on October 10, 2011
Primarily, I use the Just Dance games for a fun, light-intensity cardio workout - I buy all the expansion packs and extra songs, because I love having all the content and it makes an hour long workout much more enjoyable. Honestly, I would have been satisfied with this one if it had just been new songs, but Just Dance 3 is a full-blown sequel to the series with all new content, modes, and improvements.
- The game is /finally/ designed to be played straight through without going back to the song selection screen each time! For those of us who like to workout, this is probably the best feature. There are premade playlists for workout routine featuring high octave songs, or a playlist with all 'extreme' three-physics point songs. Even in standard play, the game automatically chooses a random song as a 'next' feature as well as allowing you to choose to pick a song if you want. And there's party mode that just keeps playing songs over and over; absolutely excellent!
- There's a medal and point system involved now, which helps you unlock new and extra content. The medals are a cool incentive to keep dancing, with goals such as 'Finish a Song with No X's!' and 'Gain 300 Sweat Points and 3 Stars on a song!". To unlock extra content seems fairly easy: you just keep dancing, and eventually you score enough mojo points to get a new song, mode, or dance mash up. I've only been playing for a little over two hours all together, and I've already got Simon Says mode, an extra song, and a dance mashup.
- Tons of multiplayer fun; the Dance crew/party modes are very fun, and this is a game well-designed for group play. The routines are silly and enjoyable, and there are even more complex numbers for groups. Imagine doing a disco group line-up version of Boogie Wonderland, complete with a line at the end. Incredibly fun. Also, for those playing by themselves - duets and dance crew allow you to choose to play the part of any character. In a way, this means dance crew and duets are two-to-four extra routines for some songs.
- The same old variety in songs which we love, this sequel has everything from Bollywood to the Super Sentai theme song (think Power Rangers). There's a lot of fun dances, like a very accurate version of 'Let's Go to the Mall' from How I Met Your Mother and a cheerleader team version of Britney Spear's Baby One More Time. All in all, there's a lot of fun, uptempo dances here in a variety of styles. While you do have to unlock content, make no mistake, the game loads with over 30 songs.
- Game modes and other ways of playing the dancing games.
- This game was pretty clearly designed for XBOX 360 Kinect in mind, and the arm movements are a lot less complex than the previous Just Dance games. There's a lot of small, subtle gestures that don't work well with the Wiimote, and a LOT LOT LOT of footwork/getting up and down that the Wii game obviously can't really recognize. And sometimes the dance moves seem very simplified and repetitive, like for a tracking system to pick up. It's not incredibly noticeable, but I've thought once or twice, 'Oh, I guess this song would be better on Kinect...'. I think that might be why another reviewer found the moves 'less fun' than Just Dance 2. I'm not too upset, the moving up and down, back and forth is good for the heart-rate. It's just not going to be easy to get that Gold Medal for a Perfect Score.
- While this is obviously a party game, I was a little annoyed because it seems like the one-player mode has gone down a bit? Now when you're doing a duet/group dance with one wii-mote, it shows you EVERYONE's moves. It makes it a little unnecessarily confusing, especially when it's one of the four player dances which aren't very solo player friendly, and end up with me bobbing and waiting for it to be my own turn, ha.
- They seem to have taken away the sort by physics/technical mode feature? That was helpful when I was working out. I miss it.
All in all, this still definitely feels like an enjoyable sequel and I'm totally satisfied with buying it. That said, it feels like it wasn't designed for the Wii system and the solo-play sometimes drops the ball, but honestly, well worth a buy.