Good, not great, follow-up to Active Life Outdoor Challenge
3 February 2010
Summary: I was looking forward to this game after being a huge fan of the first game in the series. I'm not sure if it's because I had such high expectations, but I was a bit let down. The Good: - There are a handful of games which really do introduce something new. Rock Climbing is an interesting game where you kneel on all fours and press different buttons on the pad to make your character climb up a rock wall.
Summary: Bought this for Christmas, and have been a bit surprised at the sporadic play. Some of my kids like this game a lot, primarily my 6 and 11 year-olds. My teens aren't so fond of the game. I think the nature of the activities naturally appeals to the pre-teen child, particularly the skateboarding and skiing. There certainly is a cardiovascular benefit to some of the actions kids have to engage in for the games.
Summary: The game was a little over-rated. I thought the graphics were below average. I also think that some of the games are not as fun as expected due to the graphics. I think younger kids may think its more fun than adults.
Summary: I bought this for my 11 year old son. I wanted him to have a game that would give him (us, actually) a fun work-out. A few of the games we enjoy, but, for the most part, my son won't play it for more than 10 or 15 minutes. It's not because he's too tired; it's because he gets bored with it. The games are far too short in length. Most don't seem to last more than two minutes, which is really not enough time to get into it. I'm disappointed with this purchase.
Summary: Would not pay full price, but bought this on a lightning sale. Its ok for maybe ages 6 to 10. I have a few age ranges in my house and my 7 year old is the one who plays it. The fun factor is the many different sports features you can play. I have played and it is just ok. Its fun to compete to see who can get a better score, but not very challenging.
Summary: The game is fun. Some of the activities have controls that aren't very responsive, such as BMX bike and in-line skating, making the games frustrating. Base jumping, kite surfing, jump rope and rock climbing are very fun, and seem to handle well. Some nice features from Outdoor Challenge were removed from this game. Active points are not available in this new version. When completing personalized tournaments, the minimal passing scores cannot be adjusted either.
Summary: I pre-ordered Extreme Challenge because I liked Outdoor Challenge so much. Seems like the creative minds who worked on Outdoor Challenge were out of ideas for this one. The games are pretty similar to each other and involve a few basic actions: jumping on the mat, stepping on mat buttons to do tricks, or sitting on the mat and pressing buttons. The mat itself is an annoying peripheral since you have to find a place to store it when not in use.