Boxing has given us some truly memorable moments over the years. The much loved sport is one of the most exciting to watch, that is of course if you happened to miss the bore-fest between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. A sport like boxing is very lucky, not only does it make for compelling viewing in the real world, it is also superb when moved across into the virtual realm. The sport has been a near-constant presence in the gaming world since the 1980s, although in recent years the game has been neglected due to EA Sports opting to prioritise their UFC game. This was a move that left a sour taste in the mouths of many.
Due to the popularity of boxing and boxing games it can come as no surprise that the public have been inundated with boxing games over the years. For the most part, these games are usually knockout victors, but there are some that should just stay on the canvas. Below are some of the best and worst boxing games to have ever made it to market.
James “Buster” Douglas Knockout Boxing
Release Date: 1988/1990
Platform(s): Sega Genesis
Final Blow was a game released by Sega in 1988 that was available on all of the ported platforms. However, in 1990 the game was renamed James “Buster” Douglas Knockout Boxing and released on the Sega Genesis.
At the time of the game’s release, Buster Douglas was riding a wave. Earlier in the year (February, 1990) the American stunned the world, knocking out the unbeaten Mike Tyson in the tenth round – Douglas was priced at 42-1 in the boxing betting. Unfortunately for the slugger, he was defeated by Evander Holyfield in his very first title defence. He was lucky to cash in with Sega when he did.
The side scrolling boxing game was your typical rock ‘em and sock ‘em style game. If you managed to time your strikes correctly, you could unleash a knockout punch on your opponent. You could even enjoy the spectator mode if you wanted to.
Sega were genius in the marketing of the game. Douglas featured in their “Genesis does what Ninten don’t” – the game was considered by many as a response to Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! The game also took a thinly veiled swipe at Tyson with the in-game character of Ironhead, an obvious reference to “Iron” Mike Tyson.
Wii Sports Boxing
Release Date: 2006
Platform: Nintendo Wii
The Nintendo Wii really did change the way we game. Had it not been for the success of this gaming upstart, would Microsoft and Sony develop Kinect and Move respectively? Probably, but were it not for the Wii then it would have surely taken far longer. You couldn’t help but be impressed by the Wii. At one time it was the must-have console, as proven by the fact that Nintendo has sold more than 100 million units.
Granted the graphics were not worth shaking a stick at, it was 8-bit gaming brought into the 3D world, but the gameplay was innovative and highly enjoyable. Despite its childish nature, it is hard not to enjoy seeing the punches that you are throwing in the living room land on the opposition chin in the virtual world. By nature boxing games are hugely competitive. On the Wii they were even more so. Although you would hopefully never knockout your best friend in the real world, you can’t help but enjoy putting them flat on their back whilst playing on the Wii. And to put the cherry on the cake, all the while you are playing you can pretend to your concerned parents that you are simply working out.
Fight Night: Champion
Release Date: 2011
Platform(s): PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
Publisher: EA Sports
Fight Night: Champion may draw the ire of some boxing fans who thought that the fighting mechanisms were not as realistic as EA Sports had promoted, however, these folk were certainly in the minority. As of writing, there is yet to be a boxing game that has bettered the quality of graphics and gameplay possessed by Fight Night: Champion.
Many who played the game were left hugely impressed by the “Full-Spectrum Punch Control” that allowed gamers to throw punches by simply flicking the right analogue stick. You could still throw punches by pressing buttons as well. The addition of “Full-Spectrum Punch Control” eliminated the complicated controller manipulations (calculated button mashing) that were essential for the “Total Punch Control” system of previous Fight Night instalments. Moreover, secondary controller buttons (triggers) allowed for uncommon and power punches. The blocking and leaning system was also modified.
What left many amazed was the depth of the Champion mode, something that most sport games neglect. Storytelling is more often amiss within sporting games which made the Champion mode all the more refreshing. The story sees you play the part of Andre Bishop, a boxer who is currently serving time in a correctional facility for a crime he did not commit. After serving his time inside, in which he has numerous unlicensed boxing clashes, he goes to work for his brother, Raymond, another heavyweight boxer. It doesn’t take Andre too long to get back his licence and return to the professional arena, where he makes a very good account for himself with some convincing wins.
