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This review is from: The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
I too hate to submit a negative review but I'm disappointed with the "game". In addition to the problems cited by previous reviewers (endless loops, difficult to navigate) the body scan measurements were a little off. Although the circumference measurements seemed pretty close it had me at 5'3 where I'm 5'9. Oh well, I can fix that with a manual height adjustment. There are certain exercises (pushups for instance) where it is difficult to see the screen, and for safety and proper body alignment you shouldn't look at the screen, but they don't provide you with enough voice cues to do the exercise with the necessary timing. Also, there seems to be a problem with voice recognition. It asks questions as you are working out (you doing ok?) but doesn't seem to hear my answers no matter how loudly and clearly I speak them. I did a video diary and found my voice was so static I couldn't hear it at all. I re-calibrated but still it's not working. Our other games seem to pick-up voice ok- so I'm supposing it's just this "game". I did a 50 minute workout- and it was a good workout- but I'm disappointed with the "fun" factor. I could put in a workout video and get the same thing- why pay $50 for a "game"? After my workout I went to the "burn extra calories" section to see if I could find something fun. There was a boxing option and I thought that would be fun. But the closest it came to boxing was that it was in a ring- I was still doing planks and butt-kickers. So, still looking for something fun- I went to the "Challenges" section. The challenge was to punch a bag faster than the other contestants. Unfortunately whether I punched fast, or in time with the trainer it was not picking up all my punches and I lost miserably- I'm afraid I might be eliminated... ;-)
I think the manufacturers of these fitness "games" are missing out on the real beauty of a gaming system platform- and that is to make working out FUN! I enjoy the Adventure game, but there are only about 4 activities. I can get lost in the fun and competition and forget I'm getting a workout, but I need more variety. Jillian's first game- Fitness Ultimatum was on the right track- but it had it's own set of issues.
In summary- if you are looking for a workout- this is a pretty good "game". You'll get a workout, and it will keep track of it on a calendar. I am still waiting for the holy grail- a game that gets me moving, is fun, and challenges me competitively.
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Initial post: May 21, 2012 2:47:16 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Anne have you found a game yet that you think is better than this one now?
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:24:26 PM PDT
I haven't bought a new game in quite a while. I really enjoy playing Kinect Adventures- from the point of view of playing a game and getting some activity, but the activities are pretty limited. I also enjoy Zumba and Dance Central. Zumba in particular gets a good sweat going, but if you aren't into booty shaking it might not be for you! :-) I think maybe it's time for me to re-examine the market and see what is out there over a year later.
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