Dance Central Review

Dance Central (Available exclusively on Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: T
Players: 1
Genre: Dancing
Publisher: MTV Games
Developer: Harmonix
Release Date: November 4th, 2010

Dance Central is the new Guitar Hero.  You readers familiar with COE might remember a certain video of me dancing like a star to Poker Face at this year’s Electronic Expo. Don’t remember?  Well, it’s ready below for your viewing pleasure.  I had a blast with this game in LA and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one. Dance Central might be the Kinect’s killer app. The question is, are you man enough to play this?


The Great:

Just as with Your Shape Evolved, Kinect captures your every movement to secure some of the craziest video gaming moments I’ve ever witnessed. But man is it hard, and I mean harder than your current understanding of hard.  Unless you’re Micheal Jackson, you will look like a complete retard playing this. And you know what? That’s part of DC‘s charm. My best score currently is 62%…. on Easy. That’s just because I’m simply too cool for Funky Town. I tried Poker Face again, thinking I had it since I played at E3. Got 32%! Again, this is on the lowest possible difficulty. Oh well, I’ll get the last laugh. I’m a natural dancing machine; no gaming device gets to say otherwise! [Editor’s note: Having seen Steven dance, he really is a dancing machine!]

The Good:

+ So many songs, so little time! I remember reading somewhere that the songlist for DC was supposedly poor. I don’t know who was smoking what, but I strongly disagree with that. There is over 20 songs here, each sporting a unique routine across three separate difficulties. It should take you months (or years) to master all of them.

+ Original, fresh and easy-to-understand dance.  There are tricky manoeuvres of course, but practice makes perfect.

+ Learning. Practice makes perfect (didn’t I just say that?). Start a song and you suck; play it again and you improve. It’s a simple, addicting formula.  Be glad to know that your favorite (favourite for us Canadians) songs require less drilling; just listen to your inner dancing queen.

+ Did I mention you’ll have your butt handed to you?  Well, you will.

The Bad:

– Complex menus. The songs should have been spaced out a bit. You often select the wrong song and waste time to head back, only to pick one you didn’t want again.  It’s annoying, but nothing too serious.

– Perhaps they could have added a ‘Dancing for Dummies’ difficulty level.

The Ugly:

– Maneater on Hard. ‘Nuff said!

Can this be done on other systems?

There are other dance games, but none compare to Dance Central. It doesn’t just use your arm(s), but your whole body.  is it doable with the PlayStation Eye? Perhaps, but until I would see it personally, I must stamp DC with the “only on Kinect” award I just made up.  See how creative I am?

The Lowdown:

If Kinect becomes a worldwide hit, Dance Central will surely be the next big party game. I see myself playing this with friends over a few drinks. Heck, some might need a lot to even attempt to play. Once they do, they’ll have a hard time letting go of the “controller”. Out of the four games I’ve played, Dance Central is my “coup de coeur”. If you live to move, like music or just enjoy dancing, this one is a no-brainer. Is it worth spending $149.99 on an add-on? I wouldn’t go that far, but I say that anyone with a Kinect would be foolish to pass this up.

8 thoughts on “Dance Central Review”

  1. K now can you send your x-box with kinec + dance central to me? Im sure you could use a break now right?

    1. That review was gold Steven. My inner dancing queen can’t wait to try the finished version. I can only imagine you playing through all these songs. I could barely keep the camera straight at E3 so lol. Good times.

  2. I’m loving this game. The camera seems to have some trouble keeping up with my awesome moves, but other than that, this is pure gold. The song list, the dance moves, everything…awesome! I proved to you at E3 that I had the moves, and this game is no match for me ;-)

  3. We had a crazy dancethon on saturday night where we played DC till midnight. The funny thing is at the end of the day, all the girls were seeting at the table drinking and talking, while the guys were all dancing in the living room like Jackson 5!

    1. I know what you mean. I had a few people over before I had to give back my Kinect, and all the girls got tired after a while while the guys kept dancing away. In your words, we let our inner dancing queen out. It was an utter blast my man!

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