The Best Exercise Games for the Xbox Kinect

Xbox Fitness from Microsoft is being shut down

Posted by steve on June - 27 - 2016

In a bit of surprising news, Microsoft announced today that their Xbox Fitness product is being discontinued. Effective immediately, you won’t be able to purchase Xbox Fitness content, although existing users of Xbox Fitness will be able to continue to play the content they’ve purchased for a year, through June 30, 2017. But on July 1, 2017, Xbox Fitness will be removed completely and not available for anyone to download or play.  [ Read More ]

Review of Kung Fu for Kinect

Posted by steve on June - 24 - 2016

Back in 2010, I reviewed a game for the Playstation 3 called Kung Fu Live. At the time, I knew I was looking at something special. It was a fighting game from Virtual Air Guitar that looked a lot like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat with one distinct difference–instead of the star of the game being a Ken, Ryu, Johnny Cage or Liu Kang, the star was–you. Literally. The developers of  [ Read More ]

kung fu for xbox

As most of you can tell, this blog has fallen into a bit of disrepair. The main reason is that the same is true of the state of fitness on the Xbox One. Yes, the “Xbox Fitness” feature for the Xbox One is still available, but aside from that it feels like developers are staying away from the Kinect. The bad press that the Kinect got when Microsoft tried to  [ Read More ]

Review of Beatsplosion for Xbox One Kinect

Posted by steve on December - 30 - 2015
beatsplosion for kinect

It seems that with the exception of occasional titles from Ubisoft, pretty much all game publishers have all but abandoned the Kinect for not just fitness gaming, but motion gaming altogether. As someone who’s been following the evolution of fitness gaming since 2009. this is a crying shame, especially given the amazing potential that Kinect technology offers. Interest in using video games for exercise peaked in around 2011 with the  [ Read More ]

Review of Squid Hero for Kinect

Posted by steve on July - 29 - 2015

I’ve talked about a company called Virtual Air Guitar a few times on this blog, first in my review of a 5-star game called Kung Fu High Impact for the Xbox 360, and then in their first entry for the Xbox One called Boom Ball, which I said at the time was probably one of the games that best demonstrated the true capabilities of the Kinect 2.0’s motion detection capabilities.  [ Read More ]

Review of Shape Up for Xbox One

Posted by steve on December - 14 - 2014
shape up for xbox one review

Shape Up for Xbox One Reviewed by Steve on Dec 13. Finally, someone *gets* what exergaming is all about! The holy grail for exergaming is a game that’s so much fun to play that you almost forget you’re exercising. Shape Up for Xbox One is the closest yet that anyone has come to that ideal. Rating: 5 I’ve been blogging about exercise gaming for years, but to this day it’s  [ Read More ]

Review of Boom Ball for Xbox One

Posted by steve on December - 14 - 2014
boom ball for kinect review

Boom Ball for Kinect Reviewed by Steve on Dec 13. Probably the best true demonstration of the Kinect 2.0’s capabilities to date. While derivative of other “breakout” games dating back to Pong, Boom Ball for Kinect is a refreshingly smooth, crisp, and responsive game that demonstrates the potential of the Kinect 2.0 much more strongly than full-priced games like Kinect Sports Rivals. At $9.99, it’s a must-have for any Kinect  [ Read More ]

fantasia music evolved for xbox one review

Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One and Xbox 360 Reviewed by Steve on Dec 6. In the spirit of Walt Disney’s original Fantasia, lets you experience music in a whole new way. An interesting concept that extends Walt Disney’s original concept of “Fantasia” to video gaming. The game gets an “A” for ingenuity and effort, and while actual gameplay is mostly solid, a few quirks and annoyances prevent me from  [ Read More ]

Review of Dance Central Spotlight for Xbox One #xbox #fitness

Posted by steve on November - 22 - 2014
dance central spotlight

Dance Central Spotlight for Xbox One Harmonix has simplified Dance Central to its core dance experience, selling the basic game for $10 and hoping that you’ll buy lots of downloadable content. Because of the strong fitness capabilities, it’s definitely worth considering. Rating by steve: 4.5 stars Many of us who played Dance Central and Dance Central 2 on the Xbox 360 have been waiting in anticipation for a new version of  [ Read More ]

xbox fitness just dance

Just Dance 2015 for Xbox One Pretty much the same as Just Dance 2014, with improved online play and a brand new track list with 45 new songs Rating by steve: 4 stars Remember a few years ago, everyone seemed to be arguing about whether Dance Central was a better game than Just Dance? We even published our famous Dance Game Dance Off to try to make sense of the  [ Read More ]