All this leads to Raymond challenging his brother in a fight to be named the number one contender. This is a fight that Andre intentionally loses. Raymond goes on to fight the nefarious Isaac Frost, who knocks him out cold with a devastating punch, prompting Andre to challenge Frost to a title match. Andre goes on to claim retribution, beating Frost for the World Heavyweight title and also witnessing DL McQueen, the man who framed him, investigated and eventually jailed. As you can picture from reading this, it is a story mode full of character and one that keeps you glued from start to finish.
With a roster that included Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Bernard Hopkins, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, and Roberto Duran, to name just a few, there were plenty of competitors for you to chance your arm with.
Online play was also at the forefront of the game. It was awesome.
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Release Date: 1987
Platform(s): Nintendo (NES)
If you were to ask anyone of a certain age – anyone old enough to have owned a NES – what the best boxing game of all time is they would reply in a matter seconds, telling you and anyone else who cares to listen that it is Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out via unanimous decision.
The arcade game Punch-Out had been around since 1984 but Tyson didn’t get involved until 1986. Minoru Arakawa, the founder and former president of Nintendo of America, was in attendance of an early Tyson bout. After watching what was a routine demolition job by Tyson, Arakawa was adamant that he needed to get the ferocious young American on board for the upcoming port version of Punch-Out!!, believing that Tyson’s inclusion in the game would help the game sell. Although it remains very hush-hush, it is widely reported that Tyson was paid $50,000 for a three-year period for his likeness. It is one hell of a deal for Nintendo, a little later on in the year Tyson went on to win the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship from Trevor Berbick, which would have subsequently seen him command a much higher fee.
Playing as Little Mac, a fighter who was grossly undersized in this world of heavyweights, your challenge was to rise to the very top of the sport and topple Tyson to claim the world title. Infuriating would be an apt word to describe this game. Losing a fight, something you end up doing more often than not, sees you fall down the rungs of the ladder, whilst losing to Tyson, the match you have been building up to for ages, signals instant game over.
This was a time when Tyson ruled the world, there were still a few years before he lost to Douglas. It was after that that his career started to seriously decline. First it was his imprisonment, then it was the Evander Holyfield ear bite, and then at the end you had embarrassing losses to journeymen like Danny Williams.
There is no other boxing game quite as beloved as Punch-Out!!, and it is testament to the game’s overall quality that it frequently ranked in the top-10 best NES games ever.
George Foreman’s KO Boxing
Release Date: 1992
Platform(s): SNES, NES, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive
George Foreman was a hellacious boxer. His victory over Michael Moorer in 1994 made him the oldest heavyweight champion of all time at the tender age of 45. Despite his boxing prowess, Foreman has actually made more money from his grilling range, a cool $200 million, than he did from boxing. Foreman won’t mind being remembered for the grill over boxing, at least that way he can distance himself from the diabolical boxing game named after him.
If you have ever had the misfortune of playing KO Boxing, we are truly sorry. The game, which can be classed as a cheap Punch-Out!! imitator, was a horror. The gameplay was stoic and unresponsive, while the graphics were uninspiring to say the least.
Mike Tyson Boxing
Release Date: 2000
Although Tyson was involved in the best loved boxing game of all time, he was also involved with one absolute stinker. Mike Tyson Boxing ties in perfectly with “Iron” Mike’s boxing career post-millennium. It was terrible.
The graphics were shambolic. It looked like a game that should be played on the SNES and not the PlayStation. But you can learn to live with shoddy graphics. Downright awful gameplay, though, is simply unforgivable. Boxing is all about speed, with counter punching being imperative. The 1987 game that featured Tyson vested itself heavily in developing a counter punching style, which added to both its realism and enjoyment levels. However, in Mike Tyson Boxing speed does not exist. If you are to throw a punch you have to wind your arm back as if it were a sling shot. This is an arduous affair that takes at least a second, which in the boxing world would see you put on your back. As a consequence, effective jabbing and counter punching were all but missing in this game.
