UFC Personal Trainer Wii
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Released on 15-Jul-2011
Set personal goals and achieve real results with an unparalleled mixed martial arts (MMA) fitness program designed by leading MMA training experts and certified by UFC and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). UFC Personal Trainer provides players with an extensive assortment of effective and challenging MMA-inspired exercises, in both pre-set and customisable routines, to build strength, increase endurance, burn calories and get results. Personalised instruction and tips from the MMA trainers guide players to stay motivated, get fit and track their goals with a helpful in-game journal. In addition, the game’s Ultimate Training Mode enables players to participate in high impact agility drills, with opportunities to earn rewards and have fun with friends in a competitive, multiplayer environment.
UFC Trainer on Nintendo Wii Features:
- Authentic UFC Fitness Experience – Certified by UFC and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), UFC Personal Trainer is designed by leading MMA training experts Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez to deliver a challenging and motivating UFC fitness experience that includes the best and most effective exercises utilised by today’s renowned UFC fighters.
- Intense Mixed Martial Arts Exercises – Learn over 70 MMA and NASM certified exercises, including moves from disciplines such as wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai, that are designed to improve strength, endurance and conditioning through use in a variety of routines. Each in-game routine is specialised to target specific muscle groups, as well as factor individual skill levels and fitness goals.
- Customisable Work Routines – Focus on specific fitness objectives by building personalised routines with up to 12 different exercises. Each custom routine can also be modified to increase or decrease intensity of the game’s pre-set pace, enabling players to fully maximise their training experiences based on individual preferences.
- Personalised Training Tools – Receive additional guidance and encouragement throughout the fitness journey by choosing a goal and working with an MMA trainer for personalised instruction. Players will learn MMA-inspired exercises, as well as authentic training techniques and healthy lifestyle choices, enabling them to burn calories, build strength, lose weight and meet goals through a comprehensive fitness experience.
- Ultimate Training Mode – Hit the mitts against several popular UFC fighters with a variety of challenging rhythm and timing-based agility drills that utilise punching and kicking sequences. Players can unlock a variety of different drills to earn rewards, each with increasing difficulty, as well as compete against friends.
- Dedicated program System – Focusing on three distinct target goals – losing weight, building strength and improving performance – players may select a pre-set 30 or 60-day program that best meets their fitness needs. The selected program populates the in-game calendar with daily routines for players to follow, as well as tracks user performance.
- Progress Tracking and Motivational Support – An in-game journal enables players to view a comprehensive calendar of their fitness activities, including specific routines, time management and more. The calendar continuously tracks progress and provides recommendations to help players meet their desired results.
Mixed martial arts fans are being invited to pick their favourite athlete to appear on the front cover of the upcoming UFC Undisputed 3.
From now until September 30th 2011, publisher THQ is encouraging fans to get online and cast votes for one of five renowned UFC combatants, who will act as the face of the new Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title.
Gamers can choose between Frankie Edgar, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones or Cain Velasquez, all champions in their respective weight divisions who are keen to claim the honour of becoming a cover star.
UFC President Dana White said: "We love making our fans a part of the process and we'll leave this one up to them."
THQ is billing UFC Undisputed 3 as the best MMA title to date, with the game set to feature more than 150 real-life fighters, a simplified control scheme, new moves and improved visuals.
It is set to make its console debut in January next year.
THQ has announced the availability of a new demo of its latest mixed martial arts simulation, UFC Undisputed 3.
The latest instalment in the series is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in February 2012 and will be the biggest and best MMA game to date, with more characters, modes and options than ever before.
In the demo, fans can get to grips with the new title's improved grappling gameplay while also getting a first taste of Pride Mode, a new career option that lets them travel to real-life venues across the world, including the Japanese MMA circuit.
Playable characters in the trial version include Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, with the full game set to include more than 150 athletes.
THQ's Danny Bilson said: "We are eager to see how our fans worldwide embrace this engaging and powerful mixed martial arts gameplay experience."
Other characters who will feature in UFC Undisputed 3 include the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez.
So it's somehow February already. How did that happen? Where the heck did January go? It seems like only a few days ago that we were boldly staring 2012 in the face, suffering the guilty throb of a New Year's Day hangover, vowing to get more exercise and halt that expanding waistline in its tracks.
Didn't quite work, did it? The cold mornings put a stop to the jogging after a few half-hearted attempts, the gym membership card has already slipped to the back of your wallet and the takeaway around the corner is issuing its siren's call.
Stop! It's not too late! And, conveniently for us, games can come to the rescue. The rise of motion gaming means that there's never been a better time to get fit in your own home, far away from the judgemental gaze of the Gym Adonis. Whatever console you have, whatever sort of workout you're after, games have the answer.
For an all-round fitness regime that won't scare you off, take your pick between Your Shape - Fitness Evolved 2012. Available for Kinect, it offers a variety of workouts and can be customised to ease you in gently, like a cat into a hot bath. And since Kinect is scanning your whole body, it won't let you slack off - keep those knees up and those shoulders back, and you'll be fitting into those old jeans before you know it.
Alternatively, you could try EA Sports Active 2, available for Wii, Kinect and PlayStation Move. Packaged with a resistance band and heart rate monitor, this is the ideal choice for those who want a structured regime with a scientific core. EA even got a university to test its effectiveness, so you know it works.
