EyeToy: Play Sports
Daniella gets her head bashed in a fun look at the newest EyeToy title from SCEE.
EyeToy: Play Sports is the latest addition to the EyeToy family from Sony's London Studio. Sporting over 101 playable minigames, from sumo wrestling to substitute teaching (that's a sport now, apparently), EyeToy: Play Sports is definitely bringing a lot more to the table than is predecessors, but does it measure up?
The latest EyeToy endeavour comes out at a time when the whole gaming industry seems to be harping on about innovative new ways to control games, so it's nice to see that Sony hasn't forgotten that. But for such an original piece of hardware, the latest games that accompany it haven't showed us anything really new, as is the fate of EyeToy: Play Sports.
"Where this game really makes its mark is in its multi play possibilities."
If you're as socially inept as, let's say, the disgraceful videogame UK BATFA programme initmated recently, this game will definitely not be one for you, as playing solo is not what this game is designed for. The first few minigames smack you hard in the face, and by the time you figure out just what it is you're supposed to be doing the game is already over. It takes about five tries until you finally get into the swing of things and manage to get your body moves to make what you're doing on the screen go in the direction you want it to.
"By the time you figure out what you're supposed to be doing it's over."
I still have a slight bump on my head. She managed to overtake me in a rather heated sack race, and beat me up in a boxing match leaving me feeling rather red in the face. I've demanded a rematch though, and I've practiced looking like a loon so I'm sure to beat her next time...
The minigames themselves are pretty fun; my favourite so far being the weightlifting, as I seem to be pretty good at that - but they all seem pretty similar to games featured in previous EyeToy Play titles, so there's not much new to call home about.
Overall, this game is fairly average, but certainly still worth investigation thanks to a healthy dose of multiplayer madness that's admirable for its inventive ideas and concepts, while not taking itself too seriously and thus getting the right balance for a good old laugh.
Struggling to visualise how EyeToy: Play Sports works? Have a look at the video below for an idea...
THE VERDICT: Perfect for winter nights where you'd rather stay in then brave the cold - just invite some friends over, and prepare to make a fool out of yourself...
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