Everybody Dance Review

Everybody Dance (Available exclusively on PlayStation 3)
ESRB Rating: T
Players: 1-20
Genre: Rhythm/Dancing
Publisher: SCEA
Developer: SCE Studios London
Release Date: October 18, 2011

Parent Talk: As per most dancing games, the ESRB rates Everybody Dance T for teen due to mild, suggestive dance moves and questionable lyrics.  Parents can easily monitor the songs their kids dance to in order to make this a game for everyone in the house.

Play Like: Just Dance, sort of like Dance Central.

Review Basis: At a recent party I tried everything the game offers.

The Great:

It’s hard to compete with Harmoinx’s revolutionary Dance Central franchise because it interprets your exact movements, but at least Everybody Dance tries something new.  The dance creator allows players to record custom routines and challenge others to mimic their choreography. It’s original and really fun, especially when you can move and are in a house full of half-drunk lunatics.

The Good:

+ 40 tracks, complete with their official videos to cut loose to.  Variety is the spice of life and Sony clearly took that to heart.  There’s something here for everyone.

+ Fun alone, with or against a friend.  Regardless of how you play, Everybody Dance promotes exactly what the name implies.  Everyone will want to get up in front of the TV and bust a move.  There’s even an excellent 20-player party mode, something the other dance properties miss out on.

The So-So:

+/- You dance with your arm…at least that’s how it feels.  While you can’t trick the PlayStation Eye, we suspect your dance moves are judged based on the position of the Move controller, which makes sense given the limitations of the setup.  It’s not bad, but not nearly as advanced as it could be.

The Bad:

– The card system featured in Dance Central is somewhat mimicked here except it doesn’t flow as naturally, hindering your progress. One bizarre element is that the game expects you to remember routines.  The cards stop displaying if a routine is repeated in the same song.  This makes progression extremely difficult in some of the tougher routines.

The Lowdown:

Having just reviewed Dance Central 2, it’s hard to now play a dance game that uses a controller instead of your body. That said, those who only own a PlayStation 3 can certainly enjoy Everybody Dance, though its few hiccups prevent it from becoming the life of the party.

Average Score Scale: 6.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 6.5/10 (Neutral)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: You love dancing, only own a PS3 and have parties all the time.

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: Somewhat broken gameplay keeps the dancing from reaching its true potential.