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Posted:
2010-03-31

homer

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8.10

If you are new to the "Bad Company" game series you might be pleasantly surprised with what this game packs. It has been noted that the single player gameplay has been greatly improved, aside from its' previous release. You are simply on a mission to keep a mythical weapon out of the hands of the Russians. You will travel all around the globe, from the crowded jungles to the ice and snow. You and your team of soldiers must work together in order to complete your missions. Your goal is simple and you are on a mission to save the world from complete mass destruction.

The missions are equipped with fully destructible environments. Which means if someone is blasting you with bullets from a tower or inside a building you can blow them to shreds by launching a grenade at them. Unlike typical games where you can shoot a wall for hours, and nothing ever happens to the wall; this is simply not the case with Bad Company 2.

However, you may have noticed in the first Bad Company that the humor was a little overdone, and the missions were a little too open, and it was a little hard to make your way around with the massive amount of fog plaguing your visibility. Bad Company 2 has corrected all those problems and it actually plays more like Call of Duty. Aside from the that, the backgrounds are truly amazing.

This game has been improved from its previous release. Your vehicles actually handle realistically (however you still don't see any hands on the steering wheel.) What really makes this game give that war feel is that you no longer get re-spawned health packs. You simply have to get to check points in order to heal yourself, which is much more realistic. This gives you a sense to obtain your goal, too.

One area that Bad Company 2 really soars at is its AI squad. Guess what they actually behave as real soldiers in battle. They will simply hold their own while you go out and flank the enemy line. This is really a strong point in Bad Company 2 and many have noticed that it is much more realistic, rather than having a squad of deadbeats that don't really help you out any.

If you are going to buy Bad Company 2 you will probably not buy it just for its single player game mode. In fact, you can easily beat it in a matter of weeks. True, there are a lot of weapons that will make it worth your while to go back a couple times, but the multi-player game play is truly amazing.

Your enemy could be posted up in a shack, tower, ect, but this doesn't mean they will stay there. A couple well placed explosives and you could find yourself doing battle in a completely new spot. This really adds a lot of tactical know-how and strategy to the equation. There is everything from a conquest, rush, attack, defend, and even death match. You can play as a light machine gunner, medic, or heavy weapon specialist. You do have to work well with others if you want to conquer the online multi-player mode.

However, if you are buying this game for just its' single player game play, you will be let down. Its best attribute is simply the multiplayer gameplay. There is a lot of action and heaps of explosions. Choosing your squad and type of play equals endless amounts of gameplay. This is a game for the strategical minded gamers.

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Posted:
2010-04-10

homer

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8.40

The Sims is one of the most popular games of all time and has achieved so many awards over the past decade. Even non-traditional gamers find themselves wrapped up in this award winning game. In case you are new to the Sims you get to build a house and get to live your life however you see fit. There are all kinds of comical elements packed in the game. There are also important decisions that you need to make. So, Sims fans you will not be disappointed with the latest release of this game, The Sims 3.

The biggest change to The Sims 3 is you can now explore the neighborhood at anytime without having to wait for the world to load. In fact, a lot of people believed that the previous Sims games were too limited to just your house and your character. It truly does give you the feel that you are living your life in the computer realm world. However, I would also like to point out that you can just sit back and watch your characters, which will keep themselves amused and entertained on there own.

You really do get a real life experience with the Sims 3, or at least it feels like it. People still age and eventually die, but what really makes the Sims 3 great is that new characters will appear, so you get a real sense of change. The psychological system for the Sims 3 is really quite complex and different sims react different ways to other sims. Really, one of the coolest parts about this game is sitting back and watching how everyone interacts with each other.

What is really nice about this game is they have removed the fact that you don't have to watch them go to restroom multiple times per day. Instead they will only go once per day. This gives you a lot more time to interact with them. You can use your time to develop friendships, complete daily task, ect.

So with all the positive things about The Sims 3 there are a couple negative things that might be taken into consideration. For instance, when your sims rush off to work it would be nice if they just didn't disappear. It would be nice if you could complete some kind of task for their jobs to give this a real life experience. Another thing that people might not like is the fact that it takes a lot of trial and error to create an appealing house. But, then again that is part of the game.

