Scheduled release date:
November 17, 2009
Publisher:
SCE
Developer:
SCE Studios London/Playlogic
Number Of Players:
1-4
Genre:
Miscellaneous
Release Date:
September 14, 2010


I have made it plain in the past: I am not the biggest fan of this motion sensing revolution that has really taken off in this new generation. I never quite understood the fascination and I still consider it a valiant yet still futile attempt at true virtual reality, although the advent of 3D gaming may cause me to alter my stance. Furthermore, by all rights, I shouldn’t care about something like EyePet ; I would applaud the innovation behind it and perhaps deem it a good holiday gift for kids, but I would have zero interest in testing it out myself. …so why am I continually checking the latest media and looking forward to mid-November when I can guiltily reach out and pet a virtual, apparently unclassifiable creature on my TV screen? It’s a bizarre impulse, but it’s worth looking into, and perhaps the readers will be intrigued as well. Really, this is a big step forward; EyePet leaves previously similar software like Nintendogs far, far behind.

The first point I should make is that EyePet isn’t just about toying around with the cuddly monkey-thing and doing whatever you please; the game – if we can indeed call it that – will provide you with a series of “missions,” just so you can faithfully care for your pet…that doesn’t need caring. Well, whatever; you know what I mean. The player will perform a variety of tutorial and/or warm-up machinations that’ll let you examine just how alert and versatile your new friend really is, so don’t skip this introduction. You might be asked to make EyePet move in a certain direction, make a particular facial expression, or react in some other way. Completing these initial maneuvers will grant you fresh items and customizations so you can outfit your buddy in the appropriate style. But perhaps the most amazing part of this entire experience is that you’ll have to cultivate and maintain a relationship with your pet. Doing so will make him happy and responsive…

For example, you’ve probably heard about the Create mode that will let you draw toys and objects for EyePet to play with. Basically, you actually draw something on a sheet of paper and hold it up to the camera; EyePet will then attempt to duplicate your sketch. The better the rapport between you two, the more accurate that sketch will be and if it’s successful, the sketch will come to life on the screen in front of you. They go 3D and even adopt colors and textures, and hopefully, your virtual friend will be satisfied with the result and play for a good long time. Heck, if the object you draw is interactive, that only adds to the fun: you will find screenshots of EyePet in an airplane. Well, that comes about due to a plane a real person drew on a real sheet of paper, and then the capable animal copied it in the virtual world, watched the plane come to life, and jumped in for a ride around the room. How nuts is that ? Just make sure your sketch isn’t entirely unrecognizable; the camera has to have an idea of your intention.

The possibilities are almost endless. Tickle him. Pet him. Swipe at him and watch him jump and twist in reaction to your playful assault. Draw whatever you damn well please and see what happens. Equip him with any number of pieces of clothing and items and in general, just watch him put a smile on the faces of your family. This is the perfect piece of new technology for parents and younger children although I have to admit, it’s strangely appealing to me – and potentially to other hardcore gamers – too. It comes out during a loaded November but I can pretty much guarantee you that EyePet is a one-of-a-kind “game,” and no matter how amazing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be, Sony’s virtual creation is in a class all its own. And if you can’t admit you’re even the least bit curious about playing with that little thing, you aren’t secure enough in your own masculinity. Seriously. 😉

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NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

If I had the money, I'd definitely check it out. Just imagine how many guys will try to draw a penis or something for the pet to play with…Yes…I'd try it too…

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

Dude, that is just wrong :(, and the worst part is, it's all virtual!

But since you're entitled to your opinion, no thumbs down at all.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

LOL, that was one of the ideas that popped into my head for it about a week ago xD

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Yep, it was truly the 1st thing that came to my mind when I thought about what some idiots would do..

