Excerpt: People like to talk about how gaming technology is evolving rapidly. It seems like motion controllers took many by surprise, appearing to come out of nowhere. However for a sadly maligned group of gamers, the technology is for the most part impressive but not awe-inspiring. Those gamers are the dance game fans. What we find impressive is how it’s changed the gaming style. Before going into Sony’s new game for the PS3 Move, DanceStar Party , let’s have a history lesson.
Excerpt: Dancing games that make use of Sony’s Move controller can hardly do the job as well as Microsoft’s Kinect, although these games are a lot to do with the participation over anything else, and a lot of the audience just won’t care if the PlayStation Eye isn’t tracking your entire body, and as long as it is accurate for what it is, then why should it matter?
Conclusion: Although DanceStar Party doesn’t exceed expectations, it competantly meets them and the whole thing is delivered with the same kind of glossy accessibility that SingStar fans have come to know and love. Though unlikely to challenge Dance Central’s position as the leader of the dancing pack, its feature set is intelligently mapped out and perfect fit for a party game of this type; as far as PS Move based dancing goes this is about as good as you could hope for.
Summary: DanceStar Party has managed to create its own advantages over other current dancing titles, although this mainly comes down to my personal frustrating experiences with Kinect. Excellent use of the PS Eye helps create a great fun party game, and a worthy addition to your games collection if you are a fan of the Move.
Excerpt: Time to raise the roof and lower your dignity Silent Hill . Resident Evil . Penumbra . These names no longer strike fear in the heart of a gamer. Mention the name of any game with the word ‘Dance’ in it however, and you’ll soon see couch potatoes getting a better workout from the sudden trend of groove-on titles by running a mile quicker than ‘The Flash’.
Pros: Simple pick up and play dance-offs, Mixed set-list ensures something for everyone, Great multi-player for up to 20 players…
Cons: …if you have the money to fork out for all the accessories, Workout mode is a cheap addition, Really not much appeal when dancing solo
Excerpt: Format: PS3 (PlayStation Move required) Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Developer: Sony London Studio Players: 1-20 Site: http://uk.playstation.com/dancestarparty/ It had to happen, really. Having all but dominated the karaoke genre with its SingStar series, Sony’s London Studio has moved into the lucrative market of games...
Excerpt: It had to happen, really. Having all but dominated the karaoke genre with its SingStar series, Sony’s London Studio has moved into the lucrative market of games that encourage – nay, demand – people to dance at their televisions. Lacking the arguably ideal tech of Kinect, the traditional dance mat option has here been ignored in favour of PlayStation Move.