I think one of the coolest things that DC’s New 52 has done would be to replace Bruce Wayne as Batman with Jim Gordon after the former’s death. Yup, our good old Gotham City Police Department commissioner is the one holding the mantle of the Bat, even though his Batman is him being in a high-tech robotic suit of armour and works for the GCPD. The Batman in no longer a vigilante, and he even comes with a GCPD-sanctioned airship/blimp (probably a throwback to the cartoon series which had plenty of blimps)
The 46-year old Gordon puts his training as a former Marine to good use, and looses the ‘stache in order to go all jarhead, a fact lamented by his daughter, Barbara. But unlike Barbara who has been keeping her secret for years, Gordon confesses to her on him being Batman at the very first opportunity he gets. This puts her in a conundrum as while she wants to confess that she is Batgirl, he is mandated to rein all the vigilantes in.Let’s talk about the suit. Created by Powers International, it’s cutting-edge and made out of nano-carbon, with magnetic boots part of the ensemble. Capable of protecting Gordon when he is tossed into or being tossed at with building and vehicles, the suit can dish plenty of pain as well, enabling him to punch the lights out of villains with ease, along with being able to shoot out batarangs and deploy an EM pulse. He even gets his own Batcave in the form of a really posh/spacious apartment.
Things should get even more interesting when the rest of the Bat-Family meet up with the new Batman, with his new orders to rein them in. His suit practically makes him the super powered one of the entire bunch. I can’t wait for the rumoured return of Bruce Wayne in September as well, one would wonder what would happen when he comes to reclaim the mantle of the Bat.
If you are visiting Seoul during spring time, there’s one thing that you really need to do. Go for a run. More specifically go for run by the Cheonggyecheon stream. I had the good fortune of doing that several weeks ago during a company trip that included the Mount Seorak National Park and Seoul.
About the Cheonggyecheon stream, it was previously really polluted during the expansion of Seoul post Korean War, so much so the Koreans covered up with concrete in order for elevated highways to be built on top it. I read about it several years ago (on Slate) whereby in 2003, the mayor of Seoul (and future 10th president of South Korea) kickstarted the initiative to restore the stream, making it into the beautiful public space that was reopened in 2005. That stream has been in my bucket list for places to run at for the longest time, and I managed to tick that off just a few weeks ago.
My first attempt at running in Seoul ended pretty much in disaster. The typical technical shirt and short pants will not work unless one is acclimatised to the really chilly (read: biting) weather early in the morning. I only managed a round trip of about a few kilometres around my hotel, which was located near Dongdaemun.
The second attempt was the one where I got to run by the Cheonggyecheon stream. Suitability suited up in Nike ACG gear (this survived Kinabalu twice, and Gunung Irau, once) and a hooded sweatshirt from Uniqlo with a pair of Asics Excel-33s, it turned out to be a much more comfortable run. The directions to Cheonggyecheon were pretty simple, I ran past the Dongdaemun History & Culture Park and the Megabox Cineplex (did I tell you that I caught Age of Ultron on its worldwide premiere date…in Korea?!) towards the Ogansugyo Bridge that would typically lead anyone to the Dongdaemun Gate.
The Ogansugyo Bridge is basically over the Cheonggyecheon stream and I took the steps on the right to get down to the stream and began running in the direction towards the Han River. And here’s where the awesome part started. The entire stream is really picturesque and the Uniqlo sweater that I was wearing had enough space for my iPhone 6 Plus, and that meant plenty of picture taking and especially really nice panos.
There were some small rapids and nice wooden platforms jutting out to the stream, and at some places, flat rocks are placed instead of bridges for foot traffic to cross. The variety of wildlife is something to be seen to believe. Here, in middle of a bustling metropolis is a clear water stream that counts fish, egrets, ducks, and other types of birds as its residents.
From my starting point the paths on either side of the stream were for foot traffic, with no pets allowed. It was quite early and at times there was nobody..nobody…but me (not sure whether you, dear reader, got that KPOP reference). In any case it took a while for me to get to a point of the stream where foot traffic shared space with cyclists, and this I believe was near the elevated highway.
This part Cheonggyecheon had plenty of space and you can see open air gyms and other public facilities under the shadow of the elevated highway. I ran until I reached a public park with stone sculptures before turning around to run back to my hotel (it was essentially my last day at Seoul). The return trip back saw even more cyclists and foot traffic, with some runners thrown in the mix.
Although I ended my Seoul trip with a bang (it turned out to be a 13 kilometre run), the sad part is that the watch that I was wearing (the Garmin Fenix 2) decided to kinda die on me. I had to send it to an authorized service centre which in turn sent it back to Taiwan since they can’t get it fixed….battery problems apparently…. so sorry, no MapMyRun or Garmin Connect maps/stats this time. I leave you guys to enjoy the photos and do remember, if you are a runner in Seoul, you really got to try this out.
