Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
Buy On
  1. EA hasn’t marketed their new program for those looking to lose weight or get in shape; rather it’s been marketed to help keep people active, hence the name, EA Sports Active. Despite this, some will still add it as part of their weight loss program, some will still use it to help them get in shape (guilty as charged), other’s will see it as a good reason to stay fit. Whatever you’re reason, EA may have unlocked the way to get gamers’ off the couch and maybe, save us some money on gym fee’s during the current economy.
  2. This is the best videogame workout on the planet – and it makes you look a little flabby in comparison.
  3. EA Sports Active has not jumped on any bandwagons; instead, it has set a new bar for what exercise games should be. After one week, I can already see and feel results, and I have every intention of finishing out my 30-day challenge, as well as sticking with it beyond the initial 30-day period.
  4. 90
    But EA Sports Active has a great core--it will motivate you to work out and have you doing it the right way.
  5. It’s good to see that EA have created something quite decent, without resting on their laurels.
  6. 86
    It can be especially useful for busy people, stay-at-home parents, the self-conscious, or people who simply dislike the gym atmosphere.
  7. We were well impressed with this one; it offers great value for money, with plenty of variety and flexibility, plus the option to workout with a friend… EA have well and truly nailed it.
  8. Games Master UK
    Offers a fairly different and very effective alternative to the super serious "Wii Fit." [Aug 2009, p.73]
  9. 83
    I am happy to say that EA Sports Active finally bridges the gap between house and gym, earning it top honors as the best exercise game currently out for the Wii.
  10. 82
    EA Sports Active is easily the most robust and enjoyable fitness experience on the Wii to date. Even without the Wii Fit board you can get a fantastic workout in as little as twenty minutes, and the best part of all is that it is fun.
  11. You can really feel the burn with this collection of exercises and sports-themed challenges.
  12. EA beats Nintendo at its own game with a keep-fit package that seems substantially more useful than Wii Fit.
  13. If you buy EA Sports Active expecting a FUN game, you’ll be disappointed despite the overuse of that word in all of the marketing, promotional and instructional material. If you buy it looking for a product that can actually help you get some exercise, lose some weight and even change your lifestyle then this is probably the best such product on the market right now.
  14. EA SPORTS Active is a must have if your looking to slim down for the summer, its also the ideal solution if you would rather be in the comfort of your own home than in a gym.
  15. 80
    EA Sports Active is a fine alternative to Wii Fit, and actually encourages you to get active outside of the game as well.
  16. EA Sports Active is a really great first effort game. The developers at EA Sports laid a really nice foundation for the next game that will inevitable come in the series. Hopefully they will tighten up the controls as this will make for a better game. If you are looking for a fun game that will help you work up a sweat and lose some calories check this game out.
  17. So for now, while there's plenty of scope for performance enhancements, Active's the best there is. I'm still running. But, unlike the weeks after Wii Fit arrived, I'm also still playing.
  18. In terms of long term use, if you are not motivated to work out EA Sports Active will not make you more motivated. Instead this is a game similar to any other exercise game that offers a quick and successful way to loose weight and get healthy.
  19. There are a few things that need to be optimized and the concept could be even better but Active is the best title available in its category actually.
  20. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Great tool to help you shape your body and motivates people to do regular home exercises. Inaccurate wiimote controller spoils the fun though. [July 2009]
  21. EA Sports Active let's you break with fun exercises and keeps you motivated through a calorie counter. The controls need some getting used to, but the game is an excellent addition to your workout routines.
  22. EA Sports Active is undoubtedly a great gym in a small CD with exercises that leave us with a sense of accomplishment, all with the convenience of the privacy of our home.
  23. 78
    Had the game's controls been better reconciled with Wii's limited capabilities I might have been able to give EA Sports Active a solid recommendation, both for its high ambitions and the impressive number of customizable features. But due to shaky controls, I'm going to give it a shaky thumbs-up instead.
  24. Still regularly using Wii Fit? You will very likely love EA’s new fitness game, which brings twenty challenges including a motivating two player mode straight into your living room.
  25. 75
    Are you looking for an alternative for Wii Fit? Stop looking, EA Sports Active is what you want. As a hardcore gamer you may find this game boring, unless of course you want to lose some pounds!

Awards & Rankings

#40 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2009
#28 Most Shared Wii Game of 2009
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    I bought the game EA Active and I absolutely love it , I am 25 years old and 100 pounds over weight and was about to give up on everything IveI bought the game EA Active and I absolutely love it , I am 25 years old and 100 pounds over weight and was about to give up on everything Ive tried and a friend suggested this game to me, so I got it and I am on day 7 and have already lost 6 pounds !! Im eating right and doing the 30 day challenge and on my rest days I make my own workout which is usually walk/run and heavy bag boxing which I love. I never thought I would be able to find something I could do in my home that actually worked and that I love so much. All I have to say is keep up the Wii Active people and you will see results !! I will not stop until this weight is off me :) I thank you EA Sports and Wii for making this game !!! Your a life saver Full Review »
  2. NK
    Aug 23, 2009
    Great got me working out. I went now twice through the 30 day challenge and my girlfriend days it shows. The trophies don't last longGreat got me working out. I went now twice through the 30 day challenge and my girlfriend days it shows. The trophies don't last long enough though I nearly got them all and after 30 days you can essentially only choose to do it again or go to a self selected routine which means there is a danger to avoid certain routines or fall back into old habits. The beauty of a long term selected work out is that someone knowing what they do fitness-wise choose it for you. So I guess I will be off to my third 30 day challenge. Full Review »
  3. joebobBlog
    Jun 29, 2009
    A big disappointment. I bought this game expecting a a more cardio oriented version of the Wii Fit. It is not.

    Active appears rushed out
    A big disappointment. I bought this game expecting a a more cardio oriented version of the Wii Fit. It is not.

    Active appears rushed out the door. It lacks the fun and refinement of the Wii Fit. It is as though the developers did not have documentation from Nintendo. Most painful is the one second lag between your actions and result on screen. This makes the few timing oriented games (Tennis, Inline skating) frustrating rather than fun. Active also lacks Mii support, so you create your own and it is lame. The background graphics appear recycled from a Sega Genesis. The balance board integration is almost non-existent. The exercises are also high impact (jumping, snapping punches, etc.). Add in no stretching, and almost no warm-up/warm down and it is easy to hurt yourself if you are over 30.
    On the positive side, it will get you sweating. If you are a woman interested in toning your thighs the exercises are great. If you are a man interested in cardio, abs and strength there is not much here for you.
    For me, the Wii Fit is more of a stress management tool. It is a break through man to machine interface and it is fun, fun, fun.
    Active lacks the fun and is often frustrating. If you want a TV based cardio exercise experience, save your money and follow along with a DVD.
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