If you’re like me when it comes to exercise, you always plan to work out more you just never seem to find the time. You are not the kind of person that is into workout videos and diet plans either. If that sounds like you, then EA Sports Active 2 might just be the game for you. EA Sports Active 2 is not without its flaws, but it may be the best exercise/workout game currently available for the PS3. Normally, I would write a review very close to when the game is released, but I felt like in order to get a solid feel for the overall effectiveness of the game itself, I had to use it for an extended period of time.
Before you can get started on your journey to better fitness, you need to get the Total Body Tracking System set up. The Total Body Tracking consist of a USB receiver that fits into the PS3 and then three wireless motion sensors, one of which also doubles as a wireless heart rate monitor. The wireless heart rate monitor will track your heart rate on screen in real-time allowing you to understand just how much of a workout your heart is getting which will ultimately help you reach your fitness goals quicker. The heart rate monitor fits pretty comfortably on your left forearm so you don’t have to deal with those weird chest straps that some of the other ones use. The system will track your heart rate progress on both a per workout basis as well as a per week basis. For the most part each monitor straps on comfortably and the Velcro straps will allow it to fit snugly to almost any body type.
The game features online connectivity that will collect all your key workout data and upload it automatically to easportsactive.com, which you can access from your computer and evaluate your data even more thoroughly. I thought that this was a really great idea, unfortunately its takes FOREVER to do it and I ended up just canceling it most of the time. When you start the game you set up a profile with all your basic personal data (height, weight, age, etc) and create your avatar that will represent you while you are playing the game. The character customization is as you would expect, weak but since that’s not really the point of the game I didn’t hold that against them all that much. As far as the workouts themselves go you have several different options. If you are out of shape like me, then you want to start with the Cardio Kick Start Program, it’s a three-week introductory program that will help you build up your fitness level and get you ready for the next phase. Once you make it through that, you’re ready for the Nine-Week Program. This is a personalized program just for you that focuses on improving overall fitness and getting your heart pumping and let me tell you it does that. You can create a schedule and the game will help keep you on target. For those of you that like to freestyle though, there is room for you too. You can just as easily do only the workouts you like. The game does feature an astonishing 162 individual workouts and 72 exercise stations.
Now for the things I didn’t like about EA Sports Active 2, though I have to be honest there really weren’t many. My biggest gripe with the game was that sometimes the sensor feedback wasn’t as responsive as I would have liked so sometimes you would do an action and it wouldn’t register properly. I also didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t that easy to register multiple profiles, this seems like just the type of game that you would want the whole family to get involved in and EA sure doesn’t make that the easy to do. The game also has a cool feature that allows you upload your performance data up to EA’s website and track it there, unfortunately that takes forever to complete and you probably just will end up canceling it.
EA Sports Active 2 does just what you would expect it to do overall, but the truth is that when it comes to getting healthy it is only a tool. If you are really serious about getting in shape and being healthy then EA Sports Active 2 will be only one of the many weapons in your arsenal. While EA Sports Active 2 does have some serious room to grow, for what it is designed to do we think it’s an excellent addition to your routine. For that we give EA Sports Active 2 7.5 out of 10, it’s a solid game with lots of room to grow.