EA Sports Active 2 Wii

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
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  1. Dec 12, 2010
    6
    Love the new workouts, however; 2 complaints. Leg strap doesn't seem to register movement in squats and lunges and you lose connection with Wii Remote and Wii balance board several times during a workout. Sometimes in the middle of an exercise! Any suggestions fellow gamers?
  2. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    EA Sports Active 2 for the Wii is the gold standard for an exercise program, and it blows the Wii Fit franchise out of the competition.

    Here is why: 1) Active 2 pretty much frees you from holding the Wii remote, except for certain exercises where it is logical and needed. The result: Freedom. You can use hand weights instead of the flimsy exercise bands and the Active 2 even shows you
    EA Sports Active 2 for the Wii is the gold standard for an exercise program, and it blows the Wii Fit franchise out of the competition.

    Here is why:

    1) Active 2 pretty much frees you from holding the Wii remote, except for certain exercises where it is logical and needed. The result: Freedom. You can use hand weights instead of the flimsy exercise bands and the Active 2 even shows you working out with weights. Fantastic. No more nunchuck tangles and exercise-cord limitations. The Wii remote is still used for hand movements like basketball shooting, and that's fine.

    I have two sets of hand weights I use for the weight routines, 5 pounds and 8 pounds. It depends on the exercise. But now I can get the workout out I want and not be limited by the bands.

    2) The heart rate monitor is an incredible achievement, on the par with the Wii balance board (which, by the way, I don't bother using with Active 2). You get incredible feedback when you see your heart rate rising from 65 (resting) to 150+ during the harder cardio exercises.

    3) Active 2 now offers more complete exercise routines, with more logical warm-ups and cool-downs focusing on stretching.

    4) Active 2 incorporates more traditional on-the-floor exercises, such as push-ups and leg lifts, that the original skipped. That captures some of the most-needed content of Wii Fit.

    5) The music and presentation are a nice step up from the original Active.

    The one negative is that the programmed weeks-long workouts require you to choose the days of the week you will exercise, and it is inflexible. Sorry, but in real life we need to skip a day here and there and catch up a day early, here and there. (But you can still do trainer generated workouts outside the structured program, at least.)

    I am pretty amazed by Active 2. The heart-rate monitor is a fantastic advance, and the exercises are a lot more sophisticated and well structured.

    This program will motivate you.
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#20 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#34 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Mar 6, 2011
    70
    Fun, but if you're not obsessed with your heart rate, the original's similar - and cheaper. [Jan 2011, p.78]
  2. Jan 11, 2011
    88
    Despite many new entries into the fitness genre, EA Active remains above its competition. EA Active 2 brings a host of new exercises to the mix, great new motion accessories that are more accurate, a very welcome heart rate monitor and robust online integration. The only drawback I find is that versions on other consoles take better advantage of newer motion technologies.
  3. Jan 4, 2011
    83
    Get active with EA Sports Active 2! Hard workout with some control hick-ups, yet among the Wii fitness games it gets your power and stamina up the fastest. And it's still cheaper than going to the gym.