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EA Sports Active 2 has been released on 360 Kinect and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"EA Sports Active 2 is another proper workout. The Kinect version freed me from the dreaded leg strap and for me was the easiest to use. It works because it's fun..."
- Domestic Gamer (Tue, 25 Jan 2011)
EA Sports Active 2 monitors your every move for better feedback and fitness.
EA Sports Active 2 extends the series by adding their heart rate monitor. Unlike other monitors that strap to the chest, restricting movement, this can be used on the arm or leg to capture stress and effort data.
The series continues it's mix of grownup workouts interspersed with exercise games. This time there is more monitoring of performance through the above as well as support on the 360 for Kinect.
Like Activision's Your Shape, EA Sports Active uses Kinect's ability to track the player's frame to provide performance feedback during exercises. This is mirrors, in wired fashion, via the strapped on Body Tracking sensors on the PS3 and Wii versions.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: