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Gaming and Health: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Review

by onJanuary 10, 2011

Platform: Xbox 360
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Release date: November 4, 2010
Genre: Exercise, Aerobics
Price: $29.99

Since this is my first Fitness review, I wanted to give it my full attention. So, I dedicated one month to observe the fitness game to its entirety. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved helps you create a full body profile. During this process, you’ll be asked a series of questions – i.e: how much do you exercise? Or what do you want to work on? Based on your answers, Your Shape will then create an exercise regime that fits your particular need. Whether you’re looking to shred some weight, tone up or (for ladies) get fit after pregnancy Your Shape provides you with the help you need. However, you can also select your own exercises. New exercises are added on as the minutes, hours, and days pass or completion of a goal. Your Shape guides you through simple tutorial workouts. It allows you to see the exercise coming up and practice it before your session begins. If you didn’t catch the rhythm of the exercise or was distracted, there’s an option that would allow you to see it again before you start. The various types of exercises include Cardio, Toning and Sculpting. In each category you will be performing various types of movement such as kicks, lunges, squats and so on. Because exercise after pregnancy was my option, toning was my main focus. The perfect arms and butt was my favorite. It’s not as strenuous as the other exercise in the cardio or sculpting categories but its effective. With this exercise you are able to use weights to get more out of the exercise.

GraphicsThe overall graphics were good. What can be than the outline of your own body?
Lag TimeThere was no lag time to be reported. Even when you made an error, the game moved on smoothly
Work Out LevelThe work out level is based on the profile you set up in the beginning. No matter what the work out level you choose, you will get a great work out.
Words of EncouragementBesides the normal “great” “thats it” or “good job” the game didn’t provide the support in that area. However, they provided medical fact provided by Men’s Health.

The Kinect does a great good in tracking your body movement. It lets you know when you are not in sync with your trainer or if you are not doing to exercise properly. Your Shape provides a box on screen showing you the range you should be exercise, your trainer is diagonally across from you so you can compare your movements with him/her. You will receive a grade using percentages at the end of each exercise rep based on how well you do. If you want to have some fun you can play the exercise games. You can play them on your own or trade places with up to three other players to compete for high scores. The best of these involves punching and kneeing blocks in front and on either side of you. Each game is pretty much fun to play – once you get the hang of it. Another key factor of this game are the tips provided by the Men’s Health magazine. During an exercise you might hear a Fun Fact or two during your workout. The game also makes suggestions such as rest time and calming exercises after a grueling workout. Zen exercises are the best way to end your workout. The calming music seems to melt your stress away along with the petal on the screen. You will perform different stances which will also test out your sense of balance. During each stance your body would receive credit for the perfection of the stance. Keep in mind that this game requires a lot of room. You can say that’s a slight downfall if you live in the city. Also, your clothes may affect the effectiveness of the game. So try not to wear extremely loose clothing. Besides that, Your Shape seems to be a great way to get fit in the comfort of your own home. This game is great for people trying to meet their New Year’s resolution without spending an arm and a leg at the gym. So, allow the calming female voice guide you through this fun but strenuous workout game.

Final Grade: This game gets an 8.5 out of 10 eight copy

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