This Ubisoft production is aimed at couch potatoes, people of a fuller figure, and those who are just plain unfit, who wish to change their condition,and is well suited to the Wii format. As fitness programs go its pretty good at giving realistic structured regimes, although it is worth noting that this program does not offer the same level of interfacing with the system as the WiiFit does. The program does not use Wii Balance Board or the Wii remote , it is really just a fitness video.
Your coach is known as Maya, and before the workout program begins Maya will ask you a series of questions which include your name, birth date etc. some of which are aimed at assessing your present state of fitness and health and to establish which type of exercise program best suits your needs. The questions are also intended to help Maya with suggestions about which goals you should be working towards. You will then be instructed to check your pulse rate and there follows a two minute session of the exercises chosen for you, following which you again check your pulse rate. After this warm up, if all is well, you are ready to get on to your first proper workout.
In My Fitness Coach:Get in Shape, there are six workout types: cardio, care body, upper body, lower body, yoga and flexibility. A selection of execises from these is chosen for you on the basis of your progress towards the fitness goal that was set for you, and your current well being. You can set a timetable to achieve your goals based on how committed you think you are. The workout types are mostly made up of the same exercises, but with some specific exercises designed for your particular fitness program. In the early stages of the workout the exercises are basically aerobic and dancelike routines, like the Grapevine-Step, Hustle Up amongst others as you progress, however, as expected, the workout moves from this initial gentle phase into more stretch oriented training.
With progress and as you become fitter, Maya will present you with exercises of a higher activity level to perform. The program is well designed with some rest periods in between the exercises. If you can commit your time and effort then you cannot help but become fitter with My Fitness Coach, but using it on a daily basis is really a must. There is one workout that is a little different from the rest and that is the yoga program. Maya does not recommend yoga in the early stages of the game as there are strenuous stretching exercises which for newcomers are quite demanding, and there are also some advanced yoga postures involved. However, there are some easy moves like the Monkey, Sunflower and Cobra which are relatively simple to perform.
Yoga for example can be difficult in the beginning so it is best that you are taken through at least some of the other workout exercises first. The program does have tutorials for all the workouts though you will not find them very well presented, and you can get by without them. The program's visual background environment is not marvelous to say the least, but after all it’s only a fitness program, and occasionally there is some annoying screen tearing, but it is tolerable. The program’s audio is well matched with the visuals, although the music is more like that which you would expect to hear in an elevator. This workout package does, like most of them, do its job if you commit some time and effort to it.
If you are looking for a fitness package away from the gym then this, although not perfect, will fit the bill.
No More Heroes 2 Desperate Struggle is back and this time Travis Touchdown is ready to return with ranked assassin battles. He humbly walked away last year after being at the #1 spot a couple years ago. After that Santa Destroy and the others that call it home have went through a great deal of changes. It is more than just getting into the number one spot again and this time Travis is out for blood.
It almost seems like the same game as No More Heros. You will not have any control over the camera and are going to have to roll with the punches, the core game plays actually like its' previous game did. Don't get me wrong because you are going to want to play this game until you beat it though, one of the few games with lots of style. Just when you think something shouldn't happen it does.
I love this game because of the fact that you can rip through the city with a badass bike and do crazy donuts at intersections, but more importantly everything is streamlined, as you can just go out of your apartment and find what you are searching for. There are some small load times, but not as many as there were in the previous release of this game.
The city seems to be EXACTLY the same game, same coconut mini-game and everything. You don't have to worry if you mess up in a mission anymore now you can use the menu to travel. Believe me if you hated the cash system before you are going to be crazy about it now. You can now enter ranked missions for free. The cut scenes are amazing and you would have to be out of your mind to skip over them.
This game does pack a lot of customization and personality. Like the previous release of No More Heros you are going to get all that and more. The mini-games are freakin awesome. They are old school and there is nothing better than old school games for me and my mate! This game just seems to have a lot of style and they really strive to be unique. I guess it was a big risk in the first game, but since it was so successful why not do it again!
Transformer Revenge of the Fallen is a game for the young children and adults who love the transformers. The characters are movie accurate models. The short campaign switches between the Autobot and Decepticon like the movie did. It has humorous dialogues that add a slight excitement to the game. The player can only play a single Transformer on each level.
