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Game Guys review - Adidas miCoach

1:55 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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  • 505 Games' 'Adidas miCoach' fitness video game.
  • 505 Games' 'Adidas miCoach' fitness video game.
  • 505 Games' 'Adidas miCoach' fitness video game.
  • 505 Games' 'Adidas miCoach' fitness video game.
  • 505 Games' 'Adidas miCoach' fitness video game.
    

505 Games' Adidas miCoach is the latest in a string of fitness video games for Xbox 360 Kinect (a PS3 Move version was also released).  It's a title that's full of big Adidas athletes such as Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry and soccer player Kaka.  It's also full of great fitness ideas, though those ideas are spoiled by fundamental flaws, issues with Kinect, and the necessity to use fitness equipment most people don't already own.

Adidas miCoach offers training and fitness activities in six different disciplines:  tennis, soccer, basketball, football, rugby, and running.  There are also fitness plans for both men and women.  All-in-all, miCoach offers users roughly 400 different exercises and activities.  The user's activity is well-tracked by the software (including calendaring workouts and keeping the user on a schedule).  To further the appeal, the aforementioned pro athletes actually do workouts along side you on-screen and act as your motivators and coaches.

When choosing a program, the game breaks things down so they're easily understandable by the user.  A routine's length is shown on screen, as is any additional equipment that would be needed.  Unfortunately, the time estimates are not very accurate and the requirement for additional equipment such as a yoga ball and free weights is quite the annoyance -- especially for those who don't own said equipment.  Even more so when you consider that rival fitness titles require no additional equipment at all.

Requiring users to own actual fitness equipment isn't the only gripe to be had with the otherwise promising fitness software.  Adidas miCoach is menu happy, meaning that there are simply too many menus and prompts that users need go through to do much of anything.  To make things easier and quicker, the game supports voice commands -- not that they work all that well.  Further complicating things is the fact that Kinect has trouble tracking the user during workouts.  The adverse affect of this, other than giving oneself a harder workout than was originally intended, is that the game will think you've given up.

Adidas miCoach is a fitness game that, for all intensive purposes, should be one of the better ones on the market.  Sadly, due to poor Kinect implementation, the assumption that gaming console owners live in a gym, and potentially shoddy development, Adidas miCoach might be one of the worst.

Final Game Guys grade: D+

(505 Games provided a copy of this game for review.)

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