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If you own a Wii and are looking for a fun way to exercise in the comfort of your own home then you can't go far wrong buying Just Dance 2. Although this second incarnation in the popular series of Just Dance games is marketed more as a party game, I bought it to allow me to take advantage of the odd five minutes free time to exercise in the privacy of my own front room. Being more than a little overweight, self-conscious and the Mum of a very active toddler means that conventional exercise classes are off the menu. And having a condition that weakens the joints means that lengthy exercise sessions are painful, so the idea of being able to switch on the Wii and lose a few calories while dancing to a five minute song seems the perfect solution.
Please bare in mind that this review is based on my experience of playing the game and as I'm a forty year old, more than a little overweight Mum, who rarely socialises, let alone holds parties my opinion will vary wildly from a teenager's. As I also own the original Just Dance game along with Just Dance 3 and Just Dance Kids, there may be points in this review where I compare this game to others in the series.
Just in case you've been living on another planet for the last couple of years or the TV adverts have simply passed you by, Just Dance 2 is a game where you "Just Dance". Similar to the dance mat games that were all the rage ten years or so ago, you simply need to follow the on screen character dancing to one of 45 tracks, holding the Wii mote in your right hand. As you dance your movements (well your right hand's movements) are tracked and if they match the on-screen character's you earn points, simples.
While Just Dance only had a couple of different modes and it only took a couple of button clicks to start dancing, in Just Dance 2 things have moved up a notch. There are now a total of three different dance modes, Just Dance, Dance Battle and Just Sweat. Just Dance is pretty self explanatory and allows you to jump straight into a dance routine, either solo or with up to three friends. Dance Battle is the main multi-player mode and is further split into two sections, Free-for-all for one to four players and Team Battle for four to eight players. Just Sweat is a new mode to Just Dance 2 and in this mode as well as normal points for accuracy you earn sweat points depending on how much effort you put in.
==Graphics and Audio==
Being a Wii game I didn't expect much on the graphics front, which is just as well really. Although the dancers are clearly meant to be people they are very cartoon-like with no real definition of features (unlike Just Dance Kids that features real people). What I do like is that the dancers are different on each track and clearly designed to tie in with the song, with their bright neon clothing corresponding to either the era, feel of the track or the original artist. On the most part it's fairly easy to follow the characters movements, especially as there's a pictogram that appears at the bottom of the screen to tell you what's coming next, but there are times when the pictogram and characters movements don't exactly match or the pictogram is really hard to decipher. I especially like that the words to the tracks are also displayed on the screen, meaning that if I ever manage to be able to have enough breathe left while dancing I could sing along.
With this being a dancing game the audio aspect is paramount to it's success. When played through a home cinema system, the audio is clear and easy to follow. But there's so much more than what it just sounds like, there are the variety of tracks to dance along to. Personally I feel there is a good variety of tracks, ranging from old songs to new, covering a variety of genre, with a good range of difficulty. It's probably important to not that not all of the tracks are performed by the original artist, there are several cover versions (and not always the one you would expect). It's easy to flick through the tracks and see how easy (or difficult) they are, with each track having two classifications of difficulty, complexity and effort. Each of these classifications has three levels, with one being the easiest and three the most difficult.
Within the tracks there are several that are designed to be danced by two people, with each having slightly different moves. When I first played I thought that I'd be unable to play these tracks solo, but you can, you just can't pick which set of moves you follow. I would far prefer to be able to pick which part I am going to dance, but it is still fun to perform a duet with my partner. If the available tracks are not enough for you, you can also download extra tracks for a small fee. One track I would definitely recommend downloading is Kung Fu Fighting, it's simply brilliant fun.
==My Playing Experience==
I've owned Just Dance 2 for a couple of weeks now and played it extensively as part of my exercise routine. Although I have played all the different modes, bar Dance Battle, my favourite mode has to be Just Sweat. Within this mode you can create a profile for yourself and then set yourself a daily and weekly challenge. There are three different levels of challenge to choose from, mild, tough and intense and your daily and weekly progress towards each challenge is plotted on a graph after each track.
