Release Date: July 13 (Europe), July 24 (North America)
Platforms available on: PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: Lightning Fish
Publisher: 505 Games
Adidas miCoach is the latest in a long line of fitness games for Kinect, though few have contained quite the same level of star power - other than Get Fit With Mel B, of course. Featuring the likes of Jessica Ennis, Gareth Bale, Kaka and Jose Mourinho, not to mention app support, mini-games and more, Adidas miCoach has all of the tools necessary for users to trim the fat and tone up. Unfortunately, for all of its star quality, it's let down by a few fundamental design flaws.
Adidas miCoach offers fitness training for specific sports across six disciplines. Users can train in basketball, football, American football, tennis, running and rugby. There are also general fitness plans for both men and women. The game contains roughly 400 individual exercises, not to mention stat-tracking across the miCoach website and associated app. In terms of content, there's plenty to get stuck into.
Training plans are also split into speed, strength or general routines, offering even more choice and variety. The game breaks down the length of each programme, the duration of each individual workout, as well as any additional items you might need, such as fitness balls and dumbbells - something we found slightly off-putting considering that rival games either supply extra items with the initial purchase, or don't require any at all.
A sizeable outline of users appears onscreen alongside the athlete, providing visual feedback for each move - although sometimes you'll need the contortion skills of a teenager in the midst of a demonic possession to get a good look at the screen. Athletes also explain what it is that you're doing, why you're doing it and which muscles are being worked. Routines and individual exercises can be skipped and modified, providing plenty of room for manoeuvre.
Unfortunately, while we can't fault the level of detail and amount of content, Adidas miCoach is let down in other areas. For starters, it suffers from menu screen overload, something that's exacerbated thanks to clumsy Kinect controls and dodgy voice recognition. You're constantly swiping something - often by accident - or confirming a decision you've already made. It means that actually entering a workout feels as time consuming as the routine itself.
Though their inclusion is welcome, the mini-games are also slightly disappointing. Users can participate in football, basketball and tennis activities, although it's unlikely you'll revisit after one or two attempts. The football game, for example, sees players head or volley balls at targets and into increasingly well defended goals. Even though the accuracy levels are terrible, it won't stop users racking up high scores simply by sticking a leg out.
Adidas miCoach is a fitness title packed full of content, helpful advice and genuinely tough workouts. When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, users will feel the burn and work up a sweat, which is what you want from a fitness title. Unfortunately, however, Adidas miCoach lacks a little finesse, making it hard to recommend above superior fitness titles such as UFC Personal Trainer.