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I used the first version of this game to come out on the original Xbox and loved it, so I was excited to try one that had Kinect involved. I've done several fitness and workout games, so this one had to grab me from the start and it just didn't. There way way too much talking and it's just not as intuitive as it should be. There should be some sort of marker/fitness test to see where you're at and then programs that are built off of that. The classes seemed lacking and I couldn't figure out how to get a full on workout in without having to stop and select what I wanted to do. That gap in the workouts made for too many breaks in my workout and caused me to get frustrated and just turn on Dance Central or Zumba instead. After trying a demo for the new Nike + Fitness Training game, I'd say that one is far more superior and worth your time.
posted by Captiosus77 (NEWPORT NEWS, VA) Aug 15, 2012
Member since Jul 2012
I honestly cannot understand why this game - although it's more appropriate to call it a tool or routine - is rated so highly. After several days of working out with it, I've come to several realizations:
1. Even at advanced level the activities it has you do are EXTREMELY basic and could be done without any software whatsoever. The software, therefore, only acts as a tracking device and a preprogrammed physical trainer. Not really worth the cost when you could buy lightweight fitness materials and do it yourself.
2. When trying to do a specific workout group, you spend more time listening or waiting than you do actually working out. Do a series of 4 reps, listen to the "trainer" drone on, repeat. This downtime is far too extensive especially in cardio and toning groups.
3. The only "feedback" the game gives is the preprogrammed trainer who will always tell you that you're doing good (even if you're not) and a progress meter in the upper right. You can do every exercise completely wrong, score 0% for an entire set, and still be marked as "complete". As any real world trainer will tell you, doing exercises wrong is worse than not exercising at all!
4. Kinect tracking - still sucks. I've spent more time fighting Kinect's poor tracking (and yes, my Kinect has adequate distance and lighting) than I have actually being able to work out. This is ESPECIALLY true for activities which require being low or on the floor, such as situps, push ups, or squats. There's nothing more frustrating than having the game stop "seeing you" mid way through a set of crunches, pause, and then keep calling you asking where you've gone.
All in all, I can't see why this game is so highly rated. A simple journal and some hardware and anyone can do everything in here, cheaper, and more effectively without the nuisance of a scripted trainer or Kinect's shoddy performance.
This game wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.. It was decent. It has a bunch of exercises which are great and fun, but the overall game is a tad upsetting. This is an exercise game, but the calorie counter is way off. Big con right there..