When I first started on this mode I picked the mild program, which equates to 300 sweat points per day and 2100 per week. Depending on which track you choose, this equates to just one or two dances per day, which is barely enough to bring your heart rate up let alone burn any fat. Sweat points are calculated by how much movement is detected by the control, so it is possible to cheat by simply shaking the control vigorously, but what's the point in that, you're only cheating yourself.
What I really like about the sweat points is that it doesn't matter that I'm really uncoordinated and can't keep up, it's the effort I put in that counts. After completely the weekly target for mild in just one day, I upped the stakes to the tough challenge, which gives a target of 1000 sweat points a day (7000 a week). This is a much better level to give a good cardio workout, generally taking four to five dance routines to complete the daily target. Rather than playing this everyday, I play every other day, aiming to complete two days worth of targets which gives me a good half hour cardio workout and leaving me literally dripping in sweat. What is really good about this aspect of the game is that if I need to take a break, my progress is saved and I can come back to it later. What I don't like is that sweat points cannot be earned in other game modes, meaning that the half hour I've spent playing in other modes doesn't count towards my running total.
Being overweight and uncoordinated there are some tracks I find easier than others, with some I find almost impossible. There are also some tracks where I simply do not like the song, but there are plenty for me to enjoy and boogie along to. My favourite tracks among the original content include "When I Grow Up" by the Pussycat Dolls, which is fairly easy to follow, not that energetic, but so funny and "Cosmic Girl", which is more energetic and involves punching asteroids. But my absolute favourite track is one that I downloaded, "Kung Fu Fighting", I'll play this one at least once a session and if I say so myself, I'm getting pretty good at it. What I love about using this Sweat mode is that I'm having so much fun and concentrating so hard on keeping up that I reach my target before I know it. Although there's nothing in the instruction manual to state how Sweat point correlate to calories, I did a bit of research and the general consensus is that 5 sweat point equals one calorie. This means that a 1000 point session is burning off 200 calories.
After my Sweat session, I often feel I'm still in the mood for dancing, or my partner wants to join in, so we go onto the Just Dance mode. One thing I will say you need plenty of room if two or more people are joining in as many of the dances involve lots of arm waving. We have great fun dancing together or watching each other dance and we seem to have totally different techniques. I try to follow the moves exactly and I find that on the whole my moves are accurately picked up by the control but there are times when I do the same moves in exactly the same way and one will be scored as perfect while the next is only OK. My partner's technique is more the throw yourself around the room variety, I think I burn almost as many calories laughing as I do dancing. What really gets me is that he still manages to pick up points, though that's more through luck than skill and this proves that it is possible to cheat. I have to point out here that my 22 month old son also loves this mode, he loves to dance next to us holding a toy as his remote.
As I've got better at performing some of the dances, I've become a little more competitive, trying to beat my previous scores. When dancing certain moves gain points depending on how closely you follow the on-screen dancer. There are three different levels of points, OK (nearly there), Great (Oh so close) and Perfect and there are also special gold moves that give extra points. As I said there are times when I've done the same move in what I think is exactly the same way and got different scores, but on the whole I think it's accurate and obviously the better I know the steps the more I'm able to concentrate on higher scores. The fact that there is nothing to unlock, probably limit's the life-span of the game to a degree, but this really isn't a game you complete so much as compete.
The Dance Battle mode is not one that we've really done more than have a look at. This mode is designed for larger groups of players and we don't have the space for more than two people to dance at a time. So I'm afraid I really can't comment on this mode.
Just Dance 2 has an age rating of 3+ and there is nothing in it that would cause offence. There are no swear words and none of the routines are overtly sexual. Younger children may have difficulty keeping up, but will certainly enjoy joining in, 22 month old Freddy loves to join in and will hold a toy pretending it's his control as he dances. As to an upper age limit, well I'll be 40 tomorrow and I play regularly, as does my partner and even his 92 Grandmother has had a go. This really is a game for the whole family to join in, even those with limited mobility can try copying the arm movements.
I love this game, it does exactly what I bought it for, and that is gives me a fun way to burn off calories and hopefully lose weight. Although I struggled to get through a single track when I started, I can now play four, five or even more tracks before collapsing exhausted. I certainly know that I've had a workout when I've played this as I'll generally be sweating profusely and shattered. If I were forced to choose between the different Just Dance games, I would say this is probably the one that I would recommend. The added duets and Sweat mode, makes it better value than the original game and it can be found for a far lower price than Just Dance 3 (£14.99 as opposed to £22.99). Although I'm sure that this game is also fun to share at parties, as far I'm concerned it's simply a fun way of exercising and great for those who, like me, quiver with fear at the idea of an organised exercise class.
So I'm giving Just Dance 2 four stars out of five, as it's a game that gets me up and moving and is one I can share with my partner and son.
My whole family loved Just Dance as soon as they got it, so when Just Dance 2 came out, we knew that we had to buy it. With more music tracks and features, this is a game that will get the whole family active and playing on the Wii. With over 45 hits of different music styles, it is great for the whole family whatever their music taste.
This game is rated at 3 plus and should be, as long as you can copy the moves of the people on the screen you can play this game. As long as you have 4 Wii remotes, you can have up to 4 people playing, which is great for if you have friends or family around, as you can get everyone playing.
The visuals on this game are great, bright and colourful, that will really make playing the game even better. There is never a dull moment on screen as they are always bright and eye catching. Improved from Just Dance, the now crazy neon colours included in this version with clear outlines, makes playing even more easy.
Combined with the catchy songs, this makes for a great game. The songs Just Dance 2 have picked are as good as in Just Dance as they still cater for every song taste. For those who love pop there is Katy Perry or Ke$ha, those who love Indie Vampire Weekend and Franz Ferdinand and for those who love Rock there is The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley. Not forgetting the great new Wi-Fi feature they've put in, which lets you download exclusive new music that is available on their store.
The dance choreography is all different and suits every song that is available. Each of them provides different moves for different levels of people, and even when it is a duo based song , the choreography matches it perfectly. They even match the song that you are dancing to, for example like in "Walk Like an Egyptian", there are no surprises as to what they are going to ask you to do there. You don't even really need that much space to do the choreography, as our living room is quite small, yet we all still managed to do the routines perfectly.
The controls aren't difficult at all, as you are basically the controller, just holding the Wii remote and then following the dance moves of the people on the screen. Most of the time they are pretty responsive to, and will pick up on the moves that you make. Although sometimes they will malfunction a bit and say that it wasn't as good as you had done, losing you out on points on your overall score, but this is very rare.
Aside from the Classic mode where you just put on a song and go, there is also the addition of some new game modes. There is the Royal Flush where you play 5 pre selected modes in a row, which is great if you want a real variety of play. You can also play Simon Says, which if you are playing alone can be even more fun as it provides you with a bit more challenge than the normal mode. When playing with friends though, you should definitely try the Duet or Race modes, as they really have you competing against each other to get the highest score!
For those who love exercising, there is the Just Sweat option. This can help you plan your exercise regime for up to a week. With three modes - Mild, Tough and Intense - there is a programme for everyone in your family, regardless of their fitness level. The fact you can choose the songs you play in this mode is really helpful, as even if you are not the best dancer, you can pick the songs with the easiest level. Having this mode was a great way to stay fit, as it kept me motivated to reach the daily amount of points you need.
This is a great game for anyone who loves to dance or simply loves watching friends or family doing embarassing yet fun dance routines. The great songs and eye catching visuals really help to make for a game that has really improved since Just Dance. Even though the controls can sometimes be a bit dodgy, they are easy to use and can get everyone in the family moving - whatever their age and ability.
I came across Just Dance 2 when I saw their 'Rasputin' dance on youtube. My friends and I begun imitating the dance from youtube, and loved it so much that we invested in a Wii for our house, and obviously the first game we purchased was Just Dance 2, and we have begun competing against each other for the high scores of the game and absolutely love it. It has a lot of variety of music genres and cultures (there is a Bollywood inspired dance and an African inspired dance) so it appeals to many different music tastes. You can also see on each song what level of technicality and effort you are getting yourself into when you choose the song. The only disadvantage is that you cannot vary the level of difficulty or effort on each individual song, like with guitar hero, and this could limit your song options. I absolutely love Just Dance 2 and have now put in an order for both Just Dance 1 and 3!
