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.
Kinect exergaming OK for all ages but geared for grown-ups.
Common Sense Media
12 May 2011
Summary: 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.
Conclusion: For a Kinect launch game, Your Shape Fitness Evolved plays like a second or third-generation offspring. If you play it seriously then sweat will be spent or your mind and body will relax. Its effectiveness, ease of use, and futuristic interface proves Kinect and fitness gaming belong in the same circle of close friends.
Pros: Best workout game available for Kinect, Minimizes lag, maximizes return, Choice between cardio and flexibility/relaxation routines, Excellent motion-controlled menus
Cons: Some exercises not always scored accurately, No custom routines or music
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.