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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
tracking issues and redundant in-game voice-overs aside, UFC Personal Trainer is the most interesting fitness game on the Kinnect i've played so far. playing through the many features unlocks videos on how how to stay fit in general.
as a piece of software, i felt THQ was very lazy in polishing the game's smallest details... like the stretching part, why is there a timer? i always end up stretching one more side than the other. tracking has always been the Kinnect's problem. unless you play naked or wear spandex in a 20x15 ft living room, the repetition counter will always screw you up the same way you'd never get a move right in Dance Central.
the genius of this game is in its contents: workouts tailor-made by UFC trainers and done by fighters. that alone is worth buying this game if you're really serious in getting fit in your living room.
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
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 **** 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.
I should probably state that UFC Personal Trainer is one of the better games on the Kinect, but that in itself doesn't mean much. As a fitness game it delivers in some respects and for the most part the Kinect holds it's own, but ultimately the experience falls on its face, with terrible body tracking and the usual "Kinect" problems surfaces. The game gives the impression of being incredibly polished (I especially liked the menu system), but Kinect's latent inaccuracies rears its head (whether this is an issue on the hardware side, or software based, I can only speculate). My score is probably a little harsh, but UFC Personal Trainer has potential, hopefully the sequel will provide the definitive fitness game. UFC Personal Trainer for Kinect does not deliver.