Poor Alfred Pennyworth can’t seem to catch a break. I remember reading an issue of Batman Eternal where he got jabbed in the head by one of Batman’s enemies. Ouch. And now, Scott Snyder’s penultimate chapter in an amazing Batman run has the seemingly immortal Joker lopping off Alfred’s right hand. Double ouch. It’s that symbolic of the Joker cutting off Batman’s right-hand man (Alfred)? I don’t know but Batman #40 (a.k.a Batman: Endgame Part 6) promises to be a doozy.
Now what other comic books caught my eye this week? It would be Mark Millar’s The Secret Service. There are plenty of reasons he is one of the best comic book writers out there. He brought us Kickass and Civil War but to me, his original run with The Ultimates was the best thing in comic books. I took a train right to what were known as the tallest buildings in world (the KLCC Twin Towers), just to get to the Kinokuniya book store to purchase The Ultimates #1 when it was released. That book, is the very inspiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you see in cinemas today.
I wouldn’t fault you if you feel that there’s something familiar about The Secret Service. This is because the recent blockbuster hit Kingsman: The Secret Service is actually loosely based on this comic book. Given that it’s written by Mark Millar, there’s plenty of violence, cursing and some skin. It’s an overall pretty good read and I’m actually looking forward to catch the movie on the small screen.
Despite Calvin Harris’ summer time anthem, the aptly titled “Summer”, droning on about meeting that special someone during that particular time of the year most would associate with flat out beach parties, there’s still the temptation to pull up chair to a TV and console and boot up the latest copy of FIFA. Yup, summer time is here and try as we might to leave the laptop, smartphone and tablet at home, the temptation to use them is often too strong. So, if resistance is futile and you have to take your particular gadget down to the beach or with you on a long summer walk, what games are best to take with you?
I know of a friend of mine who would hunker down to try and bolster his paragon level in Diablo III. Others would rank action games such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto as favourites while casino games, now mostly played online, have been growing in popularity with great advances in technology that uniquely recreate the casino experience without leaving your home. Summer time playing the virtual role of James Bond in Casino Royale, all you need is a martini, shaken, not stirred, next to your PC.
Sports games, like FIFA which I mentioned earlier, are really popular with every sport imaginable played online. The World Cup just ended and with the English Premier League kicking in this weekend, it’s only natural that soccer games are riding the crest of popularity this summer. Titles such as EA’s 2014 FIFA World Cup let players relive the World Cup at home with their favourite national teams while the upcoming FIFA 15 (which happens to be released right after summer in North America) promises the most authentic Barclays Premier League experience.
The American Football season is due to start in the USA lasting the whole way through late summer and autumn and onto the Superbowl in January 2015. The Seattle Seahawks are the defending champions and, if you want to recreate their 2014 triumph, Madden NFL 15 may be the game for you with, what is recognised as the best defensive gameplay control around. With great new camera angles and new features for pre-game and half-time, it should whet the appetite for the new NFL season.
Not to be confused with NFL 15, NHL is another game for devotees of USA sport, in this case ice hockey and, while the ice may not seem perfect for summer, it’s a great game to play in your “downtime. This new version of the game has several new features including minor changes such as improving the way the players jersey move over the pads to those more significant including an overhaul of the way the games are broadcast with real NBC commentary for the first time. With realistic crowd scenes and players, it may not be a summer sport but is a great game to play at any time of the year.
Top Spin has long been regarded as one of the best tennis games on the market and, in this period with the French Open and Wimbledon having finished and the US Open yet to begin, tennis is in the limelight and this game does justice to the speed, dynamism and skill of the game. The Top Spin series has great attention to detail; you can customise the particulars of your character, even to the extent of choosing the grunt they will use during a game! The latest version of the game tries, having excelled at getting the players right, to try and recreate the atmosphere of a grand slam event and cleverly goes behind the scenes in the locker room to capture the moments before the players comes out onto court.
If you’re away during the cricket season and missing out on live action, World Cricket Championship is a good way of reminding yourself of the wonders of bat on ball. It gives you plenty of options and puts you in control of all the elements necessary to occupy the crease, so your footwork, timing and shot selection are all dependant on your ability at the game. It also gets into the mind, by attempting to calculate your confidence levels, so the longer your innings, the more your belief in your batting will increase. It also gives you control over bowling and, with good graphics and animation, if you can’t get to a match over the holidays, this gives you the next best option.