Oooh YouTube better get ready.
Maybe the News channels will put up headlines about kids being exposed to these images 😉

lol

___________
___________
11 years ago

looks like sony have their porno channel ready to go 😉

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
11 years ago

Haha, I love the intolerant crazy conservative types that thumbed us all down for merely saying what others would surely do. Whoever thumbed us down will definitely get the game and try it out. I'm sure of it.

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

if i wasnt afraid of severe beaings from my brother and friends along with verbal abuse of the "gay" kind i would buy this first day

thepill
thepill
11 years ago

lol
I'm using my kids as an excuse to purchase on day 1, but they will need to fight with me to play it. 🙂

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

I just feel like its pretty….well, stupid that this is a full game. It could've been a firmware update where this…..thing…. is visible when you are in the cross media bar. This is clearly an attempt to capture younger audience but since the ps3 is 299 now, people in the higher age demographic would buy the system just as thepill said hes buying it for his kids. I dunno, why would you want to watch yourself play with this thing on the screen. I would've wanted this as an optional psn add on like home. where if you want, you can have it on screen if you wanted when you are on the XMB or watching a movie or something, although the later might be more of a distraction but i'd still like the option.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I'm dying to see the trophies for this game. What could they possibly be? Feed him 200 carrots?

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Shhhhoosh, it might come true 🙁

faraga
faraga
11 years ago

"waste 100 sheets of paper to make stuff for your eyepet" – gold (it better be)

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I am very curious to see how this game plays,Although I'll confess that I am mostly buying it b/c of the PS eye.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

It does look pretty intersting. I have one question, will I have to put a table in front of my tv to play?

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

The videos show everyone on the floor. Do you have floor space?

On topic, this game has all the cute factor of LBP, but I'm worried it won't have enough depth to justify the $40 price tag…and I already have the Eye. Ben's preview offers some hope, but dress-up isn't enough for me. $40 is way too much for a glorified PSEye game (like Mesmerise), regardless of how advanced the tech is. The same applies to Natal/Milo BTW.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 9/15/2009 4:36:03 AM

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

Im going to buy it because I like to expirience every game once and when I was younger I was a big fan of tomagachi's and toys of that ilk ^_^ personally I think were never to old to indulge in titles like this and innovation is welcome in my game collection any day ^_^

slayerkillemall
slayerkillemall
11 years ago

i've been following the game since they first showed it,its a DAY 1 buy for me…

Of course im gonna be in big trouble with my child
as soon as she sees it…

___________
___________
11 years ago

hate to be a nail in a horses foot, but i just read a article saying sony has just recently canceled the matrix online.
WTF! is going on with them lately?
that would of been so bloody cool, enter the matrix is one of my all time favorite games.
and path of neo was no slouch.
this would of been a MASSIVE! exclusive.
whats next
heavy rain?
GOW 3?
quantum theroy?
LA Noire?
Agent?
there getting rid of all the good stuff and keeping the crap.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

offtopic..

Star Ocean 4 on PS3… so it never was an exclusive.. I hate SE for make us wait that much hope we get bunch of bonuses and jap voices(dub sucked!).


Last edited by Oxvial on 9/15/2009 5:52:25 AM

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

english not your first language?

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

dude….the dub sucked a lot on that game .

DGo8
DGo8
11 years ago

What di** gave everyone thumbs down ??

I dont care im gonna be 19 in november and im getting this game its interested me since i first saw it..its going to be fun…and sanc you can play when your just chilling mayb it will put a smile on your face?

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

getting it for my son for christmas but i know we'll all be fighting to play it, this looks fun can't wait

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
11 years ago

Game is kinda on my radar.

faraga
faraga
11 years ago

Will it be downloadable off the store for people who already own a PSeye? If it will, I'll buy it.

satyadg
satyadg
11 years ago

good concept – but I want my own pet which may be – kratos ,solid snake,dante,dexter,rachet,clank,niko balic,mario,sonic etc – virtually anyone and I should able to have multiple pet. Imagine Kratos and solid snake dancing around or mario and sonic sword fighting with each other