Adidas miCoach is a fitness title packed full of content, helpful advice and genuinely tough workouts. When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, users will feel the burn and work up a sweat, which is what you want from a fitness title. Unfortunately, however, Adidas miCoach lacks a little finesse, making it hard to recommend above superior fitness titles such as UFC Personal Trainer.
Although the game has some really good training exercises with athletes like Kaká and Jessica Ennis as your personal trainer, it fails to be entertaining and encouraging me to keep sweating three days a week due to a lack of motion recognition with Kinect and some really weird pauses in the middle of the training. It simply feels like a mediocre training exercise DVD rather than a game.
Micoach is particularly disappointing because there are some legitimately good ideas here. Being able to manage your workout plan and track your progress online is nice, and there's a ton of different workouts, allowing you to focus on just about anything. The poor motion tracking keeps you from progressing through workouts though, which defeats the entire purpose of the game's existence. In the end the only thing that got a good workout was my patience, and I can't recommend it to anyone.
This has quickly become my favorite fitness game hands down. There are only 2 reason this game didn't get a 10. 1. The wretched user interface. It's just a shame that selecting anything on the console takes so long using the fidgety up and down arrows and you have to have your hand back at the neutral position before you can select it. This is greatly mitigated by selecting your workout online where it's nice and easy so the only thing you have to change is your trainer and you can swipe straight through to your workout. 2 There are required pieces of equipment not included. I had to purchase a stability ball and some weights and at some point a resistance band. A bundle including those items at 60 could have worked well as a holiday gift, which is incidentally a far better time to release a game like this THQ. Pros:
Tons of workouts. With every routine I'm doing more and more exercises I haven't done before. There is enough content that it doesn't feel repetitive so far unlike many other fitness titles I've tried. Lot's of different coaches. So much content in here and no DLC to speak of. They really did exceptionally in that regard the only improvement I could think of would be more gyms or locales.
Quick loading times. Initial loading is a bit average but once you are in the game working out load times are snappy and never make me think that I'm losing my heart rate or just getting bored like most other fitness offerings.
Great Tracking. I have sufficient room that I often must come forward to be in the ideal position of the kinect. I have heard accounts of missed reps but you wont find them here. The camera even seems really great at getting me on the ground which is way better than any fitness game I've played hands down. Tracking my progress on my phone and online is neat and also helps to mitigate the woes from the crappy User Interface. If they every release an update fixing the crappy User Interface this game would be a 10 easy.