ByA. MilneTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 14 January 2013
I got this game a couple of months ago, in a bid to shape up a bit and get fitter. Has it worked? Well, so far I've lost over a stone and I attribute quite a lot of that to doing half an hour of exercise with this game roughly 4 times a week. The best thing is that it's so varied that I'm not getting bored of it at all, so I will continue to keep doing this even though I've pretty much reached my weight goal as I know that my fitness level can still improve a lot.
When you start this game, as with other Kinect games, it puts an image of you up on screen, (and it doesn't tend to be a particularly flattering image)...so don't be shocked! If anything, though, this can be a motivator! You can set your age, height and weight etc so that the program can more accurately measure calories burned, which it then shows you whilst you're exercising, (and keeps a running total at the top). Then there is a choice of exercises that are grouped according to their function such as warm-up, cardio etc and you get to see yourself doing them. Within quite a few of the options, such as cardio, you then have a choice of length of workout, (starting from just a couple of minutes), which is great because even if you're short on time you can do a few quick routines and still feel angelic! Some of the categories are hard work - really hard work - but others are quite gentle so there is definitely something in there for everyone as long as you're guided by your body. Although the game says that it's not to be used by children, our kids love having a go on it on days when they can't go outside because the weather is just too horrid. They play on some of the more game-like sections and really enjoy the skipping and trying to beat each others' time at running, which is great because they have fun and run off some energy at the same time. Win win! My partner is really quite fit and still finds that some of the routines provide a challenging workout, so really it can be used by almost anyone.
The Kinect has been used to good effect in this game and, although of course it doesn't always pick up every movement perfectly, in general it seems pretty good at accurately detecting what you're doing...and it can therefore offer good advice during the exercises as to how to improve, (not that I'm always in a position to "lift your knees higher" whilst gasping for breath whilst doing a cardio routine!).
If you have an Xbox and are thinking about getting a bit fitter then I can't recommend this game highly enough. Take things at your own pace and mix it up a bit and I'm sure you'll see results. Highly recommended!