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UFC Motion Controlled Fitness Game Is Coming June 2011

Today THQ announced the release date for their upcoming motion-controlled fitness game, UFC Personal Trainer. The game is due out this June for Wii, Xbox Kinect, and PS3 Move. Bas Rutten's killer moves are probably not included.

The game has an impressive roster of names behind it. According to a THQ press release, the routines in Personal Trainer were designed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with help from MMA trainers Mark DellaGrotte, Greg Jackson and Javier Mendez. The idea is to bring real UFC workouts to the fitness game space.

While the game works with all motion devices, the Kinect version will be getting some advanced features, much like other fitness games released so far. Beyond the full body tracking, which allows the game to assess your form and technique, voice controls are used for navigation. As far as I know, this is the first Kinect game to incorporate voice commands in this way.

It seems THQ is focusing on the Kinect version, planning several exclusives: nine exercise routines, branded in-game equipment; and sparring partners Dan Hardy, Frank Mir, Diego Sanchez and Kenny Florian make the Kinect game the best of the three--assuming the motion-tracking isn't as flawed as it was in EA Sports Active.

While it's a bit late to the party, UFC Personal Trainer could be the one fitness game that doesn't make you feel embarrassed. I imagine it takes a certain amount of courage to step in front of The Biggest Loser, whereas UFC is more accepting. Just don't go into this one expecting to bulk up--all the UFC branding in the world won't save you from having to dance around your living room.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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