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.
Fun and active dancing game for groups, now with story mode.
Common Sense Media
23 October 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Dance Central 3 is a dance simulation game that teaches players authentic dance moves and then evaluates their performance. It encourages social interactivity in group play modes and facilitates plenty of healthy activity (players will be sweating after just a couple of songs). Parents should be aware, though, that an undercurrent of sexuality permeates many of the dance moves and can be heard through song lyrics.
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: Dance Central 3 is one of those rare sequels that doesn’t try to break the mold, doesn’t provide much innovation from previous outings, makes only incremental improvements yet still delivers an outstanding experience. The Dance Central series has been one of the best-selling Xbox 360 Kinect games to date, so it doesn’t really need to do much to be successful. Not surprisingly, then, nothing really got blown up from Dance Central 2.
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.