variety of genres: Sport, Music, Party, and Action
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.