OK so rather than try to write a bunch about each individual game, I'm going to give some quick scores on games my kids have been playing lately. Remember, I have a five year old, a three year old, and a one year old.
EyeToy: Play - to say that this game has been a hit would be a gross understatement. My kids absolutely love this - especially the kung fu and boxing levels. It's also great because they really get a workout - I mean they literally start sweating - yet they're not running around the house creating a ruckus. And when they're done, their is nothing to clean up! This is a perfect game for city dwellers who don't have a yard. I will get many more EyeToy games this Xmas. RATING 9 .5
Ratchet and Clank - This was an eye opener for me. I played and enjoyed this game immensely when it came out a couple of years ago. Now I see my son, some 32 years my junior, pulling off moves that took me months to learn. Changing weapons, sniping, swinging - he can do it all (and he never read the manual, because he can't read!). Although this isn't a multiplayer game, the three year old gets to play whenever the "easy guys" are on screen. I just hope the next game in the series is as good as the first RATING 9.0
Jak and Daxter - We tried this, and I'm sure it's a great game, but it just never took hold of the kids like Ratchet and Clank. RATING 6.0
Ikaruga - Hard as heck but I've got to tell you this one keeps 'em both happy. I'm not sure they can really make much sense of the intricacies of this game but they sure know how to shoot. I wish they had a mode that just continued indefinitely so we could see more of the game. Made me long for Blazing Lasers, but I'll guess we'll settle for Gradius V instead. RATING 7.5
Atari paddle games - Talk about a flop. Anyone wondering about the intrinsic entertainment value of the early paddle games like Pong, Breakout, Canyon Bomber, et al. would be well served to see how long today's savvy youth can stand to play them. We whipped through all 13 games in about ten minutes. My son told me he "feels sorry the games you played when you were a kid were so boring." I'll throw in a half point for nostalgia's sake but really I don't ever need to see or play these games again , and neither do my kids RATING 2.5