Dance Central 2 Review

Dance Central 2 (Available Exclusively on Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: T
Players: 1=2
Genre: Dance
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Harmonix
Release Date: October 25, 2011

Parent Talk: Dance Central is rated T for teen due to mild lyrics and some suggestive dance moves.  So long as you select the songs your children play, they too could have some fun playingthis excellent game.  Heck, the whole house could dance up a storm before you know it.

Plays Like: The original Dance Central.  There’s nothing on the market that matches this. DC2 is a wonderful place to start if DC passed you up.

Review Basis: Tried a bunch of modes with friends at a party, the best way to experience Dance Central.

If you enjoyed Dance Central, then it’s likely you already own this sequel.  It’s better thanks to the inclusion of simultaneous two-player dances, which just blast the fun factor to the moon.  While not perfect, you must break out DC2 at your next party.  You won’t regret it.

The Great:

The two-player dancing.  You must be careful when dancing together so you don’t knock each other over, but this was the number one feature missing in the previous game.  It’s so much fun to dance off against someone else, and at parties your face will hurt from all the inevitable laughing.

The Good:

+ Accessible.  Do you have two left feet?  Are you like our Steven and have the moves that move ‘em?  Are you a mad chick magnet that just can’t leave the dance floor?  Whoever you are, Dance Central 2 has you covered.  From the detailed tutorials to the highly technical choreography, there’s something challenging and fun here for all.   When you transition from easy to medium, then hard, the experience is extremely rewarding.

+ Same great system.  Little dance cards appear on the screen and you mimic them when told to in tune with the music. It’s not long before you learn which moves typically follow each other to chain higher scores.

+ Kinect.  In the past a controller was required, and games would measure only certain elements of your dancing, but Kinect demands you perform the routines well in order to achieve those ultra insane scores.  The technology involved is as impressive as ever.

+ The power of voice.  The all-new menus are easier to navigate thanks to voice control.  Tell Kinect what song you want to dance through, and you’re set.

+ Crew Challenge: a story mode wrapped around the street dance scene.  While the narrative is silly, the option to play with a friend makes the experience worth it. The same goes for the other modes offered.  I can’t stress how awesome two-player simultaneous dance-offs is.

+ It’s time to work out.  There’s a new fitness playlist designed to help you stay in shape.  You can customize the program with brief ten-minute workouts or difficult power workouts of 50 minutes.  Whatever you decide, the playlists do well to bring out the sweat.

+ Leaderboards show how crappy you are.  Think you’re the next MIchael Jackson? Prove it. Apparently there are people that can really move.  You can also upload pictures shot from your dances to Twitter and Facebook if you’re seeking global embarrassment.

The So-So:

+ /- 40 songs included on the disc; tons more available online.  You can also import all of Dance Central’s tracks, but it’ll cost you 400 Microsoft points. That’s kind of low for Microsoft, for shame!

The Bad:

– Where’s the online gameplay competition?!  What if I’m attending another party, break out DC2, and want to take on a few friends online that I know are also partying?  Halloween is tonight; imagine how much fun this could have been?!

The Ugly:

Have you ever seen Jarrod let loose?  Yeah, didn’t think so. (Hint: you won’t want to!)

The Lowdown:

Harmonix has proven they know how to make the best Kinect games.  Dance Central 2 is the perfect evolution of the dance genre, but it is such a shame online multiplayer wasn’t added.  Other Kinect software supports it, so why not this?  For now, grab a few local friends and enjoy the party of the decade with Dance Central 2.

Average Score Scale: 8.0 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 8.5/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: Super fun to play at parties with friends.  You won’t find a better Kinect game.

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: Charging to import songs from the previous game?  Really?!?!


5 thoughts on “Dance Central 2 Review”

  1. Do you really think that 400 points is too much to get all the songs from the first game? That’s basically like charging 5$ to get the original Dance Central. Plus, the game comes with 240 free microsoft points. Unless they charge 400 points per song….. I really don’t get why you’re complaining about this. 5$ for the last game….. seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.

  2. Well the way I see it is if you own the original game already, why can’t you simply transfer your songs over to the new one? This was done in all the SingStar games for free. $5 isn’t a lot of money as you said, but since you already own the game I just thought it should have been free. Nothing too serious, which is why I shoved it in the so-so category. Some players won’t mind, but cheap players like me do.

  3. If you already own the original game, why would you need those songs? Just put the original game in. The gamers that don’t own the game can download it for 400 points, minus the 240 points already included in the game. It’s like seeing the original Dance Central at the store for 3$. Seems like nitpicking to me.

  4. Yeah maybe it’s nitpicking but I though it deserved mentioning. I feel I represented the game well in the review but to each is own. I guess this just surprised me a bit is all.

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