Active has sure come
a long way since its release on the Nintendo Wii and although that
game was quite professional, this current instalment is definitely
far superior. But with that said, this is not a game, it's a virtual
personal trainer for those who wish to train at home and targets the
casual gaming market as opposed to the hardcore gamers.
However, the most noticeable difference between
this version of Active and the previous version is that on the XBox
360, there are no controls and even better, the game comes with a
wireless heart rate sensor plus online fitness tracking. With over
70 exercises and a plethora of customisation options, this is the
future of console sports.
Built-in Heart Rate Monitor – Track
your heart rate on screen in real-time with the innovative EA
SPORTS Active heart rate monitor to capture intensity and
optimize performance over time. The heart rate monitor sits
comfortably on your left forearm and does not require a
Wireless Full Body Motion Tracking
– EA SPORTS Active 2 with the Kinect for Xbox 360 motion sensor
tracks full body movement with true 1:1 motion that will
register exercises never before possible and create seamless
workout experiences, no controller required. Exercise hands-free
and customize your workout with your own fitness equipment!
Take Your Workout Online – Track
your progress on the web via the EA SPORTS Active online global
community. EA SPORTS Active 2 tracks your fitness data online
via automatic uploads to your online profile and allows you to
share your data and connect with other users through workout
groups - all while reaching your own personal fitness goals.
70+ Exercises and Activities –
Create unlimited customizable workouts with over 70 exercises
and activities to choose from, including foundational exercises
like squats, lunges, and bicep curls and fun fitness activities
such as mountain biking, dodge ball and boxing.
Enroll in the 9-Week Program –
Designed by certified personal trainers, the EA SPORTS Active 2
9-week program provides total body conditioning using
progressive exercise. It provides a fitness roadmap to help keep
users motivated and on track of their fitness goals. Additional
mini-programs will also be available to add on, keeping workouts
fresh and inspiring.
Built-in Personal Trainer – Your
personal trainer will be there by your side every step of the
way to guide you, motivate you, and create the most effective
custom workouts based on your needs.
Downloadable Content – Download new
workouts and exercises via Xbox Live to keep workouts fresh and
With a slick sporting interface, Active 2 is
fitness program that truly makes use of the controlless capabilities
of the XBox Kinect. The only issue with Active 2 is the menu system
which is a little tricky to use and at times frustrating. Even
though the Kinect was configured properly which is a must do process
for Kinect titles, the menu wasn't that responsive to my actions and
the menus/graphic buttons are a little too small. One solution is
to use the XBox 360 controller to navigate which did make things
more accessible as opposed to swinging my arms and hands around like
a twit. Nonetheless, once you do
get involved, things do definitely change for the best and I'm still
sore from my workout from two days ago.
Depending on your fitness level, Active 2 has a program for
beginners to advanced sporting professionals. You can also target
different parts of your body and fitness, whether its cardio,
endurance or flexibility for example. I am currently involved in the
three week cardio program in Active 2 that not only monitors my
performance but gradually increases its difficultly as my fitness
It's these small
things that make Active such a treat to use. Some more advice is to
make sure you have at least 2 metres, preferably 3 metres away from
TV which is a shortfall of the Kinect system. Anything less, this
program will be useless which is a drawback of the Kinect system.
My favourite aspect of Active 2 is the heart rate sensor which
monitors your heart rate and relays this information in real-time
back to your XBox. This device is built quite well and looks
rather sporty as you attach it to your left arm. You should also be
pleased to know that it also comes with 2 batteries so you can
start exercising straight away without additional trips to the
The XBox 360 records these statistics as well which is
great to compare at the end of a 3-weekly workout session. Lastly
and the like the original title, it comes with a resistance band to
help you with your exercises such as stretching and flexibility. The
game has a great scheduler which recommends certain days and times
for training (all can be changed) and displays how many calories you
have lost. There is even a dietary supplement section as well which
recommends healthy eating and also suggestions.
If you have your XBox 360 connected online, it records your
statistics to the EA server which is easportsactive.com and you can
regularly log on and check you progress. Another cool option is that
you can join workout groups which basically shares your stats with
other users and it's a great little motivational tool. You can even
work out with another person locally that is perfect for those who
like a challenge.
When you do start Working out, there are several exercises that you
can engage in from stretches to running and even bike racing. A
virtual trainer is involved who assists with how you should be
exercising and what stances etc you need to engage in. This works
quite well and my favourite exercises is the running and dogeball.
There is even an option to customise your workouts where the user
can pick and choose what they wish to get involved in. In terms of
the Kinect, I'm really surprised at how accurate it is and it really
knows what you're up to while your exercising. It's a brilliant
tracking system. Shame about the menu system!
game is a little lacklustre but still supports high resolution
graphics, although a little cartoony. The menu system looks great
and the musical score and voice acting is first class. The game has
this very clean feel to it that will impress most casually gamers.
In the end, EA Sports Active 2 for Xbox 360 Kinect is a very
professional exercise title for this console which contains some
great options for the user and more importantly, no controls needed.
It's perfect for those who don't want to visit a sweaty gym or
prefers to train alone. With regular exercises options and great
customisation features, Active 2 is definitely one of the better
exercise programs for the Kinect. The only issue is the menu system
which is a little fiddle some and of course the calibration of the
Kinect. But then you have something cool like the detailed statistics of the program
which definitely keeps you on your toes. Recommended!