UFC Personal Trainer Fighting fit with UFC: Personal Trainer © THQ Games

This week's Power Up gaming blog looks at getting fighting fit with some personal training from the mixed martial artists of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and honing your soccer skills ready for a new season on FIFA 2012 ...

Fit but you know it…

Ever since the appearance of motion-sensing controls on major consoles, fitness games have been big business. Nintendo were first out of the blocks but it didn’t take long for the field to catch up, and now the market is awash with all manner of happy-clappy titles that purport to get you fit while having fun – one such game, Zumba Fitness (think salsa classes for one in front of your telly), is taking the gaming charts by storm.

But do any of these games actually help to tone, shape, slim and build muscle? Well it depends how much effort you put in, but if it’s real results you’re after, you could do worse than to try out UFC: Personal Trainer.

Coming from the mixed martial arts stable and compatible with Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation Move for PS3 and Wii, the game takes the getting fit thing very seriously with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and MMA training experts joining forces to ‘deliver a challenging and motivating UFC fitness experience that includes the best and most effective exercises utilized by today’s renowned UFC fighters’.

That means you’ve got 70 exercises culled from the worlds of wrestling, kickboxing and Muay Thai, 51 routines to try and experts Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson, Javier Mendez and Rachelle Leah to motivate you when you want to give up.

All players have to complete an initial fitness test – sit-ups, push-ups and jumping jacks – and then the game adjusts your difficulty level accordingly (great news for those who get knackered playing Wii Sports Boxing). You can choose which workouts or activities you want to get involved in, while more committed types can join in pre-made 30- and 60-day programs that aim to build strength and endurance while fighting the flab. You even get to learn a few self-defence techniques.

A game that rewards commitment and hard work with the feeling that you’ve done a proper workout (and the day-after aching that goes with it), this is one fitness title that gets results.

 

 

Don’t push me, ’cos I’m close to the wedge…

FIFA11 was awesome, so why should we bother with the upcoming FIFA 12? Well, EA are promising some revolutionary reasons for purchasing this year’s release, not least the Pro-Player Intelligence innovation – which basically breaks your field of vision into a series of handy wedges, thereby giving players a wider variety of choices as to where to punt the ball next. It’s modifications like this that keep us coming back to the genre-leading series. Check out more on soccer gaming.
 


Boom, shake the room…

If you’re looking for subtlety, nuance and realism, then you should probably know now that Bodycount contains none of the above. But with the emphasis on intense gunplay and really, really big guns, the latest from Codemasters (hitting Europe in September) promises many bangs for your buck – we’re lovin’ the Predator-style minigun action...

 


Cat’s the way, ah-hah, ah-hah, I like it…

You should, by now, know quite how excited we are about the imminent-but-still-too -far-off release of Batman: Arkham City. This extended trailer of Catwoman gameplay isn’t helping with the premature geekgasms – October 21 can’t come fast enough…

 


Coming Soon…

This week, we’re off to the big Microsoft Showcase Event, where we’ll be trying out some must-have Christmas gifts in the middle of July, and we’ll be getting an early play of F1: 2011, the sequel to the Bafta-winning racing title. Expect plenty of excited babbling soon…


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