Second exergame for Wii U announced: Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013

Yesterday I wrote about Wii Fit U, the new edition of Wii Fit for the upcoming Wii U console.  Its chief competitor will be Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, which brings the Your Shape exergame series full circle, sort of: from Wii to Kinect to Wii U.  (No word yet at this time whether there will be another Your Shape for Kinect or Wii, or anything for PS3.)

I have Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 for Kinect; I received a free copy through Amazon Vine, and I have yet to write a review.  It’s a standard workout-video-style game, which usually bores me, but what keeps me doing this particular game is the technology which is nothing short of amazing.  The Kinect can really see me no matter what I’m doing, even floor exercises which were problematic for some other games like EA Sports Active and Biggest Loser.  The other amazing thing is the depth and assortment of workouts: over 100, ranging from fun warmup minigames to separate body-part workouts to dances and bootcamps and yoga.  There’s downloadable content, bonus workouts that can be earned with Uplay Points, badges and trophies galore if you’re into that sort of thing, even a bonus workout for buying an energy drink and toasting Kinect with it (so it can see the label).

Two things keep YSFE2012 from being one of the best games ever: online support/community and instruction/documentation. There’s a website, Your Shape Center, but it doesn’t keep track of which workouts you did, just calories you burned divided into workouts, classes and activities.  Their Facebook app makes no sense – it’s just a bunch of cubes with people’s stats on them (?).  And instruction consists of the avatar showing you a couple of reps before the counter starts counting – no form pointers, no telling you what equipment is needed, no modifications offered.  You can’t even see a list of what exercises are going to be in a workout before you do it.

The Wii U Game Pad tablet could solve both these problems, but judging from the trailer, it looks like it’s focusing mostly on the online support.  A social network built around Your Shape would be fantastic, but even better yet would be using the pad to supply the missing documentation.  For instance, when you select a workout, you can scroll through the exercises in each workout, the number of sets and reps, and what equipment you’re going to need.  It would also be great if touching an exercise gives you detailed instructions as well as a demo video and suggestions for modifications up or down.  The pad could also be used to supply info like what muscles are being worked, or allow you to enter notes like how much weight you lifted.  It could be like your electronic workout journal.

There’s so much that could be done with an exergame integrated with a tablet, and I hope YSFE2013 takes full advantage of them.

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Posted on June 6, 2012, in Console games, Exergaming, Game previews and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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