In this futuristic hoverboarding game, when a kid leans left, so does his or her game character and when he or she raises an arm, the character does too. All this magic happens because of special motion-tracking and body-recognition technology developed for the Eye Toy, a video camera peripheral for PlayStation 2, which comes packaged with this game.
The Eye Toy video camera tracks the motion of the player’s head and arms, and transfers them to the character on the screen. Thus, while the player isn’t actually on the hoverboard, his body movements control how well the character on the screen can ride a hoverboard.
Players blast into the sky to explore five futuristic worlds. In each, players can race for speed or style. In the speed mode, players compete against three racers controlled by the game’s artificial intelligence. In the style mode, they earn points by performing tricks.
The game also offers a multiplayer mode during which the player races against the “ghost” image of the other player who has already performed.
Teen-testers loved the complex set of rails, ramps, and jump pads that launched them into the skies. The better they cut the air, the more bonus items they unlocked, including new hoverboards and characters.
Overall, Eye Toy: Antigrav breaks new ground in interactivity because of the way in which body movements translate into game play. You actually feel like you’re flying on a hoverboard.
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