Dance off October 2011
I always thought that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it’s apparently Dance Month in the gaming world! Two highly anticipated dance titles are set to release for Kinect next month. But who will win the dance battle?
Dance Central 2 (Harmonix) will be available on Oct 25th, but Just Dance 3 (Ubisoft) comes out on Oct 11th. Is using the strategic move of releasing first setting itself ahead of the completion? Dance Central 2 has a bit of an advantage since its predecessor, Dance Central, was already released on Kinect and was a hands-down fan favourite for dance games. But will that be enough? Just Dance 3 is the first release of the Just Dance series to be launched on Kinect, but not the first Kinect or dance game for Ubisoft. The developer has had great success with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Michael Jackson: The Experience, and has applied its Kinect knowledge from these games to JD3.
Both new games boast multi-player modes with more than one player dancing at a time. This is a big step up from the past games of the genre where multi-player modes are one player at a time. DC2 allows up to two players at a time with switch outs available during game play. However, in a first for a Kinect dance game, JD3 is capable of four players dancing at a time!
The graphics for DC2 are cartoon-like and creates a fun, comic-book style universe where you are club-hopping and street battling to your favourite songs. In contrast, JD3 has a more digital, Tron-esque universe where the settings/backgrounds change as you progress through the moves.
Both games have a solid song selection ranging in music genres typical for dance games. DC2 offers the ability to import songs from the original and I assume you will be able to play those games with the new and improved features. On the other hand, JD3 is offering the ability to sing along to parts of the songs, much like Michael Jackson: The Experience. Each game has various improvements from their originals. JD3 has added playlists and workout plans to its “Sweat it out” mode, while DC2 has an improved “Break-it-down” mode giving the player more control.
So far this battle appears to be a tie. So, I guess we need to dance to find out who will be crowned the reigning dancing queen. Looks like I can skip the gym next month as I am going to be dancing up a storm.
You can now read our Just Dance 3 Review here.
Then compare with our Dance Central 2 Review.
Check out the trailers and screen shots from both games!