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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved – Kinect Game Written Review

Your Shape: Fitness Evolved – Kinect Game Written Review

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Prepare to get into shape thanks to Ubisoft as “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” attempts to get you squatting, boxing, stretching and panting. If you haven’t already worked it out “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” is a get fit title for Microsoft’s Kinect and the technology it seems is perfect for this sort of ‘game’.

Setting up “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” couldn’t be simpler, when the title begins you stand in the ‘play area’, a virtual space where the Kinect camera can see you and scan you. Yes it actually scans you, so your body shape is the shape you see and it even notes your height. Whilst playing this title I had a stamped tee on and the Kinect camera even managed to pick that up (though it was in reverse onscreen given the mirrored image). Once you’re scanned in and you’ve entered a few extra details, like your age, weight, gender and how often you exercise, you’re good to go.

Get fit in your own living area

“Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” has a great navigation system that works by simply holding your hand over the choices you wish to make and these options are placed off to the side slightly of where you are, so it’s simply a case of barely stretching. There’s no long waits either with secondary options appearing within a second or two, neat stuff.

There are three main modes in “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved”, these are: Personal Training, Gym Games, and Fitness Classes. Each of these modes offer plenty of options, from the easy going Tia Chi style relaxing exercises, up to a full on cardio workout. A nice little addition too is the Gym Games, which are essentially little exercises disguised as mini-games. These consist of things such as punch the blocks, step on the lit areas on the workout mat or do the hoola-hoop. These are good for a light workout and the addition of the fact they’re disguised as games makes them sort of short burst exercises that are fun.

As for actual training there’s plenty to choose from also. Each personal training thing you do features a trainer (male or female, your choice) and a little tutorial before you begin burning those all important calories. Needless to say “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” keeps track of your progress and it also features 1-4 users should others in your household want to give it a try.

Girls can punch and lift weights too!

Aesthetically “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” is a sweet game, sure there’s not a lot going on, it’s all very crisp and clean, but nice touches abound. An example of this is what occurs when you leave the ‘play area’, your onscreen silhouette will sort of dissipate and return into being as you step back into the ‘play area’. A nice touch.

The only real issues I’ve had so far with “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” is though it is incredible at ‘seeing’ you, at times I felt things were ever so slightly out of synch, thus making the task of staying in rhythm with the personal trainer more difficult than it need be. This niggle aside though, “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” is great because it is just you without gimmicks (unless you opt to use small hand-weights as suggested for some exercises).

Cute trainer chick

Female Gamer Angle
Fitness ‘games’ are generally aimed at women (fitness, dieting, beauty etc). Sure guys can play too, there’s a guy on the cover, the copy editor of which needs a kick! This little gem is written on the back, with accompanying images: “Fitness and Yoga For Her” in a nice shade of pinky purple, sitting right next to “Workout For Him” in blue. Yes women aren’t interested in weights and gaining “muscle and strength thanks to workouts designed by fitness experts”, that’s for men! Girls like to train by doing tai chi / yoga styled exercises. Whoever made the box art for this was a moron and this doesn’t help Ubisoft shake the “sexist” moniker a lot of female gamers see them as. That aside you can choose a female trainer if you want so there is female input as far as in game content goes. Seriously though, suggesting women do yoga and men do weights, a bit lame in this day and age, they should have left that off the box altogether, there was no need to even mention gender.

As far as these sorts of titles go “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” actually does a great job both technically and aesthetically. The ‘game’ is easy to get to grips with and there’s enough diversity in the exercises to keep you interested, but herein lay the problem with this title as with all these exercise based titles: They’re only as good as the willpower of the user. If you are looking for a fitness title that uses Kinect though, this may well be one of the best and let’s face it, we can expect a slew if them. It is early days and titles like Dance Central will see you burning energy also if you’re more into ‘gaming’ than full on training.

“Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” features a great user interface and a nice exercise selection, so if you’re looking to get fit in the comfort of your own home, you could do worse.

“Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” gets the Dana Fairbanks L Word rating. Like Dana, “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved” is sporty, fit, fun, but still has room for improvement.

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6 Responses to “Your Shape: Fitness Evolved – Kinect Game Written Review”

  1. ufos_are_real says:

    Reading this review made me want to play this immediately. Everything about it sounded fantastic and engaging… until I got to the description of the packaging and the pink and blue/ yoga and strength training nonsense, then I pretty much just wanted to punch someone in the face.. repeatedly and with great force.

