Excerpt: While Kinect still struggles to find a home among core gamers, one thing it has proved is that it is the peripheral for dance games. Just Dance 3, now freed from the nylon shackle of the Wiimote’s wrist strap, is just another example of how shaking your hips in front of your 360 is not only fun but can now earn you achievements.
Pros: Multiplayer for up to 4 players, Easily learned choreography, Creating original routines
Cons: Choreography can be too easy, No recent hits on the song list, No indicators of how to improve during play
Excerpt: Ignore the headline grabbing battle of supremacy to see if Delivery Trucks or Diggers is the best simulator of the year, the real interest is in who has the best moves. With Just Dance and Dance Central going head to head. UBISOFT’s dancer has got a real strong pedigree behind it, being one of the few must-have titles for the Wii, so how will it fare against the already great and Kinect established Dance Central ?
Conclusion: It’s trite to say, but if you’re a fan of dancing games and you have a lot of house parties, then you’ll get your money’s worth from Just Dance 3. Its fresh presentation, original content and catchy tunes are everything a good dance title should be.
Excerpt: For a long time the Guitar Hero and Rock Band games were the hottest items in the rhythm and music genre. Yet with too many releases and not enough innovation they soon became stale, and the entire genre nearly crashed like the economy. But with the release of motion controllers like the PlayStation Move and the Xbox Kinect there is a new saviour for the music oriented games: dance games.
Summary: " Just Dance 3 " is not quite the perfect dance game for the 360. Whilst including some excellent features like 4 player, and the improved graphics and lack of wii-motes flailing about is welcome, there are some poor design choices. The dreadful menus and continued lack of any dedicated single-player modes means that Just Dance 3 remains a party game only, in my mind. A bloody good one though, if you can afford to splash out on such luxuries in the run-up to Christmas.
Excerpt: The impact Just Dance has had on our little industry is undeniably huge. Before Ubisoft saw the potential of that Wii Remote, dance games were confined to arcades, and only brought into the living room with the advent of those horrendous plastic mats. Just Dance blew things wide open, paving the way for countless others to follow. It made the genre relevant. It made the genre approachable. It made social gatherings from that point forward infinitely more embarrassing.
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 3.
Excerpt: Let’s face it, dancing with the Wii remote was never going to compare to actual dancing, but Ubisoft’s Just Dance series has been about taking part and making a fool of yourself. But now with this Kinect-powered Xbox 360 version, this third iteration of the series can be taken more seriously. Well slightly more seriously. You see, Just Dance never pretended to be a dancing simulator, as waving your arms about could hardly be classed as real dancing.
Excerpt: The Just Dance franchise has seen some success of the Nintendo Wii, so it comes as no surprise that a sequel has arrived for the Xbox 360 Kinect. Dance Central stands as arguably the best dance game on the Kinect, so in my view Just Dance 3 had a tough act to follow. Well, after some time spent with Just Dance 3, or rather after some time spent taking notes while watching my daughter and her buddy play the game, I am certainly impressed.