Don't stop but dance

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Alejandra Rangel
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Versions tested: Wii and Xbox 360

Party game. A precise definition that actually includes a multitude of products and that - remaining in the field of video games - goes to concern any title designed to be exploited in an ideal way by multiple players in the same place. Yet there is one factor, accessibility, which is truly capable of making a difference; how much can a product actually be proposed to a group of friends perhaps with little or no experience, without creating excessive frustration or disparity? An example above all: Rock Band or Guitar Hero, indicated as perfect party titles, but in reality often complicated to propose to newbies or beginners. So here: if it's accessibility you are looking for, if you just want to have fun without worries and worries, few other titles will be more for you than Just Dance 3.



I don't feel like dancing

The most significant novelty of this third release of the Ubisoft dance series is certainly linked to the multi-platform nature, which therefore abandons the exclusivity of Nintendo Wii to also embrace Xbox 360 + Kinect and (in December) PlayStation 3 + Move. Especially on the Microsoft console, the situation opens up a rather interesting challenge with Dance Central, which arrived almost simultaneously with its second episode; despite sharing the basic theme, in reality the differences between the two products are more than sensitive and such as to suggest a precise choice to potential buyers. Whereas Harmonix's offer is more rigorous, structured and decidedly less permissive, on the contrary, Ubisoft's offer appears more festive, caciarona and immediate. As if to say: do you really want to learn to dance, or at least try hard? So, Dance Central. On the contrary, if you prefer to move without dignity and genuinely have fun, here is Just Dance. Among the advantages of the latter it should also be noted the possibility of playing, even with Kinect, up to 4 at the same time; provided your living room has the necessary space, that is. Closed the discussion on infighting at Microsoft, we can then move on to talk about the game itself, even if in reality there is not much to describe especially for those who have already had the opportunity to try the previous editions of the franchise; the news are few and the juice remains largely the same because Just Dance 3, as the title suggests, it just invites you to dance. The means by which it is proposed is that of choreography, obviously personalized for each of the approximately fifty songs available; on the screen a colored silhouette performs steps that the players must try to reproduce, in order to create a harmonious final result as possible.



Obviously you spend a lot of time between saying and doing, and unless you have a background in the discipline, the results are often more hilarious than admirable; and it is precisely in this moment that the Ubisoft product manages to give its best, that is when you approach it with a smile on your face and the desire to get involved, make yourself ridiculous and have fun. Impossible to get to the game over, and also the evaluation of the performances is rather rose water; elements to consider if you are looking for a challenge factor in the video game Just Dance 3 it is not perceived, except in a marginal way. Surely multiplayer is the ideal environment, because losing all respectability together with friends makes everything much more beautiful. On a purely content level, the differences between the Xbox 360 and Wii versions are related only to the Just Create mode, absent on the Nintendo console, and which in summary allows you to create your own customized choreographies to then share online. The tracklist is instead identical, and sufficiently varied to be able to meet the tastes of a large part of the public, obviously limited to the pop / rock / dance genre. The choice of initially blocking a certain amount of songs and contents, which become available only by collecting points with one's performances, is not entirely convincing; given the nature of the product, it probably would have been better to leave everything immediately accessible. Finally, a note on the navigation of the menus, much faster, more precise and effective via Wiimote than Kinect.


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Just Dance 3 it doesn't change the formula that made the Ubisoft series so popular, once again offering a simple, straightforward and exhilarating kind of fun. Contextualized in its ideal environment, or in multiplayer with friends, Just Dance 3 is one of the most accessible and effective party games that can be found on the market. And the cross-platform change will only increase the already enormous success of the product, bringing the desire to "just dance" even to the lounges of Microsoft and Sony users.

PRO

  • A party game for everyone
  • Wide and varied tracklist
  • Funny
AGAINST
  • More data disk than new episode
  • Inaccurate menu navigation with Kinect

tracklist

2 Unlimited - No Limit
African Ladies - Pata Pata
a-ha - Take On Me
Anja - Dance All Nite
Bananarama - Venus
Bollywood Rainbow - Kurio ko uddah le jana
Brahms by Just Dance Classical Orchestra - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Cee Lo Green - Forget You
Countdown Mix Masters - Beautiful Liar
Daft Punk - From Funk
Danny Elfman - This is Halloween
Donna Summer - I Feel Love
Dr. Creole - Baby Zouk
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
Girls Aloud - Jump (For My Love)
Groove Century - Boogie Wonderland
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For?
Inspector Marceau - The Master Blaster
Janelle Monae - Tightrope (Solo Version)
Jessie J featuring B.o.B - Price Tag
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You
Konshens - Jamaican Dance
Latino Sunset - Mamasita
Laura Bell Bundy - Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)
Lena Meyer-Landrut - Satellite
Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock - Party Rock Anthem
Madness - Night Boat To Cairo
MIKA - Lollipop
Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland - Promiscuous
Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Reggaeton Storm - Boom
Rita Mitsouko - Marcia Baila
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman - Somethin' Stupid
Robin Sparkles - Let's Go To The Mall
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
Sentai Express - Spectronizer
Sweat Invaders - Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
The Black Eyed Peas - Pump It
The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl
The Girly Team - Baby One More Time
The London Theatre Orchestra & Cast - Think
The Sugarhill Gang - Apache (Jump On It)
Tommy Sparks - She's Got Me Dancing
Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances


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