Move your body…
The exercise game genre has been around for a while now, but it was motion controls that really allowed this type of “video game with a purpose” to really take off. Starting with the Wii and then going even further thanks to Kinect on Xbox360, exercise games are everywhere now and seem to be popular with the type of gamer that wants more than just fun from videogames. However, despite their popularity, exercise games that utilise the PlayStation Move controller for PS3 appear to have been overlooked for the most part. There are titles available for the technicolour, ping-pong ball topped motion controller that will get you moving, and even titles that sit solidly within the exercise videogame genre, such as Zumba Fitness or EA Sports Active, but they just don’t seem to have created as much hype as similar games on the other two consoles.
Move Fitness, by developer Coldwood Interactive, attempts to redress this balance by firstly offering an exercise game that is unique to the PS3, making use of the PlayStation Move controllers, and secondly by offering it at a low price point, similar to many of the other recently released PlayStation Move games. Move Fitness can currently be picked up brand new for less than £13, which should take the sting out of the fact that the gamer requires two Move controllers to actually use this title. Those controllers don’t come cheap and this may well be enough to put off a lot of potential players.
Something else which should be taken into account is the space requirements of this game. PS3 owners may think that they have managed to avoid the “need for a massive playing area” that has plagued Kinect owners since launch. But Move Fitness proves to be just as “space hungry” as Kinect. It may make sense that a game involving fitness routines will require space to move and such, but the reality is that without a nice clear area in which to play, the PlayStation Eye has real trouble keeping track of the move controllers.
When it comes to the actual game, after all the quibbling about space, Move controls and price point has finished, things are not too bad. Move Fitness begins by letting you set up a profile and choose the type of routine that you want, targetting different parts of your body. There are some 28 odd different activities, from the standard jumpy, stretchy exercise routines, to the more entertaining sports routines such as boxing or basketball. Whilst the players preference will dictate which routines they prefer, they all work really well and will have the player sweating in no time at all. Players are able to tweak their routines in a variety of different ways to try and get the most from their session and there is even the option to take it in turns with friends for a more social experience.
However, with only 28 different activities which don’t really change, the difficulty is going to be keeping motivated once the repetition sets in. Compared to many other fitness games on the market, the number of activities is actually quite low and although they all work faultlessly, they very quickly lose interest. It would take a seriously dedicated home fitness enthusiast to keep going with this tittle for more than a month or so. But then, given the number of new years resolutions that fail within a month, maybe that is all the developers are aiming for.
As with so much in this world, Move Fitness is evidence that you get what you pay for. Everything does exactly what it is supposed to, it is all just on a much smaller scale than the full price games. If you are about to dip your toe into the pool of fitness games, and the PS3 is your console of choice, Move Fitness is certainly a good title to try out first. But if you find that exercising in front of the TV works for you, it won’t be long before you are hunting for something with a little more content.