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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 (Wii U) Review

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Ubisoft and Blue Byte have teamed up to fill the gap in the market where EA might have stepped in with its Active line-up, or even Nintendo could have leapt up to bring out Wii Fit U. However, with the former nowhere in sight and the latter not due until early next year, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 is here to help new Wii U owners fight the fat this Christmas. Prepare to keep trim and have some fun at the same time!

Fitness games were all the rage a few years ago, especially when Nintendo made them ever popular with Wii Fit and its successor, Wii Fit Plus. However, an onslaught of releases saturated the market, similar to how training videos and DVDs started to lose some of their appeal when every man and his dog jumped on the bandwagon. Anyone buying a Wii U this Christmas may be wondering if they should merely stick with Wii Fit Plus using the console's backwards compatibility or find something new. Ubisoft is hoping to lure folk in with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, though, and has indeed brought something quite impressive to the gym.

Your Shape leaves the player to ruminate over what course of action should be taken, offering up a whole host of options that can be accessed using the GamePad. Change the personal profile details to detail height, weight, and so on; keep track of medals earned by completing certain tasks, hitting targets, or even keeping going on a specific routine for a set amount of time; head to the in-game Store to spend coins earned during exercises on the likes of new personal trainers, routines, and music; play around in Options to adjust factors such as whether or not to be hooked up online, share profile photos, let Ubisoft track data; and much more. Two of the key choices on the menu bar are 'Play' and 'Fitness Pal.' The latter is a neat little extra whereby a range of recipes (more than 150!) for a wide variety of dishes are displayed, with the game recommending different types for the likes of losing weight, reducing stress, suitable food for children, and more, giving ingredient details, nutritional information, and rough guidelines for how long it will take to cook and how hard it be to succeed in the kitchen!

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'Play' is the heart and soul of Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, however. Each day undertake the special 'To Do' challenges the game recommends, face off against a handful of popular tracks from the likes of LMFAO, Lady Gaga and Rihanna, or try out some Zen workouts to ease into the exercise process before deciding upon a stringent regime. The on-screen model will expect his or her moves to be mimicked, with a movement guide appearing on the left of the TV set to help strike the right poses, plus a total of how many rounds of that move remain, and a running score total at the top that will add to the overall rating at the end. As with any game like this, plenty of room is required for the full range of body movements that must be carried out, although for some activities it is entirely possible to get away with half-hearted gestures to get 'good' scores. Then again, anyone that buys a training game and then cheats to get high scores clearly wasted their money on the wrong product!

The game boasts 125 different workouts and 215 moves, covering everything from strength building to stretching, cardio to relaxation, and allows for online competitions with friends and family to keep motivation levels high. The only problem is there is no guidance to point out if a manoeuvre is being done wrong and how to rectify it. The inclusion of online challenges, leader-boards, and the ability to hook up to the Your Shape Centre and wider community for local or global events is a stroke of genius and hopefully Nintendo will follow suit with the eventual release of Wii Fit U. There are tests to carry out further into the game, where exercise skills will be put to the test, combining numerous moves together into one intensive programme, and if that is not enough, employing the Personal Trainer element will push trainees to their limits. Finally, for those who love Just Dance, there is a dedicated Dance Mode where calories can be burned to a selection of music. Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 is a surprisingly robust package for anyone hoping to add some home exercise entertainment to their healthier change in lifestyle.

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Gameplay

Tone, sculpt, and shape various body parts, take part in warm up and cool down sessions, jump into all manner of activities, some to popular music and others as part of a wider reaching style of workout. There is so much to do, so many classes to attend, programmes to set up, and 'To Do' lists to complete that this proves to be a great addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Graphics

Presentation is extremely slick throughout, with video clips, specialised workouts, clear and supportive voice coaching, as well as an intuitive use of the GamePad for selecting various options throughout.

Sound

Engaging enough music to set the tone for the adventure into a healthier lifestyle, complete with some pleasing voice work that surprisingly does not sound too condescending!

Value

With all sorts of personal workouts available, numerous activities for all to enjoy, and even extras like the community features and special recipes for cooking on all occasions, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 is certainly no throwaway product.

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In the absence of Wii Fit U alone, this offering from Ubisoft would have been perfect, but so impressive is the package that it deserves to stand proud as one of the best fitness products on the market at the moment and is a great alternative for those that loved Wii Fit Plus. Looking to get ahead of the pack before the Christmas pounds pile on? Then be sure to take Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013 for a run!

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Kasey (guest) 05.12.2012 09:19#1

I love this! The exercises are tough and it might have been good to give more tips on how to avoid doing them wrong, but overall I think it's a really solid package and complements my normal gym routine perfectly!

Leonard (guest) 06.12.2012 21:38#2

Bought this with my Wii U. Love it!

Mia (guest) 31.12.2012 07:42#3

I like it already been using for a week and see my abs coming through...and I have had 3 kids! 

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