There is an online feature that is quite nice in The Sims 3. You can interact with other Sims players. You can download and upload your own content, which really is a great addition to The Sims 3. For the hardcore Sims players you can even start a blog, edit movies, even record your games, and share them with other players. However, this is all extra features that you do not have to use to play the game, but it is a nice change of pace.

Overall, this is a great game and its performance is great. In previous versions of The Sims you might notice that it was laggish when you had a number of sims in a small area. It does function very smoothly even though you can roam the entire town. This is a massive improvement to an already great game. This is a highly addictive game that you can entertain yourself with for hours, and hours to come. One can only wonder what extras the expansion will be packed with!

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Posted:
2010-04-28

homer

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7.30

Aliens vs. Predator has always been a fan favorite. The idea of it coming back is already enough to make headlines. The older ones who were really part of the whole AvP era couldn’t wait for its release. The younger generation is just as excited but not for the same reasons as the older ones. The mere thought of aliens, predators, and humans clashing is already adequate reason to make them sit at the edge of their seats.

The whole idea of a great game coming into existence is buried deep in the game. You can play three different campaigns each offering a different point of view. Players are given the opportunity to take the role of the aliens, the predators, or the marines. Put these three in one game and you expect to have a great game, right? Unfortunately, each game comes out mediocre and even if you put all of three together, it still doesn’t make up for all the good stuff that it lacks. What’s really sad is that you have high hopes for this game because the PC game was good and this version just disappoints you further in almost every aspect of the game.

To make it worse, the controls are hard to manage. You could have played each different campaign in different strategies but because of control constraints, you can’t really do much.

Although fans of the movie get to relive the thrill all throughout the game; it falls short of the expected way you want it to play out. The visuals are not as good as those in other consoles, for one. Luckily, what it lacks in great visuals, it makes up for in sound. The music is so spot-on that it’s like you are actually watching the movie all over again. The minutest sound is replicated to really sound like the real-thing counterpart. The beeping of the tracking device, for example, is probably the best reproduction to date. The voice acting is equally of high quality. You hear dialogues that are taken from the movie itself and acted out even better than the ones in the movie.

The whole feel of the game is a little old school though. From the character development, to the machines and onto the battle fights, we’ve seen them all before. The aliens and the predators don’t move and fight as good as the ones in the movie. Things even look a bit clumsy at some points. It’s a good thing the concept is great since it saves the game from downright disaster.

Sadly the game doesn’t live up well to the expectations, compared to the movie series; and even the previous game. It actually makes you rethink about playing this version and maybe just opt for the older one. The controls are at least easier and the game is a bit more polished in the earlier version. You have high hopes for this game and you don’t want to give up on it; but it just seems the creators are not trying hard enough.

Aliens vs. Predator has the making of a truly great game. All the possible ingredients are there; but the poor design and the general lack of quality within the game stops it from being a classic. Sure, it’s by no means the worst game; it’s not even a bad one in the strictest sense. But when you start comparing it with other first person shooter games on the market, the difference becomes blatantly obvious.

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Posted:
2010-04-28

homer

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7.90

There might not be any real substitute to the actual football game but what 2010 FIFA World Cup offers is the closest thing out there. The developers do their best to make them as authentic as the real thing with the help of great technology. You might not actually be part of the World Cup in the real world; but you get to play it in the game world.

This game allows you to actually experience all the different thrills, if you were right there watching the World Cup being played. The game captures almost each aspect of the real-time setting and puts it in the game. When players start coming out from their respective corners, you see confetti here and there and even some fireworks from the back. The whole stadium is also filled with a lot of advertisements, and dancers getting everyone fired up, with the audience just as lively as the ones we see on TV when the World Cup is on. It gets you smiling even before the actual game kicks off.

But with all of these things going on, often times exaggerated, you get the feeling that the game in itself is over the top. Luckily, you don't see anybody in the audience getting suffocated with all the confetti, no stadium is burned because of excessive fireworks, and no dancers become exhausted since you can control these too. Apart from the typical control you have over players, being able to lay it on thick is a great addition.

