EyeToy Play: Hero Hands-On

We check out the latest game to use Sony's EyeToy peripheral, an adventure game that ships with its very own sword.

We almost did a double take when we saw EyeToy Play: Hero at Sony's PlayStation Day in Europe. A PlayStation 2 game based on the company's USB camera peripheral, Hero is being aimed at younger players who want to play as a hero in their very own fairy tale. The game is a story-driven affair, a first for an EyeToy game, and it will also come with its very own custom peripheral, a green sword that you use to fight off the various monsters in the game. We picked up a prototype of the game at Sony's party and got a first play ahead of its release in October.

The full game will feature 30 levels, and we got to play two of them during our time with the game. The first was actually a rather tricky boss battle, with a huge ironclad monster that took swings at us with a sword. The idea was to block its attacks by moving the sword into the position indicated onscreen or ducking out of the way when it launched its special flame-sword attack. After you have deflected a few of its attacks with carefully timed blocks, the boss turns around to recover, during which time you can swing the sword and land some blows of your own.

The presentation of Hero looks like it took cues from fairy tales because the EyeToy camera is used to take pictures of you to present in a storybook. The book itself is just like you'd see in Shrek or a more classic tale, such as Snow White, and it's clear that seeing the story unfold will be the driving force behind the game. The second level we saw had us using our sword as a lantern, helping us to explore caves while slashing at enemies, such as bats and spiders. Every once in a while, a Royal guard comes looking for you and you have to hide the sword to put out the light.

The build we played of EyeToy Play: Hero was supposedly pre-alpha and needed some polish before its scheduled October release date. The sword itself is also in prototype phase, although we're assured it will feel very similar to the green foam one that we used during the demo. Two-player battles are also promised, although you will have to take turns to battle it out onscreen. It's an interesting concept, and while we'll have to wait to see if it has lasting appeal, it's sure to entice a few wannabe heroes when it lands later in the year.

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18 comments
shani_boy101
shani_boy101

PS2 is like the highest selling console ever. i bet it will keep going for a few more years and reach the tenth anniversary cos its so popular. most ppl with a PS2 will get a PS3 when it get cheaper. i bought my PS2 when it went down to $365 AUD. You have to keep to bigger market happy

3andrew3
3andrew3

Well, EyeToy seems to make a progress. Guess we wait a few months for a new PSEye game))

lathan94
lathan94

So what most people have a ps2. Just whip it out if you want to play. Just because you have a current gen console doesnt mean you can go back for anything.

joelgau
joelgau

I am so sick of them continually making stuff for the PS2. The PS3 is out now. Make more stuff for the current system, please! If they want to increase the user base for the new console they need to make more games for it. Pisses me off!

ps360fan
ps360fan

So much for wii's funky remote and absentmindedly throwing it at the tv screen you can use your entire body as a remote with the ps3eye.

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

PS2? Ok I was slightly intruiged by this, but this idea is silly TBH. Most people have a 360 or ps3 or wii now, how is this supposed to help them?

lamplan
lamplan

Playstation 2? wizzywig what the G?

majidok
majidok

Yay ! PS2 lives on ! :)

URError
URError

@ Lord_Doom looks like PS3 is still a piece of junk!!

Lord_Doom
Lord_Doom

It looks like PS3 are finally starting to make a comeback!!

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

if they can do that on PS2 with the EyeToy, imagine what they will do on PS3 with the PSeye!!! (I remember a trailer with a guy surrounded by robots, he lowers his folded arm that transforms into a gun recharging then he and the robots run and fire guns ...)

arabi_89
arabi_89

This should be good. The PS eye should get many features and games, and this is a good start.