• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 20, 2004
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. The rounds are too short and the tunes are too few, but all in all, Groove lives up to its name. [16 Apr 2004, p.L2T 19]
  2. If you can get a group of friends who don’t mind, the game becomes insanely fun. And those videos can later be used for blackmail.
  3. Like "EyeToy: Play," you might wonder how often you'd play this alone, but it's fun enough (and has enough multiplayer modes) that it's absolutely worth owning. [May 2004, p.97]
  4. A very solid, playable game that stands above the vast majority of the games in the rhythm and dance genre.
  5. The music is great, with enough variety to please just about everybody some of the time.
  6. Groove could be the perfect addition to your parties if it wasn't for the fact that EyeToy requires lots of light. If you like your parties glaringly bright, though, it's a hit. [May 2004, p.93]
  7. Should really appeal to fans of rhythm games and fans of watching their friends look like idiots.
  8. The first title was very cool, but Groove is so much better.
  9. Both the single and multiplayer modes offer tons of fun, and those secret videos it shoots while you’re playing are sure to embarrass you time and time again.
  10. 80
    The challenge with Groove is to make it feel less like a mechanical button-pressing game and more like you’re actually dancing, and that, my friends, is all up to you.
  11. A bit thin for a single player game, but multiplayer mode is great for gaming parties and makes it easy for your non-gaming friends to join in on the fun.
  12. I almost died laughing during a round of battle sync mode, in which two people dance simultaneously doing coordinated moves. [May 2004, p.90]
  13. 75
    With plenty of goofy tricks up its sleeve, Groove provides an incentive for plugging in the EyeToy and inviting some friends over.
  14. 75
    A lone EyeToy-keteer is going to get bored rather quickly with Groove. It's like playing Scrabble by yourself -- it can be done, but it's just not the same without encouragement or competition.
  15. Definitely a niche purchase rather than a must buy, but those that dig this stuff will find that EyeToy: Groove has got a good beat, and you can dance to it, as the kids always said on American Bandstand.
  16. The game does suffer from a sub par song list, but if you're really into the music genre, the chance to Groove is more than enough reason to get an EyeToy. [May 2004, p.11]
  17. Tightens the focus of the gameplay, delivering a rhythm action experience that's entertaining, if a little familiar.
  18. For gamers hoping for a deeper, more unique game play use of EyeToy’s capabilities, this ain’t it.
  19. Groove works you harder than lots of rhythm action games, although that's often because players will find themselves waving unnecessarily, unsure whether their hits are going to register. This is where the game suffers most: It lacks the tactile response of its peers. [Jan 2004, p.103]
  20. If you like to dance and want a great game for a party with people who don’t mind looking a little silly, EyeToy Groove is probably just up your alley.
  21. 70
    There is better, there is worse and since this title has been drastically reduced (Seen it camera-less for $20) it’s worth a look into if you’re struggling for a title to purchase to shake things up a little.
  22. Although it’s not going to satisfy the hardcore beat-matching gamers, Groove does bring another dimension to the PS2 and the EyeToy.
  23. The action icons on Groove are more sluggish than on Play, which will mean a lot more furious hand-waving action and frustration that things can't move along quicker.
  24. An interesting attempt to integrate videogames, music, dance, and you into a single package, but ultimately fails to leave much of an impression after the first few hours of play.
  25. As far as dance/rhythm games go, Groove has the unique feature of the EyeToy, but its lack of depth hurts its value.
  26. Fun, but weakened by a lack of variety, strangely long load times, and motion perception that's a bit too unforgiving, even on the easiest level. [May 2004, p.38]
  27. Later in its shelf life, Groove will be an excellent little budget purchase to have in your collection for those amusing drunken party moments, but right now at £29.99 we'd strongly advise potential EyeToy converts to check out Play before they go splashing the cash on "Groove."
  28. The choice and number of tracks are our major gripes with the game. But play it as intended - with lots of people who are not necessarily fully aware of what's going on - and it'll no doubt be popping in and out of your PS2 tray for a while. [Dec 2003, p.122]
  29. It feels just plain dull. [June 2004, p.129]
  30. I find it a little disappointing that this second version of EyeToy focuses almost exclusively on the dance/rhythm genre. This technology has so much more potential than to be squandered like this. Besides, it's not even as deep a game as the Konamix series.
  31. 60
    Serious gamers shouldn't give it a second glance. It's simply not designed for them. Anyone looking for a good time or an excellent gift-giving opportunity shouldn't pass the game up, though.
  32. Even though the 20+ songs are all good for dancing, Groove only feels like a fraction of a complete game. [May 2004, p.56]
  33. Yes, the EyeToy has potential. Groove is an example that the potential has yet to be realized.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. AnthonyS.
    Apr 22, 2006
    9
    This is hilarious fun. There are too few tunes and they are cheesy, but all are catchy and you'll be used to dancing to them in overpriced bars anyway. The Eyetoy works well in detecting your moves and it does get very difficult. Full Review »
  2. EduardoR.
    Nov 5, 2004
    8
    Really engaging game great to play with friends and family.
  3. CarlosG.
    Oct 21, 2004
    6
    It was good for the first hours of game play but then beomes real lame. But the eyecam is great can't wait for rated M games for it.