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Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 Review - Xbox 360

7.5
Gameplay: 8 stars 8
Graphics: 6 stars 6
Audio: 8 stars 8
Multiplayer: 3 stars 3
Innovation: 7 stars 7
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you’re looking to burn calories and are not really interested in learning to dance like Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The mini-games are both fun and entertaining. Jump Rope tests your legs with non-stop jumping for several minutes, and a couple of the mini-games from the first Your Shape make their appearance again such as one where you balance blocks on a platform to build up score, and another where you punch blocks as they appear. The mini-games are perhaps more for fun than for working out though, and you’ll find if you want the best workout in Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 you’re better off sticking to the core workout activities.

Although the Kinect technology is amazing and has changed the way we game, this iteration of Your Shape is still not 100% accurate and you’ll find some of the activities don’t register your body properly. Also, after doing some floor work (such as push-ups and sit-ups) we found sometimes the calorie counter stops working all together until you pause and resume the game - a problem that Ubisoft is most likely aware of and will fix in Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013.

The game keeps the same HUD throughout all of the activities. It measures your calories burnt in the bottom right corner, the time remaining on the activity in the bottom left corner, and up in the top right it will show whatever current activity you’re doing within the workout, and how accurate you’re performing. At the end of each session it gives a percentage of how accurate you were, but this has no effect on the amount of calories burnt.

Multiplayer

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 has some multiplayer but it’s not a huge aspect of the game, and you can only play it online due to the range restraints of Kinect. Also, only the mini-games  are multiplayer so you’ll find you won’t spend much time with friends on this title. Ubisoft have already shown off some of the multiplayer in the next Your Shape title though, so it looks like they are keen to explore this avenue further. There is a different aspect of multiplayer in Your Shape, and that’s the community aspect. Via Your Shape Center (yes, American spelt) you can track your own stats and compare and share them with friends. You can participate in online events and post your progress to social media sites. We found the Your Shape Center website is a bit confusing to navigate however, and perhaps needs to be simplified before the release of the next title.

Graphics

There’s not much to talk about with respect to how this game looks. The menus all look very swish and are designed to be used with Kinect, in fact you can’t actually use a controller in this game at all. Everything is laid out like a touch-screen app, and the game looks fairly similar to all the other fitness games on Kinect. The trainers that do your workouts and classes with you are not real people, but the character ...

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