In an attempt to beat Nike to the motion controlled fitness game finish line Adidas recently released their micoach title for the Xbox 360 and PS3. We were fortunate enough to get a review copy of the game, so I put it through it’s paces over the last week. First and foremost I just want to disclose that I’m a huge fan of kinectercising, which is a term I’ve coined for working out and playing video games with the kinect. There’s nothing better than kicking your a*s into shape while gaming and earning achievements at the same time. With that being said I was very excited to give Adidas micoach for kinect a go.
Adidas micoach for Kinect
EB 6.5 out of 10 Buddhas
- Great video game workouts
- Amazing record keeping through integration to micoach website
- Wide variety of training plans for every type of athlete
The Not so Awesome
- Horrendous motion controlled menu navigation (see vid at bottom for examples)
- Spotty motion controls during certain workouts
- Basketball training game is nearly impossible
Adidas micoach features a handful of their celebrity personalities who guide you through your workouts. You can have the likes of Dwight “I’m worse than Lebron now” Howard, Kaka, Tyson Gay, CJ Spiller, and other athletes show you how to pull off the game’s impressive lineup of 400 different exercises. They provide great reference for each move, and will give you canned feedback if you’re not performing up to their standards. It may be interesting to have a celebrity athlete trainer, but that’s not the main draw of micoach.
Dwight and I getting our push-ups on
For all intents and purposes this game is made to get you in shape for whichever sport, or fitness regimen you desire. You can setup training plans for individual sports (think football, soccer, b-ball) to help get the muscles you need for said sport into better condition. You can choose to just go with conditioning exercises (my personal favorite), or you can play a handful of training games that range from tennis to shooting hoops. Each mode will kick your butt if you have the inner desire to better your physical fitness. That’s the key with any type of workout routine, so if you’re a motivated individual micoach will put you through some rigorous workouts.
Unfortunately, this game’s excellent workout routines are hampered by some atrocious motion control recognition failures. The menu navigation in this game will give you a better shoulder workout than any of the Adidas celebs. This is due to the fact that you have to use your right arm to scroll through menu items, which wouldn’t be bad if you had any sort of precision when it came to selecting your choice. The green selection bar will jump around while trying to catch up to your arm motion, which puts you into a loop of going up and down to settle on your desired option. You can see this glaring issue more clearly in a video after the break, but this motion detection issue also pops up during certain exercises.
The micoach menu is a nightmare and yes I tried calibrating my kinect multiple times
Sometimes no matter how perfect I would perform an exercise the game would not acknowledge me doing so, so I’d have to flail my body around violently to get the kinect to record some sort of movement so I could proceed. It’s not nearly as frustrating as the menu navigation, but I can tell you after 45 minutes of busting my a*s the last thing I want to do is 10 extra sets of burpees, which will surely induce a workout vomit in even the most chiseled of fit gamers.
Rather than continuing on in our traditional review format I thought I’d change it up with micoach and do a little video review. I got a new El Gato Capture HD device, so the first game I tested it on happened to be this one. Hence the launch of EB’s new video reviewing capabilities. I really wanted to love this game, and I will still use it for a workout here and there, but its less than average motion controls really degrade the overall experience. You can check out the video review below in addition to a short demo of the frustrating menu issues. You’ve been wanting to give this game a higher rating, but you just can’t…
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