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August 25, 2005
Eye Toy: Kinetic - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
29/9/2005SonySCEE1$59.95 (Game Only)
$99.95 (with Camera)

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Hit the yellow, miss the red.
If ever there was a Playstation 2 game or piece of software that you could get your parents to buy for you then this will be it. You see this isn't just a game using Sony's Eye Toy camer but is actually an interactive fitness title. The game isn't just made up with some programmers in an office. Indeed Sony enlisted the assistance of Nike Motionworks EyeToy: Kinetic allows players to improve not only general fitness but also reactions, posture, balance, breathing and all round body toning and conditioning.

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Dodge the red balls.
So we have another Eye Toy game, or should that be program. You see Eye Toy: Kinetic isn't a game in as much as it's a fitness program tailored specifically to help you tone up and loose some of that extra flab in time for Summer.

With four areas of discipline to choose from, EyeToy: Kinetic offers a wide variety of exercises for players to choose from. Aero Motion and Combat Zones help to increase the playerís overall fitness level, inspired by moves and stances from activities such as Tai Kwon Do, Modern Dance, Kick Boxing, Aerobics and Karate. The Mind and Body Zone focuses on breathing, concentration and flexibility, taking inspirations from Yoga and Tai Chi, leaving players feeling relaxed, yet with their body fully conditioned. The Toning Zone helps the player to tone specific muscle groups utilising slow and refined movements.

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Doing some stretches.
In the early stages of development, the Nike Motion Works team of fitness training experts played a key role, providing information about the exercises and movements to be included in the game and also aiding in the development of the warm-up, stretching and toning sequences. Their expertise has ensured this title is much more then just another game for Eye Toy, but a meaningful program in itself.

The Nike Motion Works team also contributed greatly to the creation of EyeToy: Kineticís Personal Trainer Mode, aiding in the structure and sequence of the exercise routines, and offering insight into the validity and health value of the movements within the routines.

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Karate inspired moves.
As you can see with the graphics here the game looks pretty sparse in terms of backgrounds on the screen, but this is deliberate to keep you concentrating on the activities presented to you.

Being the, well, slightly overweight fellow that I am Eye Toy Kinetic looks like plenty of fun, and a good workout at the same time. At last the Eye Toy peripheral looks like meeting its potential and this program (remember folks, this isn't a game) look like ushering in a new genre of games/programs on consoles. Expect a late September release.