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: 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.
Excerpt: Console peripherals tend to fail because not enough games use them, so their cost, for many players, isn't justified. Such has not been the case with the EyeToy camera for the PlayStation 2, which has seen a steady stream of games (and genres) since its release in 2003. In one of its latest endeavors, EyeToy: Kinetic, you use the camera to do a series of aerobic and anaerobic exercises either individually or as part of a 12-week workout program.
Pros: Uses authentic exercise routines influenced by popular schools like Yoga and Pilates, Personal trainers offer helpful tips and encouragement, The game keeps track of your workout and progress
Cons: Demanding space and lighting requirements, The games don't quite mask the fact that it's all still exercise, Not enough variety to the soundtrack or the ability to use your own
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.