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392 of 402 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2008
I just got it today and played for only 1hr so far, so may be it's more to this game, but personally, I think it's awful. If I were Jillian Michaels, I wouldn't want my name on this game.

Graphic is super bad with ugly avators you can't customize the detail. Feels like going back to Super Nintendo or Play Station era. However it's Wii, it's fitness game- I can let go of graphics if game content is good...which isn't.

Ok, where should I start??? (seriously it's that bad)

Noticable flaw for me was slow controller response time. I could be swinging my controller and nunchuck now and my character will be responding 2 seconds later. Also for some exercise, it's really hard to figure out how to get the character moving because of poor instruction + just badly designed control.

Some mini games sort of resemble Wii Fit but it's more like Wii Fit wannabe. For example, this game's version of "Running" is if you use balance board, you are just "shifting" weight on the board and swing arms with controllers because you are not supposed to actually run on the board. And for Wii Fit owners, remember how pretty the background scenary was and kept changing as you ran? In this game, you are just running through 1 long boring path between trees...

Another "boring" factor is it doesn't have much of game quality unless you are in multiplayer mode. Sure it'll show you the score after the exercise at the end of game but while you are playing solo, it's really not motivating. You just hear Jillian's occasional "Give it all you got!" over and over.

Some good points are background musics- they are good up-beat songs with more variety than Wii Fit, and also some squat exercise did make me sweat.

Overall, I'm sure it'll keep burning your calories if you play this game everyday but it's so BORING and FRUSTRATING, I'm not sure if anybody could keep playing this long term.

So unless you are like me who just wanted to try out this new fitness game casually, don't bother, stick with Wii Fit.

I'll be selling mine soon.
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172 of 177 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2008
I was so pumped about a new Wii fit game because I love the Wii fit. I opened the game and started to play and was VERY Disappointed. First off when trying to customize the clothing on my fitness person the colors don't change to the color is shows it is supposed to be. If I chose pink it looks yellow. The graphics are really bad, and like the previous email said back in the old video game days. I started off with the training mode which is running and I could not get my remotes to hardly respond it is like the game is playing by itself. My balance and motion just did not seem to respond till a few second later. I really wanted to like this game because I love fitness. When your are running you are on the balance board and when you go faster your person on the screen continues to barely move. If you have to quit for some reason in the middle, mine was because I was bored, but if you try to quit you have to wait until your 2-5 MInute + run is over before you can return to choose another training mode.

There is an area where you jump on logs and it just looks like your standing in one place and you can't jump from log to log you just basically stand there until the 2 minutes are up.

Throwing granades were bad because the game tells you lean left and right to hit the target and when you lean left to right it does nothing.

It does give some good advice as you earn tips. The entire game responses are all positive and when you are trying to get a good workout you need motivation but sometimes not all positive. Even if you don't do a good job it says oh good job....

My kids even tried the game and were very frustrated age 14 and 4 because the game would not respond at all to my four year old. My 4-yr old loves Wii fit but this game you have to be heavy enough to bend down and touch the board to throw grenades on that particular exercise. I had to stand there with him and add weight to the board each time he bent over so he could do the toe touch. He lost interest very quickly and so did I.

There is a new device out that makes your wii board more sensitive but I am not sure even with that I could recommend this game. I just can't believe how bad the graphics were. I guess I can live with the graphics and will try to play a few more times after getting the new device that makes the board more sensitive but I was just really disappointed about this game. Sorry, Jullian but I see this on the discount rack really quick.
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145 of 149 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
Ever since I bought Wii fit I was anxiously awaiting a complementary program. Wii Fit is great but we all know its huge flaws. So when I found out Jillian Michaels was coming out with a balance board game I thought great, a fitness buff should bring a fresh perspective.

Well, in a nut shell what was created was not a fitness program that you can build a lifestyle around but more like a game that you can play for a few weeks and then move on to something else. The Big three as I call them (Yourself Fitness, Let's Yoga, and Wii Fit) can be incorporated into a fitness lifestyle on pretty much a daily basis. No so with Fitness Ultimatum

So just where does this game fail as far as an exercise program? For one thing, in this game you are mostly not doing the on screen exercise but doing some kind of physical gyration to get your on screen avatar to do the screen action. For example running on screen is done by alternating heel lifts and swinging your arms. In boxing in order to get permission to throw a punch on the bag your hips have to be swaying to the music.

Oh, and the music. Have these game designers ever been in a gym? I feel like I'm listening to some-one's Ipod shuffle mix. Exercise music is supposed to drive you to working out, not someones idea of good tunes. In one paint ball hand grenade activity I was throwing paint ball grenades to country western music. What???????

The game does work without the balance board. I found that out today becasue the balance board game sync menu is not user friendly, the controls are too sensitive and you don't get enough time. Thus I failed the balance board sync test and went without the balance board today

And finally the game has no exit. Once you get back to the opening flash screen the program dead ends. Yesterday the game crashed my Wii so I had to unplug to take out the disk. Today after I got to the flash screen, I ejected the disk and inserted Wii Fit. After a couple seconds of the disk turning, I got a screen message that said please insert Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009.

