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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved [X360]





Couch potatoes get up off your butts and work out, just warm up first on your own unfortunately

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Almost, but not quite"

Summary

This Ubisoft™ fitness "game" for the new Microsoft® Xbox 360® Kinect™ genre comes loaded with tons of features, although like most Kinect™ intense movement "games" (such as Kinect™ Sports, EA Sports® active 2, and Dance Central™) is missing two key necessities... warm-up and cool-down routines.

Your Shape™: Fitness Evolved has many different options to help you from becoming bored with just the basic gym routine, with things like Zen, Stack 'em Up, and Loop-A-Hoop. Although I thought that Zen would be a great for warming-up and cooling-down, I quickly learned that even Zen was a work out even at the lowest level. This is what really make me put this in the "Almost, but not quite" category. The Xbox 360® is great at popping up messages about "if you are feeling too tired, take a break" and thankfully during a normal routine they seem to be suppressed. I think it should pop-up a message about warming-up when the game starts, and also another message about cooling-down when you go to exit. Without warming-up correctly you reach the "feeling too tired" stage much earlier and can be forced to stop the training session before the end.

It may not ask as many "start-up" questions to design the absolutely perfect routine, but so far what it has designed for me is enough to push me yet not kill me. One needs to understand this is not truly a "hard core" fitness game, like EA's that may scold you for missing a schedule workout day, so you do have to be diligent on your own to get up and get that sensor going. With the other fun options though, and there are even many new free downloads that add in more types of workouts, it is not really that difficult to get it going. You could start off with "I think some Zen would be soothing" and next thing you know "Well, while I am already here, it wouldn't hurt to make progress in my fitness program."

Since this is a Kinect™ based game, it does have one drawback in my opinion. The fact that your attire is extremely important and yet the generic "Make sure you and your Kinect™ are setup correctly" (as well as many other "advertisements") state that clothing should be loose (even going as far as pointing out the sensor takes what you are wearing into account) . This is totally untrue, even more so for this style of game since the sensor is tracking you making sure the form is correct to achieve the maximum results. Unfortunately if you are wearing sweats which might be a tad baggy, the sensor incorrectly detects where your joint points are and thus it moves on before you have reached the correct position. As sad as it sounds, working out in tighter clothing (basically just undergarments) is the only way to truly get a great cardio workout. This Ubisoft™ fitness "game" for the new Microsoft® Xbox 360® Kinect™ genre comes loaded with tons of features, although like most Kinect™ intense movement "games" (others include Kinect™ Sports, EA Sports® active 2, and Dance Central™) is missing two key necessities... warm-up and cool-down routines.

Your Shape™: Fitness Evolved has many different options to help you from becoming bored with just the basic gym routine, with things like Zen, Stack 'em Up, and Loop-A-Hoop. Although I thought that Zen would be a great for warming-up and cooling-down, I quickly learned that even Zen was a work out even at the lowest level. This is what really make me put this in the "Almost, but not quite" category. The Xbox 360® is great at popping up messages about "if you are feeling too tired, take a break" and thankfully during a normal routine they seem to be suppressed. I think it should pop-up a message about warming-up when the game starts, and also another message about cooling-down when you go to exit. Without warming-up correctly you reach the "feeling too tired" stage much earlier and can be forced to stop the training session before the end.

It may not ask as many "start-up" questions to design the absolutely perfect routine, but so far what it has designed for me is enough to push me yet not kill me. One needs to understand this is not truly a "hard core" fitness game, like EA's that may scold you for missing a schedule workout day, so you do have to be diligent on your own to get up and get that sensor going. With the other fun options though, and there are even many new free downloads that add in more types of workouts, it is not really that difficult to get it going. You could start off with "I think some Zen would be soothing" and next thing you know "Well, while I am already here, it wouldn't hurt to make progress in my fitness program."

Since this is a Kinect™ based game, it does have one drawback in my opinion. The fact that your attire is extremely important and yet the generic "Make sure you and your Kinect™ are setup correctly" (as well as many other "advertisements") state that clothing should be loose (even going as far as pointing out the sensor takes what you are wearing into account) . This is totally untrue, even more so for this style of game since the sensor is tracking you making sure the form is correct to achieve the maximum results. Unfortunately if you are wearing sweats which might be a tad baggy, the sensor incorrectly detects where your joint points are and thus it moves on before you have reached the correct position. As sad as it sounds, working out in tighter clothing (basically just undergarments) is the really the best way to truly get a great cardio workout (until you get those biker shorts).




