The primary Health Boxing launched two years in the past, when Nintendo and developer Imagineer presumably determined it was their responsibility to eradicate weight problems around the globe. Final time we checked, although, a load of us are nonetheless packing lots within the podge division, so now the pair are again with a sequel to verify they get the ruddy job performed this time.
At its core, Health Boxing 2 does not seem like massively totally different from the primary one. Though we’re nonetheless solely scratching the floor at this stage, the final gist appears to be comparable: select a exercise, swing your Pleasure-Cons to carry out sure punches to the beat, get a rating primarily based in your accuracy, really feel a bit sweaty, get up the subsequent day with sore arms and repeat. This was a system that labored properly sufficient within the first sport, so if it ain’t broke and all that.
One new addition, nevertheless, is three new trainers to accompany the six that have been already within the first sport. You’re launched to the primary of those, Janice, within the tutorial that seems once you play the sport for the primary time and he or she’s frankly terrifying. Whoever recorded the English voiceover for her was most likely informed to sound energetic, but it surely comes throughout as frantic, intense and downright intimidating. She usually talks extraordinarily shortly (presumably so her traces match over regardless of the unique Japanese traces have been), that means she’ll frequently yell “OKAYTHAT’SGOOD” at you, which may be considerably jarring throughout what’s alleged to be a calming cooldown train.
As earlier than, you’ll be able to unlock new costumes on your trainers, however this time the method seems to be a bit much less repetitive. Earlier than you unlocked particular outfits once you hit sure milestones, a few of which required some severe long-term effort in your half. This time you unlock clothes gadgets with tickets, that are given to you once you full numerous achievements. Though it’s too early to look into the achievement system in any actual depth it appears to be like like there’s a load of them, and the sport was throwing tickets at us like confetti within the first couple of hours we’ve spent with it. We even acquired an achievement for dressing up our coach in garments they don’t like, as if it was Fashion Savvy or one thing.
The precise exercise sections themselves appear to have modified the least: although once more, we should always stress, we’re nonetheless very early within the sport and for all we all know, there’ll be a bunch of latest punch types launched afterward. In the intervening time we’re nonetheless performing the identical jabs, straights, hooks and uppercuts we have been doing within the earlier sport. The one noticeable change at this stage is a brand new gauge that fills up as you carry out excellent hits. When this fills to the highest, you’ll set off a rating multiplier and the background will go all psychedelic to indicate that you simply’re in ‘the zone’ or some such nonsense.
In case you weren’t a fan of the instrumental, karaoke variations of actual songs within the first sport, we’re afraid you’re going to need to put up with extra of the identical this time. The 20 songs that have been featured the primary time round are all gone and have been changed with 20 new ones, and as earlier than the tracklist is fairly daft: once you’ve acquired the likes of YMCA, Ladies Simply Wanna Have Enjoyable and Ariana Grande in there, it’s clear many of the songs are going in a single course, and that’s pure cheese pop (talking of which, One Course is in there, too).
To this point it’s usually a case of ‘extra of the identical’, then. Apart from what seems to be a extra well-rounded achievement system and a bunch of latest trainers and songs, it appears to be like like Health Boxing 2 goes to be extra of an replace to the unique reasonably than a correct sequel. And hey, for followers of the primary sport who’ve been punching to the identical 20 songs for the previous two years, which may be sufficient. Video games like this have to be put by means of their paces for some time earlier than a definitive opinion may be shaped on them, although, and it nonetheless stays to be seen whether or not Health Boxing 2 will have the ability to hold us motivated after we’ve been enjoying it frequently for some time. With that in thoughts, we’ll be again with our full verdict in a few weeks.