The Best Exercise Games for the Xbox Kinect

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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 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 ]

just dance 2015 for xbox one

Rounding out the list of promising Xbox Fitness Games announced at E3 2014 is one that we all knew was coming: Just Dance 2015. Even back in 2011 when Dance Central 2 and Just Dance 3 were competing head-to-head with each other, we were asking which one the better game was. The answer was clear: both of them. That is, if you wanted a fun game to play with friends  [ Read More ]

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Now since I’ve been writing about exergaming, I’ve been pleading with developers to make us a game that’s as fun as is it effective for fitness. Ubisoft just announced a game called Shape Up for Xbox One, slated to be released on November 11, 2014. If the game is as fun and creative as it looks like in this trailer, Ubisoft might have another Just Dance-like winner on its hands.  [ Read More ]

dance central spotlight for xbox one

While Microsoft’s Xbox Fitness continues to be impressive, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a true “exergame”, that is, a motion control title on a console that’s not just good for exercise that’s also fun and addictive to play as a video game. Just when you thought exergaming was all but dead with the exit of publishers like EA and disappointing Kinect 2 games like Fighter Within and Kinect Sports Rivals,  [ Read More ]

Review of Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One

Posted by steve on May - 8 - 2014

Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One What could have and should have been a “killer app” for the Xbox One ushering a new era in motion gaming fails to take advantage of the superior technology of the Xbox One and Kinect 2.0 and ends up feeling like a weak upgrade to Kinect Sports for the Xbox 360. Rating by steve: 3.5 stars As you could read from past posts on  [ Read More ]