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The gameplay is all about having a blast with your buddies. The fun increases tenfold with some folks gawking over your shoulder, and ALL ages will take to this soon-to-be-classic title. Surprisingly, I found myself breaking a sweat often, and it’s not the 90-degree heat talking either. A few hours playing Homerun will burn a few calories of your ever growing gamer tush. Maybe as not as exhausting as Dance Dance Revolution (my fraternity brother lost 20 lbs. one summer), but it gets you off your rump at least.
Eyetoy: Play 2 is a significant upgrade from the two Eyetoy titles released last year. It really showcases the power of the Eyetoy, and broadens its use beyond just reacting to on-screen movement. Hopefully from now on we should see better use of the Eyetoy camera than just quick cash-ins gimmick games. The work done on the mini games has been great - the fact that they are no longer timed is brilliant, although this can lead to physical exhaustion for the unfit among us. PALGN loves the fact that the mini games all contain several other mini games in themselves, as it makes the experience lot more challenging. Eyetoy: Play 2 is a really solid title that is much better than we were expecting. For only $69.95 without the camera, we strongly suggest you pick this up.
Being both forward-looking and instantly accessible is something that video games haven't pulled off in a long time. Play 2 succeeds handily in each arena, and in doing so, a rightful place in everyone's collection.
1UP (Aug 16, 2005)
The point of Play 2 was simply to take what made the original resonate with gamers and non-gamers alike so well and bring it up a few notches. That's certainly happened here, yet to simply state EyeToy hasn't outlived its welcome is a compliment all on its own. When you're knocking down virtual brick walls like The Hulk on a rampage or rocking out on a simulated guitar with only your waved hands, it's hard to argue there's a better party game out there -- longer game sessions or not.
83 (Aug 23, 2005)
In conclusion, Play 2 is just what owners of the Eye Toy have been longing for. Its mindless fun will keep gamers intrigued for a good while and even help them sweat off a couple of extra pounds. If you've been thinking about purchasing an Eye Toy, then Play 2 is more than enough to convince you to go ahead with your transaction. Certainly there is much room for improvement, but considering the current dearth of Eye Toy titles, Play 2 is an obvious choice for anyone looking for some Eye Toy insanity.
If you loved the first EyeToy Play, then there’s little doubt that you’ll enjoy the sequel. Nearly everything has been improved and there are tons of things to do that even non-gamers will enjoy. If you’ve got friends to play with, you’ll get more out of it, but even if you plan on playing alone, Play 2 is worth checking out.
GamingTrend (Oct 30, 2005)
EyeToy 2 is a great program and is a must-have if you picked up the original title. It is a blast to play with friends and you'll find yourself pointing and laughing and having a great time. Just make sure you've got a group of good-natured friends to fully enjoy this game.
80 (UK) (Nov 02, 2004)
In truth, the game's really not especially interesting for the lone player, but with at least half of the games included of truly stand-out excellent quality, there's more than enough to keep you, your mates and your game-hating family members amused for another Christmas round of hilarity. It may not have the brand association of Sega Superstars, but when there are games of this high standard on it (and much more interesting frippery besides), that won't trouble you. We're still slightly frustrated at how accurate the motion detection is on certain games, but we suspect a lot of this is down to lighting conditions, the colour of your clothes versus the background and all manner of other variables - for now it's as good as it can be, but - as a footnote - we feel that if EyeToy is to progress much further than this, then the basic hardware has to improve significantly before the games can necessarily get any better or more involving.
Bordersdown (Jan, 2004)
Perhaps, considering just how accomplished this particular diversion is, we can save these concerns temporarily. When we look at Anti Grav – the more ambitious Eye Toy game from the makers of FreQuency - perhaps then a more telling judgement can be made. Until that time, just get some bloody exercise and enjoy the lunacy – the brilliance – of Eye Toy Play 2.
AceGamez (Feb 05, 2005)
If you play games socially, EyeToy Play 2 is a definite must and easily the best EyeToy game to date. Fed up because your mum and dad or girlfriend never take an interest in gaming? Get them on this - even my granny played it and loved it. However if you're the self conscious type or usually prefer to play games by yourself, then this is probably best left alone.
GameZone (Aug 18, 2005)
Being one of those people who shy away from cameras and such, Play 2 still managed to get its hooks in. This is somewhat addictive and highly entertaining. Playing alone is a cardio workout, of sorts; playing with others can turn into a laugh-fest. This is a very nice package of games.
Gaming Target (Aug 30, 2005)
EyeToy: Play 2 provides PlayStation 2 owners with more reason to own an EyeToy camera. The technology isn’t perfect at times, but it certainly supplies a fun gaming experience in an active fashion. For those debating on whether or not to purchase this version over the first EyeToy: Play, the choice is easy as Play 2 offers even more mini-games as well as a lot of variety and involving gameplay. Unless you’re camera shy, EyeToy: Play 2 is a top pick.
