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EyeToy: Kinetic Combat PlayStation 2

Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by SCEE London Studio
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £24.99 (Solus) £39.99 (with EyeToy camera)

Let’s be honest about it, if you play a lot of PC or console games there’s a good chance you aren’t in the best of shape. I don’t drive, I have to walk most places and yet I’m still out of shape. A gym subscription doesn’t come cheap though and if, like me, you could do with some physical improvement then being able to use one of your gaming consoles to help you out is certainly an appealing idea. Here we have EyeToy: Kinetic Combat, a title that if you have the space to use it properly can really help you get in shape.

EyeToy: Kinetic Combat is a martial arts flavoured workout programme that’s designed to be carried out over 16 weeks. You’ll get to choose whether you want a male or female personal trainer and you’ll even have your own Kung-Fu personal trainer who helps you to warm up effectively amongst other things. You’ll begin by watching a series of movies that help you to setup your EyeToy camera with the full focus lens (that’s included with the game) and then you’ll create a profile for yourself where you’ll input your age, current weight and height. You’ll also tell of your previous martial arts experience and input the grade you achieved using EyeToy: Kinetic, the workout game from last year. Once this has all been done you’ll have a workout planned for you. You can choose from Quick Play, Freestyle and Personal Trainer modes. 

You’ve always needed a lot of space and good lighting conditions when using an EyeToy game and Kinetic Combat is more demanding, certainly in the space requirements. The full focus lens (which simply pushes over the top of your normal EyeToy lens) allows the camera to pick up your whole image but you’ll still need to be at least 2.5 metres away from the camera in order for it to work effectively. Then of course you need a lot of space to move around safely to do your exercises. Should you not have this kind of space available then you’ll be wasting your money on Kinetic Combat, which would be a shame because as a workout programme it’s actually rather good and an excellent use of the EyeToy camera.

The EyeToy games that have appeared previously have not been great in catering for deaf gamers and, unfortunately, Kinetic Combat is no better. In fact Kinetic Combat sinks to a new low in terms of catering for deaf gamers. The introductory setup movie isn’t subtitled. None of the instructional movies are subtitled. None of the character profile screens are subtitled and worst of all none of the personal trainer movies are subtitled. Kinetic Combat isn’t a game as such and doing the wrong thing when you’re exercising could put your health at risk. With no instructions or advice available to deaf gamers this just isn’t suitable for a deaf gamer, which is very disappointing.

If you’re a hearing gamer reading this review and you want to get in shape in a cost effective way then EyeToy: Kinetic Combat is a good way of doing so provided that you have the space to exercise safely. For deaf gamers and those who don’t have the space, then Kinetic Combat isn’t for you. I still can’t believe that after all these EyeToy products we still don’t have one that is fully subtitled. EyeToy: Kinetic Combat is the worst in this respect and here the lack of subtitles is potentially dangerous and that’s just not on.

Overall Game Rating 7.5/10

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EyeToy: Kinetic Combat is one of the best uses of the EyeToy camera we've seen. However, it's not suitable for deaf gamers and you're going to need an awful lot of space to safely carry out your exercise program.