The graphics has also improved really well. There's plenty added from the previous installment. You get a better lighting system; the pitches look more real this time and the players move a bit more fluid. The players appear more life-like, especially those who are really famous. They really captured the realness to the game this time. That's not to say they didn't in the previous ones; it's to point out how much things are even better. It's interesting to find out what they have in store for the gamers in upcoming releases.

The gameplay is likewise enhanced, making players a lot more responsive to the controls. They also move faster and the opponents are a lot smarter. They don't rush things and you get the feeling they are really studying your moves and try to beat you in almost every way possible. Stamina and performance are now vital in playing the game. So learn not to tire your character or he'll get exhausted and you'll eventually lose.

The game's appeal to the audience even has that addictive factor that keeps you hooked on playing the game. It is neither because of the different game modes available nor the improved graphics; it is a lot more special than that. It captures the whole experience of the World Cup so well and the improvements are so exquisitely done that even if you already have FIFA 10 you'd still be raring to go and buy this game.

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Posted:
2010-05-06

homer

Super Gamer Dude

9.00

Last year the release of FIFA 09 was a major hit. Today, FIFA 10 is rocking the world by its excellence. The realease of the newly improved FIFA 10 is now astounding football gamers worldwide with their newly added features that is taking it to a new level.

FIFA 10 now features the full 360 degree dribbling that is a far cry from the other versions that are limited to only sixteen directions. This new feature allows for dribbles in a lot of directions that make the game more realistic than ever.

Another brilliant inclusion in this new video game is the Virtual Pro, taking personalization to a higher level. Previous versions set you up on a career as a football player. Virtual Pro transcends it by giving the created player your own face through uploaded photos which will become your look-alike in a virtual way. Virtual Pro offers you the opportunity to make a player based on your preference when it comes to the style of playing you want to have. Your look-alike football player will be accessible in the group of the team you like the most in all options. This will allow your player to develop their statistics by just participating in an exhibition game. Many opportunities for achievements and developments can be made through Virtual Pro where some of it would most likely take a lot of time and effort to achieve but is still worth trying because it can actually increase a footballers abilities. You can start from practicing at the arena or on to playing matches online.

Another attachment, although not that fully developed, is the possibility of modeling your own set pieces. You can make and design your own free kicks and corner routines and try it by using the Arena. You can decide on how you want your line of defense to work and apply advancements on your crosses and goalkeepers who should probably watch out because they can be awarded with red cards.

These are the new inclusions that FIFA 10 offers but other than that, the rest still remains the same while some have been improved like the leagues which have been made better in physics, controls and in multiplayer options both on and offline. Teammates and opponents are now playing better together, and there is more focus on the ball, which is important in a game, all made possible by improvements on artificial intelligence. Graphics and special effects like cheering audiences and weather effects like rain and snow is also more developed. Another thing to be noted is the extension of the manager mode with a remake on its experience point system and improvements on staff, inteface and the chance to change kit numbers.

At first, it will be hard to adjust to these new features because of the drastic changes that lead to their great developments but everything is so worth it because FIFA 10 has brought up football gaming into a higher level of experience which everybody will truly enjoy.

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Posted:
2010-05-08

homer

Super Gamer Dude

7.80

If you own a Nintendo Wii Game Console, various party games are actually available for purchase for your Wii. People are thinking that the games available for Wii are quality titles that will satisfy hardcore gamers with interesting gameplay mechanics and multiplayer settings. Well, this is quite true in several games, but Wii owners have also frequently unraveled a lot of Wii party games that are poorly created, hurriedly done, and even insipid that land in to the shelves of video gaming stores.

One such game titled Carnival Games from game developer Cat Daddy games has a certain degree of charm and freshness, but quickly falls into the deep and gloomy place of mediocrity. Although the game is clear on what it tries to be for the gamers and has even partly attained this purpose; there’s nothing there that’s done exceedingly well. Thus, it remains to be in the middle.