GamesFirst! (Sep 05, 2005)
In general, if you have a well-lit gaming room with plenty of space to wave your arms about, you should also have Eye Toy Play 2. If your dorm room is big enough, this will definitely attract attention. Sadly, if your space doesn't accomidate Eye Toy, then any effort to play Eye Toy will only end in frustration. Your task is to improve your gaming situation, and then get Eye Toy Play 2 and enjoy.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 27, 2005)
EyeToy Play 2 is certainly the best EyeToy game on the PS2. If you’re on the fence about getting an EyeToy then Play 2 will certainly change your mind.
80 (Nov 01, 2004)
Puisqu'il faut bien départager tous les titres EyeToy de cette fin d'année, voilà le classement que l'on pourrait donner. Troisième : U-Move Super Sports. Second : Sega Superstars. Premier : EyeToy Play 2. Grâce à une meilleure utilisation de la caméra à travers ses jeux parfaitement ridicules mais toujours simples d'accès, le titre de Sony peut monter sur la première marche du podium et s'affirmer comme le titre le plus fun du moment qui soit entièrement dédié à la caméra.
GameSpot (Aug 11, 2005)
If you are interested in an Eye Toy but don't yet have one, you should skip buying Play and proceed directly to Play 2, as it's almost universally better than the first game. The mini-games are longer and more detailed, and the multiplayer is smoother and generally more fun. A few technical difficulties bar Play 2 from being a truly great game, but it is otherwise what you would expect from a good sequel to a good game.
IGN (Aug 12, 2005)
This is easily the best reason to own an EyeToy or get one with a Play 2 bundle. Still, no matter how good the games in Play 2 are and how much innovation there is here, the overall feeling is still like that of a collection of disparate games. This is a title that's well worth having for when friends come over or when you're feeling especially fond of seeing your own mug on the screen. There are numerous innovations that show what can be done with the little webcam, but the feeling of a whole game is still lacking.
Game Over Online (Aug 22, 2005)
Overall, Play 2 is a vast improvement on the EyeToy formula, and an engaging diversion for a short while. A strong experience for multiple players, this would be a perfect title for families or parties, although you might find yourself bored with the repetition and frustrated with some of the technical issues you’ll inevitably run into. However, if you’ve been looking at picking up an EyeToy or been interested in another title that uses your camera, this isn’t a bad way to go.
GameSpy (Aug 12, 2005)
Play2 is, as far as peripheral games go, a pretty safe bet. It's not perfect, but if you've already got an EyeToy, there's no reason not to add Play2 to your collection. And if you don't, it's enough to warrant consideration.
Gamer Within (Jul 31, 2005)
EyeToy: Play 2 is a great addition to the original Play title. Featuring a range of new, fun games, as well as a couple enhanced classics, this sequel offers plenty of hours of fun for either a family or a group of friends. Apart from the sometimes inaccurate motion capture camera, there are little faults with the actual games themselves. Although the included twelves games offer a solid amount of gameplay, it would have made the game a lot more worthwhile if Sony had included some more. Overall, EyeToy: Play 2 is a great game that is worth the money, especially as Christmas is fast approaching us.
Cheat Code Central (Aug 17, 2005)
Games include the ones already mentioned along with air guitar, drums, kung fu fighting and a cooking game where you slice, dice, chop and grate your way to the title of top chef. All of the games are interesting but they are diverse which means that they probably won't all appeal to each individual. These are mini-games and as such they have a short shelf life. I don't want to use the word "novelty" but you won't get tons of replay value out of these games. I don't really want to use the word "rental," but if you read between the lines I think you'll know what I'm getting at. In the meantime I'll let you know when the future gets here.
59 (Nov 24, 2004)
In der Gruppe top, alleine schnell ein Flop! EyeToy Play 2 bleibt der Tradition des Vorgängers treu. Denn auch wenn die Zahl der Spiele vervielfacht wurde, auch wenn die Entwickler an der Grafik geschraubt haben: Solisten zappeln sich durch ein paar Games, danach verliert das Paket erheblich an Interesse. Spielt jedoch mindestens eine weitere Person mit, ist der Abend gerettet, mit jedem weiteren Probanden steigt der Spaß – spätestens beim Stechen ist das Chaos perfekt! Leider stören einige Bugs und Abstürze, auch lässt sich die Punktezählung nicht immer nachvollziehen. Auch die Bewegungserkennung, normalerweise zuverlässig wie die Steuerklärung, setzt hier und da einfach aus – da fuchtelt man wie ein Jedi-Meister und nichts passiert! Man kann angesichts des sonst vorherrschenden Spaßes großzügig darüber hinwegsehen, etwas nervig ist es trotzdem. Läuft jedoch alles glatt, ist EyeToy Play 2 der neue König der Partygames!
Gaming Age (Sep 28, 2005)
Coming back to the idea I opened with, Eyetoy Groove made you look like an idiot but in a fun way. Eyetoy Play 2 does the former, but not so much the latter- the compilation is entirely hit and miss, with a handful of failed concepts dragging down the rest. This, combined with the long load times makes Play 2 feel a little disjointed, maybe even rushed. You'd be best served by trying Groove if you want to experience Eyetoy, because this one probably won't make a fan of you.