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This review is from: Just Dance Greatest Hits - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)Just Dance Greatest Hits contains multiple songs from past Just Dance titles. Here's a list of all the songs and where each comes from:
From Just Dance:
Anita Ward - "Ring My Bell"
Calvin Harris - "Acceptable in the 80s"
"Fame" (In the Style of Irene Cara)
Fatboy Slim - "Jin Go Lo Ba"
Gorillaz - "Dare"
Groove Century - "U Can't Touch This"
New Kids On The Block - "Step By Step"
Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman - "I Like to Move It (Radio Mix)"
Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
The Sunlight Shakers- "Who Let the Dogs Out"
From Just Dance 2:
Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend"
Benny Benassi presents "The Biz" - "Satisfaction (Isak Original Extended)"
Beastie Boys - "Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)"
Boney M. - "Rasputin"
Carl Douglas - "Kung Fu Fighting (Dave Ruffy / Mark Wallis Remix)"
Countdown Dee's Hit Explosion - "Barbie Girl"
Elvis Presley - "Viva Las Vegas"
Ike & Tina Turner - "Proud Mary"
Ke$ha - "TiK ToK"
Outkast - "Hey Ya!"
Snap! - "The Power"
Sorcerer - "Dagomba"
Studio Allstars - "Jump"
Studio Musicians - "Crazy In Love"
The Sunlight Shakers - "Jump In The Line"
Supergrass - "Alright"
The Hit Crew - "Toxic"
The Weather Girls - "It's Raining Men"
From Just Dance Summer Party
A R Rahman, The Pussycat Dolls Featuring Nicole Scherzinger - "Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)"
From Just Dance 2 Downloadable Content
Katy Perry - "Firework"
Rihanna - "Pon De Replay"
From Just Dance 3 Downloadable Content
Anja - "Baby Don't Stop Now"
B.o.B (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) - "Airplanes"
Rihanna - "Only Girl (In The World)"
I'll start out with the good. The opening menu is pleasantly simple and just like with all the other Just Dance games. You can choose "Dance" mode, "Just Sweat" mode, and Extras. Choosing "Dance" gets you right into the dancing. Just Sweat mode allows you to choose a free session where you can work out with up to 4 players, or 7-Day challenge. These options should be familiar to anyone who's played Just Dance 3.
Since there was no "sweat mode" with the original Just Dance, this is the first time you'll be able to work out to those 10 songs. Plus, for those 10 songs you'll benefit from the excellent motion detection, something the original game didn't have.
And now, here's what I didn't like about this game. And there was a lot not to like.
First of all, it's a little insulting that Ubisoft would take a handful of old songs, throw them into a single title, and charge a full $40 for them. Even though these are called the "Greatest Hits", they don't even have the best songs from Just Dance 1 and 2. The dance moves are identical to what they were in the original games--there wasn't even an attempt to improve them or to provide alternate choreography nor graphics. They even seem to have removed features like animated backgrounds.
Speaking of choreography, there are no songs that use 4-player choreography as in Just Dance 3. There are only a handful of songs that are choreographed for 2 people. Not only that, there is no "party mode", nor any of the other improvements that came with Just Dance 3. At the very least I would have hoped that they would have introduced some of the benefits of Just Dance 3 to these old songs, but to the contrary, they just dumbed down the experience.
Perhaps worst of all, the songs included in this game are hard-coded, meaning you can't transfer them to play in Just Dance 3 nor the upcoming Just Dance 4. This is one gripe I have about all the various Just Dance-like games that Ubisoft puts out. It'd be ideal to be able to download or transfer songs like Michael Jackson songs or Black Eyed Peas songs to the main Just Dance 3 program, where you can record your high scores or design your workouts all in one place. Sadly, Ubisoft had gotten into the habit of making you pay for closed games where none of the music checks in or checks out.
