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The Biggest Loser (Wii)
Member Name: jennikitten
The Biggest Loser (Wii)
Advantages: Price, gives you a good workout
Disadvantages: See review
I do quite like the TV show, and the trainers always seem tough and strict, so I thought that hopefully the exercises would be more challenging than some of the other Wii games out there (e.g. Wii Fit Plus). The game is cheapest to buy online, and is in the form of a disc in a white plastic case. You also get a short manual telling you a bit about the game.
The Biggest Loser game is actually much more tightly integrated with the TV show than I expected. It's based on the US version of the TV show, so you can choose Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper as your trainer. I think the characters are actually voiced by the TV trainers, and I thought this was a good touch. Their voices aren't annoying, but if you want to hear what they sound like than just go to YouTube and search for an episode of the TV show.
When you start the game, you get a screen which shows the available player profiles on the left, and behind that is a computer-generated scene from The Biggest Loser compound. It's a lovely garden with a house, and does look like a nice place to work out.
The first thing you do is set up your profile with your name, height, weight, etc. I was quite surprised that I had to choose a character from a season of The Biggest Loser to represent me, and I think it would have been nicer if there were different sizes of characters to choose from or ideally if you could create your own. As I didn't watch The Biggest Loser religiously, the characters don't really mean anything to me. I found it extremely demoralising to have to choose what is probably a 20-30 stone character to represent me when I don't weigh anywhere near as much as that.
The range of exercises is good, and you can pick and mix a few or set up an ongoing challenge, where exercise days and routines are scheduled for you. This was the one I was more interested in as I do find it more motivational. It was easy enough to set it all up, and you give a reason why you're doing it (e.g. to lose weight), which gives you a more custom workout with exercises targeted to meet your goals. I chose a 'Medium' difficulty (the options are Easy, Medium and Hard) and selected the option to start my workout.
Although I'd been working on higher difficulty settings on EA Active prior to starting, I did find the workouts very intense. At first I was delighted because I was out of breath and sweating straight away, really giving my heart and body a workout. After the first few minutes though, I started to feel frustrated. On the screen you see your trainer effortlessly working out - fair enough - but then next to her was my massively overweight alter ego, pumping her fat arms and bending her knees effortlessly. There's no way that someone that overweight would find these exercises so easy, and it started to really get on my nerves! If she was either not there or looked like she was worn out (like Davina McCall in her DVDs), then I'd feel a lot better about it!
As it was, the graphics were fine, the exercises were fine, the registering of the exercises were fine - but I just couldn't get into it. For those who are interested, exercises ranged from things like press ups to lunges to jogging and so on. There's not really a break between each set, so you have to move quite fast to get from a floor exercise to jogging for example. Also, the trainers don't show you the moves beforehand/as you start like in EA Active, although I imagine this is less of a problem once you get used to the exercises or if you're more co-ordinated than me. It's not really mentioned, but you need a yoga mat for this if you care about your joints and/or don't want carpet burn.
Each week, you're expected to attend a weigh in, where you're most likely to get eliminated unless you're either a) over 20 stone and following the programme religiously or b) literally not eating anything. Again, this just seems to have the aim of being demoralising for people who aren't massively obese.
The other half of the game is focused on eating. You can choose a meal plan and get an estimated number of calories. There are also quite a few suggested recipes on offer, which I've never actually tried because I thought they were, for the most part, pretty ridiculous. Suggesting desserts with cream just seems silly for people trying to lose weight, and none of the recipes are particularly healthy versions of anything, just standard meals such as spaghetti Bolognese. This is another clue that the game is really intended for hugely obese people who don't have any ideas about nutrition or sensible eating. If I followed the recipes, I'd be gaining weight.
I ended up restarting my exercise regime on Easy, and whilst it is easier going and still quite a challenge, I didn't find it as fun as any of my other fitness games (EA Active & More Workouts, Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, My Fitness Coach Dance Workout and a couple of others). So for that reason I found it really hard going. There also seemed to be a bit of a clash going on, because the food and meals section seems to be aimed at obese people, but I think that an obese person would find it very difficult to complete the exercise sections as suggested.
Having said that, the exercises do give you a proper workout, but there are too many annoying elements for me for this to be a game I come back to. It's just not particularly fun or motivational. However, if you're got 10 stone to lose then you might enjoy this game, ditto if you're a big fan of The Biggest Loser. Otherwise, EA Active is much more rewarding and has a better range and layout for exercises.
Summary: Not great for me personally
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