A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fitness is the name of the game -- both literally and figuratively. It’s all about getting in shape and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Positive Role Models
Trainers silently and effectively lead players through exercises while a narrator provides verbal instructions and encouragement.
Ease of Play
All of the exercises here are as easy to perform in the game as they are in real life. Simply follow your onscreen trainer. That said, you’ll need to exercise precision in all of your movements, and remaining focused and disciplined during long workout routines can be difficult.
Violence & Scariness
Players punch virtual blocks in one of the fitness games.
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Products & Purchases
Some fitness routines have been crafted by well known instructors, and brands including Men’s Health, Women’s Health, and Nivea appear in the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved isn’t a game so much as it is a fitness trainer. Players create and follow their own workout regimens, which can involve classic exercises, cardio workouts, Tai Chi, and even a few fitness games. The objective is a healthy lifestyle, and much of what you learn can be applied outside the game. It is designed more for parents than children, but older kids can still get a lot out of it. Note that a Kinect sensor (not included) is required.
Is It Any Good?
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved feels much more natural than most fitness trainers. You need not step on or hold anything (though some exercises suggest you add hand weights); just repeat what you see onscreen. It’s almost like a workout video, save that it’s interactive and the Kinect sensor measures, evaluates, and tracks everything you do.
However, there are couple of things you’ll want to consider before buying. First, this game requires a lot of room -- even more than some other Kinect games. Make sure space is cleared as far as 12 feet back. Second, the lag between real world movement and that of our avatar was plainly noticeable. During rhythm-based exercises, we needed to focus on the virtual trainer in order to keep tempo. These quibbles aside, fit-minded folks ought to be able to put Your Shape: Fitness Evolved to some good, healthy use.
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