Your Shape Fitness Evolved
Hesitate To Buy
I wanted a program that would help keep me motivated and with no controls that I had to fumble around with. The problem with this game/program is that it gives only a few lessons before you have to spend some serious money for completed exercises, etc. It is an amazing concept but a waste. I can see that this is a guaranteed profit maker for the industry all the way around but unless your rich your not going to want to spend as much as the game is worth to exercise.
Excellent game, gives you a work out!
I'm usually not one to play this sort of game, I tend to stick to COD and similar games. I got the Kinect for the kids and figured I'd try this game out. This game is awesome, it keeps you involved, sets goals, & you unlock new things as you progress. The first thing you do is some simple tests & It customizes the work out to your personal needs/wants. I played for an hour or two the first day, I woke up sore the next morning, but still wanted to play again because I knew I had unlocked a new level. Yes, the first time you do an excerise it is a little slow because the game gives you step by step instructions, but if you are like me and never done most of these exercises (cardio boxing, zen, martial arts kick) the walk through is worth it. Creating the online account also keeps up with your daily progress and allows you to create daily weekly or even monthly goals, plus challenge friends. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking to work out at home & who is not looking to pay lots of money for a gym membership with a personal trainer.
This game is amazing, ANYONE who says its not a good workout game or its slow and boring your not doing it right PERIOD. If you workout alot and know alot of the basics it might seem alittle slow at the beginning as you have to work your way into the higher levels of workouts, but thats the only issue the cardio kick boxing is amazing, your doing actual mma style moves in a workout setting which anyone who needs to learn fighting (for example i love it because im going to be joining the military) this is the game for you. That and add the fact that it tells you what your doing wrong and you can customise it to what you want to work out the most, and it becomes a 10/10 easy.
EXACTLY What it SHOULD be!
This is a workout title. It is NOT a game. Lemme repeat that ... IT IS NOT A GAME. There's no cute little characters doing cute little things where you get cute little achievements. This is a workout title utilizing an AMAZING technology wherein the voice you hear is actually trying to motivate you based on the information the system reads/sees. In short: it's a personal trainer without having to pay fees and go to a gym. Are you not lifting your knees high enough?... the system will tell you. Are your legs not spread far enough apart?... the system will tell you. Anyone who calls this boring really should stick to Raving Rabbids
Yes you will burn calories and break a sweat when using Your Shape. Unlike EA Sport Fitness it doesn't monitor your heart rate, but if this is what you wish it had I suggest buying one. I do also own EA Sport Fitness, which I started working out with but found too hard. If you're just starting out into fitness or not in excellent shape suggest start using this interactive tool. Start with easy and work your way up. I especially like the personal training boxing and Zen classes. This game is scalable and comes with Add ons, which I am looking forward to get when I run out of exercises. But there are plenty of Games, Personal Training exercises, and fitness classes that come with this game, so will be a while yet til I add add ons.
Prepare to sweat
I've had this game for a week now and it has given me some great workouts already and looking forward to more. This is great for people who are just starting to work out or for those days when you don't feel like going to the gym but still would like a workout. The program watches your whole body and not just some sensor on a remote going up or down. Don't do your squats low enough go don't keep your back straight and the game will tell you to get lower or straighten up. Get your arms too high on a swing and lose that optimal point and the game will tell you to not get so high on your arm swing. I also like that you are able to track your progress online and see how well you are doing. The cons to this game is there doesn't seem to be any real connection to the various types of exercises. It tells you which programs it recommends but doesn't really give a flow from tonng to weight training exercises. There doesn't appear to be a real long-term program in place for you to complete. The graphics aren't great for this game, but they don't really need to be for this kind of program. Overall, i would recommend this to someone who wants to get in shape or lose some weight and to set your goal to do a good 45 minute workout 3 times a week.
A welcome addition to my collection.
I have had YSFE since launch and I've only missed a few days of routines. I am the type of person that needs a little motivation to continue on any exercise type program, the rewards and acheivement system have kept me using this game. This is a great way to get back into fitness. Being able to track your progress online on the yourshape center site is an added bonus. If you are a couch potatoe gamer; start out slowly...My only complaint would be that the game does not give you any guidance at first. You go through the Eval Test and then you are not really told where to start (maybe in the book but I am not a game manual reader). Once you learn to stretch by using Cardio Boxing Classes and then go into Personal Trainer it is a lot easier on the body. Personal Trainer routines like Sculping or Toning change up every session, but some of the other PT sessions are repetitive (Hey it's exercise...I did the same routines every other day for 15 years in the Marines, so it's nothing new). This really is a well executed Kinect game. UBI did have some issues with their online website integration at first but that seems to be ironed out and DLC is on its way this month.
This thing will work you out!
This is a very well put together application and will help you get in shape, tone up, or just have some fun. I think my favorite is the brick smash. Activities are tracked as well as calorie loss. Even if you are not looking to slim down or shape up, the gym games are very entertaining. This is one of those must haves for the Kinect.
As a 36 yo fat man, who usually goes for games like Modern Warfare and Call of Duty, I was actually impressed. I was looking for a way to try and get back in shape but still have fun. Needless to say, I bought the Kinect and this game last night, and after 30 minutes was sweeting up a storm. The best part is, it's cheaper and more fun than the gym.
EA Sports Active 2 Is Superior
I've been using Your Shape Fitness Evolved for a couple of months now and I find that the game is frustrating to use, boring to play, and lacking many features in EA Sports Active 2. Your Shape requires you to do every exercise in precise rhythm with your trainer and often doesn't give you any credit even when you are completing the move. At times it is impossible to stay in rhythm because the exercise requires your head to be looking away from the screen. The Zen Yoga exercises do not work at all. The light stepping game refuses to recognize when I step forward. EA Sports Active is completely different. After the automatic updates from EA I've rarely had trouble with EA Sports Active 2 tracking me or recognizing my motions with Kinect.
Here's a quick rundown of features that Your Shape Fitness Evolved is missing compared to EA Sports Active 2:
- No floor exercises like crunches and push-ups
- No heart rate tracking that pushes you to work harder
- No 2-player mode to workout with a partner
- No stretches before and after each exercise
- No custom workouts that you create and save
- No nutritional recommendations
- No voice control to quickly navigate menus or to pause a workout
- No calendar for scheduling workouts & establishing rest days
- No custom music option that allows you to workout to your favorite songs
- No resistance bands so you get more results out of each exercise
- No workout games integrated into your personal training routine
Your Shape's stat tracking just gives you calories burned daily or total. The online stat tracking in EAS Active 2 is far more extensive than Your Shape. Active 2 tells you the amount of calories and your heart rate during each exercise you've completed. It tells your max heart rate and avg. heart rate as well as the distance of miles run, the duration of your workouts, and so much more.