I’ve spent the majority of 2010 keeping fit using EA Sport Active on the Wii, and found it quite decent to be honest. It’s perfect for people like myself who don’t really want to venture to the gym, but would like to keep fit. The downside of doing this on the Wii, meant you had to carry out your workout with the WiiMote, and the Nunchuck controller in your hand, so obviously with the recent release of the Microsoft Kinect (a full motion tracker without controllers), this was obviously something I was looking forward to.
Some of the features that this has over the first version.
- Online stat tracking
- Better Graphics
- Heart Rate Monitor
- No controllers to hold
So how is it ?…it’s pretty good to be honest, as with the first game, you have to learn your way through some of the little niggles it has. For example, EVERY exercise requires you to be stood upright, in the centre of the Kinects viewing angle, with your arms by your side. This is the same for anything that you do on the floor, eg Push ups, Sit ups, etc.
I also had another issues, where I had to turn off the voice activation feature due to it picking up the background noise of my washing machine once, and kept pausing the game thinking I was saying pause ?. The downside of this, was that I couldn’t “skip tutorials”, which became highly annoying. The voice actor who gave the training must have been paid by the word. I honestly don’t need, and don’t know anybody who would need a 3 minute tutorial of how to run in a straight line ? As you can imagine, you spent 10 minutes or so warming up, getting your heart rate into “the zone”, only to have to stand watching the trainer give a 3 minute speech, causing you to start cooling down. This however become less of a pain as I progressed through the game, as it only runs you through the tutorial once for each exercise.
One final bit of advice I’d give, is be wary of what you wear, the kinect is good, but not that good. If you have a dark carpet, and dark furniture, try to avoid wearing dark clothes, as this can hinder the tracking when you are doing floor exercises.
There is a good range of exercises which would all the parts of your body, and the addition of the heart rate monitor makes this a define win. Currently I’ve only done the 3 week cardio kick start program to get used to it, and will be starting on the 9 week program at the beginning of the new year. The online stats are good, as you can keep an eye on, and share your workout progress from anywhere with a internet connection. I did however have a few issues with the stat tracking, it seems the the software requires a permanent internet connection, so it can upload your starts, in the 3 week program I did, there were 5 days when it couldn’t connect to EA’s servers, which caused it to finally time out (after about a minute), and go offline. Now granted I go it on release day, and assume the connection issues should have resolved themselves by now.
Over all, I found it very good, and once I’d got past all the niggles I started to really enjoy it.
Approx Time taken to beat – 8hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:4/5]
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