9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The best Kinect launch title,
I personally feel that this is the best Kinect launch title out now. It changes the way dance games are played as users are no longer worrying about correctly hitting four buttons on a pad. Instead, they actually have to move their legs, feet, arms, shoulder, heads... Dance Central takes into account your whole body to match up movement on the screen.
Players must follow on-screen cards as well as the dance movement acted out by the game characters. The cards clue you into what dance move is coming up next while the game character shows you how to dance. So, unlike most other dance games, you actually have to dance with this one.
There are several different game modes ranging from options that break down each song so you can learn to dance better or an excersie mode that tells you how many calories you burned in a session. I guess I am really out of shape as I can go through 5 songs, burn only 30 calories in each of them, and need to take a break.
A music game is really only as good as the playlist and Dance Central has some pretty good songs to dance to. I am not a fan of dance games or the genres in Dance Central so I can't accurately judge the songs (not unless there was some Dimmu Borgir in there). However, they are all easy to keep a beat to and the dance movements often correlate with the lyrics in a song.
Navigating the menus is also something done relatively easy with Kinect. You simply move your right hand up or down and then swipe it to the left to active something. It really is easy and the menu controls are pretty accurate. The game controls aren't quite as accurate but they are still pretty good. I have had Dance Central spaz out on me twice but that was because I was too close to the TV. You can determine the proper distance from Kinect that you need to be by looking at the black and white outline image of yourself. The bottom will start glowing red if you stand too close to the TV.
The graphics are also pretty nice. I feel that they might be a slight step up compared to Rock Band 3 but they definitely aren't on par with Gears Of War 2. Then again, this is not a graphically driven game. The colors are nice and bright, the character animations are smooth, I have not experienced any drops in the framerate, and the club scenes tend to be neon explosions.
Dance Central is really a game that people need to play everyday for about 15 minutes in order to get the most out of it. I had no idea that this was technically an exercise game but that doesn't stop me from getting up off the couch and enjoying it. You will definitely work up a sweat when playing this game and that is what makes it good. I knocked it down by one star because the game is not perfect. The dance characters are a little one dimensional (what else did you expect though, this is not a game with an epic story), the controls can go wonky if you stand too close to the TV or too much sunlight gets in the room, and I think you really have to go through the break down of each song or else you will likely earn 1-2 stars instead of 4. It isn't as diverse as Kinect Sports but I still really enjoy playing this over all other Kinect launch titles. Dance Central shows how to correctly use first generation hardware and software by being one of the best single-player and part games for Kinect.