Excerpt: Dancing games are all the rage right now, especially amongst the teenage and older gamers who like to shake their groove things along with their favorite pop bands. It seems every time my daughter has one or more of her friends over, I hear the thumping of bass and the cackles of teenagers as the girls a bouncing off the basement walls to the sounds of popular singing groups like One Direction, The Wanted, and Lady Gaga.
Excerpt: I have never been a huge fan of dancing games because I believe that I’m not a very good dancer, but that all changed when Just Dance arrived at home and I gave it a try – now I consider myself a dancing superstar.
Excerpt: Dance games must still be selling like hotcakes, because the folks at Ubisoft have seen fit to release yet another round in the Just Dance series with Just Dance 2014. The fifth release for the Just Dance series, Just Dance 2014 is little more than an annual music update to the wildly popular dancing franchise.
Summary: Parents need to know that Just Dance Kids 2014 is a kid-friendly dancing game with songs that don't contain any racy dance moves or inappropriate content, with the exception of one rum reference in the lyrics. The game encourages players to get up and move to the beat, and includes a co-operative mode where two to four players can dance simultaneously. The Xbox 360 version lets kids record their own dance routines via Kinect and play back the performances on TV.
Excerpt: In Just Dance Kids 2014, the popular dance series lets younger players groove like a champion. Thanks to Kinect’s innovative tech, Just Dance Kids 2014 can get players up and dancing like never before. The game opens with a simple, effective tutorial that makes sure players of all ages can get into the mix, which was a wise inclusion. The players can dance solo, dance as a team, or use more simplified gestures instead of full body movement.
Excerpt: While dance based games have been popular for some time now, the arrival of Kinect has ushered in a new wave of dance game experiences. The full body motion sensor tracking changed the landscape, since your entire arsenal dance moves could now be judged, not just your feet or hand movements. Now one of the biggest names in dance games has arrived on Kinect, with the release of Just Dance 2014.
Excerpt: To our surprise, Just Dance 2014 marks the first time we’ve actually been impressed by the color-drenched, purposely nonsensical franchise. Sure, we’ve enjoyed the mindless fun of the previous incarnations, but JD2014 ’s incorporation of online multiplayer, karaoke, and a stronger fitness angle transforms that guilty pleasure into an unexpectedly well-rounded experience.
Pros: + Thoughtful inclusion of new features like online multiplayer and karaoke., + Alternative choreography can both surprise and challenge.
Cons: ? Did the game’s dancers really wear those animal costumes?
Conclusion: Just Dance 2014 exerts no pressure, and demands no skill. It just invites you to have fun with it, whoever you are and whatever music you like. It’s wildly silly, creative and colourful, relying on daft, characterful choreography and to evoke a party atmosphere that puts everyone at ease. There’s not a lot here that wasn’t in Just Dance 4, or even Just Dance 3, but the series’ talent for getting people up and dancing is still unmatched.
Pros: Daft, accessible choreography, Cool extra Wii U features, Modern pop-heavy soundtrack
Excerpt: Ubisoft has announced the biggest party of the year with the release of Just Dance 2014 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Wii U. Just Dance 2014 takes the spotlight with fun game modes and a huge selection of entertaining songs that will get you up and moving in no time. Just Dance 2014 makes it easy for anyone to look like a professional dancer, because it aims to be more of a party game and leaves out all the super technical stuff that you may expect a game of this nature to...
“We’re up all night to get lucky” – Just Dance 2014 Review
5 November 2013
Summary: Don’t let dancing be a ‘guilty pleasure’ – it can be good for your health, breaks the stereotype that we are all couch potatoes, and most of all it is a lot of fun. While I’m surprised that Just Dance 2014 continues the tradition of not letting us import our old tracks, it offers plenty of new features to make the series innovative instead of iterative. Now, if you will excuse me, it’s time to pull off my best robot moves to some Daft Punk.
Pros: Game is a visual piñata full of neon and crazy, Diverse and fun soundtrack, Awesome mashups and alternate choreography, Non-punishing gameplay is fun, even at high difficulty, Never feels like a grind
Cons: Can’t import from previous games, Couldn’t get any JDTV items to load, Kinect feels pretty imprecise at times