When last previewed in July 2007, the latest effort of Cat Daddy Games that paved the way for Carnival Games was slowly becoming into a – well, something. The title was made up of games that were simple and not entirely complex; but there were also other factors that made up for the downsides of the game. You can now see that not much change can be seen in the game as it still remains relatively shallow, even with the presence of a rich multiplayer environment.

A piece of advice, don’t play this game alone! The game isn’t really meant to be played alone. Though there is a profusion of unlockables, players playing solo will definitely grow tired of the lack of variety in the game. But when you play with friends around, redemption can almost be attained.

At the onset of the game, players can choose and have the chance to design their own characters. Players have the capability of customizing shoes, hats, clothes, and other stuff. A lot of items become available as you progress through the game unlocking them along the way in the games, but the items do not really pay up to be great enough incentives. Small, medium, or large prizes are given to players depending on how much success a player has achieved in the games. Tickets are also awarded to players, which can be used to redeem prizes or can be used at the fortune teller or love meter. After choosing and tweaking your character, you are then led to a street of different games that have similarities with each other.

The overall presentation is a so-so per se with the fact that it actually has a feel of a carnival; though there are instances where you feel you might get scammed. The graphics are not that good in this game. The textures and animations leave many elements to be desired, but the art direction proves to be something good in its own right. Still, the developers of the game can do more with the graphics, if they put their mind to it. The sounds in the game aren’t so terrible; saved by the decent voice acting and sound effects that are quite passable. The gameplay is definitely not as good compared to other games. But Carnival has some gems that make the game a little bit fun to play with.

Although the game ca never be among the best in Wii games, it still has this delightful charm that players might want to try.

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Posted:
2010-05-14

homer

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7.50

Dante’s Inferno is practically an offshoot of the God of war series. With an added improvement in the system; some plus on the power-ups and items; some combat strategy changes; and visual difference, the new game is now a deviation from the original. This has become the reasons why Dante’s Inferno has become one of the most fluid games among the action genre in gaming.

The developers of the game, A2M have tried to transpose and make the game in the PSP. The story was basically the same. Dante is on a journey to save a loved one’s soul from the inferno; and he does this be destroying things, which is basically the same as before. And when you look at the game Dante’s Inferno closely, A2M has destroyed the essence of the game with the little resources and capabilities of the PSP.
The combat, at the first looks the same as the console version, but once you play it, you can feel the difference. The dodge move is now harder to control. The character is now less versatile in combat. The combo of a hero may easily be broken due to the difficulty mentioned above. Hence, frustration may arise.

And that’s not all; there are wrongly-created edits in the game. There are now perceived as imbalances in the skills of the hero. An example is the grab-and-judge skill that becomes too powerful in the game. As a result, other strategies and skill turn out to be impractical to use. Some skilled player however, can ignore this issue since they have what it takes to make use of other combat strategies and combos. But, there is still a downside to this; the hits of the combos you use are not registered perfectly, so you can still end up using the imbalance skill due to irritation.

Moreover, the holy dash skill that was effective against a mob has become virtually useless since it now requires you to aim manually using the analog while pressing down a directional pad (Did I say impractical?) Combine this with the reduced movement speed of Dante; the game is really frustrating.

That’s not saying the game is all negative. The developers were able to maintain some of the epic scopes from the console game. It is admirable for them to still have the maintained host of levels and encounters. The scale of the game is good, and the graphics is pretty impressive, even considering that this is a PSP game. The use of colors have compensated for the lack of detail in the background. And the game as a whole performs as it should.

In this version, most of the “punish or absolve” feature have been deleted. However, what is retained works well. Save when you are in the scripted kills in the game.
On the presentation of the game, it was really shabby and compromised. The soundtrack in the game does not perform well. There are skips and cuts in the game. And to make things even worse, there are load screens at every stage and for every move you make in the game.

The transposition from the console game to the PSP isn’t such a smart move for A2M. The game was virtually a disaster. Gamers, if you are looking for fun, this is not the game for you.

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Posted:
2010-05-28

homer

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8.80

The latest installment of the “Total War” game franchise is the Gold Edition, which includes Medieval II Total War and Medieval II Total War Kingdoms. The game is set in Europe in the periods 1080 and 1530, respectively; where the country was in faction. In this installment, you get the chance to turn ordinary factions into grandiose ones!

