E3 2010: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved PreviewBy Jake Gaskill - Posted Jun 21, 2010
What We Know:
Very, very little, except the idea is to get you in shape by playing a video game. (Wait, aren't those mutually exclusive?)
What We're Seeing Now:
The last stop on my Kinect demo tour was with Ubisoft’s futuristic personal training title, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, more specifically with the combat trainer. In this mode you punch and kick green boxes as they appear on screen. It’s definitely satisfying to deliver box-breaking blows with your fists without having to worry about busting up your knuckles, and after three rounds, I had burned 50 calories, and felt the burn in my arms. Mission accomplished, I guess.
The entire demo session had a soothing air about it, and that's clearly the point. The menus, the calming voice of your trainer, the twinkling soundtrack, and the entire presentation is meant to put you in a calm and relaxed state before engaging in a series of health conscious activities. Clearly, this isn’t meant for shooter fans, but its intended audience will surely find plenty of value in it.
It’s worth mentioning though that, for me, the most impressive part of this portion of the demo was the way the camera represents you in the game. The default setting is a fiery representation of yourself, but you can actually cycle through a variety of styles. The best is the one that basically just shows you on screen. The Ubisoft rep said this option was still in development, and it showed, but it was still mighty impressive, especially when you consider that it means you (not an infrared version of you) can appear in a virtual environment right on your television.
Imagine being able to play something like Star Wars or an RPG, and see yourself in the game world. Pretty crazy, no? Whether this will actually end up in other titles, remains to be seen, but developers would be crazy not to find a way to make it happen.