PS3/Move (also on Xbox 360/Kinect)
Advertising is everywhere. Even a review is a kind of AD. This one
Is for a title that’s sponsoreD by somebody, but if they’re not
coughing up Any caShola, then we’re going all ABC. We’re credible,
So, to the latest in an alarmingly quickly springing-uppy line of
fitness games, ever since motion control navigated the primordial
Wii ooze to more, erm, capable consoles. So, what makes miCoach
so bloody special then?
Well, it has sportspeople in it that fans of sportspeople might have
heard of – we just giggled profusely when introduced to a bloke
called Kaka. Anyway, they act as personal trainers, in some claimed
400+ routines ranging from simple – soccer, tennis and basketball
minigames for instance - to the sort of structured workouts that’d
make us dead. There are specific sport-based modes, as well as
general fitness ones for those who don’t fancy pretending to be a
wounded airplane, squealy-grunting or being on fire.
As this is the time that is now, it all ties in with a myriad of
other products, both of cost and no-cost varieties. Hook into
micoach.com to record stats, use an
app to keep track of all non-console activity and have it count,
show off on FriendFace,
etc. Some routines also require equipment beyond a Sonyfied glow orb
– everyday household items like balance balls, dumbbells and even a
bench. Seriously! Hmm, let’s just check the linen press and see if
there’s a spare one lying around...
Like any such release from Wii Fit on, what you get out of
miCoach depends upon what you put in. Make the effort and you
could get buns of steel. Slack off – or exploit the Move’s
limitations - and it’s time for tummy of flubber.
So then, it’s just like real exercising, pretending to be a game.