I received this game through the Amazon Vine Program. Since I did not own the original version, I cannot compare it to that game. What I can compare it to are other Kinect games and to the WII Fitness Game.
Probably the weakest part of this game is the instruction set, it is basically non-existant. So, you are left to try and figure out how to accomplish any tasks you want to do on your own. With the WII Fitness game, this is not really so much of a problem as it takes you into the basics and has you fill in the required information (age, weight, gender, etc) so that it can calculate calories burned and such for you. This is NOT the case with Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012. You are required to have a profile, but it does not provide any information on how to make any changes in what the game thinks is your situation. It runs a simulated "scan" of your body, but that does not enter in any information about you for calculating calories or for designing a program for you. If you play around with things enough (basically play 5 year old and open each and everything you can to see what it does) you will find that you first need to change how the game enters information (if you live in the US) as the game was created outside of the United States and uses metric units for weight and for height. So, you need to go to "My Options" to be able to change from metric to Imperial units for the game to use feet and pounds. Once you have that figured out, you need to go to "Edit Profile" to be able to enter in your age, weight, height, and gender. Hum, wasn't the game supposed to scan me for that information or at least some of it????
If you were looking for a customizable workout schedule based upon information you provide, forget it. You are given three choices of body type (Couch Potato, athlete, and super star! Great Choices!!!! You then get to pick an objective such as tranquility and balance for it to design a workout schedule for you. It will flag games and exercises for you to follow as well as give you number of minutes and number of days a week for your program. Do NOT think you can change anything other than the number of days a week!!!
Speaking of workouts, I still have yet to figure out progress other than a percentage scale that appears to track the percentage of your weekly workout time total. Of course, the percent scale is not explained anywhere so this is only a guess!!! Exiting the game is a real challenge as well as there is no recognizable way to exit other than just shutting down the console. There is not a pause function so if you want to pause just walk away from the game area and it will say "oh, you want a pause, ok".
On a positive side of this evaluation, the games are a lot of fun and if you actually complete each section, you will find that your muscles do get tired!! The games are fun, definately active, and a nice workout. There is enough variety to keep you coming back.
One other irritation is the product placement for the sports drink that wants you to buy the product and then scan it for more game options! If you pay for the game, why should you have to deal with this type of advertising? You will also find that the game wants you to go online and buy more content as well.
If you are socially oriented and do not worry about sharing information, this game trys to get you to setup a profile on a website to track your progress and wants to share that information with your social media. I personally do not want my information out somewhere without my control, but that is a personal decision, you might be happy to have this feature.
All in all, I would recommend the game for the fun features and creative exercises, but not as a fitness program that you can customize.
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