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: 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.
Conclusion: A series that has reached the height of its powers and shows exactly why dance games reign supreme on Kinect. The ridiculous, quirky story is a wonderful diversion and, as ever, partying and shaming your friends is the way to play. Subtle tweaks and changes have helped to mould Dance Central 3 into the definitive dance experience so pull on your flares (or equivalent gear) and hit the floor.
Excerpt: Under normal circumstances, adding a plot to a Kinect dance game would be completely useless. In Dance Central 3, it makes sense. Sort of. An evil genius named Dr. Tan is trying to destroy dance forever. As part of the Dance Central Intelligence agency, you travel back in time to the 1970s, 80s, 90s and 00s to find dance routines that can foil Dr. Tan’s plans. Yes, it’s silly, and it’s completely nonsensical from a narrative perspective.
Excerpt: Earning its street cred through tight mechanics, hot tracks, and what still might be the most sensible use of the Kinect to date, Dance Central has had the rhythm and motion game on lock for the past few years now, and it doesn’t seem likely to let up. Seeking to serve fools up a third time coming, the series’ latest installment hits the block with new songs, features, and multiplayer modes for 2013.
Dance Central 3 Review: Dancing, to the next level
15 October 2012
Excerpt: Three years ago Harmonix introduced us to Dance Central, a franchise that has since then exemplified the power and potential of the Kinect and has continued to evolve with each new title. It’s no surprise, then, that our third trip to the dance floor is perhaps the best example of what a Kinect game should be. In fact, it’s safe to say Dance Central 3 is perfect embodiment of what the series was always meant to be.