Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Developer: Heavy Iron Studios
Release date: June 28, 2011
I made the claim in the past that UFC Personal Trainer was going to be the greatest fitness game ever. I’m proud to say that I stand by that claim. A lot has been added to this wonder of a game and I’m going to break it down for you.
Gameplay movement: The game detects everything you do with pen-point accuracy. It also detects speed, power, and pace. By punching heavy and speed bags you find out very quickly that just waving your hands around is not going to do the job. You have to as I would say “Get it in!” It’s very realistic, if you punch a speed bag too hard, you throw of your pace, same goes if you don’t show proper timing. Whether it’s knees, elbows, round house kicks, or headbutts this game catches it all. Your body’s movements are also detected as well, so you can duck and dodge punches in training. Heavy bags can take anything you throw at them no matter how fast or hard you hit. Grind Mode allows you to fight in freestyle, so you can hone your skills.
Working with MMA trainers is a big help when trying to reach your goals, as you receive lots of encouragement on your fitness journey. In multiplayer, which by the way was the 1st I’ve seen in any fitness game, you can switch in and out. Meaning if you and your buddy are playing at your house after your set he can do his. Yes, game on! There is a competitive scoring system allowing you and others to beat out the current high score record keeper. There are UFC fighters with a variety of challenging rhythm and timing-based agility drills that utilize punching and kicking sequences. You can also unlock a variety of different drills to earn rewards. The best part is that the training gets harder as you move on making sure you don’t feel like you’re out growing it. You can lose weight, build strength, or increase your skill just by choosing a mode or pace that best fits you.
Special Note For PSMove users: Basically with the move all you’ll need is 2 move wands one for your hand and the other strapped to your leg. The game will detect the punch from the free hand automatically. I guess the same can be said for Wii users as well.
Presentation: The best way to describe the design is to say this ”Welcome to the Thunder Dome!” When I say Thunder Dome, I mean gym. I’ve been inside the gym of Mark Dellagrotte, the look and feel breathes throughout this game. The instructors look just like the real life counterparts and their techniques as well. The problem with most games in this motion controller world we live in, is that we have a very small display of onscreen buttons making it at times annoying. When you try to select one option, you tend to choose the wrong one. UFC Trainer has created large octagon shaped icons to make sure you select what you point at. If that’s still not good enough for you ,You can tell the game exactly what to do with “Voice Command”. Saying commands like ”Trainer began program” or “Trainer pick #1? allows you to have control over your game with out worrying about finding your controller, which would ruin your pace.
Social Networking- You can upload your scores and stats to Facebook and Twitter. This is great for trying to show off your skills, seek out competition, or display your improvements.
Competitive scoring and multiplayer system – Yes, game on! With a competitive scoring system which allows you and others to beat out the current high score record.
Anyone can do it- Some of you gamers out there might feel that a game like this may be too much for you, but you’re wrong. This game is beginning proof that no matter the level of your physical health, you can do it. The game goes at a pace you create, and if you speed up, it speeds up with you.
As I stated before this game is the best of the best, so not only do we give it a 10/10, but our Seal of Approval as well. So to all you gamers who are gym nuts, MMA fighters or just the average Joe this game will transform you from Gamer to Warrior. The game is available today June 28th I recommend that you pick up UFC Personal Trainer as soon as possible, before I send Mark Dellagrotte to your house to make you.
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