563 of 574 people found the following review helpful
Awesome game but very picky,
This review is from: Your Shape - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
This is definitely the most incredible workout on the Wii to date. To provide context, I am in average to pretty good shape. I run 3 miles in about 11 minutes a mile and can handle a good 45 minute workout pretty well. I am totally in love with this game. My Wii is now a great workout machine with EA Sports Active and Your Shape. Some things to consider:
1) Space - The game's body recognition is very picky. You do need to keep as much of your body as you can on the screen at all time. They suggest 8 to 10 feet between you and the camera. They are being very literal. I am 6 feet from the camera and definitely have some failures because my arms and my legs sometimes go outside the screen.
2) Light - The room needs to be well lit. Shadows in the workout space will confuse the camera when they cover you.
3) Tempo is important - Part of the game's finickiness is that you have to be in sync with the Jenny avatar. Falling behind and being off from the tempo will bring the annoying "Follow Me" arrows. You will have to keep your intensity up the whole time.
4) There is a learning curve - It will take a few workouts to get used to the way the camera is recognizing you. Expect your first few workouts to "score" lower as you adjust. Thankfully, you are not forced into bad form to make the camera recognize you, but you will have to make some minor modifications.
5) No cheating allowed - The camera never gets tired, and expects you not to get tired as well. If you get tired and part of your body starts to slow down, it will ding you for it.
6) The camera is picky - yes, the camera is picky and expects precision
7) You are going to get dinged - this is a complex technology, and you and the camera will disagree. Just expect it. It will ding you sometimes when it shouldn't.
1) Keeps you honest - see items 3 and 5 above.
2) Using your equipment - Being able to use hand weights and a step are awesome, and definitely contribute to the intensity of the workout.
3) Constant motion - one problem I had with EA Sports Active (I have since figured out how to do compound movements with it) is the stillness. You have to be moving only the part of the body that it is expecting. Gold's Gym boxing game has the opposite problem. You can pretty much jab the whole game and it still registers those as the punches it expects. This game never stops moving. Curls and presses are done with plies (sp?), kicks are done with squats and up/back movement. You do not stop moving so the cardio intensity stays up.
This is an awesome workout, and it will have you dripping after 30 minutes. The camera is finicky. You will be adjusting the camera and yourself for the first few workouts.
To Summarize: If you can be patient, have a well lit room, and a good amount of space you will be rewarded with an incredible challenging workout.
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2009 11:48:55 PM PST
Lauren Elerding says:
Thanks for your feedback. That was awesome! Very helpful review!
Posted on Nov 29, 2009 3:23:00 PM PST
L. E. Steele says:
Thank you. That was very helpful:)
Posted on Dec 1, 2009 5:55:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2009 6:03:00 AM PST
I am wondering if it's at all similar to Playstation's Eye Toy Kinetics game. I loooved that game. It kept it fun with the challenges of punching items or bobbing & weaving items coming at you in the screeen. Is it anything like that or is it strictly basic workout?
Posted on Dec 3, 2009 5:40:42 AM PST
Irish fan says:
Thanks for taking the time to review this. It was VERY helpful.
Posted on Dec 4, 2009 9:30:00 AM PST
Lisa A. Swanz says:
That was a great review. Very helpful! Thank you!!
Posted on Dec 4, 2009 12:23:16 PM PST
Wendy G. Wallio says:
because of health limitations, I need a slower workout. Would one of the earlier Wii programs be better, if so which one?
Posted on Dec 16, 2009 12:39:29 PM PST
Do you pick your workout from the calendar? This is a bit confusing for me because on the calendar it will say it is a cardio day, but it goes to the body scan to pick what body part to workout.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2009 2:15:25 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Try Wii Fit Plus. It focuses on Yoga and strength training and it also have fun games for cardio and balance.
Posted on Jan 2, 2010 4:33:29 AM PST
That is the most specific review I have read! Really explains some of the problems some consumers have had with this product. Great job! Thanks for clearing up the confusion.
Posted on Jan 7, 2010 8:56:21 PM PST
I must admit I am a little nervous about purchasing this. There are a wide variety of reviews - from 1 star (13 people) to 5 stars (also 13 stars). Why the variance? I have never seen this before in a rating! Opinions, please.