Summary: It is always a good sign when a game's start menu manages to impress you, and Dance Central does just that. The game underneath is pretty mind blowing as well, with great presentation, good song list, and really fun and satisfying real dancing that puts old pad-based dance games to shame.
Excerpt: I have said it before, and I will say it again. We like to check out earlier versions of franchises. Especially when our first exposure to a franchise is on say the third game. Which is why I went out and purchased Dance Central 2. I was curious to see the roots of this Kinect franchise.
Excerpt: My Dance Central journey is coming to a close. I am so thankful I had the financial resources to purchase the older Dance Central games after receiving Dance Central 3 for review from Harmonix. The review for Dance Central 2 was in Family Friendly Gaming #75.
Summary: I'm not a dancer. At all. I dance about as well as you'd expect someone that blogs about games for a living to. That said, recently I've seen more and more of my peers dancing at events and other industry functions, and I've been feeling left behind.
Excerpt: Finally, a dance game that actually requires dancing. This is great news for players who'd like to gain a little swag…in the privacy of their homes. This game isn't about waving a stick around in vague correlation with an on-screen avatar.
Excerpt: How do you dethrone the reigning champion of dance games? Make a sequel! Dance Central was the killer app for the Kinect launch, a game that was fun alone, in a group, or even as part of an exercise program.
Excerpt: Last year Harmonix released Dance Central for the Kinect with great success and praise from gamers. This year they release Dance Central 2 with new music, moves, and features that will have your inner choreographer dancing to the beat.
Summary: While a ton of fun, the first Dance Central game lacked a bit of polish. Now with time and knowledge under their belt, Harmonix comes back hard and fast with a fantastic second installment of their kinect-enabled dance franchise that will knock your little socks off.
Pros: Simultaneous two-player dancing, Improved Break It Down mode, Make your own playlists, There's a story now
Cons: Figuring out why you're missing moves can still be tough, Free-4-All minigame is hit-or-miss