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EyePet Review

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Graphics:

 

8.0

Gameplay:

 

7.4

Sound:

 

7.8

Control:

 

7.7

Replay Value:

 

7.2

Overall Rating:       7.6

 

 

Online Gameplay:

Not Rated

Publisher:

SCE

Developer:

SCE Studios London/Playlogic

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Miscellaneous

Release Date:

September 14, 2010

Okay, maybe it’s just because I’ve been inundated with “cute” for the past week. I’ve got Atelier Rorona sitting here – which features a “cute” anime style, as fans of the series would expect – and I just completed reviewing Blade Kitten, which included another healthy dose of cute. So maybe I’m being too hard on EyePet for giving us a too-friendly professor that reminded me of nursery school, or when I say the game’s longevity rests too strongly on cutesy dress-up and virtual caretaking. It’s clear that this particular Move product is designed to be very family-friendly, and only the kids will spend a significant amount of time with it. Besides, it’s another example of how well Move works and you can’t help but smile at that goofy, charming little creature on the screen. There’s a whole lot of good here and if you have kids in the house, EyePet is definitely recommended. If not…well…

As you could tell from the available media, you’re not merely looking at a screen full of pre-rendered visuals. Thanks to the PlayStation Eye, you and your surroundings will actually appear on the screen, which is quite the impressive display of current technology. The only downside is that for such an experience to be truly effective, everything needs to be set up perfectly: the Eye needs to be at just the right level (otherwise, your furry virtual pet won’t react accurately to its surroundings), and you really need a fairly large plot of clear floor directly in front of the TV. This wasn’t much of an issue for me, but I can see how set-up could prove to be time-consuming for many. Other than that, everything looks good; surprisingly good, in fact. The EyePet is sweet enough to give you diabetes and seeing its bright, cheery reactions are a joy to behold; the overall attraction of the game really is very high.

As I sort of hinted at in the intro, I just couldn’t handle the professor (the guy who helps you along at the start), but thankfully, I was able to leave his preaching behind after playing for a bit. I also found some slight problems with the sound effects; it may have been my TV or how Move is arranged or something, but the effects weren’t always on point. It’s sort of difficult to explain but let’s just say it was noticeable, which means I sorta have to mention it. But what you do hear is perfect for the situation; EyePet’s sounds go along nicely with his undeniably appealing charisma and personality, and the audio typically enhances and bolsters the experience. For a game designed around virtual immersion, this is essential and despite a few slips and drawbacks, Sony got this part right. As usual, though, I did want more musical accompaniment.

When you first start, you get this little egg, right? And you actually have to coax the little guy out of there; be gentle now! When he arrives, you can teach and play to your heart’s content, all the while experimenting with new gameplay features. The best part of EyePet is his true-to-life reactions to your environment – remember you’re basically seeing your living room and its inhabitants on the TV – and how the little guy steals your heart over time. For instance, if you let him sleep for a while, he’ll actually start to dream about his time spent with you; sort of like a montage of your virtual toying and frolicking. I most enjoyed watching the animal respond to most anything; even someone walking by can cause him to leap out of the way in childish awe and fear. But the meat of the game centers on the 60 various challenges, designed to be attempted over a span of 15 days.

There’s good news and bad news here: some of the challenges are easily attempted and easily conquered, while others may seem confusing at first, especially to those of a younger age. And when I say “confusing,” I’m not talking about the actual goal of the challenge (that’s always pretty simple), but the required motion and movements involved. Sadly, it made me feel very, very stupid when I couldn’t quite figure out how to get the Gold medal in a seemingly straightforward challenge. This could be a subjective problem, though, and I will freely admit to that. The good news is that the Move controller always seemed to be extremely accurate, and the challenges themselves are often entertaining: these include catching food in mid-air, flying a plane around, or even dressing EyePet up in various costumes. The latter obviously aren’t all that tough, obviously, but trust me…I think some later challenges might frustrate kids.