Today one of the most popular ways to pass the time is to play online games. They’re accessible whenever and wherever you want, you can play by yourself or join in multiplayer games. Games can take a couple of minutes or a whole evening to complete and there’s a fantastic array of different games to choose from. The reasons people play games online vary. Some do it as a way of unwinding after a busy and stressful day at work; others do it to fill the time while waiting for an appointment or for someone they’ve arranged to meet. Then there are the people who choose to play games to meet new people, even if they only ever meet virtually.
What you choose to play can depend a lot on how you’re feeling. For those games that you can unwind with, casino games like slots are a great choice. They’re simple to play and there are few decisions that need to be made, but there’s a chance of making a fortune in the process. A game that has the potential to win you a life-changing amount of money is always entertaining. Check out the huge variety of slots at Unibet casino – whatever you’re into, you’ll find a themed slot to suit.
Bingo’s another game that takes no brainpower to play; with the online version you don’t even have to concentrate on the number calls as the software marks any matching numbers on your card for you. Bingo’s a game where there’s plenty of fun to be had in socialising with other players in the chat rooms; win or lose you’ll have a good time, and if you do happen to win, you’ll be able to celebrate with the players you’ve been chatting to.
On the other hand, when you feel like a mental challenge, then you should try your hand at poker. This is a game of strategy and skill rather than being based on pure luck. There are many poker players online who play at a professional level, which means the competition is very tough. And the difficulty is that you never know what kind of player you’ll be facing at the virtual poker table. It may be that you don’t win poker very often, but you’ll have given your brain a workout trying!
Quick and simple slots and bingo or brain-bending poker – the choice of what you play online will depend very much on what kind of a day you’ve had!
Anyone who follows the football closely and enjoys placing a number of bets, both before matches and in-play, will know already that a betting exchange is where you get the tightest margins and the best odds. And there’s the added advantage of being able to lay bets (accept other people’s bets) as well as place your own.
But for any bettor who wants to take their betting more seriously, then it’s worth downloading a betting trading app like Betpractice score grid for football so that you can manage multiple betting markets at once. This is the first betting app that displays football markets in a score grid format, which makes the process of mixing different single bets from multiple markets in a football game far easier to manage. And with Betpractice Score Grid (BSG) it’s possible to place bets before the game and live in-play.
BSG was released just in time for the Brazilian World Cup and any Betfair user who had access to the app during the tournament will have had ample opportunities to see how much easier the grid format makes it to place multiple bets in multiple markets. Features such as one-click betting, a cash-out calculator, half-time assistant tool and real-time Betfair prices make the app work smoothly even for novice gamblers. The fact that you can see the net profit or loss with every possible score of a match makes it child’s play to make betting choices as a user can quickly see the most profitable betting combinations across a number of football markets.
As with many of the other betting trading apps, anyone can download a 3-day trial of the full version of the software so that they can judge how the app would improve their multiple bet strategies before they decide to subscribe. And to make things even easier, a user can switch to simulation mode whenever they want to, and therefore try out new betting systems without financial risk, even after they have started paying a subscription.
The FIFA World Cup may be over for another four years, but with the Premier League season about to kick off, BSG is an app that could really benefit anyone who’s looking to take their soccer betting to a more professional level.
Work got in the way of updates for the past two weeks but while I was busy fronting an exciting new project, I had some time to shop about (online), play some games (casual) and run. Anyways, it’s back to my normal posting schedule starting Monday onwards. Before that though, I received my very first Amazon.com ordered LEGO set a couple weeks back. It was theLEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set. Now this isn’t as popular as the Ghosbusters Ecto-1 nor is it better reviewed, so the only reason I bought it was because of the massive 20% discount.
All in all, it cost me USD 47 including shipping via AmazonGlobal Expedited Shipping and it took about 13 days to arrive to Malaysia. The ordering and tracking experience (both through Amazon.com) was pretty good, I was able to track the item’s journey from the States, over to Singapore and then to Malaysia. And unlike my other order with Cadence Watches (that’s another story), Amazon got my office address correct.
The price tag works out to around RM 160, and that’s matches the lowest price one particular grey importer is selling this set for (and as far as I know, he is out of stock). My colleague on the other hand got his set for RM 190 when the set first came out.
