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Zumba Fitness (Street 10/19)
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- Platform: PlayStation 3
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That being said, if you want to get a good workout then this game is really amazing. It has me sweating a great deal by the end of the 20 min workout (and I am one of those people who rarely breaks a sweat). My legs were really sore after the first time I did it. These dance workouts are amazing for your legs and arms. I could barely lift my arms (the first time) as I got to the last section of my workout. I also like that you can completely customize the workouts for months at a time.
All in all a great game if you are serious about your workout and try to imitate the lady as closely as possible, but if you want this as a competitive game for social gatherings then beware that the party clown will walk away with the firs prize.
So I bought this in a package with the Move system because I live in a dangerous part of DC and can't exactly go trotting through my neighborhood in yoga pants with my walking ski poles and ankle weights. Traffic is too ridiculous at all hours of the day in this town to make going to the gym seem like a good idea but as I am aging desk jockey, I noticed I was getting a little soft.
When I first got the game, I excitedly used it once, didn't get all the way through the tutorial and bailed halfway through a beginner workout. Lame. My problem, I'm lazy and find it difficult to pay attention for long periods of time. I agree with most reviewers' complaints about the awkward menus, I ended up making two characters until I figured it out. So what, all "games" take getting used to.
Recently, I decided to start using the game again because I've been playing too much Fallout 3. I've been pretty good about eating less lately but with very little physical activity in my life (see above: dangerous neighborhood + I work in an office and am in my car for at least an hour and a half each work day), it wasn't really making a dent in these extra 5 or 10 pounds.
ANYWAY, I don't know what made that second time on this game so many weeks later that much better than the first but I not only got through the beginner workout, I couldn't wait to do another the following day. Keep in mind (it's the freaking ADD again), I didn't figure out from the beginning that you were supposed to use the belt with the controller in it until many workouts down the line when I actually opened the booklet that came with the game. Whoops. I kept the controller in my hand the entire time and didn't find this awkward (proof that you REALLY don't have to know what you are doing to Zumba). And here I thought I was getting credit for my awesome hip movements. As previously stated, the controller does not register perfectly HOWEVER I suspect that some of the complainers aren't actually Zumba-ing correctly; I am familiar with Latin dance and my character is always green or yellow. Shake those hips, people, come on.
Here's what other reviewers don't get: WHO CARES. The technology is there to ASSIST your workout, not do it for you. Maybe next time I'll let my cat play with the controller and try the intermediate workout. Personally for me, I enjoy sliding around on my floor in my socks looking like a fool and I can tell my backside enjoys it too. For the first time in months, I woke up without back pain after giving this "game" another shot.
Is it a "game" in the traditional sense? No, that's what Fallout 3 is for. Point being, it's an easy way to save on gym fees, avoid the sketchy hoodrats prowling your neighborhood on the way to the gym, tighten your butt and feel better about life in general.
Sometimes I swing the controller wildly so I can get to the next stage while I'm dancing awkwardly across my floor, all that matters is that I feel great after the workout and notice a difference in my tone, energy level and overall well-being. I mean really, what's with the complaining? It's a $40 game max, not $400. It's cheaper than what you'll spend on a full set of Zumba DVDs, but if you're more comfortable with that, just buy those instead.
1) Cost efficient(good for ppl who don't wanna go to the gym but want to burn those calories. 1 hr of zumba = 800 calorie burn)
2) Dance steps are challenging and alot in variety(unlike how some zumba instructors teach, the steps aren't repetitious. Every 20 secs or so they bust out new moves)
3) Good workout(I heat up a pool of sweat in a matter of 30 mins)
4) Hosting match(you can invite other online players to dance with you...although it would be better if more ppl were available)
1) Hip belt needs more stability(my hands always hit the belt causing the move controller to slip out which is annoying)
2) More dance variations would be nice
3) Navigating through the game is confusing at first(but once you get used to it, it's fine)
That said, I purchased this for my wife who has been going to Zumba classes but had to cancel her membership due to the classes becoming overcrowded and being limited to a few classes a week. I watch her play this game and all I can say is that she loves it a lot. She says she gets more workout out of this compared to going to the classes.
About the game.
It comes with the PS3 game and a MOVE controller belt. NO CONTROLLER (good thing I have 2 ;)
There are 3 levels of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate and Expert
There are 6 Play Mode: Tutorial, Zumba Party, Zumba Class, Single Routine, Multiplayer and Online.
There are 5 dance styles to learn: Calypso, Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton and Salsa. Each style has 3 sub categories also.
Some small quams about the game:
*The controller belt. It needs to be really snug and the controller has to be positioned in front and not the side of the hips or else it has a tendency to move to the back. The controller has to be within the visual range of the MOVE camera in order to register.
*The control..it only register movements..not precise dance movements but any type of motion is detected as some reviewers mentioned. You can just shake it and the game will acknowledge that the player is doing a great job. Not a big deal tho coz its up to the person to really shake their booty to the game or just hold the controller and shake it..all about workout discipline.
*The graphics. It would have been better if they really show the trainer instead of a glowing neon silhouette of a figure.
Overall, the game was well worth it. My wife is very happy and I love watching her play with it. When she isn't looking I'm right behind her dancing along ;)
A warning to those who are from the NYC/tri-state area that will be ordering this. I ordered this twice paying extra for local express delivery but it never came. Local delivery is provided by A-1 Courier. If this is the courier that will be delivering your package, expect it not to arrive on time or just won't arrive. All of my Amazon orders that were to be delivered by this courier were NEVER delivered with the same excuse of "We never received the package from Amazon" even tho they (A-1) provided a tracking number for it. Again, Beware of this courier. I do 90% of my shopping thru Amazon and so far 4 out of 4 of my orders that were to be delivered by this courier hasn't gotten to me >:( Amazon Customer Service is great but they too got the same excuse when they tried inquiring about my orders. I don't know where else to post this and I hope someone from Amazon sees this and stop using them. Google them as well, there are reviews out there for this company.
Again, the Zumba is a good game. It beats monthly gym membership just to do Zumba. Unfortunately, I ended up purchasing this at a local store and not thru Amazon which has the best price.