Players: 1+ Player Game | Release Date: 08/16/05 | Genre: Party
The little EyeToy camera has yet another game disc for you to throw into your PlayStation 2. EyeToy: Play 2 is the second release of mini-games from Sony that takes full advantage of the creative nature of the camera. For those of you that were turned off or did not enjoy the first release from Sony--fear not. The second disk is full of longer, more challenging, and more fun mini-games.
EyeToy: Play 2 gives you both mini-games and extra items to use. Let's start with the Extras. Here you get a couple of new items: Video and SpyToy. The Video mode allows you to record a message and save it on your memory card. Sadly, no option is available that allows you to send that message to anywhere else. SpyToy, on the other hand, is a very interesting concept. It will allow you to setup the device so it will turn on and take pictures whenever the camera senses movement. Of course, one you turn off the console, the camera will cease to work. So if you are trying to spy on a family member, this will probably only be useful if you are trying to see who gets into your room or office. If the person you are spying on wants to play your PS2, then they could delete the pictures and just disable the device. The usefulness of this device is yet to be seen, but as with everything on the EyeToy, the mere advancement of the technology is exciting.
Another fun feature of EyeToy: Play 2 is in the playroom. Here there are a lot of things that just aren't a lot of fun for more than a few seconds. The best in here is the Solar System where you can explore each planet. A close second to the Solar System is a Pool Table where you can play pool. To get into the playroom requires suffering through extremely long load times. After waiting around for the load times, I grew tired of this section of Play 2 and decided to not go back there.
There are 12 mini-games to pick from that range from single player, two-player and even four player modes. Games include: Air Guitar, Goal Attack, Monkey Bars, Mr. Chef, Table Tennis, Secret Agent, Knockout, Bubble Pop, Homerun, DIY, Drummin', and Kunga2. Each of these games is fun when played with a group and due to the interactive nature of the EyeToy, this is a great party game.
EyeToy: Play 2 is a huge improvement over the first Play. In fact, if you are looking to get an EyeToy, just buy Play 2 and forget about the first one. Also, later this year Sony is releasing a third installment of Play. Hopefully it will build upon the success of 2 and maybe even speed up the load times a bit.