Biggest loser vs You Shape Fitness what is your opinion? which one do you prefer and why? what would you suggest

7.5

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Amazing"

Summary

I know fitness is for fitness and biggest loser is for weight loss that's why i purchased biggest loser first but realized i wasn't pleased with this product but i didn't get the urge to keep playing it so i sold it and bought you shape fitness one word that can describe this product is "BEAUTIFUL" I really enjoy this game so many more things to explore and i have a lot more fun and you can play multi-player also i lost more weight on fitness than biggest loser because of all the things it has to offer. AMAZING its a must buy.!!!! :) i cant wait to try the bollywood addon. I love this game and also i love the dance central. I wonder is the kinect sports any good let me know that is my next buy but is it worth it? Or what would be a good game to purchase for kinect that you enjoyed? thank you for your input :)




I was a little skeptical when I first played this game...I am glad I was proven wrong.

10

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Innovative"

Summary

I am one of those people who wishes he had time to go to the gym, but life conspires against. Due to my work schedule and having a newborn at home, I can't just pick up and go. I tried this game out in the off chance it would be a viable alternative. It really wowed me. The ability to track calories burned on the accompanying website, the ability to set goals, the variety all made this a must have for me. This is the best testament as to why the Kinect is better than any of the other motion sensing platforms out there. This is the only platform where you can hold weights in your hands to intensify a workout!! As for the variety, you can play games, do your personal workout based on your profile you set up, participate in fitness classes...I really love the fitness classes. The most important aspect of this game that really separates it from the pack is how well the Kinect sensor works to monitor whether you are using proper form or not. Anyone who has worked out before knows that using proper form helps to prevent injury. I am really impressed. I have been using this for about a week now and it has been the greatest addition to my daily routine in a long time. Time and money well spent!




Limited options and an annoying setup hamper this game.

5.0

Mediocre
Difficulty:
Hard
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Uninspired"

Summary

This looks like it's going to be a handy and fun game. A fitness title with simple routines- what could be better?

Well, when you start, you have to set up the camera. I don't mean just switch on your X Box and make sure the Kinect is properly attached. The magic 'blue area' in which you start out your stance is hypersensitive and will ask you to 'clean out' the space a bunch of times, for no reason at all. When it finally accepts your calibrations, you'll be ready to go. You can start with Zen, which is Tai Chi and yoga stretching, or cardio box. Both of these have special counters which measure the percentage power of your moves. Beware- unless you are perfect in your alignment, you'll get little credit in the Zen poses. The cardio box is a little easier, but it likewise opens up with very few sections available. It would be more fun if there were more sections open from the start, as you'd see in a real gym.

If you really like yoga and boxing, you may want to try this game. If you're looking for something you'll enjoy playing for a long time, which will give you genuine fitness results, you may be better off looking for something else.






Get healthy and earn some Gamerscore

9.0

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Time Spent:
20 to 40 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Innovative"

Summary

Your Shape Fitness turns your living room into a workout studio in minutes. There are quite a large number of exercises and routines to choose from with several different skills and difficulty levels to choose from.

The biggest pro is that you will actually work up a sweat after pretty much every routine. If played on regular basis, not only do you rack up Gamerscore for achieving calories milestones but you will also see results in muscle tone, weight loss, and endurance even.

Some of the cons is that the presentation and menus are plain and barebones, but that might not be a bad thing since it allows the player to focus on performing routines and not being distracted with what's on screen. Some of the moves may not be recognized by Kinect sensor as well, leading to a bit of frustration as the narrator derides you for not performing correctly. The game also doesn't keep track of how many session you do for each routine if you switch from one exercise to another one, which breaks up a sense of progression.

Yourshape Center companion website is a great idea, introducing social aspects where you can set up challenges and compete with friends. Community events are a nice touch as well.

Overall, Your Shape Fitness is a great first entry in Kinect Fitness game category. It's easy to get started with and challenging enough to keep even the most in shape individual sweating. It introduces community features that show a lot of promise to expand the genre as well. If you would like to get in shape, this game will definitely help you do it, because it simply works well and is effective despite a few annoyances.
7.0

Great
7.3
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