Excerpt: Without wanting to praise Sony's gizmo as the saviour of gaming, there usually comes a moment (however transient) when playing a new EyeToy game in which it seems to make a mockery of anything that asks you to sit down and use a joypad. In Kinetic, Sony's "highly personalised workout programme"-'em-up, that moment came during my very first game in the Cardio Zone, 'Cascade'.
Excerpt: Developers of dance games like to point to their games as a way to get a little exercise while playing. EyeToy: Kinetic is just the opposite; it is a way to get a little play time in while exercising. Kinetic is first and foremost an exercise program – and by “program” I don’t mean “computer program”. This is a full customize your routine, track your progress, three or more time a week commitment to health.
Excerpt: The graphics in Eye Toy Kinetic are not as whimsical as in previous Eye Toy games. The previous Eye Toy games were fun for all ages, but seemed to be pointed at a younger audience, with comical, near-anime styled characters including monkeys and ninjas. (You can never go wrong with monkeys and ninjas!) Kinetic is rated E for Everyone, but features only two characters - specifically, personal trainers.
Excerpt: Video games have always gotten a bad rap for the "sedentary lifestyle" that they can reinforce for players. After all, since you're often just sitting in front of a screen, the only serious workout you receive is for your thumbs. While there have been a few "exercise" games released to make players a bit more physically active, these haven't necessarily required a lot of physical exertion until now.
Excerpt: Kinetic lets you select a simple workout or you can design a twelve week program to get yourself in shape. Two trainers, one male and female are selectable. They'll guide you through your workouts, give you encouragement, and let give you feedback on how well you're performing a particular exercise. Be forewarned, both of them have English accents, which like any severe accent, might get irritating after a while.
Conclusion: If you're serious about getting fit, this game will absolutely help you with that. There's still overcoming the mental blocks and motivational issues, but the fun factor eases these problems in a fantastic way. This is the reason the EyeToy was made.
Conclusion: The music is pretty well balanced for anyone to workout to. The issue is that it would have been nice for the game to support the ill-fated PS2 HDD. As such players could have been able to get their own music to listen to as they worked out. Even as the game is, it would have been better had the player been allowed to select the order of the various tracks. Right now it’s just not enough.