Those who have played the Rome Total War need not worry as they can expect a familiar gameplay. But for those that are new to the franchise, there is a comprehensive tutorial and you can get tips and hints as you play the game. Based on experience, the game itself is easily understood and learned better when actually played.

The single player has two modes, namely Battle Mode and Campaign Mode. In Battle mode, you can select either historic battle; or you can make your own scene and events. You have to select the factions and a map to play on; then you can start the game. The Battle mode permits you to use any faction of your preference. Each faction has unique fighting styles and units, of course. The Campaign mode, on the other hand, allows you to play with only limited factions and is a bit more complex. Here, you also have two options - the short campaign and the long campaign. In the short campaign, you have to obliterate 1 or 2 factions, and then conquer settlements and towns. But in the long campaign, you have more freedom. You have to take over some settlements, either Jerusalem or Constantinople. In the end, it is up to the player to master a faction of his preference. You should at least try every one of them before choosing which to perfect.

In the beginning, I wanted to fight the battles myself, however it bored me when I got used to it. The repetitive part of watching the armies march, then the choice of either running away or running after the enemies has lost its novelty. Hence the “Resolve Battle” option is of great use here. It allows players to spend more time strategizing on other aspects of the game. However, doing battles manually must not be totally abandoned as you may be able to turn tides and win seemingly hopeless battles when you do it manually. I recommend that you fight manually when there is a decisive battle, or when you want to win a seemingly one-sided battle.

The campaign holds some captivating aspects other than the fighting. There is much freedom in the game; and you can still win without relying on battles.

Also part of the game, are 17 playable factions in the Imperial Campaign. You can only choose one. The map emphasizes Europe, Russia, Poland, Milan, Portugal, Moors and the Africa. However, places like Helsinki, South of Morocco, Lisbon, and Baghdad are also included. There are add-ons in the game and you can obtain more maps and campaigns all over the globe including the Crusades.

The down side of this game is that it occupies a lot of memory. A single add-on eats as much as 1.17GB; while the game itself is 11.7GB. If you install 4 add-ons, the entire game is going to take up 16.38GB. The practical move - install only the add-ons that you really like!

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Posted:
2010-08-03

homer

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6.90

This is one of the best games made by the Ubisoft Montreal. Sam Fisher, the main character, is back with a vengeance. From the title itself, expect a lot of evil madness from Sam. And players can actually feel it in the game as well.

Take note: the single player campaign is splendid. The story of this game takes off from where Splinter Cell: Double Agent ended. No worries if you haven’t finished or even played the previous game because the mechanics of the game are really easy to understand. The story revolves around the murder of Sam’s daughter and his thirst for revenge. In an astonishing turn of events and a bizarre coincidence the people guilty of murdering his daughter are also planning a terrorist attack on Washington D.C. Sam is on his way to bring hell to these people.

So let’s move on to how Ubisoft Montreal has made this game interesting. Before I do that, however, I should warn you upfront, the PC version of this game is not as good as the Xbox 360 version.

Ubisoft Montreal did something to make this game too interesting and exciting that I can even spend the rest of the day playing the game. One factor that adds up to the game’s excitement is the stealth and speed. Sam moves so stealthily swift he is tagged as the “panther”. In Conviction, Sam is always on the hunt, not running away from his enemies, unlike in the past Splinter Cell games. He seems to be always on the kill mode acting like the ultimate predator without fear of his approaching enemies that can go to any number - up to a dozen at one point.

If you’re in the shadow, the lighting turns to black and white, and if you’re outside, the colors come back. This feature adds up to easy maneuver in the course of the attack. In addition, the cover system makes it easy for Sam to stoop to prevent his enemies from seeing him. So far, this is one of the best cover systems I had used. Unfortunately, if you are marked by the enemy — the best recourse is to retreat. Enemies might be fooled for a while, attacking on the mark that you had left, but not for long. You better do something (like offensive attack) to gain advantage before they get to you first.

