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The original Just Dance was a real surprise. It seemed like just another cheap game made to capitalise on families. This is why most review companies actually ignored it. But we were all forced to take notice when it shot to the top of gaming charts, becoming the first 3rd party Wii game to hit the top of the charts. Reviews panned it, when they got around to it, for poor controls and a boring single player. So why was it a success?
Because when you got some like minded or drunk friends, prefably both, and you have a great dance song on, its a blood good laugh. Especially if one of you fell over. After every routine, you were pissing yourself at your friends who looks like morons. And the best thing is that you also look like an idiot. It was perfect.
I can tell you now that if you have never liked Just Dance or its many spin offs, with Abba, Michael Jackson and Broadway even Guitar Hero cringes at the amount of spin offs, I hereby name you party pooper. But even with that, you won’t like this. With many fans, Just Dance doesn’t need to change. It can keep the same engine, and just change the songs and it will still be a hit.
So the game relies on its soundtrack. Luckily the soundtrack is massively varied and even the biggest musical snob will find something to appreciate. You’ve got Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry and even Queen. What impressed me most was the amount of European music on offer. Not just British acts like Jessie J, but stuff from the continent. Lena Meyer-Landrut, the winner of Eurovision 2010, is featured and even Bollywood Rainbow from India have a song. It shows us Ubisoft were thinking about the soundtrack.
Its also worth pointing out that the game likes to give you some persuasion to play in single player. You earn points which then get you extra modes such as altered versions the songs on the game. While its nice that Ubisoft have thought about this, it doesn’t really make you want to carry on playing.
There is also a Just Sweat mode, which is meant to help you keep fit using the game. Its a novel idea where you collect ‘sweat points’. It also has a multiplayer mode. But sweat points mean nothing to me. I don’t know how many calories I’m burning, and that’d be more useful and more useful to people on diets.
Its weird then the main problem will come with your size. Yes your height, not the controls. The controls aren’t accurate, they are worse if you are six foot like me. For instance when you have to raise your arms to full stretch, which you have to do a lot, the game often can’t detect it due to the limits of the sensor bar. This can be rectified by raising the sensor bar but often then when the shorter people do the low down moves they are not detected.
Despite this what normally be a fatal flaw, the game is still fun. You don’t care about poor controls when you are dancing way, having a while of a time while everyone else is laughing and one schmuck is trying to sing along. Its even fun when you are constantly being beaten by your girlfriend who normally thinks games are the Satan’s work.
Just Dance 3 is the ultimate party game, just because its a right good laugh.
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Great fun with friends
Massive variety of songs
Just Sweat rather pointless
Controls are a pain.