Video games aren’t traditionally the most active pastime. However, with the introduction of motion sensing technology, they are slowly but surely becoming a viable way to get some exercise and have some fun. So if you have a friend or family member who’s a PlayStation Move owner, why not help them expand their game collection and stay fit and healthy by getting them one of these Top 15 Fitness Themed PlayStation Move Games For Christmas.
DanceStar Party is a fun filled dance game that takes full advantage of the PlayStation Move technology and gives players a surprisingly good workout. It features over 40 of the hottest dance tracks including “1 Thing” by Amerie, “Where’s Your Head At?” by Basement Jaxx, “I Like The Way You Move” by Outkast and “OMG” by Usher ft. will.i.am.
It also features a number of innovative game modes including “Dance Creator” which allows players to create their own dance routines then perform them with their friends and “Fitness Mode” which allows players to create a personalised, dance based workout program and then track their progress via the in-game, interactive workout chart.
EA Sports Active 2 is the second instalment in the popular fitness franchise. The game comes packaged with arm and leg straps which can be used to add resistance to many of the in-game exercises and provide players with a more effective workout. It also includes a heart rate monitor which gives players a live on-screen update of their workout performance.
The game itself features over 70 different exercises including six brand new exercises; “Alternating Arm & Leg Lifts”, “Alternating Cross Over Lunges”, “Alternating High Knee Reverse Lunges”, “Front Shoulder Raises”, “Narrow Shoulder Raises” and “Windshield Wipers”. It also features a completely new nine week program which is specially designed by professional trainers to give players the best results possible.
Get Fit With Mel B is a unique fitness game developed in conjunction with Mel B and Fitness First. It is currently the only fitness game available that brings the player inside the game and instead of using a graphical representation like all its competitors, it puts the actual player on-screen, side by side with Mel B.
The game itself features a huge range of 199 exercises, split into six main categories; “Dance Fit”, “Cardio”, “Advanced Cardio”, “Step”, Pump & Tone” and “Kickboxercise”. It also has an effective, in-game nutritional program which contains 140 different recipes and encourages players to improve their diet as well as their physical activity levels.
4) Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 is another fantastic Christmas gift for dance lovers that can help them burn some serious calories. It comes loaded with 40+ dance tunes including “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera and “Disturbia” by Rhianna.
Like all the previous games in this series, Just Dance 4 is packed full of exciting game modes including the brand new “Battle Mode” which allows players to go head to head and enjoy the ultimate dance off and an upgraded “Just Sweat Mode” which includes exciting new workouts along with a calorie counter. It’s also just as the previous Just Dance titles as a multi-player experience and can support up to four players, providing hours of entertainment in the process.
Michael Jackson: The Experience is a top Christmas present for fans of the “King Of Pop” who also like to bust a move. It lets the player experience all of MJ’s greatest hits and learn his impressive dance moves within the comfort of their own living room. The best part is it combines fun with fitness and gets players working up a sweat without even realising.
The game itself features over 20 of Michael Jackson’s most popular songs including “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”, “Leave Me Alone” and “Thriller”. In addition to this, it includes all of Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves and can support up to four players.
MLB 12: The Show is a brilliant Christmas gift for baseball fans. It fully supports the PlayStation Move and allows players to bowl or bat just like they would in a real life game of baseball. It also features an extensive roster of MLB players and is cross compatible with the PlayStation Vita version of the game.
In terms of gameplay, MLB 12: The Show is the most impressive instalment in the series to date and features support for up to four players, either offline or online. It also has a brand new “Diamond Dynasty” mode which allows players to take a customised team and pit it against other players online, which is sure to test both their managerial skills and gameplay skills to the max.
My Fitness Coach Club provides players with a personalised fitness experience that they can enjoy within the comfort of their own home. Players simply create a profile, choose their fitness objective and then the game provides them with a workout that will help them meet those objectives.
All the in-game workouts have been designed by fitness professionals, so players can be confident that they’ll hit their fitness goals in the most effective way possible. However, the game is also designed in a way which allows players to focus on the exercises they enjoy the most which helps them stay motivated as they improve their fitness.
The game also features a range of useful and motivational statistics including “Cardio Strength”, “Lower Body Strength”, “Flexibility” and “Co-Ordination”. Each one of these statistics can be compared against friends or against the overall average.
The PlayStation Move Starter Pack is an excellent Christmas present for people who own a PlayStation 3 but haven’t yet upgraded to the PlayStation Move. It includes both the PlayStation Eye Camera and a PlayStation Move Controller.
The PlayStation Eye Camera has the ability to capture high quality video and audio and then either relay it back to the player on-screen, transmit it to other players via the PlayStation Network or store it to the PlayStation 3’s hard disk. It also has a number of different capture modes including slow motion and time lapse, plus a range of special visual effects that can be used to enhance any photo or video.
