I rented Get Up and Dance for a girly night in. I like the Just Dance series, so thought I'd try something a bit different. Unfortunately, Get Up and Dance isn't a patch on Just Dance.
Firstly, the menu is confusing. There are four main options; Get Up And Dance, Get Up and Party, Get Up and Dance Group, and Shape Up. Get Up and Dance is represented by a single player dancing, but its sub-menu includes multiplayer options, so what's the point of the Get Up and Party and Get Up and Dance Group options? This really could have been streamlined.
Shape Up is very similar to the normal playing modes, except it gives each song 'Cardio Points'. I'm not sure what these relate to: the Cardio Points for each song seem to be around 1000-1500, so it's clearly not calories being burnt (I wish!).
There are also two further options in the menu, Rehearse and Video Jukebox. Rehearse allows you to learn the dances by breaking each song down into small sections. Learning the songs would take the fun out of it for me, but perhaps for someone nervous about playing this type of game in front of others it could be useful.
Video Jukebox is a little odd, it does show the video for each selected song in the background, but in front is the game character dancing to the song. This isn't a game, so you don't have to dance along, you just... watch.
Gameplay is the same no matter what option you select from the menu. You choose a song, whether you want to be the lead dancer or a backing dancer, then copy what the character onscreen is doing. The game is for 1 to 4 players, so you can dance alone or with friends. Unfortunately the game is really ruined by two things for me: the tracklist (see below) and the rather boring dances. Where the lyrics suggest a particular move this is followed (Hot Stuff by Donna Summer has lots of thrusting, for example), but the rest of the choreography is very lacklustre. My favourite Just Dance songs are the silly ones (the cowboy themed Viva Las Vegas, for example), but there is none of this here. I can imagine a group of teenage girls coming up with these dances for a school talent show. There's no wit, and very little fun. I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You by The Black Kids is a prime example of this. While I like the song, the dance was so boring and irrelevant I couldn't wait for it to end.
Gwen Stefani - "What You Waiting For"
Taio Cruz - "Come On Girl"
Timbaland featuring Katy Perry - "If We Ever Meet Again"
Pussycat Dolls - "Don't Cha"
Nicole Scherzinger - "Poison"
Salt-N-Pepa - "Push It"
La Roux - "Bulletproof"
Girls Aloud - "The Promise"
Jessie J - 'Nobody's Perfect"
Donna Summer - "Hot Stuff'
Barenaked Ladies - "One Week"
Yolanda Be Cool Vs D Cup - "We No Speak Americano"
Elton John - "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
Dusty Springfield - "I Only Want to Be With You"
Lionel Richie - "Dancing On the Ceiling"
Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart"
Vato Gonzalez featuring Foreign Beggars "Badman Riddim (Jump)"
Reel 2 Real Feat. The Mad Stuntman - "I Like to Move It"
Alexandra Stan - "Mr Saxobeat"
Apache Indian - "Boom Shack-A-Lak"
Gina G - "Ooh Ahh... Just A Little Bit"
Black Kids - "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You"
De La Soul - "Me Myself and I"
Example - "Kickstarts"
Marina & The Diamonds - "Hollywood"
Noisettes - "Don't Upset the Rhythm"
Pulp - "Common People"
Rizzle Kicks - "Down With the Trumpets"
Wretch 32 Feat. Example - "Unorthodox"
Basement Jaxx - "Where's Your Head At"
Music is a very personal thing so I can't comment objectively on the song choices, but I thought they were rubbish. It's an odd mix, including songs that I do like but would never think of dancing to (One Week by the Barenaked Ladies being one of those).
Annoyances also include the figures showing the upcoming moves looking nothing like the moves they're supposed to represent, and a long wait for some of the dances to start. If the song has a slow intro you can be standing there for 20-30 seconds until the dancing starts. I'm not a fan of the characters either, their clothes occasionally match the song, but more often they're just in stereotypical 80s garb, leggings and all. This is regardless of what era the song is from.
I really can't recommend this game. Just Dance is much more intuitive to use, and the gameplay is far better.