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- Immersive dance video game that features and tracks full-body dance moves
- Completely free from any controller, every routine has authentic choreography for beginners and experts alike to master
- A killer soundtrack that spans today's current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists
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Dance Central, exclusively for Kinect for Xbox 360, is the first real dance video-game experience that is fun, social and for everyone! Brought to you by Harmonix, the developers who created the world-wide blockbuster Rock Band. Take it step-by-step with Break It Down or jump right in and start performing for your family and friends. Either way, you won't just learn dance moves, you'll own the dance floor!
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Kinect Dance Central
Dance Central™, exclusively for “Kinect” for Xbox 360, is the first real dance game experience that is fun, social and for everyone!
Brought to you by Harmonix, the developers who created the world-wide blockbuster Rock Band™, Dance Central is the first immersive dance video game that features and tracks full-body dance moves. Completely free from any controller, every routine has authentic choreography for beginners and experts alike to master, alongside a killer soundtrack that spans today's current pop, hip-hop and R&B artists. Take it step-by-step with Break It Down or jump right in and start performing for your family and friends. Either way, you won't just learn dance moves, you'll own the dance floor!Details
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This game ROCKS! It is one of the funnest games I have ever played. Let me break it down for you.
1) Anyone can play. The game teaches you the dance moves. Then it gives you some practice trys. Then you get to "Perform".
2) The game gives really good feedback. When you miss a move, it shows you which part of your body wasn't moving right by outlining it in red.
3) The tracks are pretty good. There is a lot of music you would hear at clubs today and some that you haven't heard for a while.
4) The sound and visuals are pretty cool. I thought I would get bored listening to track during practice, but you really don't because you are concentrating on what is happening on screen.
5) Watching your friends play this is AWESOME. If they are good dancers (particularly hip-hop) it is a great way for them to perform. If they are not good dancers... well it is fun to watch them pretend.
1) You are going to need a lot of space. That should go without saying (this is a dance game).
2) Don't let your friends record you playing this game and then post it on youtube.
If you have a Kinect, you must buy this game.
Menus: Menus are easily navigated and, because of a certain situation where my mother had friends over for the evening, even they were quickly able to pick up how to go through the menus. Its simple, hold your arm out to the right or left and make a slapping motion to select. This already made the game better. I played Kinect Adventures and I found the menus a little frustrating because you have to hold your hand there while it figures out that's what you want, but with Dance Central its just a quick swipe and you move on. Outside of that, all of the menus are very clear and easily navigated to find what you want, that hardest part of which was selecting songs (going up and down the list).
Gameplay: The no control experience is really shown off at its best here as you actually get a good workout moving your body to the beats. Yes, you will have to get off of the couch and start moving back and forth to the rhythms. Overall the Kinect cameras will do a wonderful job at figuring out your motions and, because the game was designed this way, you won't notice any lag. That's right, you dance in time with the person on screen (literally mirroring their actions) and then the game will take a moment (to which you won't notice because you are dancing) to decide how well you performed the action. In other words, don't worry about lag time because Harmonix has already factored that in perfectly, thus making gameplay smooth and easy to pick up on for even a beginner. Again, my mother's friends were very quick on picking up how to play the game.
Difficulty: This game ranges from anyone can do this easy (the first song) to ridiculously hard yet really cool looking moves (last song). It will give you a workout and it never tends to bore because of the variety of songs as well as dance moves. One thing that I also like about the game is that it forces you to start on easy and work your way up to hard. For a pro dancer (almost no one who will buy this game), that means you are forced to learn the different basic moves for the dance and then they get more complicated. That's right, the difficulty is actually used in this game to teach you the set-up for the next step. It works beautifully at getting you dancing to what was in the music videos.
Visuals: From start to finish this game is amazingly colorful and even the opening movie is rather fun to watch. On the other hand, none of the visuals block or distract the player from what is going on or seeing the next move. In fact, the set-up is so perfect that when you start getting your friends in there to dance along side you, it just feels natural for everyone. Now, I will also give this simple argument for visuals as well, because I am a fan of the hip-hop look the game sports (and thank God for that, Classical dancing would be so boring in a party game). If you don't like the hip-hop sort of streets style, then the visuals might not entertain you as much.
Overall: This game does what it says. It will teach you how to dance the moves from the music videos and it will go fairly smoothly along a learning curve as well. The use of the technology is impressive and it is probably the best party game out there since Guitar Hero became known as a party game (Honestly this one is better, because anyone can just start dancing and having a good time). It works great among all ages and all backgrounds since everything is done with visuals and because of the no-controller feel anyone can easily pick it up and start playing (though don't get me wrong, it is not easy to master).
I do however like that it has different levels from easy, med, hard. Though you will not be able to go straight to hard on some of them (not sure about all) without having to master the easy then unlock the harder ones.
The variety of music in my personal opinion sucked! I knew most of the songs and still wondered why the HECK would they even put them on there when there are CLEARLY better ones out there. So with that said I don't play the songs I don't care for, this would not seem so much of a problem but... a majority of them for me suck and there for I don't get the full experience. (This is my fault, I should have looked into the song choice BEFORE purchasing). But I would rather it be out there so you can look into this yourself.
Another thing I had hated was that if you don't know the move and your trying to learn the steps the guy talking to you will tell you, you have 3 times to get it right and even when your going through some of the motions and get it right and sometimes when you don't, it will still drag on until you get it correct. Other times it will just give up on you and move on to the next move. Annoying much? YES! This defeats the purpose of learning it? How does it expect you to learn them?
Then there is the the "dance battle" where you and someone can battle it out and see who wins. This is fun. But this is the only time that a second player can enter the game, and even so you have to switch and take turns so you can't actually do anything side by side.
You can also rank up and earn gold stars in each level of songs. There is a feature for exercising too that you can turn on and see how of a work out your actually getting. This was a cool feature.
This game would be easier to learn dance moves than say (Black Eyed Peas Experience)This one it lets you learn at a slower pace. Though the moves are more basic and you do have to hit this more spot on than (BEP Experience). So you have to keep that in hand when you purchase stuff like this since its all sort of a give and take, learn and go type thing. Basically its like this- If your a good dancer and are doing the moves flawless the sensor will not pick it up. If you go with the flow and are just more or less goofing off then it works better. This is only MY opinion though.
There is so much more to this but I pointed out the things that I wanted to say. I do NOT regret purchasing the game. Me and my family can laugh at each other attempting to dance and get a very mini work out too.