This is a fun game to play. It's great fun to play either alone or with friends. To play with friends you need more than one controller, as you have to hold the controller throughout the dance to enable the console to pick up your moves. This can be a little frustrating as you don't have the freedom that you get when you play with the X Box Kinect. You can play with up to four people at a time though, just make sure you have plenty of room otherwise you will be trying not to hit each other!!!
Sometimes the game doesn't pick up your moves correctly, which is a little annoying. However, the majority of your moves are picked up and the game lets you know how well you are doing in the game. You also get an overall score at the end of the game which you can try to beat next time you play. Your friends can also try to beat it if they wish.
The music throughout the game is varied and fun to dance (and listen!) to. The game displays the lyrics at the bottom of the screen so you can sing a long to the music if you wish to. Most of the music is the original music, i.e the original artists, however a small minority of the songs are cover versions.
A fun game to play. It passes the time and it keeps you fit, what more could you want?
We saw the adverts for this game on the television and looked up some clips on youtube which made us want the game even more. It's very reasonably priced and a lot of fun - now that the third game is out (and fourth on the way) you can pick it up for about £12 used on the amazon marketplace.
It's great for a fun work out as it is quite labour intensive. A lot of the dances are very aerobics based and less dancy so if you want a bit of a work out this game gives you it while still remaining fun. For the most fun you will need multiple remotes and a lot of floor space. The game is so much more fun with multiple players as it turns into a competition. The original just dance is nowhere near as good as this one; the technology and quality of the dancemoves is drastically improved on Just Dance 2. There is also the added score of perfect for each more which wasn't available on the original game.
The track list is great and very diverse (although a few of the songs are not original artist recordings - Britney Spears- Toxic for example). You can also unlock tracks which gives you incentive to play more. If your Wii is connected to the internet you can also download tracks.
One thing to note is that the game only picks up the position of your right hand and is therefore not too accurate - a dancing game for the Kinect on xbox might be better if you're a keen dancer.
We've had the game for about 8 months and aren't bored of it yet, but I'm not sure how long the shelf-life is for a game like this; once you've done all the dances there isn't much else to do, but I'm sure it will always be useful at parties! Also make sure you have a wrist strap for your remote as flailing arms might cause an accident! One of the Wii Remote jackets might be recommended for the very clumsy amongst you as some of the dance moves involve putting your hand to your head - my friend has had a few knocks because of this!
Just dance 2 is one of the best games i have bought for the wii, and thats out of about 100 games i have got! its perfect for keeping fit but at the same time having a ball. there is a wide range of songs to suit everyones tastes. i love having this game on when the girls come round, so much fun is had by all of us. definally one to buy, you are never too old to dance so give it a go.it is very easy to play, just dance away and you forget you are playing a game its just all about having fun fun and more fun on this game. this is suitable for any age to have a go on it, its great for the family as you can have numerous players and that way its more fun for everyone to be included all at once. buy it now you will not be disappointed
Just Dance 2 is a game for the Nintendo Wii which is the sequel to Just Dance. The game retailed at around £20 when it was first released but I notice at the time of writing, it is available at Amazon for £12. Bargain!!
The game itself is essentially a dancing game, you have to hold the Wii controller in your hand and the Wii recognises where you are. On the screen you have a selection of choices, more than the original Just Dance if memory serves me correctly. You can choose to challenge (so getting as many points as possible), dance-off (so you are battling it out with a partner to get as many points as possible) or sweat-it-out (so trying to use the game for exercise purposes).
I mainly use the game on my own for exercise purposes. There are a range of songs, fast and slow, old and new. Each song has a different dance routine and the choreography and the cardio-intensity is rated on each so you can build up from easier routines to more difficult routines quite easily. In my opinion, this is really good, particularly from an exercise point of view.
Basically if the character on screen raises its arm, you raise your arm, if it swings its arm, you swing your arm and so on. Depending on your timing and accuracy, the game gives you a score for each move.