It has a very short campaign and you will hurt your wrists with the waggling of the controls. Your power can be added by killing enemies and using the same power to refill your health bar and give double impact attack to the enemies which is the only way you see your Transformer officially transform. You can transform into vehicle form only on limited levels of the game other than that you have to be a humanoid to attack your enemies.
The game is very repetitive in a way that you always do the same thing every time you attack the enemies. There’s no challenge because you can always use your powers earned by killing your enemies to regain your health bar and give blasting attacks to your opponents.
In the later part of the game where you will encounter big foes, using the nunchuk and remote to punch and dodge needs a lot of waggling in the remote where you will really feel pain and bored at the same time. This game is an entertaining game for the Transformer fanatics but will feel bored before even finishing the game. You will always take a pause to rest your wrists not knowing that the game is already finished.
The Transformer Revenge of the Fallen also includes unlock-able episodes in the Transformers cartoon. Transformers are pretty cool indeed but the game shows the coolest thing a Transformer can do, to punch and lumber around other Transformers. This game can destroy your Wii because of the very reason that you need to waggle your controls a lot to overcome the actions in the game. To the Transformer fanatics, you will definitely enjoy the game….for a while.
Big Beach Sports offers tons of games to be played on the sands. Really a lot more fun than the basic Wii Sports, so you can expect a lot of sun, sand and sea. All your favorite beach games are included here; volleyball, boules, American football, soccer, disc golf, and cricket. Of course you don’t need to be a beach bum or even enjoy sport to play this in your home. I am not a great lover of any of the games but a quick go at each proved reasonably enjoyable. As with any compilation, some games are more fun than others, but these are all pretty well done, being playable either in single or multi player mode.
But among the six games, the American football is the most exciting as you are tossing the ball like a Frisbee. You can start off simply by playing non demanding single games and, eventually, when more practiced, you can join tournaments. Your career will be monitored and you can level up your games for more challenges. With tournaments, you will experience longevity which will make you want to play more. As you take on different levels in the tournament, you get different levels of difficulties and eventually get trophies if you play well and come out as the winner. I got a ton of them!
Big Beach Sports lets you create your own character, whose appearance you can alter. The graphics and audio are fine but not the best I have ever come across. It is also affordable compared to other games, giving you six games for the price of one. And, like a lot of simpler sports games its more fun after a few beers. Its not a game you want to play continuously but fills a gap.
Another compilation of family games composed of several mini games including basketball, tennis, and others drawn from the better known simple sports to the more extreme games. Big Family Games makes access to these mini games easier and faster; now you do not have to purchase these mini games separately, everything is packed in this one title. These mini games, although short are extremely entertaining and the whole family will enjoy playing them either with or against each other. These mini games vary from sports and fitness to puzzle games.
There are actually a total of 24 mini games in Big Family Games. These games vary in their challenges, intensity, difficulty and excitement, and their fun value depends on your personal preferences. Most of the games can be played in single or multi player mode allowing interaction with others, up to maximum of four depending on which game you are playing. Games included apart from the more usual sports are water wars, RC trucks and planes, horseshoe throwing and many others.
The graphics are more than adequate and the overall presentation is good. Though the designs are simple the screens are filled with colors and realistic effects. The sounds and music are also well chosen and of real quality. Good family fun.
I wasn't too excited when my kids asked me to buy this game, I prefer screen action with big bangs, but I was pleasantly surprised by the hours of fun they had with it. Boogie has come out with different versions able to be played with different gaming gadgets. This is the reason why this game has become so widely known to many. Boogie is a game of rhythm and music. As compared to other game involving songs, it is more flexible and allows freestyle playing among the players. The characters you choose have different actions and motions that present themselves as dancing. This game is grooving and rocking, as my kids would say, and will mostly be enjoyed by those young at heart and who love dancing and music as I would say.
In the game, you will get to hear different types of dance songs like club songs, ranging from disco, to mainstream hip hop. The game’s main objective is to have your character dance to groove and it is important to keep up with the beat if you want to stay in the game. You can also try different combinations and styles that can make your dance moves even better, and the better the moves the more awards you can win. I didn’t win many but my efforts had the kids in hysterics. Mini games that feature songs as well as dance can also be played in Boogie, unfortunately I sing as well as I dance, badly. All the mini games have different levels of difficulty, varied levels of challenges and are of varying intensity. So, if you get bored with plain dancing, you can also play other games as well.
