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- Extensive new modes, including a fresh new Workout Mode, fun new Story Mode, Kids Modes with much simpler controls and Lesson Mode (DDR School) to practice timing and the direction of arrows so that new dancers can learn the basic.
- Game bundled with DanceDanceRevolution dance pad floor controller for Wii with additional controller compatibility including: Wii Remote/nunchuck and Wii Balance Board.
- Exclusive gimmicks such as the Hip Roll and Bump Arrows appear in-game and built-in fitness functionality allows you to punch while moving your hips to get a workout in while playing.
- Costume customization of your DanceDanceRevolution dancer, including your importable Miis.
- Game include 2-4 local multiplayer support in versus mode and contains 60 tracks on disc, including major licensed master original Latin tracks.
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Tournament Mode: There's no more maneuvering maps as in HP1 and HP2. HP3 moves you through automatically. It also has 2 different tournaments, one for basic players and one called "Challenge" which requires you to beat songs at the Difficult level or higher. I played the basic one first and unlocked a number of songs, outfits, stages, etc. Then I played on "Challenge" and unlocked totally different things, including additional songs. Tournament mode is feet-only- no hand motions. The tournament itself is rather short. You can probably beat the entire thing in about an hour if you really know how to play DDR. But you won't unlock everything by playing tournament mode. For HP3, you unlock more items simply by playing. After every song, you will accumulate DDR Points. After you reach a certain amount of DDR points, you will unlock something. I haven't figured out exactly how many points you need to unlock the next thing. DDR points are kind of random and confusing, but an interesting concept nonetheless.
Hypermove Mode: For HP3, using the wiimote/nunchuck along with the dance pad is a mode, not an option to turn on and off. If you liked the inclusion of hand-motions, you'll probably be playing this mode a lot. The hand-motions have changed a bit since HP1 and HP2. There's a new "flicking" motion that doesn't really register very well. This is obviously a kink that will hopefully be worked out in HP4.
Wii Balanceboard Mode: I'd call this "lazy mode." Don't pick up your feet, just lean. It's kind of like Wii Fit's skiing/snowboarding activities. You lean forward, backward, left and right as the arrows appear on the screen. It will also have you doing hulahooping moves. There's only two difficulty levels - Beginner and Basic. Balanceboard Mode also has you doing handmotions, which doesn't always register with the game. Perhaps it's useful as a cooldown or if you just want to listen to the HP3 soundtrack without getting all sweaty. Oh yeah, and not every song you unlock is available for Balanceboard Mode. So, you might be out of luck on some of your favorite songs.
Workout Mode: I spend a lot of time in this mode. A *GREAT* addition to HP3 is that it tracks your calorie burn and weight loss. When you first enter into Workout Mode, the game will ask you if you want to use the Wii Balanceboard to record your weight! FABULOUS! After you weigh yourself using the balanceboard, you can see your BMI, ideal weight, and a chart that tracks your progression. I love this feature and those of you who use DDR to lose weight will definitely appreciate this as well. Workout mode has 3 sub-modes - you can do feet-only, hypermove (feet and hands), and even balanceboard mode. It's the same as HP1 and HP2, though, in that you can set your goal (time, calories, free play) and choose your songs or courses you've unlocked.
DDR School: This mode requires a brief discussion. Unlike HP1 and HP2 where you were pretty much on your own on learning how to play the game, DDR School breaks down the game piece by piece. It has a number of lessons, including the VERY BASIC step left, step right....but it also contains lessons about hand movements, using the balanceboard, AND gimmicks. My gripes with the lessons are that 1) it's the same song for a good 16 out of 18 lessons; 2) the gimmicks lessons are useless as the gimmick arrows are NOT mixed in with regular arrows, so they don't really prepare you for playing with gimmicks; and 3) There is no lesson on hitting "cut notes"...those annoying 1/8 to 1/32 beat notes. I've been DYING to figure those out since HP1. I've tried playing songs with those notes, but they barely appear on the BASIC level and on DIFFICULT level, it's too hard to practice. Perhaps I should invest some time in Training mode.
Soundtrack: Konami has interesting music taste. It has an intriguing mix of music from the 80s, 90s, and today. For example, you've got Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" and then Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." Many songs have the actual music video, which is awesome! I've also really fallen in love with some of Konami's original music, particular the song "Celebrate Night." FUN!! The downside to the soundtrack is that there are very few songs in the 120-150 BMP range. Songs that you'd think should be fast-paced are not and it's kind of disappointing when you really want to just rock out!
Miscellaneous comments: I didn't address Free Play mode, but it's the same has HP1 and HP2. As always, I praise DDR for having a number of options to increase or decrease the difficulty of play. You can change arrow speed, turn on/off jumps, cut notes, gimmicks, and of course...simply change the difficulty! The game has a great deal of re-playability as long as you don't get sick of hearing the same songs over and over.
If you're new to DDR, buy Hottest Party 3 first. If you're buying this for your kids, I wouldn't worry too much about song lyrics or videos included in this game. You might be hesitant to have a child under 10 watch the Pussycat Dolls "When I Grow Up" video or the "Bonafide Lovin'" video that plays in the background. But for the most part, the game is absolutely appropriate for kids 12+. And with the ability to change how hard the game is, any level of player can understand and be successful at playing DDR.
I can't wait for the next DDR!!! But in the meantime, I'll be playing Hottest Party 3. It's a fun game and a great way to lose a few pounds!
No big deal, but the biggest irritation is the lack of a cancel button. If I pick a song by mistake (i.e. maybe my foot was slightly on an arrow at the same time as I stepped on the select button), I go to a "confirmation" screen, but the only option is to continue. I cannot go back once I have selected a song. Poor programming.
Also, in the older versions, if I wanted to quit a song in the middle, I could step on the "A" and "B" buttons at the same time and quit. Can't do that here. Once the song starts, you have to sit and wait for it to finish. What that amounts to is that if I pick a song I don't want to do, I have NO WAY of going back to the selection screen until the song is completely finished. REALLY annoying, especially when I have a 3-year-old around who likes to push buttons and step on the dance pad.
Also, when I'm finished with a mode (i.e. maybe I'm in workout mode and want to go to dance mode or something), I can't just quickly go back to the main menu, I have to back out, one screen at a time, through 5+ screens, before I am back to the main menu screen. Who designed the UI on this thing?
Overall, the game is OK. Nothing to write home about, but it's still a good workout. Wish I could get some of the older versions for the Wii.
The only reason I don't give this 5 stars is the dance mat that comes with it. The thing is awful. It's cheaply made and only works part of the time. Mine consistently misses the left arrow about 50% of the time which is incredibly frustrating. I can't progress past a certain part of the game in tournament mode because of this flaw. If it wrinkles a little the arrow buttons think they are being pressed and scroll like crazy, especially on the menu. It slides like crazy. Despite the instructions, I find I have to wear socks (tight ones, never loose)or else the mat sticks to my feet and registers steps wrongly. And the most frustrating thing is that though there are better mats out there, as far as I can tell they do not work with DDR 3.
So, it is worth buying for sure, but be prepared for some frustrations, and read the other reviews for recommendations on how to work around some of those problems. I like it enough that I might buy the earlier versions HP and HP2, especially since they work with other mats (I think).
Cons: Rihanna, dream on dreamer, Pink, annoying lessons by dj.
Pros: Awesome Konami originals never before released and new songs.
Family friendly (PS2 version is more for adult audience)
If I was to suggest either I would say get both of them.