Adidas miCoach for the PS Move picks up on the interactive athletic training system of the same name, and brings it to the convenience of your gaming console. There’s a slew of training programs, each of them specific to a certain sport and with a variety of coaches to guide you through your workouts.
Some interactive workout games have experienced great success, the first that comes to mind typically being Zumba, and it seems that Adidas miCoach is trying to get in on the trend. This in some ways does offer a viable alternative – particularly for people who can’t make it to the gym or who simply prefer the privacy of their own home.
It does offer some interesting features – including real-time feedback, although you have to be wearing a miCoach heart rate monitor to find out your exact performance. You can set fitness goals and you’ll get a breakdown of workout plans that will help you achieve them. Those goals are broken down through a variety of sports, and you’ll have your coaches. It seems their primary purpose is to explain the physical effects of the exercises and also to demonstrate them.
The PS Move calibrates (of course) so that you can check out some of the mini-games. There are a variety, from basketball to tennis. Unfortunately they didn’t really add any “exercise value”, which is what most buyers of this game are really looking for. Their real intention was more to monitor the space you have to work within, but that wound up being glitchy and snags at some points.
In the end, however, Adidas miCoach felt more like a training video than an interactive game. It was a visually impressive training video, but a video nonetheless. It offered little motivation to continue forward with the program. For people looking for a workout routine, I recommend Billy Blanks’ Tae-Bo videos. Or even Richard Simmons.
Innovation – 2/5: Adidas miCoach really doesn’t bring anything new to the genre of interactive exercise games.
Value – 1/5: Unfortunately this game definitely falls below the mark. You don’t feel like you get out of it what you’ve put in.