Completing the challenges unlocks toys and clothing, which sort of gives the game a collectible completionist feeling; i.e., “I need that Gold medal ‘cuz I want this particular item!” This can take some time but maintenance is another big aspect of the experience. See, your pet needs to be fed, bathed and given affection and exercise on a relatively frequent basis. You can get an idea of how EyePet is feeling by performing a status update and he’ll let you know if you’ve been neglecting him. You can even send a progress report to the institute – the same institute that gave you the egg at the start – and good marks result in more new toys and clothes. This is the part I personally found to be a little repetitive and unfulfilling; no matter how accurate things get, a virtual pet can’t be compared to a living, breathing furry friend. Then again, kids are living in a world that relies more and more on electronic companionship so I might just be an old fuddy-duddy who doesn’t “get it” entirely.

That being said, the interaction between yourself and EyePet is tremendously accurate and responsive, and I think that’s what counts most. And because of the Eye camera, the game isn’t just reading the movement of your hand; it will also read your feet, head, etc., which makes the whole experience that much more dynamic. I will say that my cute little pet wouldn’t always respond to something I did, but maybe he’s just being a little temperamental…pets won’t always jump through hoops just ‘cuz you want them to, you know. Either way, the technicals are more than solid, it looks great, EyePet is adorable, and overall, the game is accessible and good for the whole family. Most of my complaints may be more subjective in nature but I can’t really help that. I will still recommend it as a fantastic Christmas gift for kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

9/27/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (57 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 9:43:38 PM
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EyePet is for little girls. I hope I don't see 17+ year olds in EyePet unless it's family Fun.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 9:45:28 PM
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BTW For the question I chose 3 or 4. Just the best ones.

FIFA 2011
Medal Of Honor
The Fight Lights Out
Call of Duty : Black Ops Prestige
see 3 or 4 :D

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 11:51:31 PM

...what does this have to do with the review?

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:32:46 AM

Wrong article El Machete.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 9:44:30 AM

El Failo!

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ShadowRunner
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 9:49:02 PM
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Hey Ben, is it hard for a 3 years old to play?

I was planning to buy it for my nephew as it said 3+ years, but your final comment made me worry it might be hard to play for a 3 years old.

What do you think?

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frylock25
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 10:42:53 PM

it should be ok if the kid is playing with someone that can teach and help them. there is a lot of reading needed to figure out the goal. its usually a simple to an adult single sentence, but to a kid that cant read it might as well be background.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 11:56:55 PM

3? ...not sure. Not sure he'd even understand what's happening on the screen.

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laxpro2001
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 7:42:08 AM

a 3 year old would understand what is going on on the screen easily. However they might have a difficult time mapping out how to actually play with the game.

I think what you could do is "play it with him" aka play it with him just watching for the time being and he'll realize how the game is supposed to be played and will probably be able to learn by example how the game is supposed to be used.

If you wanna be on the safe side wait till hes 4 (maybe a birthday present?)

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gumbi
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:16:06 AM

My oldest daughter is 3 1/2 and I plan on getting this for her as a Christmas gift. She absolutely loves the trailer for it. Calls that thing the 'monkey-doggy'. She's pretty well coordinated. I'm sure she'd have fun with it if we showed her how it works.

I wouldn't expect her to go completing challenges or anything like that just yet, but if the game doesn't follow a linear path and you can just interact, I'm sure she'll love it.

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TheOldOne
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:39:58 AM

I think most 3 year old kids will find it difficult to interact with the move controller and the pet. My 3 year old kid can handle his DS and PS3 with ease on most platformer games, but still he does not play well with motion controllers (specially pointing at the screen) like the ones of the Wii

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:02:24 PM

All, I would not recommend this game for a 3 year old to play on their own. At that age, it would be best if the parent/older sibling/older relative were in control of the Move motion controller for many of the tasks. That's not to say that a 3 year old couldn't do any of them but there will need to be someone there to read the instructions and get the prep./tidy up done before the tasks.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 9:50:52 PM
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World, you getting this game?

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Shams
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 11:17:13 PM

I doubt it. Call it "butt-pet", though, and I'm sure you'd be all over it. But don't worry. I'm sure Jawknee-boy would take up on some, all-night "co-op", too..

Sorry, I know that was childish, but i gotta have a laugh from time to time, too.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 11:24:52 PM

You know that guy at the party that frequents from conversation to conversation but never really gaining anyone's interest due to his lack of interesting dialogue? Yeah, that's basically the perfect description of what you just posted and I'm sure you in real life.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 12:04:18 AM

It's like sniping at a party. Solve differences with paintball outside...?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 12:07:11 AM

It's okay, Shams has a long history of stalking my posts on here. I also have a long history of making him look foolish. But ya, who knows maybe he will get a temporary ban from the site again if it continues to keep up, that would be funny.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:08:58 AM

LOL! Shams, your making gay jokes yet your the one following LV around like you have some school yard crush.

I'm sensing a case of projection.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 8:42:54 AM

Clever projection theory, but sorry, not interested. But, by all means, enjoy yourselves. Just remember, playstation move is only for external use ;)

On a more serious note, i'd like to know about parents and their children's feedback of the eyepet. I was thinking of getting it for my 9 year old and 6 year old nieces as a surprise, but I don't want to be surprised finding out they don't like it.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:27:18 AM

You should change your name to Spams. It's more fitting.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:00:42 PM



Lol, don't worry, buddy, i'm just teasing you, and i'll stop. But i wasn't making gay-jokes. How did i know you two are of the same gender?

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:06:55 PM

Shams, get the game for them. They'll love it.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:31:50 PM

Thanks Fluffer Nutter, I know in addition to the game, and the eye-toy, i'd have to pick up a couple of move controllers (even though the game may not require it), and just wanted to know for sure before plunking down the cash.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:54:33 PM

I might get it, I have numerous nieces and I might enjoy it while inebriated.

LV I know you don't mind my gay jokes cuz, well they are clever :)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 2:31:52 PM

Wold,

Of course I don't mind them. I wouldn't mind Shams if they weren't so lame and forced. Dos Equis should make commercials with Shams called The Most Uninteresting Man in the World to bash a rival beer company.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 3:34:20 PM

Just need a little more practice, I guess ;) Don't worry, I'll catch up!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 3:38:21 PM

Doubt it. You're just as lame and ignorant today as you were a year ago. Except now you've begun to spam the site with multiple posts that go no where.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 3:55:58 PM

LOL! World your actually funny...Spams....not so much.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 4:34:10 PM

Oh come on, LV, lighten up. Jawknee will always be there to tend to your hubris :)

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 5:01:35 PM

You call it hurbis, i call it comedy gold.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 6:29:48 PM

"Hubris", not "hurbis"..."Hurbis" is what you might catch if the two of you get any closer to each other. Lol! How's that for "comedy-gold"?

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frylock25
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 10:38:05 PM
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my daughter just turned 6. she got this for her birthday from me. she loves it and wants to play it all the time. i am impressed with it and i will admit to playing it after she goes to bed. im almost jealous kids now adays have the coolest toys. the game is geared towards caring for a real animal which is cool. teachin they have to feed them and keep them clean as well as play with them physically and mentally.

the part where you use your own drawing was a little tricky to get to work the first few times and drawing with move takes getting used to for sure. all in all it was a good investment in money as she has been wanting it for almost a year.

also Ben no mention of the part where you can take pics or video of yourself interacting with your eyepet. they are only 20 seconds long video but that is still 20 seconds of gold to my daughter. she figured out how to upload them to my hard drive from the game which is kind of funny.

as well as the customizing of the pets fur. you can get pretty crazy with the patterns and colors overlaping.

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Alienange
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 10:38:48 PM
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I'd get this for the kids but I'm just not keen on buying the Move. Besides, I don't want the kids on my TV anyway.

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D1g1tal5torm
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 4:42:41 AM

I got this for my kids and tbh the move sounds like it's well suited to this game.

The card in the orig version isnt great, as the marker keeps getting lost by the kids when they point it at the floor working. Annoying if they're 'holding' something.

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GuardianMode
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 10:44:25 PM
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This looks like a great game for the children. You guys should read the penny arcades review for it. They both loved it. Plus the strip isnt bad either.