Jillian would have done much better to turn one of her own DVDs into a Wii Fit game.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
So I tried Jillian Michael's Fitness Ultimatum 2009 for Wii. I really wanted it to be good, but here's what I experienced:

-It's not user friendly like Wii Fit. It was hard to figure out how to jog using the balance board, you have to shift your back heels in sync with your arms. This is definately a step down than even running in place on Wii Fit. Many of the other activities, monkey bars, log jumping, also take a while to get used to, as the speed of the demo avatar is going VERY fast.

- Half the game is getting Fitness Tips from Jillian Michaels. This might be valuable info for hardcore Jillian fans, but all the tips seemed common sense and lacked incentive for progressing through the game.

- Four modes: Weight Loss, Strength training, Hill climbing, and Intervals. So, to give you an idea of how they spread the events: Hill climbing is dodging punching bags. Strength Training is monkey bars (waving your arms above you). Kind of strange how they classify events!

-Multiplayer: This was a little more fun, however, the person who had never played before couldn't grasp the controls, so the more experienced person won, regardless if they were less fit.

-Overall: Anticipating this game for months, my expectations were much too high as a replacement for Wii Fit. This game might get a few more plays, but I'd just as soon get a more effective real workout.

Why Jillian!! This could have been great, but it feels rushed.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2009
Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009

This workout kicks butt! It took me a few days to get used to it. If you don't do the exercises correctly, you won't get complete credit for doing them. The people that are slamming this probably are not taking the time to figure out how to do the exercises correctly. Unlike Wii Fit, you can't cheat. Don't get me wrong, I love Wii Fit and used it in my workout for the last year but never felt like I was getting the workout I got in one day with Jillian. With Wii Fit I was lucky if I lost a pound a week. With Jillian, I lost 3 lbs in the first week. Everday when I finish a 30 minute workout, I'm sweating.

This wasn't intended to be a game so the graphics don't matter. What matters is that for the first time since I started trying to get in shape, I feel like I am really getting something out of my workout.

If your looking for a game or a workout game that you don't really have to work hard, you won't like this. If you are looking for a workout program to use with your balance board that will make you sweat, give this a chance.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2008
Ok, so I actually bought this at Best Buy. So sue me.

Seriously though, this game is the worst I've played for the Wii yet. It lures you in because you think it's all about fitness, then you realize that it's all about frustration. No other game I've played has had such a horrible response to my movements ever. All I ended up doing was "running" (I'll let others explain why "running" is in quotes) because I couldn't get myself to do any of the other parts since following the instructions didn't actually help. It's so bad, that it makes me think that the developers were lazy because they knew people were going to buy it because of the celebrity factor.

I'm one of those people that only writes a review if something is amazing or if it's absolutely horrible, and unfortunately this is the latter. But seriously, It's actually worth the effort to me to see if I can get my money back for it (yes, it's really THAT bad).
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2008
It wasn't great, but it wasn't too bad. I played on the fat burning easy and medium for fifteen minutes today, so take that into account with my review.

I enjoyed what I got to do. Many people have commented that the characters aren't as customizable as hoped, but you can at least pick a few things to change about your avatar. The wii remote wasn't as responsive as it should have been, but it might get you to swing your arms a bit more than normal to get it to show up on the screen.

My main complaint is some of the exercises aren't really clear. It's not too specific if I should be on the board or not and how to do some of them. I'm not super sure if all of my exercises got recorded today which is a little problematic.

I'm really happy that I got to exercise for a set amount of time because that was one of the hardest things about Wii Fit. Overall, I didn't find it too bad.

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Well, I've had this game a little longer and it's still hard to figure out. The controls still aren't responsive, and the games still aren't all that clear. I would recommend renting this first before you even consider buying it. I wish I had.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2008
I was hesitant to buy this because of all the bad reviews but decided I'd try it anyhow since I'm looking for more variety for working out. I'm glad I bought it and I'm also very glad I knew ahead of time what to expect. The graphics aren't good but I really don't care about that. It does take time to figure out how to do the activities. But once you figure it out, it does provide a good workout. I've been doing the wii fit but I wasn't really working many different muscle groups. With this one, I'm getting better coverage and will be much more motivated to do longer workouts. I really enjoy having good music. I don't expect it to constantly entertain me so I'm okay that it doesn't. It does motivate me enough to push me (and to get sore) which is the most important thing to me. I hope that someday soon someone will come out with an exercise game that is easier to use, gives more real feedback, and has clearer instructions (which are all the things that would make this a fantastic exercise game for me!) But until then, I'll use this, the wii and jogging outside to get my exercise. I sure hope that someone realizes what potential there is in this market and puts in all the money/time to really come out with something great! But until then, I'd recommend people try this.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2008
I agree with the previous posts regarding the extremely poor quality of this game. I can not make myself work out any longer than 5 minutes with this game, because the lag time is so frustrating...on the log jump I even put the wiimote and nunchuck on the couch, completely motionless and the idiot avatar still kept hopping the logs at a steady pace while Jillian told my couch to "keep up the good work" and "great effort". Ugh. Total crap. I wish Bob Harper would do a game, a decent one.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2008
Although this game was fun, and I DID sweat in the 30 minutes that I played it, I was equally frustrated with the huge lag time between my movements and my character's. During the punching bags, log jump and the dodging the punching bags exercises, my character didn't even move!! I wonder if Jillian even tried it out before she approved its production.

As a once in a while alternative to the Wii Fit, maybe this game would be okay, but it left the drawing board WAAAYYY too soon! For now, I'll stick to the Wii Fit.
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