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: 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: Plucking up the courage to hit the dance floor can be difficult, but Dance Central 2 does an excellent job of getting you moving and shaking to some great tunes. Its multiple difficulty levels and in-depth tutorials make things accessible for newcomers, while expertly choreographed routines and some...
Pros: Challenging choreography, Smooth animation makes routines easy to follow, Excellent training mode, Two-player battles are heaps of fun, Wide-ranging tracklist
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
Excerpt: For the next iteration of their hit franchise, Harmonix could have just released another 30-plus songs and some minor tweaks — the sophistication of their user interface and gameplay would’ve still trumped their Kinect competitors’.
Pros: + Smooth, seamless solo/co-op experience; extremely entertaining Versus mode; much-improved Break It Down mode., + Tons of songs spanning greater breadth, difficulty, and fluidity., + A welcome, challenging, and satisfying career mode.
Cons: ? Will anyone ever have a shot with Miss Aubrey? Hang in there, Angel.
Conclusion: Dance Central is not perfect, but at its core there is plenty of enthralling entertainment to be found. Harmonic definitely has a Just Dance beater on its hands, and one of the few must-have launch titles for Kinect.