EA Sports Active

Common Sense Media says

Virtual personal trainers help families get fit on the Wii.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game encourages you to exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle. It keeps track of your exercise and even has a journal that records your eating, drinking, sleeping, and other exercise.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Bob Greene, fitness expert connected to Oprah, collaborated with EA to make the game and  is featured in the game via video.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a workout program for the Wii rather than a game. While there are sports minigames incorporated into some of the fitness programs, the focus of this product is working out. While more serious than Wii Fit (which introduced the Wii Balance Board), EA Sports Active incorporates the use of the Wii Balance Board in some of its exercises. With a two-player, split screen option, this is a good program for a parent and child to use together.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Touted as a \"personal trainer in a box,\" EA SPORTS ACTIVE is a compilation of more than 30 different physical fitness activities that can be combined in different ways to provide you with varied daily workouts. Joining you on your quest for fitness is your own virtual personal trainer (either female or male -- your choice), who both instructs and encourages you as you exercise. Also helping to motivate you is fitness guru Bob Greene of Oprah fame. The activities focus on three areas: cardio fitness (running, walking, high steps, and kick-ups modules), sports activities (tennis, boxing, dance, volleyball, basketball, inline skating, and baseball), and upper and lower body muscle training (lunges, bicep curls, squats, etc). For the latter, the game comes bundled with a resistance band and a special thigh strap to hold the nunchuk control. Some of these exercises can also incorporate the use of the Wii balance board, but it is not mandatory.

The game comes with a 30 Day Challenge of preset workouts which can be explored on three levels of intensity. Or you can select your daily workout from the over 60 preset workouts created by fitness experts. There is also an option to create your own workout by dragging and dropping exercises into a timeline. Families can even workout together because the preset or custom workouts can be explored by two players, each with their own personal trainer on the screen at the same time. This two-player option requires the purchase of an EA Sports Accessory Pack (for $20), which includes an extra resistance band and thigh strap.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This program is perfect for families who are serious about exercise. While the overall vibe of the activities is less fun than Wii Fit, the presence of your own personal trainer really motivates you to exercise. Plus the ability to create your own workout is a real plus for kids because they can select the sports minigames and dancing to get them moving. And they can do all this exercise with a buddy or a parent. By using the enclosed thigh strap to hold the nunchuk, the game is able to register your motions accurately so that, for example, when you squat, so does your avatar; and if you're not squatting down enough, your trainer will notice and comment.

One of the complaints about using Wii Fit with kids is that it can inappropriately label kids as being "overweight" or "obese" based on the adult BMI index. Unlike Wii Fit, EA Sports Active doesn't track weight, rather is focuses on calories burned, hours working out, and the number of workout sessions you have completed over a period of time. A small complaint is that you can not make your onscreen avatar look like a kid -- all avatars are adults. Bottom Line: If you liked Wii Fit, you will love EA Sports Active.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how gaming consoles can be uses for more serious matters such as working out. Did having a personal trainer make a difference to you? Do you prefer working out alone or with others?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$60
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:May 19, 2009
Genre:Exergaming
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors) (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 12 years old January 29, 2011
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7
QUALITY
 

Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus is better.

Boring. I did not find this fun at all.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2010
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8
QUALITY
 

Boring boring boring. More for serious people.

Ea Sports active isn't that fun. Yeah there are activities and stuff but the games are just too boring. Yeah come on let's go play the squatting game on ea sports active!!! The charactor you make just doesn't look like you, and the only thing you do is workout by picking a bunch of boring excersices like running in place and doing squats, but maybe that's just me. BUT i think if you're REALLY into doing serious workouts that are very basic and things you'd do at a gym, this game is ideal! but i still find all the sections boring... anyway i rate this game 7 out of 10! sorry about the long review!! :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byMoviefan101 September 19, 2009
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12
QUALITY
 
EA Sports Active is a great fitness game for all ages. It really breaks a sweat. The game features you to customize your own workout. This a great fitness game for young and old.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages

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