EyeToy: Play PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2003
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. The whole idea itself was not only neat, but it was amazingly well executed and is not only fun ... but extremely addicting as well.
  2. Game Informer
    90
    If you must know why I fancy this one so much, it's because you're a giant on the screen and it looks like you have sole control over the cosmos. I dig it. [Oct 2003, p.123]
  3. Cheat Code Central
    80
    "A refreshing blast of gaming oxygen," is how I would describe Sony's new game EyeToy. It's a bit of a novelty to be sure, but it's going to pave the way to the future of how we interact with videogames.
  4. 75
    As simple as these games sound, you'll likely break a sweat trying to wipe the screen clean in "Wishi Washi" or keep up with the Samba de Amigo-esque "Beat Freak."
  5. The end results may be somewhat shallow for most serious gamers' liking, but it's a quirky, fun, amusing, and heart-warming addition to the PS2.
  6. It’s great for kids and non-serious gamers and a fun party favor, but those of you with a taste for the finer things in gaming life will be let down by the largely disappointing games. It will make your mom and your girlfriend happy, though, and to us, that’s priceless.
  7. 100
    Whether you’re a hyperactive kid, an inebriated adult, or just someone who doesn’t have any hangups about looking a little goofy to have a good time, the EyeToy will make you smile for the camera.
  8. The most innovative and original add-on device that has hit home consoles in years. The technology implemented to capture your image and detect motion is surprisingly refined considering this is the first version of the unit.
  9. Play Magazine
    75
    Taken by themselves, the 12 minigames and other features of EyeToy:Play are fun diversions, but they get old kind of quickly. However, if you have a group of friends, gamer or non-gamer, it makes an ideal party game. [Nov 2003, p.92]
  10. A great party toy and novelty, but not enough depth for long-term single-player gaming.
  11. There is absolutely no reason why this product should be entertaining, much less insanely addictive - but, goodness is it ever.
  12. EyeToy feeds the average person's vanity by projecting themselves onto the television. As just about every reality show on the air proves, being on television remains an important status symbol in our culture.
  13. Single-player is great fun, but there is no depth to keep you hooked; the most fun comes from getting other people involved and so multi-player is where EyeToy becomes really special.
  14. It's the simplicity of it that works; that's what will undoubtedly make this thing the ultimate party toy. [Nov 2003, p.146]
  15. EyeToy: Play doesn’t have complex graphics, nor will any of the sound effects or songs blow you away. Despite the fact that the games are simple, they almost all manage to be fun to play alone, or with a group of people.
  16. Not only did Eye Toy get my wife to play a video game but more importantly it got me off the couch and into the action.
  17. The one thing that I loved was the boxing game. Fighting a robot and kicking the snot out of it was just totally fun. I was laughing and just having a great time during the bout. I don’t know, maybe I am a total cheese ball.
  18. Given how entertaining it is in short bursts, it’s the perfect thing to bring out at parties or get-togethers, making this one of the easiest ways to rally the whole family around one of the hardest possible family-wide activities: playing video games.
  19. If you have friends round and they aren’t scared of a little jumping around then this is definitely a game you want to get. If there’s alcohol involved, all the better!
  20. 80
    It certainly isn’t a perfect peripheral, since the unit needs ample lighting in order to work well, but it does provide countless hours of entertainment.
  21. The perfect gift for the gamer that has everything except say, a spouse or relative who doesn’t quite understand the lure of gaming, or a parent looking to interact a bit more with their kids.
  22. While it may look a bit strange to move your body frantically in front of the TV screen, especially if you're playing by yourself, the EyeToy offers family-friendly fun and a little exercise, too.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    5
    The motion controls are certainly a novelty to start with but, due to the lack of accuracy of the EyeToy itself and shallow nature of all theThe motion controls are certainly a novelty to start with but, due to the lack of accuracy of the EyeToy itself and shallow nature of all the mini-games, that novelty soon wears off. As a result very few people will still be using it regularly after more than a couple of weeks. Full Review »
  2. Liz
    Jun 13, 2005
    8
    Not so great without a friend to help but with a group of friends and some water, its the best game ever!
  3. Sam
    Aug 12, 2004
    10
    Awesome!!!!!!! The eyetoy takes gaming to the next level.