The PlayStation Move Controller works in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye Camera to accurately track player movements and also includes buttons to allow players to take direct control while playing. In addition to this, it has a sleek, easy to hold design, is 100% wireless and has a built in rechargeable battery. The sphere part of the controller also lights up during play while the bottom half of the controller vibrates, to provide players with instant visual and responsive feedback.
SingStar Dance is the perfect present for anyone you know that likes singing along to the latest tunes and blasting songs out at the top of their voice. It combines the familiar karaoke style gameplay of the SingStar series with calorie burning dance moves to create a unique gaming experience unlike anything else on the PlayStation Move.
The game itself supports up to four players and features 50 audio/video tracks including “Shut Up” by The Black Eyed Peas, “Bye Bye Bye” by N Sync and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5. It also has full online support and allows players to upload their video performances to My SingStar Online and download new tracks from the SingStore.
Sony Move Fitness is an innovative fitness game that allows players to turn their home into a high tech gym, work up a sweat and burn some serious calories. All the in-game workouts are based around moving targets which have players jumping, punching, swinging and grabbing and are designed to test player’s co-ordination, speed and reflexes to the max.
The game also comes with full online support and allows players to either go head to head or workout together across the PlayStation Network. In addition to this, it tracks player stats during every workout and then gives players the options to share these with friends, so that they can see who is progressing the fastest.
Sports Champions 2 is the second instalment in the popular franchise and offers players a fun way to stay fit by participating in a range of exciting sports within the comfort of their own home. It features six sports in total; Archery, Bowling, Boxing, Golf, Skiing and Tennis. This edition also contains a brand new “Party Mode” which allows multiple players to create and compete in custom, multi-sport tournaments.
As well as the new sports and game modes, Sports Champions 2 is also packed full of everything that made the original game so great with “Cup Play”, “Free Play” and “Challenges” all making a welcome return appearance. In addition to this, it also features the online leaderboards from the original game along with brand new Facebook connectivity.
12) The Fight
The Fight is a great Christmas gift choice for any men on your shopping list who secretly fancy themselves as the next Mike Tyson and want to experience the thrill of fighting without the risk of getting hurt. Since it’s based around fighting, the game has players constantly dodging, ducking and throwing punches and gives them a really intense workout which is so enjoyable, they won’t even realise they’re exercising.
The game itself features 12 underground fighting venues along with a range of different opponents, all who have their own specific fighting style. It also allows players to fight in a variety of styles themselves and they can choose to either fight clean by using jabs and punches or fight dirty by using headlocks and headbutts. In addition to this, it has a “Single Player Career Mode” which allows players to hone their fighting skills and an “Online Multiplayer Mode” which allows players to test their fighting skills against real live opponents across the PlayStation Network.
13) Top Spin 4
Top Spin 4 is an excellent Christmas choice for keen tennis spectators. It replicates all the swings, shots and serves of a real life tennis game and as a result, it provides players with a fun and effective way to improve their fitness.
In terms of roster, Top Spin 4 features 10 male tennis players (including current tennis superstars Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djoković), seven female tennis players (including Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams) and eight tennis legends (including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker and Björn Borg). It also features 39 courts (of which seven are licensed) including the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the US Open, allowing players to experience the feeling of playing at a major tournament without ever leaving their living room.
UFC Personal Trainer is a fitness game with a twist. Instead of focusing on traditional fitness goals such as building muscle mass or losing weight, it aims to get players fighting fit and develop full body fitness by using UFC inspired training routines. It comes packaged with a leg strap which can be used to hold the PlayStation Move Controller during play. This allows players to use their legs as they exercise and get an intense, full body workout.
The game also features on screen UFC fighters and training experts who constantly advise, monitor and supervise players as they workout. In addition to this, it includes 70+ MMA inspired exercises from a range of disciplines including kickboxing and Muay Thai which have all been approved by the National Academy Of Sports Medicine.
15) Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness is a game based on the hugely popular fitness craze that allows players to replicate the high energy, party atmosphere of Zumba classes in their living room. It features 30 different Zumba routines and nine different dance styles; Calypso, Cumbia, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Mambo, Merengue, Reggaeton, Rumba and Salsa. It also allows players to dance along in a range of venues including factories, night clubs and skyscraper roof tops.
The game itself has a wide range of gameplay modes. For players who are just getting started with Zumba, there’s a “Learn The Steps” training mode. Then for players who are more familiar with Zumba there’s single player and multi-player modes which allow players to workout alone, workout with up to three friends or even compete against them in a fitness inspired dance off.
I hope you manage to find a suitable fitness themed PlayStation Move game on this list that you can give as a Christmas present to that special someone. Whether your buying for a highly active person or not, a fitness themed PlayStation Move game is something they’re sure to enjoy and it also has the added bonus of helping them burn a few extra calories each day.
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