I have to say that the set arrived in immaculate condition so I’m debating with myself whether to keep this mint-in-sealed-box or open it up for assembly. I’m not really a fan of the movie so I’m leaning towards putting the set into cold storage. If you are interested in getting your very own DeLorean, check out the deal right over here: LEGO 21103 The DeLorean Time Machine Building Set
Many games that you play offer a reasonable chance of you winning. But when you play the lottery, you know the chances of walking away with the jackpot prize are always slim. In fact, the odds can be so low that many people think that they just won’t bother. But then again, the top prizes in lotteries are won pretty frequently, and the wins are always unexpected. While the odds of winning the lottery can vary dramatically according to which lottery you play, there are still some things in life that are less likely to happen.
For example, you may have considered the possibility of being eaten by a shark when you’re visiting a beach where sharks have been spotted. But you shouldn’t worry too much about it – the odds of dying after being bitten by a shark are 1 in 264 million. In fact, it’s much more likely that you’ll win the US Powerball lottery – where the odds are 1 in 175 million. Push the odds in your favour by choosing not to swim in the sea and buy yourself a ticket for the next Powerball draw instead!
Four leaf clovers have always been associated with good luck. So what do you think; are you more likely to win the lottery or find a four leaf clover? In fact, you have a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a four leaf clover, so it’s actually more likely than winning the jackpot in a lottery draw. The Irish lotto odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 8,145, 060. However, if you do enter the Irish lotto you have a 1 in 10,000 chance of winning a share of 2.5% of the total prize money – by matching four numbers and the bonus ball. Suddenly, it feels a better use of time to buy a lotto ticket than hunting around in a field of clover. What are you going to do with a four-leaf clover even if you find one? They have no inherent value and as they can now be artificially produced, they aren’t even that unusual anymore.
So if you decide to play the lottery, how do you increase your chances of winning? Although many people have favourite numbers that they always use, these are often picked by lots of other people. For example, special dates and birthdays take up a lot of the numbers between 1 and 31. If you want to increase your chance of not having to share a jackpot with anyone else, then the best way forward when picking your lottery numbers is to use a random number generator. There are hundreds of these available online and as a lottery draw is always random, your picks might as well be too.
Using this method won’t increase your chances of winning; the odds remain the same. But it will mean that you won’t have to share the prize with quite so many other people should you happen to have those lucky numbers.
When Apple announced the M7 processor on the iPhone 5S, I thought it to be a masterstroke in terms of leveraging on sensor data while lowering power requirements doing so at the same time. Not only can apps utilise data garnered from the M7 processor to come up track stuff (such as number of footsteps, whether a user is driving, running or sleeping) that is usually the domain of personal fitness tracking devices, but also with the advent of iOS 8, provide even more accurate in-door positioning where there are no GPS signals.
I like the whole concept so much that among the top 3 non-Apple produced apps on my iPhone, is Fitbit. Yup, it’s a fitness app by the company of the same name that produces the Flex, One and Zip wireless activity and sleep trackers. It may seem a little bit counter intuitive for them, but it gives folks like me who do not wish to wear a band on my wrist (there’s already a G-Shock Gulfman or a Garmin occupying the spot on my left hand, and I tend not to wear anything on my primary hand, which is the right) a pretty useful glimpse into the FitBit ecosystem.
The app tracks my daily steps and distance, leveraging on the M7 processor in my iPhone 5S for accurate information. While I don’t log my food intake (maybe I should) or the amount of water I drink (maybe I should track that too), the daily steps and distance track is enough to actually make me compete with myself. Going into each day’s information and you’ll see very detailed data being tracked, for example, number of steps over time. The app also shows me periods throughout the day whereby I’m active and so on.
If you have an actual Fitbit device, you can pair it with the app to track stats such as the amount of sleep your are getting. In my case, I integrated my Fitbit account with my MapMyRun profile, enabling to see all my daily walking effort side-by-side with my weekly runs (which are tracked by my Garmin). The latest update to the Fitbit app introduces the ability to track exercise sessions (runs, hikes, walks) but I don’t think I’ll be carrying my phone when I’m doing that and this particular feature utilises GPS.
In any case, if you have an iPhone 5S, and you want some personal fitness tracking and don’t want an extra item dangling on your wrist, do check out the Fitbit app. We rate it at a 4.5 out of 5. The app is available on the iTunes App Store for FREE, check it out over here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitbit/id462638897?mt=8