    As much as I like the premise of the game I cannot abide this social discourse that continues to perpetuate gender segregation and portray women as the “weaker” sex. Epic failure. I think a suitable punishment for this offense should include Jillian Michaels screaming at every one of the the male staff members while they do wall sits and mountain climbers for hours on end until they cry… that would teach them a valuable lesson.

    (I must say that this is one of the main reasons I love this site and the way you review games. The fact that you not only review the game content but the fact that you draw attention to such relevant social issues in the same breath is what sets this apart from every other game review. I commend you for that :)

  2. ShadowTiger says:

    Regardless of whether they believe in stereotypes or want to propagate them, its a marketing decision.

    I can sell 1 deodorant/fitness game/tshirt to everybody, or i can make a special version for females and special version for males, and sell twice as many! Now people don’t share deodorant, but they do share video games. This is a really easy way to sell 2x the video games without making you question why you have to pay twice when they could easily squeeze both games into one disc.

  3. Sarah says:

    @shadow tiger
    I think you missed the point. I bought the game in question and it irritated me as soon as I saw it. Not that I was surprised given Ubisofts record. There was no need to section out male and female as the art itself does that. Sectioning male and female in the text in the way it is written is blatant sexism and does nothing to sell additional units . The artwork already does the double barrelled sales pitch. So @real ufos has very good points, the textual component does nothing but label women the weaker more gentler audience. Which as the previous poster states is an epic failure by marketing imo.

  4. joe soap says:

    @ ufos_are_real i would agree with you if you yourself were not so sexist. you my friend, are a hypocrite. women ARE the weaker sex physically. how can you deny that? granted there are physically strong women out there, on average, women are weaker than men but you took that as being mentally weaker than men and that women are inferior to men… this is ridiculous and i’m afraid that you have issues… and you have aggression problems too, i mean come on, reading some stupid text from ubisoft made you want to punch someone in the face repeatedly… let me guess… a mans face ya? like i said, issues… also you want to punish all the Male staff… why? how do you know it wasn’t a womans idea in the first place? why not make all the female staff do bench-presses till they cry? with your views i would not be surprised if you are single and stay single. on topic though great review and i agree that ubisoft were sexist in their words but ufo’s, you took it to a higher level altogether. you are just as bad as ubisoft… if not worse.

  5. Alistair says:

    As a man myself I do not have to hear you attacking me for being a woman with an opinion, so there is that. I may be wrong, but I believe you took what @ufos was saying to be far too literal. Let me try and enlighten you with the way I see it.

    Firstly the article and @ufos tends to suggest the irritation is more about a social discourse including the heteronomative pedagogy such marketing items like this tend to support.

    You have assumed many things throughout your rant, not least of all that the poster also wishes to punch a man and other ridiculous notions. Perhaps next time, take a step back before posting a kneejerk response.

    Regarding this from my own perspective, it was amusingly my wife who pointed to this and tutted. My wife does weight training and tae-bo. Suggesting women cannot do weight training seems rather silly on the part of Ubisoft and their box art design team. Rather poor form.

  6. joe soap says:

    @ alistair ah come on now, i have nothing against a woman with an opinion, you make me sound like a woman hater lol. i have two kids with my girlfriend and i love her very much. i love women and i think the world would be a shi**y place without them.
    i can also see how ubisoft upset a lot of people with their gender separation. i think its great that your wife does weights and maybe you enjoy your yoga, thats cool but in our case ubisoft got it right, my gf does the yoga and i do the weights. does this make us boring and normal? maybe so but hey, its what we do.

    im sorry if i upset countless women who read my earlier post i just thoroughly enjoyed the review only to read the first comment of someone wanting to punish all the male staff in ubisoft and it hit a nerve. looking back it seems foolish, why should i care, maybe ufos has great reason to dislike men. but just to clarify, judgeing by ufos use of grammer and her vocabulary she seems extremely intelligent but i just disagreed with her views… i was stupid to say she will stay single and im sorry for that. she just hit a sore spot with me thats all.

    great review again, makes me want to buy the game, very in-depth and informative. i wasnt offended by ubisoft in the slightest because like i said in our case they got it right. im sure they pi**ed off a lot of people…

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