Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Review on Your Shape and Just Dance for Wii

I would like to thank BzzAgent for sending me two Nintendo Wii games to test and review.  As a BzzAgent I have a code of conduct to abide to that is be a natural and honest communicator, a listener, and to have fun! I welcome all questions or comments. If you have them please leave them in the comment section below or send me an email at bioscisweetie[at]gmail[dot]com.

Photo 1: BzzAgent Letter

Just Dance from Ubisoft
Photo 2: Just Dance for the Wii 

Photo 3:  Main menu

Photo 3:  Song selection screen 

Photo 4: One player round. Also, notice the (scrolling) lyrics on the left-hand corner..it's just like karaoke. :D

Summary  Just Dance retails for $39.99 (from my Bzzguide). The game requires one Wii remote per player and it can accommodate up-to four players. Players simply follow indicated moves and the character on the TV screen to score points. There are 32 songs to bump and grind to. A comprehensive list of the songs can be found on Amazon.

Pros  Just Dance breaks the ice and really livens up my house parties. The audience will get an entertaining dancing and singing show. People on the sideline will surely get belly-fulls of laughter with the players. In my personal experience the stiffest, and shyest person becomes silly and fun by the end of the night.  

Cons The graphics, selection of songs, motion sensor, and uniqueness can be further enhanced. In other words, the graphics should show more variety and depth instead of having a person dancing on the TV screen. Second, the range of songs is nice but it's limited in diversity. Next, the motion sensor could be refined by increasing its sensitivity. Lastly, the uniqueness of Just Dance may be improved by allowing players to dance free-style.

Bottom line The game is family-orientated, super easy to follow along, and suitable for all genders and ages.  From my parents to my twenty-something year old friends and even my youngest (12-year old) cousins enjoyed playing this game.

Recommended Yes, it worth the investment to get your friends and family feeling like a kid again.

Overall Grade: B-

 Your Shape from Ubisoft
Photo 5: Your Shape BzzAgent Kit

Photo 6: Close up of the cam on my TV; I circled the built-in light

Summary  Your Shape retails for $74.99 (from my Bzzguide). The one player game doesn't require any Wii remotes because it uses a cam! You just plug the cam in the USB port and voila; you are all set to go. The game is easy to navigate and control. Your Shape takes your needs and fitness goals into consideration with 500 exercises like cardio, toning, strength training, etc. to choose from. A virtual coach, Jenny Mccarthy, provides real-time feedback on exercise moves which helps correct your form right away.
Pros My female friends and I were stoked on taking turns to play the game. A personalized workout game is a brilliant idea and concept. I appreciate that throughout my exercise routines the coach offers feedback, and encouragements. I was also intrigued that I could incorporate my own exercise equipment into my workout routines. Spicing up my workout really motivated me to play again and again and again!

Cons The camera is laggy at times, and super picky about distance and lighting. My male friends did not even attempt to play this game because they thought it was too feminine. 

Bottom line The game is fairly easy to navigate through and the tutorials are fun to learn from. Observations based on my personal experience reveal that only certain demographics, like females who are twenty-something, seems to be interested in the game.

Recommended Yes, go get Your Shape if you don't have a gym membership.

Overall Grade: C

Thanks for reading!  Here's a sneak peek of an upcoming review. 
Photo 7: LUSH Cosmetics "Love Soap"


Shawn said...

You're too generous with the review. :P There's better ways to spend $40 than on Just Dance.

Anonymous said...

I can't stand Jenny's voice. It is very shrilling, IMO.

Maria said...

I feel like I am making more progress when I hit up the gym. "Your Shape" is just a cutesy interactive game that I would play occasionally. The game can't replace real exercise at the gym.

Kim said...

Neat! I will have to try these games out next time I'm at Blockbuster's or Rogers.

Tammy said...

Nice to hear that Just Dance is not just a game for 10 year olds. Maybe I will rent it when I'm hosting a house party.

Anonymous said...

I wanna try Your Shape badly! I'm a mom of two and I can never find the time to work out.

Danny said...

Damn girl! Invite me over. I'll show you that Your Shape is not just for "20-something girls".

Gia said...

Hahaha, good times, good times. We should do this again after finals, k?

Margaret said...

@ Danny and Gia: Haha, okay. Come over in late April; that's when I have time to breathe.

Anonymous said...

You're sooooooooo lucky to get so much free swag.

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