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.
Dance Central 3 hops, shuffles, and body rolls its way to greatness (review)
2 January 2013
Conclusion: Harmonix continues its fantastic legacy of music games with Dance Central 3. With its addition of 45 more tracks and routines to the franchise’s repertoire, and its suite of new multiplayer modes that push the genre in new and interesting ways, the series is stronger than ever. Whether you want to shed off a few pounds, learn some real dance moves for fun, or just want a great party offering to have on hand, Dance Central 3 definitely belongs in your library.
Pros: Stellar soundtrack With Dance Central 3’s curated list of 45 tracks, you — along with your friends and family — are sure to find at least a few favorites among them. Gloria Gaynor’s classic anthem “I Will Survive” and Van McCoy’s “The Hustle” finally make their expected appearances in the series, as well as the “Macarena,” Los del Rio’s catchy (or annoying, depending on whom you ask) single that practically took over the world in the mid ’90s. DC3’s selection of moder...
Cons: Limitations of the hardware I can’t help but feel like Dance Central 3 is held back by the Kinect’s constraints. The title works flawlessly most of the time, but little quirks here and there can disrupt the experience. The most frustrating part for me is when I do the same maneuvers shown on TV — moves that I rehearsed many times to get right — and the Kinect still thinks I’m doing them wrong, especially with tricky movements that involved any leg work. These issues m...
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).
Summary: : Dance Central 3 is an excellent experience, whether you’re looking for a fun game for friends to have fun with or an active solo experience, and its very few flaws don’t at all diminish what is basically one of the, if not the, best experiences for the Kinect. The Story mode is silly and over the top enough to fit right in and wears its silliness like a badge of honor, there are plenty of different modes and play options to enjoy no matter what you’re looking for, and...
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.