|System: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii|
|Dev: Electronic Arts|
|Pub: Electronic Arts|
|Release: November 16, 2010|
|Screen Resolution: 720p, 1080i, 1080p||ESRB RATING|
The graphics are also a bit underwhelming. Whereas Your Shape mirrored your movements on screen, Active 2 merely includes an ugly character creator with limited options. The areas are also not as good-looking as Your Shape, which boasted a futuristic aesthetic with neat special effects that radiated from your movements. By comparison, Active 2 looks jaunty and underproduced.
Active 2 does have one important plus on its side though: when it works, it works. When you get going during the workouts, you'll really be sweating, and you'll find it gets your heart pumping and keeps your muscles sore. There's a lot of good functionality as well within the game. There are multiple options for a unique workout schedule, although (sorry to sound like a broken record) it's not as extensive as Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. There are quizzes you can take to find out if you're living a healthy lifestyle, although they're not extremely useful or detailed.
We're already seeing the beginning of the deluge of exercise games that will eventually flood Kinect, but so far the quality hasn't been there in most releases. The only worthy game in the entire genre so far is Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, which certainly isn't going to be surpassed by paltry efforts like Active 2.
Electronic Arts is going to have to invest a lot more time and money into the next iteration of the game if they're intent on establishing a foothold in this genre. This game simply doesn't have the level of polish that is going to win over new Kinect owners. Kinect needs great games that are going to show people how much fun the system can be to use (and it can be a ton of fun). If big name companies like EA are going to continue to spend more money on advertising and shilling junky peripherals (read: the heart monitor), then people will become disillusioned with Kinect quickly, just as many did with the Wii in its later years.
I suspect that just a little bit of work could really go a long way toward making EA Sports Active 2 a quality workout title. However, right now its faults are unforgivable. The horrible Kinect controls and the absurdly high price point make this game impossible to recommend no matter how out of shape you are.
CCC Freelance Writer