What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout is a clever "exer-gaming" title that challenges you to work out, eat well and "weigh in" -- just like the television show. It uses the Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral, which means you don't hold anything in your hands when playing, and the camera and sensors monitor your movements in real-time. While some parents might not like the title "The Biggest Loser," for fear of it hurting their children's feelings, the game encourages exercise and makes it fun. There is a sister title to this one for the Wii called The Biggest Loser Challenge, which makes good use of the Wii Balance Board.
What's it about?
Based on the popular television show, THE BIGGEST LOSER ULTIMATE WORKOUT stars Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper -- now as virtual trainers -- who teach and motivate you through personalized fitness routines. Using the Kinect for Xbox 360 peripheral, which lets you play games without holding a controller in your hand, this collection of activities and workouts feature more than 125 moves – including upper and lower body, core, yoga, cardio, and cardio boxing – plus there are 10 preset programs such as a challenging "Belly Buster" program. While working out in front of the television and listening to your virtual trainers' instructions, you can also add in resistance bands, a stability ball, or free weights to enhance your routine, if desired.
Is it any good?
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout transistions well to the Kinect. Similar to the TV series, these games also allow players to experience competitive challenges, weighing in (by standing on the Wii Balance Board for the Wii version of this game called The Biggest Loser Challenge or entering your info manually), talking to the camera for a video diary, and learning 50 healthy recipes from The Biggest Loser books. The game seems to lack some polish in the production department, however, plus there aren't as many different modes and options as other new fitness games, but fans of the show who want a good workout will likely find that this Xbox 360 offers a heart-pumping good time.
Online interaction: You can post online challenges to compare your successes with friends who also have this game.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether it's more fun -- and thus, more motivating -- to exercise at home, in front of the TV, compared to joining a gym and being with others. Can a virtual trainer push you like a real-life one can?
Does playing this game on Kinect with no controller make it better than other exer-gaming games?