EyeToy: Play 3 PlayStation 2
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by London Studio
Release Date: Out Now
EyeToy: Play 3, an introduction.
Whilst Nintendo often get a lot of credit for being innovative, it's fair to say that one of the most innovative pieces of console hardware over the last few years has to be the EyeToy camera which Sony created for the PlayStation 2. Allowing gamers to play games without the use of a controller was indeed a superb idea and the potential for such a device has yet to be fully realised. Here we have the EyeToy camera's latest game, EyeToy: Play 3.
What's the game about?
EyeToy: Play 3, like the previous games that utilise the EyeToy camera, is an assortment of mini-games for you to enjoy with family and friends. The game contains a mix of sports, music and variety mini-games as well as several crazy activities for you to mess around with. The mini-games offer two difficulty levels, beginner and advanced and the mini-games support 1-4 players.
What's good about the game?
Essentially it's a game where anyone can just let their hair down and have a laugh. You don't need to be an experienced gamer or have played this type of game before in order to enjoy yourself and have a laugh. As we've mentioned below the activities are not that great and won't hold your attention for long but the 9 mini-games are better. Games such as Bowling, Volleyball, Touchdown, Beauty Salon and Boot Camp are actually quite fun, although they are definitely best when played with friends as playing against the AI isn't that much fun to be honest. The mini-games require the usual hand waving and body moving motions that previous EyeToy games do, although I found the range of movements required in Boot Camp to be quite fun as you pretend you're on an assault course.
What's not so good about the game?
In all honesty the collection of activities and games in EyeToy: Play 3 is not that impressive. There are 9 games (3 in each of the sports, music and variety modes) as well as a handful of activities to have a go at. This may seem like a small amount of things to do but it wouldn't be so bad if most of the games and activities were original and enjoyable but sadly they aren't. The Play Room activities such as Face Mixer (where the camera takes pictures of the different players and mixes them into a single image), Head Swap (which takes a picture of one player and puts it on another player), Photo Booth and Recog-cam will probably be looked at once and then never played again. The same could be said for the Fun activities (Theremin, VS Knockout, Wild Fauna and Motion Cam).
How does it look?
If you've played any of the previous EyeToy games you'll know exactly what to expect from the game's visuals. Cartoon like drawings make up the backgrounds for the games. Any AI characters you'll play against are also cartoon like in that they are fairly simplistic but easy on the eyes. The icons and objects you have to interact with are quite large which makes hitting them quite easy. The look of the game is definitely aimed at children, which is probably the correct way to go given that the mini-games themselves are primarily aimed at the younger gamers.
How deaf gamer friendly is the game?
EyeToy: Play 3 is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest but there aren't any game breaking problems here. The comical introduction which explains how to setup your EyeToy camera, as well as how to use it, isn't subtitled. On the menus you have this strange character that gives you descriptions of the game options and other things and his comments are shown in text. The instructions for the games are shown in text too which is good news. Any comments made by AI characters and opponents are not subtitled which is not that important to be honest but still it's a shame that they are not subtitled. As you've read above the game does contain some music mini-games but these don't require the gamer to hear anything so they don't cause any problems. One of the activities, Theremin, is pointless for deaf gamers as sounds are generated by moving various parts of the body and there is no visual feedback for this.
Whilst EyeToy: Play 3 is a decent addition to the list of games you can buy for the EyeToy camera, it doesn't exactly come across as anything unique or indeed that different from what we've already seen before for the EyeToy. Whilst I haven't played EyeToy: Play 2, this third game in the series isn't as polished as the original EyeToy: Play and in many ways it's a weaker product which is disappointing. There are some good games here though but it's difficult to say that these justify the asking price.
Overall Game Rating: 5.5/10
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Whilst EyeToy: Play 3 offers a few enjoyable mini-games the quality of the overall package is lacking and inferior to the previous two games in the series.