Whether fitness is your thing or not you’d have to have been living under a rock for the last few years to have avoided the Zumba phenomenon. Staying in shape with a bit of dancing is certainly nothing new, but the intense Zumba workout incorporates elements of dance and aerobics, and features styles from across the globe such as hip-hop, samba, mambo, martial arts and more, while incorporating lunges, squats and a load of other activities that would bring many a gamer out in a sweat just thinking about them! With the success of Zumba class workouts it was unsurprising that the game should eventually make its way onto those consoles that feature motion capture technology, namely the Wii, the Kinect, and the PlayStation Move.
Whether you can call a Zumba workout a game or not is in dispute, but the titles released since Zumba Fitness first made its way to our consoles in 2010 have seen resounding success and have stayed in the top of our games charts for months. There were of course some criticisms of the initial games in failing to recognize certain moves that the gamer made, but subsequent releases Zumba Fitness 2 and Zumba Fitness Core did what they could to correct the problems with the technology to which they had access.
The next game in the series, Zumba Fitness World Party, should be the best yet in terms of recognizing the activities of those playing the game, particularly on the Xbox One. The new Kinect technology bundled with the next generation console is far more sensitive than the original Kinect with its HD camera that can see what you’re doing even in the dark. It’s a technology so sensitive that boasts suggest it can even measure your heartbeat, something that may be incorporated within this particular game although that hasn’t been confirmed by the game’s publisher Majesco Entertainment as yet. As the Kinect 2 should also be able to recognize your movement in a smaller space than its predecessor, this may open the door to those that have limited space but still wish to exercise and shape up with a bit of a Zumba workout.
Zumba Fitness World Party is one of the games that are confirmed to be released with the debut of the Xbox One itself so there’ll be no delay in getting your hands on this workout program right away. It’s coming out on October the 15th for the Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U as well if you don’t want to upgrade your console right away but still wish to jump straight in, although that will prevent you from benefiting from the improved Kinect technology.
Aside from the technical enhancements of this particular title, there are other reasons to get your hands on this game if you’re a fan of Zumba or are just looking for a new way to keep fit. World Party will incorporate more than 40 brand new dance routines featuring elements from a range of dance styles such as Salsa, Irish Step and even Bollywood. There’s a great setlist to dance to as well, with music from Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Daddy Yanky and more already confirmed. Where previous Zumba games have pulled away from photo-realism in the look and feel of the game, this title instead includes 14 real Zumba instructors giving you instructions, along with real locations for you to look at while you sweat the pounds away.
There’s even a story mode now to keep you playing this latest Zumba Fitness game. We’re not entirely sure how that’s going to work as yet, but it seems that you, as an aspiring dancer, will take a tour of different regions of the world as you progress in your career. We’ll wait to see whether this particular mode has much appeal when the title is released, but at least the developers are thinking of ways to breathe new life into the franchise.
The new and improved Kinect technology will undoubtedly lead to a shelf full of fitness games in your local game store, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re looking for a way to stay active, whatever the weather, then Zumba Fitness World Party will definitely be an entertaining way to achieve your goals, keeping you fit and providing a bit of fun in the process.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 06/14/2013
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