It happened. I went to the doctor, and was told I needed to start getting regular aerobic exercise. I bought this without overly looking at reviews because it was such a great price. (It originally listed around $100, most places still sell it at around $40). Game Mechanics (Motion)
While awaiting for it to arrive site-to-store, I read reviews here and at other sites. I saw lots of the same negatives, including, sometimes, the game does not register motions. I researched this some and found that it isn't perfect, but works most of the time if you ensure you have the arm and leg straps properly positioned. (The game has a tutorial video, that teaches this very specifically. The heart monitor (arm strap) goes on the left arm directly against the skin, just below the elbow. The heart point should face toward your body. The monitor itself should be positioned so that it is facing directly outward to the left when your arm rests at your side. On the leg strap, the figure's legs should point to the floor. It should be worn high on your right thigh with the unit facing directly forward, and can/should be worn on top of clothing.) I have played it several times, and have experienced very few problems. They have always been easily solved by following the game's lead correctly. (i.e. if during an exercise, you are told to lift a portion of your body, and you lift before you are told to, it will "think" you haven't done so) Graphics/Sound
The graphics are good for a Wii game. I've only seen Drew Brees, as that's who I always have worked out "with," (Go Saints!) The sound is mostly an announcer telling you what to do, so nothing to set the world on fire, but then again, who needs that in this type of game? Fun/Practicality
Another negative I ran into quite often while reading reviews was the game's lack of challenge if you already worked out regularly. That may be, but I have only done workouts on easy and find them challenging enough so far. I am quite out of shape, and have no issue admitting that. One thing that makes people lose motivation to continue a more active lifestyle is lack of fun. If you are into football, this game is a good "fit." It has what are called challenges, specific to various positions, like lineman and receiver. These are fun and challenging! You are trying outscore some preset high scores, and then yourself. It also has a lot of in game achievements to work toward, such as total length of time working out and yds ran. You also acquire points with each workout to buy new logos for your profile and different clothing for your avatar (no Mii's in this game). Overall
Bottom line: It's challenging and fun. It also has a couple of surveys about your nutrition and any other activity you do throughout the day, that can be a helpful tool, if you are honest. These will keep you accountable without someone in your face about it. There's also a 60 day combine mode that I am nervous about trying, but after these easy workouts get easier, I will just have to try it out. Happy exercising!
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