Perhaps you prefer some fun in your fitness? If that's the case then Zumba Fitness 2 is the obvious candidate, disguising its exercise routines inside groovy dance-offs that'll make you burn calories like it's bonfire night. Zumba Fitness 2 is only available for the Wii, but the original game is also available for PlayStation Move and Kinect.
In a similar vein, the spin-off game from TV reality-fitness sensation The Biggest Loser is worth a look on Wii and Kinect, though it's perhaps most interesting for being one of the only fitness games available for the Nintendo DS. Obviously, you need to be an honest soul when entering your weekly weigh-in and exercise success, but for the gamer on the go, it's very handy. Or you could just invest in a 3DS, the only console with a built-in pedometer that rewards long walks with coins to spend on jigsaw pieces and warrior cats.
Too silly? OK, let's get serious. Like, really serious. It's UFC Personal Trainer, the fitness game for blokes and lady-blokes who want the sort of ripped abs and bulging biceps that will allow you to survive five minutes in a cage with Junior dos Santos. It's out on Wii, Kinect and PlayStation Move and puts the "grrr" in "looking great".
But that's only scratching the surface. Former Spice Girl Mel B will help you get fit in the self-explanatory Get Fit With Mel B. The My Fitness Coach series offers several Wii-exclusive aerobic routines, with a personalised trainer. If you demand a little narrative with your exercise, workout guru Jillian Michaels will take you on a bulge-battling jungle expedition in Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure.
So, come on, there's clearly no excuse. Dig the tracksuit out from the bottom of the wardrobe, fire up your console and tone that tum.
The popular image of video games is that of a pastime requiring no more physical effort than a sofa slouch and nimble thumbs - along with a carb-heavy diet of pizza and sugary soda. The fast-track to a slow death from obesity, in other words.
Fitness games fly in the face of that assumption, but they're not the recent invention many think they are. Even as far back as 1982, companies like Atari were looking at ways of connecting exercise bikes to a virtual reality under the codename Project Puffer. In 1986, Bandai released a control mat for the Nintendo Entertainment System which came with Family Fun Fitness, a suite of exercise games. Nintendo was so impressed, it bought the product and repackaged it as the more exciting sounding Power Pad.
This, of course, led to games like Konami's seminal Dance Dance Revolution, which ushered in the age of the dance-mat as a legitimate and popular game controller. 2005 brought EyeToy: Kinetic to the market - the first modern motion tracking exercise game - while 2006 saw the short-lived and rather naffly titled Gamercize system wire actual exercise equipment up to games consoles.
The Rise of the Wii
It was the Wii that really pulled all these ideas together to create the fitness game genre though. Indeed, it almost had to be Nintendo who would finally crack the nut and make gaming and exercise feel like natural bedfellows. The Wii was a friendly machine, and with titles like Wii Sports it had already made jumping around part of the gameplay experience. Here was a console where the all important mums and dads might buy into the idea of gaming to get healthy.
With Wii Fit's balance board Nintendo finally had the peripheral to make it work, while the software cannily combined solid fitness goals with more accessible video game mechanics. Motivation is the key to any exercise regime, and video games are nothing if not efficient effort-to-reward systems. What better approach than to tap into our natural desire to beat our last score, to reach the next level, and to be congratulated for doing well?
In the years following Wii Fit's 2007 release, the floodgates opened. Celebrity endorsed fitness packages aped Wii Fit's style, but without adding much to the genre. It was only when SONY and Microsoft got involved, with Move and Kinect, that there was enough competition to drive the development of even more advanced fitness games.
Which brings us to today, and the chart-topping success of Zumba Fitness. Based on the popular fitness franchise, it ditches the squats and thrusts in favour of more fun dance-based exercise. With its Latin rhythms and have-a-go simplicity, it's no surprise that it's selling so well - this is a fitness game disguised as a dancing game, which is then dressed up as a bloody good laugh. Perfect for people who might otherwise feel intimidated by the genre.
EA Sports Active 2 goes in the complete opposite direction, with its wireless heart-rate monitor and resistance band accessory. This is the game for serious fitness nuts who really want to push themselves further with each new workout, with loads of stats and options to tweak your experience for maximum calorie-crushing impact.
Similar in style, but slightly less ferocious in approach, is Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. This also concentrates on scalable aerobic workouts with an emphasis on personalised training routines and lots of encouragement to keep the pace up. For players who have taken Wii Fit as far as they can, both titles represent the obvious next step.
Workouts Are For Wimps
But what if this is all still a little too much like leotards and headbands? What if you're worried that doing star jumps in front of your console won't impress your hard mates? Well, that's why there's UFC Trainer. This manly fitness game for manly men offers much the same workout results as other fitness titles - but in a style that makes you feel like you could kick a man's head through a wall. Heavy on the cardio and sparring, it offers an experience as tough as its name suggests. Unless you actually do fight in the UFC, we suggest you don't go steaming in, ready to show off with the hardest settings.
It's doubtful that motion control is going anywhere soon, what with Wii U around the corner and the next Xbox likely to incorporate Kinect, so it seems that far from being a passing fad the fitness game is here to stay. Maybe the stereotype of the lardy wheezing gamer is finally coming to an end. Pass the leg-warmers.
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