Excerpt: For too long the general perception of gamers has been that of a bunch of couch potatoes with greasy hair and generally slobbish behaviour – I say this in the past tense as things have certainly changed a lot lately. With the advent of the Xbox 360 Kinect more and more games have started to use your whole body as the controller. Now that it’s no longer just our thumbs getting a workout we should see a new generation of gamers with lean and fit bodies walking the streets.
Excerpt: Last fall’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved was simple but effective — its squat-happy nature made our quads burn all through prime ham/turkey/turducken season. After a while, though, we got a little bored with it, even after grabbing its New Year, New You DLC. (Hey, don’t judge.) So we were looking forward to Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 , which adds more than double the content…and unfortunately, double the frustration.
Pros: + Even wider variety of activities than the first game, with more intensity levels., + Refreshed menu system allows you to jump into the action much faster.
Cons: ? What’s with the bipolar voiceovers when you leave Kinect’s field of view?
Conclusion: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved is a great start for Kinect fitness titles and demonstrates that, with just a little more focus and direction, the Xbox will soon be providing the perfect way to get fit in the comfort of your home. Until a more precise programme comes along, Your Shape will do a great job of keeping you active with minimal fuss.
Conclusion: The last achievement requires that you subscribe to an online event to obtain. So far these "online events" are not available on the website and to my knowledge do not have a release date. In short YS:FE is a great way to work out and get in shape in the comfort and privacy of your own home. This is a must have for Kinect owners.
Excerpt: Ever since it was first showcased at E3, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved has been high up on my wish list. I envisaged Your Shape potentially being the perfect supplement to my extensive exercise routine, allowing me to combine two of my favourite hobbies. The concept is rock solid: an exercise game that can tailor its routines to your specific requirements, actively track your movements in-game thanks to the Kinect camera and offer accurate real time feedback as you work...
Conclusion: With the freedom of Kinect and its “You are the controller” mantra, Ubisoft Montreal have taken perfect advantage of this, creating a fitness game that feels like a workout and doesn’t feel out of place in your home. There is the odd issue with it tracking all of your actions, a distinct lack of mini-games and not enough personal trainer direction, as well as space becoming an issue once again, but other than that, Your Shape is most definitely Fitness Evolved.
Summary: Let’s face it... your gaming habits aren’t going to lose any pounds for you. Sitting down and twiddling your thumbs on a controller isn’t putting you to work, so the great minds at Ubisoft have come up with a sequel to their popular fitness game for the Wii but have overhauled the entire series with their introduction to Kinect. With hundreds of hours of exercise material, and unlimited potential, are you in shape to put your body to the test?