Summary: The Dance Central franchise took me by surprise. In the very early stages of Kinect, I was extremely skeptical of the tech -- to be blunt, I didn't really believe in it. After testing the first entry at E3, however, I was pretty much sold that it could work given the right developer, which given Harmonix's pedigree should have been obvious from the start.
Excerpt: The dancing genre has been around since Dance Dance Revolution. In recent years franchises like Just Dance have come to dominate the entire market. If we look at just the Xbox 360 Kinect games then the best selling is the Dance Central. Or so the front case of Dance Central 3 tells us. I verified it with a little research. Just Dance dominates when we talk all systems, and Dance Central wins on the Xbox 360 Kinect alone.
Conclusion: In the story mode, you will be subjected to some awful (again, LMFAO) songs, but as it deals in past and present music, there’s a lot of quality hidden in there. Several of the terrible songs so have good moves they put you through to even things out (Nicki Minaj’s Starships). There’s a lot of cheese, but it’s glorious cheese (Backstreet’s Back, Ice Ice Baby, The Hustle) and even some pleasant surprises (Daft Punk’s Around the World, 2NE1’s I am the Best).
Excerpt: The Dance Central series has already established itself as the best dance franchise available. It's known for its gorgeous animations, wonderful dance routines that cater to a wide range of skill levels, and Kinect tracking that gets your whole body into the groove. And in these regards, Dance Central 3 maintains the excellence of its predecessors, leaving the basic gameplay untouched.
Pros: Excellent dance routines can appeal to beginners and experts alike, New Party Time mode is fantastic fun at get-togethers, Soundtrack and story draw on decades of dance hits, Improved Rehearse mode makes it easier to master tough moves, N/A
Excerpt: My average week at work involves peddling drugs, murdering prostitutes, stabbing random people in the street and sending entire platoons to a certain death just to hear their screams. No, I haven't written that after snorting a really long line of cocaine. That's essentially all that I'm expected to do while reviewing video games for a living.
Excerpt: Harmonix know a thing or two about making rhythm games. Not just that, this is their third attempt at making a dancing game specifically for the Kinect. Both of these facts are clear in this latest installment of their Dance Central franchise, and it also reeks of their creativity all over the place with a bizarre story mode in what seems at face value to be another incremental dancing game, which is honestly the best use of Kinect besides the voice commands you can use...
Excerpt: After Harmonix was able to turn us all into rock stars with Rock Band, the studio decided to make us all champions of the dance floor with the remarkable Dance Central franchise. Dance Central 3 arrives to push your skills to the next level, but does this third installment rise above the myriad of Kinect dance games? The core mechanics remain the same as ever for Dance Central, as you mimic the dance moves on screen, then earn a score based on your performance.
Conclusion: This might suffer from consumer fatigue at some level much like Rock Band 3 did, but Dance Central 3 is truly an excellent game and if you’re a fan of the series you owe it to yourself to get it.