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DazeOfWar
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 11:57:53 PM
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I plan on picking this up to play with my daughter. She should love it.

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 12:45:20 AM
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Lol. Ben go Atelier Rorona. That game looks TOO MUCH of a JRPG.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 7:52:15 PM

It was in Europe.

Does the NA version work without Move?

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Kiryu
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 5:00:10 AM
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Aren't you going to review the Heavy Rain move patch.I hear it's a whole new experience.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:18:49 AM

No. And it might be a new interactive experience but it's the same game.

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spiderboi
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 @ 1:35:46 AM

how about an update to the old review with a new section on move interaction? :)

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 7:10:56 AM
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I love fun games but Eyepet really isn't my cup of tea.
By the way Ben, can you assault your pet?

It's also something I look forward to watch in Kinectimals.

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main_event05
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 7:42:37 AM
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Does, the pet die after 15 days? Cause I'm not sure if I take that.

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main_event05
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 @ 5:51:11 AM

*cause I'm not sure if i CAN take that

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The_Vandelizer
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 8:55:38 AM
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Im not going to lie when I bought the Move Controller i tried all the games and in all honesty Eye Pet was the best game i played. My lil 4 yr old brother loves it. In general i like the game its pretty good. I'm 22 yrs old. the game is good. I dont care if ppl say its for kids its a game and its fun....

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 8:58:40 AM

Not making fun here, I'm just surprised but HOLY CRAP!!

18 years of difference between you and your brother.
Not that it's surprising but I rarely see one.

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main_event05
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 9:09:53 AM

That that uncommon. 18 years between my old brother and youngest sister. But they have different mothers.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 2:45:35 PM

LOL, then y'all would be very surprised to know my mom's oldest sister is in her 70's now while my mom is only in her early 40's.

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Shams
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 @ 10:15:32 PM

Speaking about large age-gaps, I've also heard of small ones. An American New Englander cashier i know from a local convenience store is inviting her 85 year-old father for Thanksgiving, along with his 100 year-old mother, the cashier's grandmother! I couldn't believe it because that would've made the grandmother 15 years old when she had her son. But the cashier insisted that is their ages. The age-gap between her and her father isn't nearly that small, though. I didn't bother to ask, but she looked like she is in between her late 40's or early 50's.

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gumbi
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:22:03 AM
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Great review Ben. You're surely not the 'target' audience for EyePet, but I'm glad you did the review anyway.

I plan on getting this for my daughter. I expect my wife will have some fun with it too. I scoffed at Move when it was announced, I'm still not totally sold on it. But I showed my daughter the trailer and she loves that little 'monkey-doggy', just watches it again and again. So I'll take the dive at Christmas and see what Move is all about.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 10:51:17 AM
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I'm pretty certain my son will like this, he still likes this kind of cutesy stuff. I'm sure that will all change as he passes through his teens, but for now, this is right up his alley.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 1:03:15 PM

Get it for him. He will enjoy it and so will the rest of you. We've already got three EyePets set up in this household.

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alcrowley
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 11:09:13 AM
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Hum... If I would let mine nieces and nephews play with Move, I wonder how resistant it is... It can take a few falls to the ground, and/or a few hits on the table?

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frylock25
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 12:46:46 PM

for sure. my gf wanted to play a few of the demos and the first thing she did was smack something with the move. the ball on the top is a thick soft plastic. if you use the strap i doubt you would drop it but its a good construction. does not feel cheap in any way, just as well built as a ds3.

at the same time i would advise young children to learn the value of things and if they abuse them they get taken away. the first thing i did was explain to my 6 year old it was expensive and to be taken care of. guess i should have had the same talk with the gf.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 7:57:00 PM

LMFAO

Don't let her read that.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 @ 9:07:01 PM
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LOL, just remind the GF that you are expensive, & should be taken care of.

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Robochic
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 @ 12:14:20 AM
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Great review, I purchased this for my 6 year old son haven't had the chance to play it yet since getting the new ps3 he's to occupied with Toy Story 3.

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