America's Hottest Dance Game is Back! Just Dance 3 is now available for the Xbox 360 Kinect. The advanced technology of the Kinect gives Just Dance the ability to track full-body moves for an improved dance experience. Just Dance 3 on Kinect has everyone's favorite game modes, but will also offer several Kinect-exclusive features that take advantage of the unique Kinect camera. Your body is now the controller, Just Dance!
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Key Game Features
Just Create: Create and record your own dance routine right into the game with this innovative mode. Upload your signature dance routines online and have your friends and the Just Dance community download, vote, and play your dance on their own Xbox 360!
4 Players on Kinect: For the first time ever on Kinect, compete with 4-players at the same time.
Top Of The Charts: Over 45 all-new tracks, ranging from chart-topping hits to classic dance party tracks! There's something for everyone to get their groove on.
Don't Stop the Music: Want more songs? Preview and download from an expanding catalogue of new tracks from the in game Just Dance store.
Just Sweat: Just Dance is not only fun but it can also be a workout! Accumulate sweat points, feel good, and Just Sweat.
Shout Out!: Give your sweet dance moves a voice with the Kinect-exclusive feature that lets you and your friends sing along to the lyrics for extra points – and total party fun.
Play Your Way: With individual player difficulty settings, short version song selection and player jump in/jump out capability, play the way you want to play.
Top Score Challenge: Get rewarded for your stellar performances with over 20 Xbox achievements and rank against your friends in the all-new leaderboards!
Just Dance 3: The World's #1 Dance game brand* is back and now available on Kinect for Xbox 360!
Just Dance 3 kick-starts the party with over 45 tracks from today's hottest hits like "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, and "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green, just to name a few.
And for the very first time, Just Dance is now available on Kinect for Xbox 360 with simultaneous 4 players for the ultimate party experience.
Not only does Just Dance 3 on Kinect include everyone's favorite game modes, but it also offers several Kinect-exclusive features that take advantage of the unique Kinect Sensor: Just Create, Shout Out, Online Sharing, and more!
Tracks available in Just Dance 3 include:
2 Unlimited – "No Limit"
a-ha – "Take On Me"
Anja – "Dance All Nite"
Bananarama – "Venus"
Bollywood Rainbow – "Kurio Ko Uddah Le Jana"
Cee Lo Green – "Forget You"
Countdown Mix Masters – "Beautiful Liar"
Daft Punk – "Da 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"
Brahms by Just Dance Classical Orchestra – "Hungarian Dance No. 5"
Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – "California Gurls"
Kiss – "I Was Made For Lovin' You"
Konshens – "Jamaican Dance"
African Ladies – "Pata Pata"
Latino Sunset – "Mamasita"
Laura Bell Bundy – "Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)"
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"
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman - "Somethin' Stupid"
Scissor Sisters – "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"
Sweat Invaders - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Like most of you, I was curious about a few questions with Just Dance 3. First, how does Just Dance 3 for Kinect compare to its counterpart on the Wii? Second, how does it compare to the gold standard for dance games on the Kinect, Dance Central? Third, how does it stand on its own as a game? I'll try to cover all those questions in this review.
As with the Wii version, the opening menu of Just Dance 3 is delightfully simple. You're given four choices:
* Dance * Just Create * Extras * Shop
"Dance" has four options. "Songs" allows you to jump into the songs and start dancing. You scroll through a list of songs. As with the Wii version, you'll see icons signifying the difficulty level (gears) and the intensity level (drops of sweat).
If you know and love the Wii version, it'll be an easy transition to play the Kinect version. The gameplay and the graphics are virtually identical. A colorful silhouetted figure will dance on the screen and you have to dance the "mirror image" to it. The more accurately you dance, the more "stars" you'll earn. At the end of the dance, you'll see your point total and earn "Mojo Points" to unlock new songs, choreography, and playing modes (the first gift is "Jamaican Dance Mashup")
Ubisoft has wisely kept the songs and the choreography identical across the platforms, which means you can learn the dances on a Wii and know the routines inside and out when visiting a friend with an Xbox (and presumably with a PS3, once that version is finally released).
There are two important distinctions from the Wii version: first, you're not holding a remote in your hands so you have complete freedom of movement.Read more ›
After its hugely successful predecessors, the third installment of the JUST DANCE series has arrived - and this time it is also available for both the Xbox and the PS3 (you can thank UBISOFT being in financial trouble due to the overzealous DRM scheme they use in their PC releases). Anyway, JD3 comes with tons of fun and it will make you sweat while having it. If you are or feeling young, if you want to get your kids out of the couch or if you want to burn calories yourself, this is the game for you.
A MODE FOR EVERYONE On top of the good old Classic Mode, fans of the series will be able to enjoy their favorite exergame in numerous different ways. Duet Mode & Simon Says: Duet and group dances as well as the dance version of Simon Says make JD3 a good idea for parties and sleepovers. If, like me, you are over 35, this also offers the opportunity for numerous very humiliating experiences with your young ones. Medley, Non-Stop Shuffle & Just Sweat: Very good for getting your heart rate up and keeping it in the aerobic range for as long as you can handle it, without interruptions. If you are really pumped, try giving the Dance Til Dawn Mode a try. unfortunately there is still no calculations for calories burned. Just Create: a mode that is not available for the Wii. It allows the player to create his or her own dancing moves, save them and either repeat them or have his friends try to match them.
INCENTIVES But the game is all carrot, no stick. The better you match the song's moves (and the Kinect here is veeery forgiving!), the more points you accumulate. mention getting the background to animate!). Increasing your points first allows you to animate the background - and it also increases your mojo.Read more ›
There isn't a dance game around that has had the success of the Just Dance brand. Selling over five million copies worldwide, Just Dance 2 was a dance game juggernaut on the Wii. This time, the party has returned bigger and better than ever with Just Dance 3. And this time, the party is on the Kinect for Xbox 360.
No review of Just Dance 3 would feel correct without mentioning the other giant Kinect dance title, Dance Central. Once Dance Central 2 comes out, I will do a review of the game and then do another separate article comparing the two games. Do they compete or is there room enough for both? We'll soon see.
For now, my immediate thoughts on Just Dance 3 are about a game trying to make itself accessible to a larger crowd. The playlist (found here) represents a variety of songs from various generations, genres, and ethnicity. There are no opportunities to slow things down and learn each step. The idea of Just Dance is simple, just dance.
Those familiar with Kinect's other major dancing game will feel right at home here. As soon as the game starts, move your hands up and down to find the right menu, and swipe to select. Here is where I have to give Just Dance 3 some worthy credit, because there is a lot of content to play around with.
The first mode that will draw your attention is the Just Dance mode. Hop in, pick a song, and you are off. Instead of a menu of options, everything is decided on stage. Before you start the dance, you set the difficulty and number of players. Raise your hand to pick from easy or hard. If you have multiple players, have them stand side-by-side or by staggering, where they will all show in the feedback panel.
The difference between easy and hard modes is how the Kinect tracks you.Read more ›