I'm going to rate this a 4 for "fun", because quite frankly, it's still Just Dance. Motion controls are still pretty good, the Just Sweat mode really does give you a decent workout, and those who happen to like the songs on this compilation (and who don't already have Just Dance and Just Dance 2) will enjoy it.
However, I'm going to agree with the other reviewers and give it an overall score of "2", simply because Ubisoft is really insulting our intelligence here. It's ludicrous to go to the 25.1 million of us who have bought Just Dance 1, 2, and 3, and ask us to pony up another $40 for nothing but rehashed old work. For the sake of the future of this franchise, I hope with Just Dance 4 and beyond they focus more on how to incrementally improve the experience and satisfaction of their users and less on how to squeeze every last nickel and dime out of us.
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Initial post: Jul 7, 2012 6:57:19 PM PDT
I completely agree with you that the franchise needs to focus more on user satisfaction and making "each" game the best it can be rather than on trying to pump out as many Just Dance titles as they possibly can (Smurfs, JD Kids, Country Dance, Broadway, Black Eyed Peas, Abba, MJ, Summer Party, Greatest Hits, Disney, dlc content, etc, etc, etc).
Just Dance 3 was such a huge disappointment for us compared to Just Dance 1 & 2 and, in my opinion, you could really tell the franchise was starting to spread itself too thin creatively with all these spin-offs... for all of the improvements, the core gaming experience (song selection and choreography) just felt rushed and thrown together.
I do have to disagree with you, though, that the addition of 4-Player routines was an "improvement"... for Wii and PS3 owners it meant having to go out and buy up to 3 additional controllers, and for X-Box users it meant trying to squeeze 4 players into the sensor's small-ish viewing area. This particular "improvement" was better in theory than in practice. 2-Player duets seems to be most these systems and the space these games are played in can realistically handle.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 8:11:12 PM PDT
Great comments. Hopefully Ubisoft will be reading this and taking this feedback to heart.
I agree with you about the four player "Dance Crew" mode on the PS3 and the Xbox. It's almost farcical to attempt four player routines on the Xbox--like you said, trying to squeeze everyone into a small camera view usually translates to players tripping over each other and poking each other in the eyes. Similarly with the PS3, I found that while the system could use the Move controller's internal gyroscope to track players outside of camera range, it just didn't seem the controls outside the camera's view were nearly as accurate as those inside. Plus, like you said, shelling out $50 a pop for more Move controllers is ridiculous, especially since most Move games require only one or two.
That said, I do think the Wii has a few things going for it. First of all, because the range of the optical sensor is much, much wider than the Kinect or Playstation Eye cameras, players can be scattered all around a big room and still get picked up perfectly. Also, I think most households with Wiis ended up getting multiple controllers, whether they got them to play multiplayer games like Mario Kart and Wii Play, or whether they got MotionPlus controllers to replace their regular Wii controllers (Just Dance works with both). But I hear what you're saying--if a household didn't already have extra controllers, it probably wasn't worth going out to buy them just for this game.
I can give Ubisoft a pass on this one, but all I can say is that Just Dance 4 had better knock our socks off! From early indications, it looks like they will be doing some interesting things with the Wii U GamePad controller, which I am looking forward to.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 10:57:03 PM PDT
Here's the preview of Just Dance 4... obviously some of the routines are still in the development stage, but so far looking good. I actually KNOW these songs, which is already a big improvement over JD3!!! (Rock Lobster looks a little hokey, though lol... and Love Shack would have been a better choice for the B-52's).
Posted on Aug 12, 2012 8:44:06 PM PDT
is there "warm up" in this game ?
I don't own Just Dance and Just dance 2. I bought Just Dance 3 when it was on sale but was disappointed that it does not have "warm up" feature.
Posted on Jun 26, 2013 7:54:25 PM PDT
It says right on the cover "35 of the Greatest Hits from Just Dance 1 + 2" Honestly, if that's not what you wanted I don't really understand why you bothered to buy it.
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