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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although Zumba Fitness 2 is branded as an exercise game, its presentation is fun and energetic, designed to disguise the fact that players are getting a workout. It is a dancing game that introduces players to a variety of dance styles. Among the songs in the game are a few from top-selling artists like Pitbull and the Pussycat Dolls, as well as lesser-known international artists. A couple of the songs have suggestive lyrics, which pushes this dance game into an older audience, but players will most likely be far too focused on mastering the dance steps than listening to the fast-moving lyrics to every song. The game encourages players to keep exercising to their full potential by using professional personal trainers, who appear as virtual instructors.
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What's it about?
ZUMBA FITNESS 2 lets players get up and dance to a variety of high-energy songs. Among the 32 music tracks in the game are instantly recognizable songs from some of today's top artists, along with some more worldly songs that emphasize international dance styles. This game is as much a mental workout as it is a physical one, due to the complex and sometimes intimidating dance routines. However, the presence of virtual instructors, voiced by real-world personal trainers, goes a long way to encouraging players to keep at it until they achieve their workout goals.
Is it any good?
Zumba Fitness 2 makes a lot of improvements over the original Zumba Fitness title. Among the enhancements are a significantly improved training mode, which allows players to take the steps slowly until they get the hang of it. Additionally, the on-screen instructors have been modeled much more clearly, making it a seamless process to follow their moves and learn the dance steps. With a wide selection of songs, most players will easily find a track or two that they like well enough to play over and over again, but all of the songs are catchy and rhythmic and provide a fun workout routine. In short, this new entry in the Zumba Fitness franchise takes it to the next level and comes easily recommended.
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