The game is lots of fun for a party, especially if you have people who are up for a laugh there. I would say it needs quite a lot of space, particularly if there are two people in a dance-off. There are around 30 different routines, you can buy extra songs from the Wii Store but I have never managed to get this working so sometimes the songs can become repetitive - although practice does make perfect!
In my opinion it would be great to have more songs and as some of them are quite old, perhaps children wouldn't know them so well as some of the more recent stuff. There is stuff from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s in there but even I don't know some of the songs and I'm nearly 30.
I would love a Ministry of Sound version!....only me then? LOL
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Just Dance 2 has to be my all time favourite game for the Wii. When it first came out, I bought it as a present for my sister and now I have my own copy that I can't stop playing. I'm not someone who likes going to the gym so this was a great way for my flatmates and I to work out and have fun at the same time.
For those of you who don't know what Just Dance is or how it works, here you go. The aim of the game is to follow the dance moves on the screen while holding a remote in one hand and trying to match the moves as perfectly as possible. The better you match the moves, the higher score you are going to get. I love having dance battles with my flatmate and seeing who can do better on each song and seeing if we can beat each other's and our own high scores.
Just Dance 2 has a range of over 40 songs on the main game as well as songs available to download at a cost. Each song has two different ratings - difficulty and effort - and they are rated from 1 to 3 with 1 being the lowest and easiest to do. The game has 4 different playing settings as well: Just Dance is where you can pick the songs and generally have fun with your friends. Duets allow players to dance in pairs and is a bit harder because of having to pay attention to your partner. Dance Battle is for up to 8 players where you put yourself into teams and battle against each other for the highest score. The last setting is Just Sweat which allows you to set yourself work outs to songs and watch how hard you are exercising/ what calories you are burning at the same time.
After having played the original game, Just Dance, it is easy to see the things that have been improved for the sequel. There are a lot more songs to start with which gives you a lot more to do and makes the game playable for a longer amount of time. Next are the graphics - although they still aren't anything amazing, they are a lot more fun than on Just Dance and are full of colour and are vibrant which makes the game more fun to play and watch. The choreography is also much, much harder and this is mainly because of the different difficulty level but at least you know what you are getting yourself in for before attempting a dance.
As Kate and I generally just play on the Just Dance mode, I can't really comment on the others. There are never enough people here to play the battle modes and as we always play this together, we don't see the point of duet mode. I do love the general dancing of this game though and I'll tell you a bit about my favourite songs/ dances. We always start off with 'Girlfriend' because it is a duet and one that we can both do pretty well now. It never fails to make us laugh and it isn't too hard to begin with. I don't like the slower/ easier songs so I generally only ever pick songs that are on the 2 or 3 levels. 'Rasputin' is the song that we can't actually do. Because it is a song about a Russian, there are Russian dance moves in there and if you have any clue about dancing, you might know that this means crouching down on your knees and jumping around/ back up again. It is damn hard and I don't think I'll ever get the hang of it but we still attempt it each time.
What I love most about this game is the range of songs and dance styles. The slower songs are easier for children to follow while crazy people like me get to attempt Russian/ Bollywood/ African or Hip Hop dancing and look like a fool at the same time. The routines are hard work sometimes and I usually end up on the floor laughing so hard because I'm useless at it but I don't care. It is all part of the fun and point of the game. I don't think this game will ever get old because there are always things to do whether it be perfecting a certain move or trying to beat high scores. This is a great game for all ages and I know even my Mum liked having a go at it when I took it home last Christmas. I can't wait to buy Just Dance 3 now and to see what that has in store for us.
Just Dance 2 is available on Amazon.com for £13.99
Just Dance 2 came out around Christmas 2010 for the Wii and other consoles including the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This is the next edition of the very popular Just Dance that was released a year before, this game has a list of new tracks and also has a few new game modes to play with.
On this game there are four different Game Modes, these include:
Just Dance Mode- on this mode you simply select a song that you would like to dance to and then copy the moves of the dancer on screen, this mode is really simple and easy to play and is good for single players, especially if you want to practice a bit so then you can beat your friends and family the next time you play multiplayer. You can choose to either play in a non-stop shuffle or in a Medley which is 5 songs are mixed, taking snippets of each to make one song, I think this is a really good way to play the game as each time you play the game, 5 different songs are remixed so you never know what songs you'll get to dance to.
