Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved Body On Preview - The Future Of Fitness "Games"
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If you looked up “Kinect sceptic” in the Oxford English dictionary, you’d find nothing. If you looked it up in the imaginary dictionary that I just this second ago made up in my mind, chances are you’ll find a picture of me grinning like the Cheshire Cat. I’m not too concerned about the software for the peripheral at the moment in all honesty. The truth is, the launch of any console/peripheral never really has a stellar launch line-up. However, it’s the tech that has me slightly concerned. You know, with its lack of responsiveness and all that jazz. E3 wasn’t exactly a good showing for Microsoft‘s new starlet.

I’ve always said that the response time will be what makes or breaks Microsoft’s motion capture device. Not only did Ubisoft’s Your Shape confirm my suspicions that their piece of software is the future of fitness “games,” but it also gave me a glimmer of hope that Kinect can actually live up to its billing. I said hope, not confirmation.

While Ubisoft’s Your Shape can never really be classed as a game, the truth of the matter is that the software is looking like the most impressive launch title for the peripheral. Essentially a fitness game, Your Shape seems like much more thought has been put in to the title than any of the other launch titles we’ve seen to date, and it almost makes Wii Fit and EA Sports Active seem rather amateur - shocking, I know! That’s partly down to its clean and slick interfaces, excellent presentation and Zen-like look and feel.

Yesterday we got the chance to go “body-on” - *sigh* - with the title at Ubisoft’s post-E3 - *shudder* I was hoping to never say that word again till 2011 - showcase. It was in fact my first proper experience with Kinect ever. Ever I say.

The concerns about small living spaces and Kinect seem to be right on the money and after being told by the rep that I was too close to the device on more than one occasion, it seems as if Kinect won’t be as compatible with small living spaces as Microsoft would like you to believe. It seems as if the optimum distance away from the peripheral (or possibly, just Your Shape) is about 2 metres away - of course, that’s just a guesstimate, although I hate to blow my own trumpet, but I’m usually quite good with spatial awareness. I suppose it only makes sense though; get too close and the lens can’t get you all on screen at once.

Not only can you put “Your Shape” in the game, but you can even be on-screen yourself. In other words, you don’t have to see that orange silhouette that you may have seen in the Ubisoft and Microsoft press conference, but it can actually be you on-screen - like a live capture of you. Not really greatly important, but something worth noting. Although apparently, you can change it back to the coloured silhouette if you prefer the surreal and unique look that it offers you - we do.

The first mode we got a little time with was the game’s Tai-Chi mode, where it does exactly what it says on the tin. Following your personal trainer and an on-screen checklist, you’re given a series of exercises and poses to perform before you can move on to the next. It really asks for your commitment as well, and will only reward you when you actually put your back into it. When it asks you to bend your legs, merely bending your legs in a half-assed manner will not fulfil the criteria of the pose needed to move on. You really have to bend those legs! The same with the arms and so on. It’s as every bit relaxing and spiritual as Tai-Chi should be.

Now we were warmed up, it was time to up-the-ante with a block-smashing mini-game and I believe this will be the draw for a lot of people, myself included - the mini-games that is. It’s a simple mini-game, truth be told, but it’s another one where the presentation is sublime. The aim of the game is to cross-punch and cross-kick the blocks as they appear on-screen. So if a block appears next to your midriff on your right side, you have to swing across and hit it with your left fist. If you don’t, then the block won’t smash. Simple, but addictive.

Set over a series of rounds, you’ll be cross-punching the midriff and head high boxes and then cross-kicking the low boxes when they appear in view. Clear the round and you’ll get a multiplier. Do it faster, and you’ll get more points, which is where the addictive gameplay comes into play, as you’ll be itching to beat your last score - while at the same time, burning calories.

There was the odd issue with the detection zones with the boxes on the odd-occasion, resulting in me having to re-hit a box although I wasn’t doing anything different. Those occasions were few and far between though, so it’s not an alarming issue.

It’s abundantly clear that Your Shape has the potential to take the fitness world by storm and to do it in style. Having your own personal instructor, a fantastic clean-cut look and some pretty addictive - and responsive - mini-games, it’s shaping up to be Kinect’s best piece of launch software along with the popular Harmonix title, Dance Central.

On the whole Kinect issue, well, I can only say that I was quite impressed with its response times, and although it’s not quite 1:1 - which honestly, we were hoping for - it can’t be far off it. When I posed the question on specific response time numbers to the rep on hand, he was careful not to give me a headline to come away with, but he urged me to give it a go. I did. I was impressed. It’s as simple as that. I’m still a Kinect sceptic though.

Your Shape is scheduled for a November 4th release in North America as a Kinect launch title and alongside Kinect's launch in Europe... when it gets a date that is.


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Comment #1 by ClairvoyantFury
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 02:50:22 PM
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why cant people just go out for a run?

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Comment #2 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 02:51:48 PM
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@#1 - Who said anything about running?

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Comment #3 by Donkey Lips
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 02:57:00 PM
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@1 It's 100 degrees outside during the day and 98 degrees at night. What time do you want to go running?

On topic, exercise is easier to get into when you are having fun, but you won't see me playing anything on Kinect.

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Comment #4 by hobbes ME
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:02:25 PM
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i hope this fails

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Comment #5 by Mister_Sandman
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:09:55 PM
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@1 I agree with you. Instead of paying 60 $ to buy this game, just go out and do something. It doesn't cost anything and I'm pretty sure that it will give you better results than this game will.

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Comment #6 by Malchia
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:17:51 PM
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@1 Do you get any achievements for running? =D

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Comment #7 by zoopilandia
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:22:59 PM
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@1 totally agree
@3 there are pools and other water-related stuff
@6 lol

Unless there's going to be some actual games released for Kinect I'm not going to buy it. Especially when it costs almost the same as the PSP.

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Comment #8 by Magespower
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:29:43 PM
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@6 haha made my day with that one

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Comment #9 by Donkey Lips
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:43:37 PM
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@7 Who do you know with a treadmill in their pool?

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Comment #10 by StolenPaper18
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:48:23 PM
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Looks lame. They need to come out with some real games!

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Comment #11 by Donkey Lips
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 03:52:32 PM
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@10 I didn't ask for a business that sales them. I asked "Who do you know with a treadmill in their pool".

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Comment #12 by Infection Ftw
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:17:12 PM
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Achievements make us do stuff we don't like and I see people doing exercises with the Kinect or Move faster then that they go outside or the gym. But Kinect can't beat dumbles:p

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Comment #13 by WHITE WIDOW 13
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:17:59 PM
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@5 People pay alot more that £60 for those stupid health shakes (milk shakes) a rough guess is £90 quarterly i think.

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Comment #14 by Corpse87
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:19:49 PM
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What am I gonna do with my beer when I play this? exercising is for losers

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Comment #15 by SHARP546
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:23:15 PM
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Wait... You can get treadmills in a pool?

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Comment #16 by jasonorme666
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:28:38 PM
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I hope they make a weight lifting game with achievements, i'm gonna end up like fucking He-Man.

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Comment #17 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:29:08 PM
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OMG! I avoid the Wii for a reason! The name of the toy says it all.. Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!

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Comment #18 by Stealthcake
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:32:47 PM
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Lmao @ 16.

But seriously, I could do what this game offers in my front room for fucking free, so no thanks.

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Comment #19 by Pr0ph3cy
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:36:37 PM
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i wanna learn Kung Fu moves

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Comment #20 by lordskorrkeeper
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:42:58 PM
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I loved the Wii fit been doing it for over 50 days(gives you a goal and chart of progress, easy to just quit if you run outside IMO where is my high score/achievement and or white finish line? lol, this might be a good Wii fit replacement? more accurate work out?

P.S.Come on guys who goes out side for exercise these days or for anything, if I had a Tim Horton's in my house I'd never leave ;P

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Comment #21 by FoolKiller
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 04:55:42 PM
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@ 6
Yes. Health and a nice body.

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Comment #22 by Richie82 [STAFF]
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 05:50:24 PM
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I had a wee play of this too, and have to say that like Webb, I was suitably impressed. It's about the only thing I've seen so far that makes me think Kinect might be alright. As for going out for a run, why would you want to do that? Sun, fresh air and 'other people'? Forget it!

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Comment #23 by CodyTheGreat7
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 06:17:21 PM
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@6 and @16 Just pure awesome.lmao
But seriously if I wanted to exercise and fresh air then I wouldn't be a nerd playing xbox. I'd be out doing douchey things with other douchey exercise people.

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Comment #24 by MrMeatHunter
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 06:22:36 PM
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I hope there is a achievement for burning a certain ammount of calories! that would be badass haha!

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Comment #25 by Kellwolf9E
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 06:59:09 PM
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I love going outside and playing football (or soccer as they call it here), but it's tough to find people that want to play. Then there's the 100 degree days and 90 degree nights. Public pools? They don't exist in this area anymore since the last one turned into a crack den. $60 is a LOT cheaper than a gym membership, too. A couple of gyms in this area, that $60 would be gone in the first month. That's without any kind of personal training.

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Comment #26 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 07:15:20 PM
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Achievement Unlocked - 1000G - Split your pants doing Tai Chi

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Comment #27 by Sonoki
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 07:46:59 PM
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this looks fun

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Comment #28 by LoveAsThouWilt
Thursday, July 08, 2010 @ 10:10:26 PM
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This out of all the games for Kinect made me interested. Not to get all life story-ness I've never liked gyms (the people, environment whatever) but this looks like the best fitness "thing" game or anything period. I really hope it turns out as well as it appears to be. It will be amazing and a day 1 buy if a review is out soon as to how well it works and whether or not I could actually play it with kinect in my bedroom. I can hope.

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Comment #29 by UGM
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 12:55:25 AM
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im still not sure about Kinect, It needs a core game before I even get it

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Comment #30 by AngelArmed
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 08:47:24 AM
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This sh*t will only appeal to the crowd of people who are looking to get in shape without actually exercising. Get off your ass, go to the gym, and come home to play real video games - not this crap.

On a positive note, at least I don't feel the need to drop the $150 on Kinect.

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Comment #31 by Fata1Stryke
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 10:33:13 AM
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This thread is full of win.

But seriously, if that 2-meter distance requirement is true then I couldn't use this if I wanted to. My gaming den is pretty damn small. Oh well, I think I'll just stick to actual exercise...

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Comment #32 by SirVexBruzer
Friday, July 09, 2010 @ 12:27:04 PM
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Can you say wii fit?

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Comment #33 by Accel Dance
Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 06:44:39 AM
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Comment #34 by Streetrunner77
Sunday, July 11, 2010 @ 10:56:47 AM
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i agree with #33
#26 that's a good one

WTF Fitness Games now!!!!!! - good thing i'm retiring from playing games on the 360 this year

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Comment #35 by newbsicle
Thursday, July 22, 2010 @ 03:16:09 PM
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That's a lot of required space for something I have very little interest in. :p

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Comment #36 by RunDMC
Monday, July 26, 2010 @ 06:18:58 PM
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Achievement unlocked: threw this game in the garbage after realizing no 1000gs is worth looking like one of those fatties in YouTube videos.

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Comment #37 by Saosin3679
Monday, September 27, 2010 @ 01:43:16 AM
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@1 My mother had Multiple Sclerosis. She is learning how to walk again for the first time in about 10 years. She can't go for a run/walk as her knees are in horrible shape. Something like this is perfect for her because she can do Tai Chi and build up the muscle in her legs so she can get to that state.It may not be the ideal game for a heavy duty gamer, but for others like my mom, it helps her out a great deal and its a way to interact with me.

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Ubisoft Montreal


US November 04, 2010
Europe November 10, 2010

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