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Michael Phelps: Push the Limit

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
Everyone
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) 48 / 100

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00478OSYU
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 12 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,597 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

First swim game in history!Michael Phelps: Push the Limit is the only game that allows you and your friends to experience the exhilaration of head-to-head swimming petition in your own living room using the innovative motion controlled Kinect gameplay technology.Features: Be inspired by the greatest Michael Phelps has won countless Gold Medals.  He s broken 39 world records.  And now he wants to bring his passion for swimming right into your living room. Challenge your friends and family in fun and fast match ups Your front room bees a giant pool for up to 8 people.  Or take on the world online with Xbox Live! Control and have fun in every element of the race With Phelps instructing you hype up the crowd improve start reaction your dive stroke turn and finish.  Compete in freestyle backstroke butterfly and breaststroke races over short and long distances. Intelligent intuitive and healthy Kinect gameplay You are the controller - the moves you make in your front room are replicated on screen.  Get off the sofa and truly dive into the game! Cutting-edge water effects transport you to breathtaking locations around the world Including serene mountain ranges grand cityscapes skyscrapers architectural wonders and an 80000 seat outdoor sports arena.   Bee a Champion in Career Mode Choose your path through the racing season swerving or meeting rivals head on and take part in the end of season Annual Games where glory and medals are up for grabs and pete against Michael Phelps himself.Format: XBOX 360 Genre: SPORTS (VG) Rating: RP Age: 812872011387 UPC: 812872011387 Manufacturer No: 01138

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Addicting - More Than I Thought It Would Be October 29, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'll be the first to admit that when I first heard about a Kinect swimming game, I thought it was a joke. I'll also be the first to admit after many hours of playing Michael Phelps Push the Limit, this game is no joke. To be even more specific, if you are looking for a fun game that is addicting and gets your body moving, then Michael Phelps Push the Limit might just be the game you are looking for.

This is not a collection of mini-games or cheesy distractions. Michael Phelps Push the Limit is straight up competition swimming. There are various modes going into the game. You can dive into career mode, plunge into a quick race, challenge friends (online and local), or do laps around the leaderboards. While finding a match online may be hit-and-miss, I am just thrilled about having online leaderboards. I am surprised at the recent trend of Kinect games with no online play; thankfully Michael Phelps Push the Limit is not following this trend and put forth the effort here.

Playing with two people in the same room works fine. You can see an excellent example of two people playing from this video of Phelps himself, taking on Jimmy Fallon. Of course you will need plenty of space between players, but the larger problem with multiple people in the room is menu navigation. Most Kinect games have no problem keeping track of which players are playing and not letting passing animals or kids take control. See my review of Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster for an example of amazing player tracking In Michael Phelps Push the Limit, menu tracking can be jumpy if you happen to have small kids jumping on the couch or even standing near you. Otherwise, menu navigation is easy and smooth.

This is probably one of the best looking Kinect games on the market.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I admit, like most of you probably are, I was really, really skeptical when I first heard of the game Michael Phelps: Push the Limit for the Xbox. After all, swimming is something done horizontally in the water, while playing video games is something done vertically in the air. But surprisingly, they actually made it work. It's a very enjoyable game--provided you go in with the right expectations. You're not going to become a better swimmer because of it. But you will enjoy an excellent and realistic simulation of what it's like to be a competitive swimmer, and as a bonus you may get some decent upper body exercise out of it.

When you start the game your menu options are pretty simple. You can select "Quickplay" which lets you start competing in swim meets immediately, customizing all aspects of the race including your swimmer, your stroke (front crawl, butterfly, breast, back), your venue (a number of attractive fictional swimming venues such as a New York or LA rooftop by night), your distance (50, 100, 150, or 200 meters), and your level (there are three levels of difficulty, Gold, Platinum, and Elite).

You can choose a swimmer from a list of swimmers with varying levels of skills, the first being Michael Phelps himself, of course. There are a number of other swimmers who I first thought were actual Olympic swimmers but after Googling the names it turns out they're just the names of employees of the video game company that developed the game. It would have been nice to have actual venues and swimmers, but my guess is they just couldn't / wouldn't pay the licensing fees that would have been necessary to get the world's greatest swimmers. A shame, because that really could have helped boosted awareness of the sport, especially as the Olympics roll around later this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good swimming game February 19, 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First, I'd like to say that there is a patch (update) for this game that automatically installs when the disc is inserted into the 360. I think this may have fixed some of the problems that the first reviewers had.
On to the game, do you like swimming in mid-air??? Not me, but it's a workout, and anything that makes working out fun, I'm game. Sure, I can go to the pool in my condo, but I can't race, and hype up the crowd (well maybe a couple of senior citizens). In all seriousnes, I liked the demo, but wasn't overwhelmed. I also saw the demonstration of the game when M. Phelps visited one of those late night talk shows, and was impressed. The best part of the game is the career mode, in which you can add a point to one of your attributes for the swimmer you create. So, for each race I qualify, I can add a point towards dive, stamina, speed, turn, and finish (reach). The first half of the lap is just diving and keeping in rhythm with the meter.
You don't want to go too fast because you will lose stamina for the second half of the race. On the second half, you can use all your energy when you enter the Push the Limit zone to swim as fast as you can to catch up. The breast stroke is also included in the career mode later in your career, as well as the butterfly and backstroke. Finally, for the speed boost to work, you have to scream "Boost!", but for some reason my voice recognition isn't working. I found this to be a fun workout, and the Kinect reads me accurately, but am having a little more accuracy issues with some of the later swimming styles in the game. I'm glad 505 resolved the problems with the initial release, and overall would recommend this as another workout routine to the Kinect library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Nice to play for four rounds, works also in the Netherlands (no regional code issues) on a HD tv :)
Published 5 months ago by Jeroen van Pelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great exercise!
This video game is a great tool to get you moving. Have a glass of water handy when working out. Swimming seems awkward as a game but it is fun for all!
Published 7 months ago by Dorothy
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor game
This game is very silly. I do not even understand why Michael Phelps will allow the producer to use his name and make a game like this. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sam wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game
Great fun for swimmers who are also game players. I am coach swimmer and mom of a swimmer who loves both. We like to race.
Published 18 months ago by Cheyenne
1.0 out of 5 stars Just terrible and still overpriced
At $9.99 , it's still $9.94 too expensive. You can play this game in any room anywhere without owning it or an xbox... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rude One
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't play in my xbox360 with error message - Region code error
Can't play in my xbox360 with error message - Region code error.
But I can't see any warning message in the amazon websit of this game have limitation. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Ian
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to control menus
We tried to jump right into quick play 100m crawl and had a miserable time making screen selections and getting to the point of being able to actually race. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by hdatontodo
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