The first EA Sports Active was a great improvement over Nintendo's Wii Fit. Wii Fit used a lot of games and fairly childish exercises, which weren't much of a challenge to adult users and/or people who are in reasonable to good shape.
The first EA Active took its workouts more seriously and less playfull. This of course, is good if you want to exercise, burn calories, improve your condition and maybe lose some weight in the process, but the problem with the first EA active is that it might be TOO serious. The workouts tend to become boring.
Enter... Active More Workouts. I like this sequel mainly because of the extra variance, both in workouts and in scenery. I know, don't expect too much from Wii's graphics, but still it's more fun to run along the beaches of a tropical island instead of a boring round track.
Besides the extra workouts, this new edition of Active has, in my opinion, improved the response to movements of the remote/nunchuck, so it follows and measures your activities more reliable.
The Wii Balance Board is not necessarily required, but if you have one, it's nice to know that Active More Workouts makes better use of it than the first edition did.
Active More Workouts isn't just an addition, it's a complete software package, meaning you don't have to use the first edition in order to get a complete workout. Just pop in this one disc in your Wii, and you're ready to get all the pre-programmed workout programs or create your own sessions out of the great variety of exercises. The program still counts your training time and estimated burned calories.
A couple of downsides, that were already an issue in the first edition:
1. Response to movement of remote/nunchuck -although improved- still isn't perfect.
2. Active More Workouts comes without the necessary leg strap, which forces people to buy the first edition as well, if they don't already own it. This is a major fail in my opinion!
3. I have to get this off my chest... what was EA thinking when they put the resistance band into the first Active package? It's a worthless piece of rubber that doesn't offer any resistance, unless you're under the age of 5. Go out to your local sporting goods store and spend 10-20 bucks on a couple of real resistance bands. That way, you can profit much better from this software.