The problem with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

For some reason, now that Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is out I’ve finally started playing the original on a regular basis. All in all it’s a great way to work out. The main problem I’m having is that for some reason the game decided I should be on the “Advanced” cardio track even after I retook the quiz and failed on purpose and I can’t figure out any way to change that. I’m lucky enough to have a lot of floor space in my living room and the Kinect tracks pretty well on most of the exercises. There are a couple of issues though, which I’ve decided to chronicle in terrible thrown-together-in-MS-Paint comic form:

Issue #1: I try to match my movements perfectly with the trainer, but I think there is either a slight delay in the Kinect’s abilities to interpret my wild flailing or there’s a problem with the depth perception sometimes and my arm gets lost, because this is what it seems like:

Issue #2: On any exercise that involves spreading your legs (get your mind out of the gutter), this is invariably what happens:

* May be slight dramatization

Really, the issues aren’t that bad. Generally just moving half a foot in any direction will fix the problem. I have my system set up in a pretty well-lit area, so I’m guessing it mostly has something to do with all the furniture in the background, since it’s my feet the Kinect usually has issues tracking. Anyway, Your Shape is still a great game and a great way to work out.

Today I checked out the demo for Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 and it looks pretty like a pretty solid update. It will probably be gracing my console soon. I played the boot camp mode and it seemed to be a lot more flexible with your movements without sacrificing any of the intensity of the workout (trust me, ow). Obviously a few minutes with the most basic of the workouts is a poor sample size, but what I saw looked promising. If you have a Kinect and want to try it out, follow this link!

Of course, if the tracking doesn’t get any better I’ll continue using it as an excuse to do this: