(www.justdancegame.com/)  Rated Everyone 10+ by ESRB.  The best selling rythmn and dance game for the Wii, Just Dance, has returned with its second installment. Ubisoft has taken in inputs and feedbacks from gamers and critics that played the original Just Dance and created an improve version of the game with many great new features. With improved motion detection, new duet mode, and the ability to download new songs from Wii Channel, Just Dance 2 seems to be a strong contender for Wii dance games.

(www.justdancegame.com/)  Rated Everyone 10+ by ESRB.  The best selling rythmn and dance game for the Wii, Just Dance, has returned with its second installment. Ubisoft has taken in inputs and feedbacks from gamers and critics that played the original Just Dance and created an improve version of the game with many great new features. With improved motion detection, new duet mode, and the ability to download new songs from Wii Channel, Just Dance 2 seems to be a strong contender for Wii dance games.

 

 

As the title suggest, you simply dance in this game. To play Just Dance 2 is very simple. All you need is a Wii Remote and follow the movements of silhouette dancers on the screen. As players imitate strings of dance movement patterns, they will earn points according to their timing and their movement. The gameplay mechanics remains unchanged comparing to the original title. The dance instructions are easy to follow until you reach the higher difficulty songs. This game also allows up to four players to dance at the same time. A large space in front of your television would be highly recommended for this game as you will avoid accidents (or incidents) in which players punch each other in the face intentionally or unintentionally.

   

Often times, game in second or third installments are usually disappointing. However, the development team of the Just Dance series took the comments from gamers and critics of the first installment and improved upon it. The final product seems to be a refined dancing game for the Wii. One of the more apparent improvements is the accuracy has been improved upon the original. Timing and sensitivity to individual dance movements seems to register easier. The motion recognition seems less stringent and more forgiving when it comes to motion detection. Still, this is a rhythm game. Some players will always have a higher score as they are musically and rhythmically more in tune than others. The instructional dance silhouettes now have unique color left and right hands on the screen for players to easily recognition each hand when mimicking the dance moves. Some new dance choreographies have been incorporated into the game, jumps and spins are incorporated into certain music tracks. Also, some songs have the players dancing left or right instead of staying stationary in one spot. This adds to a more complete dance experience with varying dance motions. Still, the load time after each song can be a little long when returning to the main menu. But it is not overbearing where it takes away the fun of the game.

    

Song library plays an important role in any music game. The music library has been expanded to 44+ songs comparing to the original Just Dance. Just Dance 2 has a strong selection of song covering a wide array of music genre from pop hits like “Tik Tok” by Kei$ha, 1980’s Grammy Awarded song “Hot Stuff’ by Donna Summers, and the terrific mambo arrangement of 1953’s “Sway” by the Marine Band. For any music fan, it is a treat to be able to experience and dance to music that spans different musical eras.
If only there is the ability to use the music from the original game as a downloadable content or hot swap option, the players would have a much larger library. Downloadable songs on the Wii Channel are a terrific add-on for the game series. Currently there are several songs like Rihanna’s Pon De Replay and Kate Perry’s Firework in the music store you can purchase from. Perhaps, when the song library expands extensively, this music game can truly offer dance and music for any individual.

    

The game is separated into several different plays modes. In Just Dance mode players can dance regularly to their selected songs, non stop shuffle has the music keeps on going, and the medley is where short clips of 5 different songs are mixed together to create a dance number. Duet mode is a great addition that allows two people dance to different moves that complement each other. This gives a real sense of interaction between players. In the track “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne, the choreography is of two girls arguing about being a girlfriend over a boy. The movements are well suited and hilarious to watch as if the two players are bragging and fighting. Sweat mode is a workout mode that helps you use this game as a workout. There are three setting to the intensity of each workout each day. Working out to the hard setting of 8 songs make you sweat from top to bottom easily. I wish the game would track actual calories burned instead of hypothetical “sweat” unit.

Just Dance 2 has improved greatly upon a proven concept for a dance game. This title truly shines as a party favorite since most people will find it fun to dance to easy instructions even with no prior experiences. This is a great icebreaker for any party or social occasions since it is fun to play and entertaining to watch. With a wide selection of songs, easy to follow menu and controls, and the ability to download more song through the online channels, Just Dance 2 is a solid dance and rhythm game that will satisfy anyone who enjoys dancing to good music.

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