Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Robust suite of fitness activities, routines, and games.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game encourages exercise and fitness. Rather than sitting down to play a video game, this product is designed to help players get fit, stay in shape, and have a positive body image.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There isn't a main character, per se, but you have trainers who talk to you -- the star of this interactive fitness program -- and guide and encourage you to meet your goals.

Ease of Play

It won't be easy for everybody, but all of these exercises are fairly simple to perform if you follow the instructions from the onscreen trainer -- especially the introductory routines. The Kinect for Xbox 360 accessory will monitor your movement and show you where you need some improvement.

Violence

There are minor references to Marie Antoinette being guillotined, such as "this is the Place de la Concorde...site of a thousand beheadings," etc. during the Run the World mode.

 

Sex

There are a couple of suggestive remarks from the virtual trainers, including "you sexy thing" and "give it a little sex appeal."

Language
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 is more of a collection of fitness programs than an actual game (though there are some mini-games). The Kinect for Xbox 360 cameras and sensors accurately monitor your movements in front of the TV. This disc promotes health and fitness, but there are a few minor references to violence and sex appeal.

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What's it about?

YOUR SHAPE FITNESS EVOLVED 2012 is the sequel to the popular Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. It includes everything that made its predecessor successful but also adds a host of new workouts and activities. As with the first title, you stand in front of your television and with an outstretched hand in the air, choose from the floating list of options, such as personal training, specific classes (yoga, martial arts, and cardio boxing) or a collection of gym games (such as a fitness version of "Brick Breaker"). But now there are more than 90 hours' worth of activities, including boot camp classes, Latin dance routines, and Zen lessons. Plus, the controller-free interface and body-tracking technology has also been improved to allow for new floor movements and a revamped feedback system on how to improve your techniques in the varying areas.

Is it any good?

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 is a great fitness game, especially if you don't already own the original product. Ubisoft has added a lot more content –- including more strenuous activities for the more demanding exercisers (boot camp) but also fun additions for casual users (including a new mode called Run the World, allowing you to run virtually through the streets of New York, Paris, and London). Workouts are also more fun because of the added music, such as Latin dancing (great for the hips), hip-hop, pop, Bollywood, and more. The vast selection of activities and routines is what makes this product worth the investment, not to mention the controller-free Kinect integration so you don’t have to hold anything in your hands to play (now with better player projection on the screen). Despite the fact there aren't any new games, YOUR SHAPE FITNESS EVOLVED 2012 is an excellent product for Kinect owners determined to get fit and lose weight -- without having to leave their home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether having an interactive medium like Kinect for Xbox 360 -- one that can monitor your real-time movements -- is more powerful (and perhaps more of an incentive to those who want to get in shape) than a DVD that continues on whether you're doing the exercises right or not.

  • Are fitness games like this one the future of at-home fitness?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: November 8, 2011
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Suggestive Themes, Violent References

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