I've been searching for any news, leaks or pre-release reviews about this product for weeks... nothing yet - not even comments or questions - and only two days to go! Isn't anyone interested? I can't wait to hear if it's any good or not!!
It's available in Target and Wal-Mart. Maybe, this close to Yule, Christmas and all the other gift-giving holidays, people just don't have the cash? I am also very reluctant to lay out $70 before I see any reviews.
I pre-ordered on Amazon a few weeks ago, and it is on it's way.... This is the first time I've pre-ordered on Amazon for anything. I always read as many reviews as possible before deciding on a product, but I really wanted this game :). I'm getting a bit nervous now though as there are STILL no reviews, (Why is that? There are usually reviews for a new game immediately it's status changes on Amazon from pre-order to available...) AND.... I had to pay a hefty $94 including shipping, (outside the US) and that is not a small amount for me! Has anyone else pre-ordered?
Just got done working out with Your Shape. I like it. I think seeing yourself on the screen will take some time getting used to, but enjoyed not having to hold a remote or strap one to my leg. I went with the workout the system recommended and I definitely felt it afterward. Camera very easy to set up. Overall rating, yet to be determined, but so far, happy I made the purchase.
Thanks for the tentative thumbs-up for the game! Same question as L. and many, many more! So.... any more details greatly appreciated :). My big concern (now that I know the game is workable) is the wire for the camera. How long is it, and do you know if an extension cable would work? I had to get an extension for my sensor bar and control mats because I use my Wii with a projector and screen. I suppose the type of cable for the sensor bar and camera would be different???
The workout is continuous which is nice. You can select the area of your body you would like to focus on for the day, it details how many calories burned, equivalent of miles walked, and many other things. Honestly, can't remember them all. Does grade you on how well you completed each exercise and rates you in several categories (example: cardio, core...). The camera plugs into the back of your wii system and the chord seems very long. I placed mine on top of my tv. The camera can be adjusted to go up or down. Also, you have options to use free weights, a step board, and a few other things and they are incorporated into your workout.
On the official Ubisoft Your Shape forums (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/1321016067), the first couple of opinions are not very good. One poster claimed this was the same game as My Fitness Coach with Jenny McCarthy inserted. I don't have the game and was initially leaning towards this instead of EA Sports Active More Workouts. But now I am probably not going to get it. I was hoping that they were going to use the camera to sense your movements like Microsoft's E3 demo of Natal (or at least how Eye Toy Kinetic did it ages ago), and then give you control of the workout. Now it seems like they are only projecting you on half of the screen, and then vaguely giving you suggestions, but not actively sensing what you are doing on every movement. If that is true, this is a real lazy shovelware development job on the part of Ubisoft, and I will not fall for it. A full length mirror, is not my idea of an interactive software product.
Thanks for your answers! Another important question is; How responsive is the camera? Are there any problems with the camera registering your movements etc.?
EDIT: OK, I got my game :). I must say the shipping time was amazing, since I'm all the way in Japan!
To answer my own previous question regarding the cable for the camera. It has a USB plug which plugs into the USB port on the back of the Wii consol. I needed a USB extension cable because my Wii console is far away from the screen and the cable length is +- 1.5 metres. Luckily I found (my hubby had) a spare 3m cable extension. I had to change my exercise wear twice because the camera couldn't pick up the movement of my legs due to the color contrast no being enough compared to the background. The camera angle is bad since I have a drop down screen, so the camera is very high up, (much higher than on a TV for eg) and kind of shows me from above. I'll have to find a workaround for that in the future. Also the picture (of me) isn't very clear, but that could be because of the large screen and/or the cable extension. More details later...... :).
Hi everyone! Well I've done my first workout, so I thought I'd come and give an update. Firstly, before I comment on the game, I want to say that I enjoyed my workout, and will definitely feel it tomorrow. Secondly I will be using this game tomorrow again and for quite some time, I expect. I will alternate with Biggest loser though, as I only started that game yesterday and like it so far AND because Your Shape has single player only, and I like to work out with a partner a few days a week. For that reason (multi player mode) I will still use EA Sports Active sometimes too. And lastly... I'm not sorry I bought it. Your Shape..... mmmm.... well, how do I put this? Let's just say; If you don't like My Fitness Coach, you won't like this game. The two games are almost the same in every respect except for the camera and single player. The camera does track your movements, although I had a lot of problems with tracking. I'm pretty sure though, that it's because of the fact that my camera is way too high up, (on the top of the drop down screen). I also think that I should wear white sneakers, which may help with tracking of foot movements? Perhaps I'm wrong, not sure... Originally I was wearing grey sweats, but the color didn't work as it blended too much with the background and I had to change. My sneakers are grey too, and I noticed that my feet weren't really visible on the screen. Towards the end of the workout it occurred to me, that if I couldn't see my feet, then the game couldn't either and that could have been the cause of the problems with tracking.
Save your money - If you have My Fitness coach or Yourself Fitness (Xbox & PC) , use those programs. As Brenda pointed out, except for the camera they are almost the same. And while I'm not certain I don't think you have the option to pick workouts unlike the other two exercise programs, still, You can change the focus but not the workout. As far as the functionality of the camera, well it works but it was not up to my expectations. Far to many times the program was urging me to move my arms or legs and yet I was doing exactly the same as the on screen trainer. Which means of course my score was lowered. However, as we all know its the exercise that counts not what it sez on the screen. But that exercise was exactly the same as I got from My Fitness Coach. the use of the camera is an excellent idea but they needed to get their own workout regime. They got lazy. Sadly, they also got lazy with Jenny McCarthy. She has about 10 catch phrases she uses through out the work out and far to many times the phrase was used to fill empty air and not a true representation of what you were doing. And double-lee sadly she was yelling these catch phrases through out the yoga slot - even during the corpse pose. tut tut tut.
Ok. So I finally used the camera and some work out. As of right now I do not see any fancy thing about your shape. There is a slight delay in the movements. The setup was fairly easy. I only did a test work so for now I give it 3 stars.
From what I'mhearing, I think I'll skip it and stick with Biggest Loser and EA Sports Active. I only thought it would be great to work out with NO REMOTES, but if the action is "iffy", I'll stck with what works and wait for the new Yoga for wii. I do love yoga.
Ok, it IS similar to My Fitness Coach, so if you have that, you may not want to get Your Shape.
However, unlike My Fitness Coach, with Your Shape, you get instant feedback on how you're doing, and your score encourages you to improve. After 10 minutes I was really sweating, and if the last 6 min of the 30 min workout had been more intense, I may have had to stop in the middle. I'm sure that this will change as I exercise more regularly.
Setting up the camera was really easy, and I managed to gain myself an extra 2 feet ot space by affixing the camera to the wall (it's not pretty, but hey, it works, and otherwise there wouldn't have been enough floor space) instead of the tv.
I had a small snafu with the body scan because I was bending down to move something on the floor out of my way, and it still read me as being in position - but that really doesn't matter to me that much, though if I could have re-done it, I would have.
That's all I have to say off the top of my mind, if there are any questions, I'll do my best to answer them :o)
Wear colors that contrast with whatever will be behind you. If you have light colors behind you, wear dark, and vice versa. Lighting is only a problem if there are a lot of dark shadows behind you. Light shadows don't seem to make a difference.
You need to be at least 8 feet from the camera for it to pick up your whole body. That's why I affixed my camera to the wall, I needed to gain that extra foot and a half so I would have room to really move.