The graphics are good and you can clearly see your animated character dance, hopefully with the rhythm. Of course the audio is good, it should be, after all it’s that sort of game. There is also a 3D mode.
In conclusion, Boogie is cool and funky and is clearly aimed at the young or, as is usual with such games, party people as well. If you are withdrawing from an addiction to action games this will help but not cure you. Do your kids a favor and have a rise in popularity, buy this game and then make a fool of yourself by playing it with them.
Needless to say, the game has been developed with a very low budget and the creator (Midway) made such a terrible game that playing it leaves a feeling of distaste and dissatisfaction. As though impervious to the fact that nobody is pleased with game, Midway came up with yet another disaster. Game Party 3 is a horrendous rehashed version of the first two; it makes me want to scream with frustration.
There are no differences among the three instalments; the lineup of the games are still pretty much the same with the inclusion of Skee ball, Horseshoes, Lawn Darts, Hoop Shot, Shuffleboard, Darts, Puck Bowling, Beanbags and the same old boring trivia questions. Probably as a token, new games are also added to the series and now include Bumper Pool, Billiards, Racquet Ball, Smack-a-Troll (you can probably guess what this game suggests) and Croquet. To top it all, a Mini-Golf game is also incorporated with complete disregard about the Physics aspect – like the game was added as an afterthought. It simply indicates how poorly crafted the games are and clearly shows that the programmer didn’t even bother to put some effort (nor time) to add up to the challenge.
The games still carry the same issues; including the blatantly erroneous first generation controller, which is a complete failure as the remote is completely off-mark to visual cues and motion sensing. Of course, it makes it difficult for the player to correct any motion. And if I may be permitted to be a fault-finder just to drive the point; the hideous appearance further aggravates all the short-comings.
In fairness, I must say there’s one little change that lends a bit of cool surprise. Midway recreated the Root Beer Tapper into a parlor game. To their credit, this was done more realistically and it’s quite heartening that someone, at least at one point or another, thought about some real-world relevance to the miserable game design. Unfortunately, it’s still the lousy to play with Wii remote and couldn’t save the whole fiasco.
This is just a lousy game from top to bottom. So, there is no single good reason to try Game Party 3. Well, maybe the low, low price (commensurate to its very low quality) might be irresistible to some. I have been fooled once with the previous instalment but there’s no way I’d even consider going through that vexing experience again.
Shake those maracas and get into the grove with Samba de Amigo on Wii. There is no need to get that expensive game equipment that costs you about $8. With its built–in maraca functionality, dance enthusiasts can now enjoy every rhythm and jive with Samba de Amigo.
Having six target areas in a hexagon, you have to literally shake your “maracas” along different beats. Once the note appears and is centered on a target area, you have to shake your “maracas” to play it. Also, there are times when you have to show your flexibility by rolling the controllers furiously to match poses on the screen and…hold that pose right there for a few seconds! A total dance floor showdown – every shake you make turns out to be the perfect dance move.
Once you play Samba de Amigo right, the fun is endless. Having enough room space is a must for you to enjoy your dance routines. Hit the right notes and you surely enjoy every minute of the game. A pulsing rainbow, which is a bit distracting at times, comes out of the screen as your shaking goes well through the rhythm – another attraction in Samba de Amigo.
Song choices ranges from mambo, tango, marimba, and other famous songs like Rihanna’s Pon de Replay and Ricky Martin’s songs. Downloadable songs via Nintendo Wi-Fi connection are also possible for a more personalized touch.
But once you finish the easy and normal levels, the game starts to be a pain in the ass. The hard and super-hard difficulties are literally that – DIFFICULT! There are problems regarding consistency and precision. High, middle, and low levels are registered in your Wii. Problems cause notes to appear in rapid succession and you find that most your shakes are not hitting any notes or they are hitting the wrong ones. The fluidity of your dance moves comes to halt as you transform into a robotic danseur you struggling to make your movements as precise as possible. The fuzziness of the Wii is sure to bring you down. Good things unlocking new songs to play other levels in Career mode are made possible – a great way for you to calm your nerves after having troubles getting through the super-hard difficulties. You don’t have to really play hard in unlocking these songs – they’re almost like giveaways.
If you are someone who enjoys dancing and being stupid at it, Samba de Amigo suits you right. You do not need to be a pro on this game. Precision problems may hit you at times, but who cares! As long as you are having fun with the rhythm, then go for it. Samba de Amigo is the best and most inexpensive rhythm game you can buy.
Create a New World has still maintained the core features of Anno’s city building, resource management, explorations and high seas swash buckling. The objective of the game hasn’t changed at all: search for an island, set up your town, and gradually develop your town’s economic status, population and infrastructures. To do this right, you have to carefully study what your people need – food, clothing, materials and many more things – then find resources that can sustain these needs. By successfully providing these “needs”, you are then able to move into the next level and unlock other resources that are essential for the succeeding levels.
Compared to Anno’s huge trail of island, Create New World takes advantage of the smaller islands drifting in the ocean. Due to the limitations, you have to put on more effort to get a balance between the needs of your estates vis-à-vis your production and expansion. Your townspeople need to be in designated areas to reach maximum efficiency.
With simple dragging movements to move your vessels, navigating through sea explorations is pretty much a breeze. Though there are demands and distractions like picky settlers, trade routes, maps, and goal-oriented achievements to unlock, the fast and immediate actions are rewarding.
Astonishingly, Create a New World has two modes for you to enjoy. The Story Mode which gives the users a ten-hour tutorial about everything that you have to know regarding the game is a bit of a bore – no challenge there, that’s for sure. The free-form Continuous Play where all upgrades are possible and where you’re now on your own to develop your populace is something to look forward to.
Anno is proud of its interface, which is clear, has concise menus, and has a control system that is easy to navigate. Clicking and dragging are easy – a perfect accessible package one shouldn’t miss. Though there are minor problems, these are not so discouraging and disappointing when you become engrossed in the game. Anno is visually appealing despite some of its glitches. Music is equally great as it perfectly blends with actions on the game.
Anno: Create a New World the Wii platform offers a new face to the term fun, as you work through its familiar (yet with a slight twist) strategy and techniques. Though some remain speculative about the switch, especially the Anno players that are addicted to the PC version, Anno is still one hell of a game that’s a try. Be delighted and charmed; check out its bright and beautifully designed interface on Wii.
Your Shape is another workout thingy on Wii, it comes with a camera too which will free the hand of the remote control. This means more movements through the many aerobic workouts that can make you sweat without getting interrupted by a remote. Unfortunately, that’s about as great as it gets.
All of the exercise programs which are on Wii or some other thing usually have a target audience in mind. Now, there are exercise programs and then there are exercise programs. There is one where the workouts don’t make one feel insecure. There is nothing worse than watching a fitness model or celebrity do their thing for you to follow. The truth is, those people are one in millions, unfortunately, and if you don’t belong to that small percentage you can get insecure, fast and easy.
Now about the many aerobic workouts – they are so boring! Sorry, but yawn, I can’t even keep awake trying to write this thing. I mean, it is supposed to be a workout program right? It is supposed to get your blood flowing, your heart pumping, you excited making you do the moves so you can go out to the world and say, “Look at me, I am working out, I am healthy!” unfortunately, yawn again; it’s just not possible with this program.
Okay, let’s take a look at that webcam. It frees you from the remote right, and that makes things more attractive, right? Wrong! It limits your movements. Get out of the range and that’s it. So you get stuck with the really traditional aerobics of Jane Fonda days, and frankly that was more challenging than this.
Now, you can include some equipment to the workout like the balance balls, free weights and the steps, take them out and it just dies. You have to have the camera scan your body to get it represented on the screen. Thrilling as that may sound, if your pear shaped and flabby body is evident on the screen and you get to watch it exercise with that fitness model on the split screen your self-esteem plummets to the world of despair. I mean really, does anybody really want to see their flabby bodies on screen? Knowing it is flabby is punishment enough that is the whole reason behind working out. But to actually see it in front of you, it is so pathetic.Your ego literally gets stripped bare and on screen! Sure, going through the workouts should get that body firming up, if you can get off the couch?
The camera idea was great; it is actually worth the money paying for the program. But other than that, this program needs a lot of fine tuning and probably more brainstorming to get it to capture that targeted market. I hope the next version is better, and I am actually looking forward to it. Hope it will not disappoint. Don't buy this game though.