|System: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii|
|Dev: Heavy Iron|
|Release: June 28, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Violent References|
Though the exercise calendar will probably be the game's most popular and convenient mode for exercise enthusiasts, if you just want to get in and have a five or ten minute warm-up session, you can try out one of the game's free-play activities. Activities in the game include free-striking, a speed-strike mode, and "Hit the Mitts," which tests your strike speed and accuracy. These aren't great for exercise purposes, but if you just want to hop on and blow off some steam, you'll be able to do that.
Although the inclusion of UFC-style moves and exercises will certainly draw the attention of fitness buffs, there are a few key things that will excite UFC fans specifically. First off is the focus on delivering an experience with real UFC trainers. Players can select to work out with renowned UFC trainers Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson, or Javier Mendez. Each trainer is fully-voiced and will instruct you in his own unique way.
But even more exciting than the trainers is the inclusion of several UFC fighters. Though they are not integrated deeply into the game, you can perform several fighting exercise routines against the game's UFC fighter models. This is a pretty cool feature that's likely to motivate more dedicated UFC fans into exercising. There are 16 available fighters to work with, including superstars like Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, and Cain Velasquez.
UFC Personal Fitness is a great workout game first, and a cool addition to the UFC universe second. The addition of UFC fighters, trainers, and UFC-inspired workouts will make this a great experience for fans, and I look at it as a new way to motivate people to work out. Though fitness games are traditionally marketed to women, UFC Personal Fitness takes a new, universal approach to getting fit, and the focus on building strength and learning basic fighting moves really works here. If you haven't yet hopped on board the fitness game train, or have been looking for something a little different, UFC Personal Fitness measures up and manages to be quite fun as well. Just don't expect to slack off.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer