Just Dance 3 (www.justdancegame.com) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. The common English idiom: “third time’s the charm” seems to be a good fit when talking about Ubisoft’s third rendition of the Just Dance series. Just Dance 3 appears to stay a “charming” game and maintains its true value in providing video gamers of all age with hours of fun and laughter through dance and music. With the help of the Kinect Motion sensor, a good selection of songs spanning different genres, and a new “Just Create” Mode where players can create their own dancing routines, Just Dance 3 is back again in with a strong presence in the dancing game arena.

Just Dance 3 Just Dance 3 (www.justdancegame.com) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. The common English idiom: “third time’s the charm” seems to be a good fit when talking about Ubisoft’s third rendition of the Just Dance series. Just Dance 3 appears to stay a “charming” game and maintains its true value in providing video gamers of all age with hours of fun and laughter through dance and music. With the help of the Kinect Motion sensor, a good selection of songs spanning different genres, and a new “Just Create” Mode where players can create their own dancing routines, Just Dance 3 is back again in with a strong presence in the dancing game arena.

 

 

Just Dance 3 is very much the same dancing game you fell in love with on the Nintendo Wii. You still “just dance” to the music as you follow the movement of the silhouette dancers on the screen as you mirror their movements. Your movements will translate to points depending how accurate you are moving to the on screen silhouette. The core of the game remains the same as the original Wii version except Xbox 360 owners with Kinect can now experience this game for the first time without the need of holding a remote. The overall experience has definitely enhanced since no one in the real world really dance with a “thing-a-majig” in their hands. Moreover, now there is a small sized screen on the upper left hand side where you can see a small silhouette of yourself and compare your movements with the on screen dancers. There is also an additional icon set on the bottom of the screen that gives indication of the current and upcoming dance movements. These icons become very useful as you learn the different sets of movement the song uses. At the end of each dance, the player is awarded with “Mojo Points” according to your score. You can then use these “Mojo Points” to unlock new songs, choreography, and themed played mode or set list. There is also a difficulty setting at the beginning of each song between normal and easy. Easy is supposed to track just your upper body movement and normal tracks the entire body.

A new feature to Just Dance 3 is the “Just Create” Mode. In this mode you can put together your own dance sequence for other players to play. You can pick any existing song in the game and arrange your own version of choreography. Once you have recorded all your moves, the game will turn your recorded shadow into a neon featureless silhouette dancing happily to the song. You can then save this song arrangement on your hard drive for your friends to try or upload it to the internet for the world to play. This is a great feature to the game as it allows you or your friends to express themselves freely to the music.

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In terms of motion tracking of the dance movement, the Kinect is accurate if not a little lenient. The Just Dance development team must have learned from prior release that motion tracking should be accurate but not overly harsh. As new players might find it frustrating if every movement must be exact to score any points. The general experience is definitely an improvement over the Wii.

Similar to Just Dance 2, Just Dance 3 shines in its unique choreography moves for two or four dancers. Unlike other dance games where everyone does the exact same dance, the two and four player songs have dancers doing unique moves throughout the song. In the song Dyanmite by Taio Cruz, you will see each of the dancers uses a different set of dance moves that compliments each other. It is even more apparent in the song Spectronizer by Sentai Express where each player dances some unique moves that are homage to different characters of the “Power Rangers” shows. Players will definitely laugh and enjoy the dance sequences. The only drawback to the four player dance sequence is that it requires a lot of space even with the suggested staggered pattern stance for each player. If you have a small room of 8 feet by 8 feet, the players will for sure bump into each other with some of the more energetic songs. Still, this is hilarious to watch in any party or family night as each dancer scrambles to get back into their proper place.

The song list is the most intricate part of any dancing game. In Just Dance 3, there are 51 licensed songs ranging from pop and dance music to R&B, trance, and strange international tracks. These well mixed tracks include songs like Cee Lo Green’s Forget you and Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO to Land of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett and Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen. There must have a song that everyone will like. In addition to the existing tracks on the game, you can purchase and download more songs online through the shop menu. There is even an option to try a short version of the song before purchasing it. I just wish they had the option for you to import songs from previous Just Dance series as there were some wonderful songs and choreography in the previous two installments. If you are a Katy Perry fan, don’t miss out on purchasing the exclusive Best Buy Edition where you get additional two songs: E.T. and Teenage Dream.

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As one of the many dancing games on the video game market today, it is inevitable to compare Just Dance with Dance Central on the Xbox 360. Dance Central is indeed a great dancing simulator with step by step break down that teaches you how to dance like street dancers with accurate moves. On the other hand, Just Dance was not developed as a dancing simulator. Just Dance aims to please the general crowd who just want to have a fun and don’t really care about precise dance movements. Indeed, Just Dance may seem more relaxing and not as technical as Dance Central since it allows you to make more mistakes. Still, this does not make Just Dance any less of a game than Dance Central. After all, aren’t we forgetting the true purpose to any video game is to entertain? Just Dance 3 does all that by emphasizing on fun and fitness over precise dance moves. You put Just Dance 3 in any party and your guests are bound to have a good time. Let’s not forget, this game really does make you sweat just after a few songs. With the sweat mode activated in the Just Dance 3, it will start tracking all the songs you have danced to and give you sweat points. Every 4.2 sweat points roughly equates to 1 calorie burned. Once you hit a milestone of 1000 sweat points which equates to walking across Central Park, the system notify you of your achievements. Still, an actual calories meter would help when it comes to working out.

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Just Dance 3 is a very enjoyable game especially with a large group of people. Creative choreography, a good selection of music, and the new “Just Create” mode make this a wonderful game to play. If you are a more serious gamer who likes to learn and dance precise dance moves, this might not be the dancing game for you. However, if you just want have good time and get a workout from dancing around, Just Dance 3 is a top choice for you with its excellent motion tracking and a slew of humorous dance numbers. Ultimately, Just Dance 3 is an entertaining game that will make any player laugh and have lots of fun!

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