There are a number of ways you can attack the enemies. You can use stealth to attack quietly (hand techniques) and avoid getting the attention of the other enemies, or by using your weapons; your preference. A new feature, the mark and execute system, lets you mark a specific enemy. This guarantees a kill. The drawback to this: it’s too unrealistic. Once you mark the enemy and press execute you can hit the enemy even if it manages to hide behind a wall. It’s much too easy and quite impossible in real life. Also, this “bonus skill” should not be used all the time. Once used, you must earn it back by having another takedown. It should be used wisely.

On the whole, the new gameplay techniques can easily be practiced. After completing the single-player campaign, which is easy to thump despite its relative difficulty, there is also a co-op campaign. There’s a major setback here that you should be aware of, which concerns your Internet connection. If your connection is slow, or gets interrupted for even a single second, you get bounced off the game. That also applies to your co-op partner. It doesn’t matter if only one of you have internet problems, both of you get eliminated from the game.

Which creates a problem worth taking note of and that is the inability to check the Internet connection of the other players. This can be very frustrating as you can never to determine when the problems might occur, maybe in the middle of the exciting game? That’s real tough! This flaw is a disappointment because co-op is definitely better than single-player. In the co-op mode, you and your partner play Agent Archer and Agent Ketrel. The mission: find some missing WMD’s. The challenge: not one of you should be killed because if one partner dies, you both lose in the game. This campaign lets you work in tandem, so you have to do everything in your power to cover each other’s back. You can attack the same enemy together to make sure that enemy doesn’t have a fighting chance of surviving.

To wrap it up, the game is quite remarkable, giving you the sense of becoming the ultimate killer of evil people. However, the one big disappointment is the poor online interface in the co-op campaign, which results to delays or pauses. Consequently, I would suggest that this game be played on Xbox live, rather than on PC. The latter is great if you are playing the single-player campaign; then you’re in for an action-packed game.

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Posted:
2010-08-04

homer

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Getting in shape is quite a big task nowadays. But the bigger concern is how to get motivated to get in shape. I bet you have been to the gym and spent so much money investing on memberships and the like yet still you have not gained much in terms of your goal to stay fit. This is an opportunity for you to grab the EA Sports Wii and avail of the Personal Trainer game. This may sound a little exaggerated as normal athletes will not normally engage in this stuff but for an average guy like you, it can have a big impact on your plan get in shape; here’s a real good motivation if you need one. This is the time to get you going with your stay-in-shape campaign with the help of the Wii Personal Trainer that has so much to offer.

The counterpart of Personal Trainer, the Wii Fit, has been a disappointment. You’ve probably tried it too and I bet you did not enjoy it (and you haven’t really lost weight with that program either). Yes, you would have been better off if you just joined yoga sessions. But now the long wait is finally over for you; you now have the option to try the Personal Trainer. This game lets you set your own personal goals which are recorded. You can get to work out in a particular time, burn calories in a set and work out a number of times in the same set. This game can give you a sense of purpose, and there really isn’t that many games like this one.

The Personal Trainer offers players to try the 30 day challenge. You can choose the program that suits you; there’s a variety of workouts offered by the Personal Trainer so that overworking can be prevented. The Personal Trainer likewise offers a combination of cardio and strength exercises; although the focal point is aerobic exercises. The activity focuses on the speed and flexibility of the player.

With the various exercises that the game offers, the player can instantly combine kicks and running in a single set. The good thing about this virtual fitness activity is that you actually do the exercises in real. You get to work every muscle, depending on the chosen program. You can select from exercise sets such as squatting, bicep curls, skating, throwing baseball, playing tennis, playing basketball and hitting the heavy bag in boxing. These compound exercises make the workout feel refreshing and more interesting; thus, prevent you from getting bored.

After taking the 30 day-challenge you can see a remarkable improvement, as long as you follow your chosen workout religiously. It is a game that provides a fabulous array of different workouts to choose from, all in one Personal Trainer.

With the increasing awareness of the importance to stay in good shape and keep fit, the competition for this kind of game has gotten stiffer. The Personal Trainer has already raised the bar and this is definitely going to be the best videogame workout ever created on the planet. So you better grab your own Personal Trainer now.


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