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  • Summary: UFC Personal Trainer aims to get people in shape through similar training methods as the UFC superstars.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. 90
    I love how it combines hard training and unapologetic difficulty with the real-life personalities who serve as your trainers: much like the gymnastics coaches who saw me through days of torn palms and taped shins, this tough-love attitude kept me focused and on track.
  2. Jul 6, 2011
    85
    Despite these respectful niggles, UFC Personal Trainer is successful purely because it's fun. Summoning up the will-power (and body-power) to exercise in the middle of Winter can be a daunting task.
  3. Aug 2, 2011
    80
    This fitness game will teach you humility in a couple of minutes and prove that in terms of shape you're not very different from your grandpa. Unfortunately UFC Personal Trainer is not so personal – coaches don't notice and can't correct your mistakes and their vocabulary is very scarce so some of their comments are nonsensical. And there's too little game in this game so you have to find motivation to practise all by yourself. [August 2011, p.73]
  4. 72
    UFC Personal Trainer is a great addition to the small stable of fitness games on Kinect, offering something that's both in-depth and incredibly intense. However, it's simply let down by a lack of more casual, enjoyable game aspects and pointless trainers with little to contribute. That said, if you give it your time and attention, UFC Personal Trainer should yield some real results to show off on the beach this summer, if that's what you want.
  5. Jul 13, 2011
    70
    OK, so forget everything about cute and friendly workout games like Wii Fit and Zumba Fitness. UFC Personal Trainer is about to make you a MMA fighter. For real. Even though the speaker outright sucks, the exercise you get is really good. This game actually will kick your ass and give you muscles and a nice time while doing it.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    65
    Perhaps then, the biggest THQ has made is that they have explicitly created a fitness game rather than camouflaging exercise within the game, such as Fighters Uncaged or the plethora of dance titles on the market. Until this happens, and until the social aspects of the game are improved or a punchable man-shaped peripheral is released, gamers are going to find few reasons within UFC Personal Trainer to take their workouts from the gym into their living rooms.
  7. Jul 5, 2011
    40
    Even though one can't deny what benefits it brings to the body and the quality of the training exercises, the visual and sound of UFC Trainer are disappointing. It also lacks rhythm to appeal to the gamer who's at least a little fond of sports already. It still may be a complementary training tool if you do your sport live, already.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Jul 2, 2011
    9
    The game delivers on the promise of presenting a program that will get results. Check out the UFC Personal Trainer community site for more reviews and testimonials. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2011
    9
    As far as fitness games for the Kinect, by far my favorite. Maybe because I am a fan of boxing and MMA but even then I think they did a great job on this game. The workouts are solid, fun, and this is a program I would be most likely to stick to. (comparing to your shape and EA active). If your interested in any martial art and fitness, you cant go wrong with this game. Great Job Guys!! Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    9
    This game may not make you a Paquiao but it really helps you get right in the action of training boxing.
    As far this is the best workout game
    for Kinect, I am really looking forward to see what EA can deliver for us coach potato gamers. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2011
    7
    Will get you in shape, if for no other reason than frustration that it won't register your moves, causing you to repeat reps and literally work your ass off to complete the exercise in the time allotted. The rep counter resets when a rep isn't detected, so if you get to 90% completion and it doesn't detect a rep, back to zero you go. Good variety of exercises not seen in other games. If you have an interest in possibly taking up MMA training at any point this game will get you acquainted with much of the terminology and techniques that you will be exposed to in the gym. I would say that this game is the Insanity of Kinect exercise games, so if you come into this with some fitness base and good hand/eye coordination you should be good. If you need a good fitness base and more hand holding I say start with The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout for Kinect. If you're looking to get in shape, whether it be to build strength and/or lose weight, and gyms and personal training are to expensive, you can't go wrong with UFC Personal Trainer. 7/10 +Does what it says it will do, help you get in shape

    +Customizable workouts and programs

    +/- Boot Camp style training

    -Tracking is very sketchy, especially for ground routines

    -Trainer feedback on performance is useless
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  5. Dec 20, 2012
    5
    Kinnect the biggest over hyped peace of tech out. As for the game well its dependent on the hardware as well as the software. Picking your own custom workout seems to be the better option. UFC is worth a budget buy and good work out on rainy days. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2011
    3
    Having been using 'Your Shape' I was hoping UFC Personal Trainer to be somewhat more exciting and providing extra features. Was it? Has it? No.
    Straight off the bat, the loading times were huge. While the menu's looked nice, the actual ingame graphics are shocking. We're talking worse then the original Xbox. But graphics aren't everything obviously.

    I began the 30 day program and it crashed half way through. Yep, total freeze. And as there's no midway save (that's right, an hour of excising will not be saved unless it's complete), I had to restart again. Which means the damn 10 minutes warm up needs to be repeated. Of course you can skip parts, but this takes just as long as the session anyway to do. Think the horror of Microsofts "Are you Sure?" buttons. Those glory days are back!

    Attempting to move to another activity, it will once again runs you through the boring warmup. And it will keep doing this for every activity until you complete that activity. By this stage I was fuming.

    So how good was it reading ones movements? For general stuff like punching, it's very good. But the moment I had to lean forward, it couldn't read me at all. In fact, it wasn't possible to complete some activities without skipping them. Retuning the kinect made no change. Strange as only UFC Trainer has this problem. 'Your Shape' works fine.

    So what about versatility? Compared the 'Your Shape', it felt very shallow. Your teeth will grind with the continuos looping of voice and the limited amount of different movements made it feel like a $10 game. And moving from one excercise to the next one required more loading time. It's strange but rather then feeling the calories burn, I felt my patience burn. It had the nagging ability to insult ones intelligence.

    The final straw came when it failed to read any movement and ended saying "That was terrible!". Yes, it was terrible. The whole game. One cannot understand how it can appear so rushed, no polish, and yet they spent so much time on it. And the no save feature will lead you to stab your own eye for relief.

    I'm sure if you absolutely love MMA, you'll overlook pretty much everything and let your imagination take you to where the game is trying to reach. For the normal person looking to get fit or remain fit, carving off your fat with a knife is less painful.

    One for the bargain bin.
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  7. Aug 13, 2011
    0
    So I was looking around the local Gamestop for a new
    Kinect game and saw UFC Personal Trainer. Checked the
    metascore, and it ranked fairly
    high. So I foolishly
    purchased it.

    1) THQ should be ashamed of releasing such a buggy
    product. This is worse than when Bethesda rushed
    Fallout: New Vegas and NPC's faces were on backwards.

    2) THQ needs to hire programmers for whatever developer made this
    waste of a DVD (there's a reason why Zuffa's logo is smaller than a stamp on the back of the case) that can properly code for the Kinect
    sensor. Not only do I have to recalibrate the Kinect
    to point at the floor EVERY SINGLE time I want to
    play the game, but then it will randomly pause during
    every workout session because it loses track of my
    body frame or the way I'm moving doesn't fit into
    it's ridiculously unrealistic motion that the
    Wii-quality trainer is miming to me.

    3) If there's an option to turn off the tutorials for
    the workout routines, I haven't found it and refuse
    to invest the time searching through the labyrinths
    of menus for it.

    I wasted $50 on this game and have no other recourse
    but to sell it back to Gamestop opened for 1/10th of
    the actual retail price. Thanks.
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