Duets Mode- in this mode two or more dance together, each player dances their slightly differently to another, this gives you more of a feeling that you are dancing together as well as following the instructions on the screen, I think this game mode gives this game an edge on the 1st game and makes playing Multiplayer much more fun.
Dance Battle Mode- this is another team playing mode, in this section of the game the aim is to get the highest score, this is a more competitive section on the game because everyone follows the same dance, unlike the duets mode, it is another really fun way to play this game.
Just Sweat Mode- this mode is for people who want to know how much energy they are using up while dancing in the game, it is great for exercising as you can set goals as to how much energy you'd like to burn in a session. It is a great way to measure activity and a fun way to exercise.
Multiplayer functions on this game are great, you can play from 1-4 players as long as you have 4 Wii remotes and enough room of course to accommodate the 4 people dancing in your living room.
There are 40 songs that you can dance to on this game. As you can see there is a wide variety of genres of music and also the music selected in this game should be recognisable by all ages, there is something for everyone to dance to. Here is an example of some of the songs that you can dance to on this game:
A-Punk- Vampire Weekend
Big Girl- Mika
Crazy in Love- Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Cosmic Girl- Jamiroquai
Call Me- Blondie
Girlfriend- Avril Lavigne
I Got You (I Feel Good)- James Brown
Monster Mash- The Frighteners
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go- Wham!
Walk Like An Egyptian- The Bangles
Tik Tok- Ke$ha
The graphics on this game are better than the first game, they are brighter and more crisp and on the screen, they look much more up to date than the Just Dance 1, however they still don't need to be fantastic as it is just a simple dance game. The screens are bright and colourful, the onscreen dancers are colourful and unlike the first game they have facial features, they look quite cartoony however they still have the proper human shape and wear colourful clothes, the screens that the dancers move in front of are plain yet bright and very effective as they make the players stand out instead of distracting your attention to them, this makes it easier for you to follow the dancers movements.
Price and Availability
I bought this game in Game for £20 recently, this is a really great price for a Wii game as they are normally much more expensive. You can also buy this game in HMV, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price.
Overall I think that this is a great buy, there are more songs on it than Just Dance 1 and also the new game playing modes make this game more interesting and give it a new edge, I really like playing the duet mode on this game and me and my sisters have had a few good nights in playing it. The new Just Sweat mode is a more advanced way of measuring how much energy you use while playing the game is a great improvement on the 1st game.
I think that this game has a lot of playability as some songs are harder to master than others, this makes the game less repetitive as well as when you have mastered the easier songs, you can try and start trying more challenging ones. I'm really glad I bought this game and would recommend it to anyone loves dancing, even if they aren't very good at it! This is definitely an improvement on Just Dance 1.
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Just Dance 2. Nintendo Wii
** Just Dance 2 **
I received Just Dance 2 for my birthday in November 2010 off one of my friends who is always coming round for a dance session on the first Just Dance game, so with the release of the 2nd one just before my birthday this was the perfect gift and it gave us something to do during the evening of my birthday as at the time I really wasn't in a going out mood.
** In The Box **
Just Dance 2 comes in a normal white Wii box, the size of a DVD case. The cover of my copy of Just Dance 2 is holographic and when the box is moved from left to right it appears that the dancers pictured on the front of the box are dancing. Inside the box is the game disc along with an instruction manual for the game and also a separate manual containing safety instructions. The game instruction manual is written in English and is very clear and simple to follow, although you probably wont need them.
** The Set Up **
Setting up Just Dance 2 is simple. From the main menu you are given the choice of Warm Up and Main Game.
Warm up mode I thought would be as it sounds a warm up, so maybe some gentler and not so energetic songs? No, I was wrong, we selected warm up to start us off. The warm up consisted of 4 songs and instead of being nice and gentle to ease us into it, we found ourselves bouncing around the room in our usual style and by the end of our so called warm up we were heading to the kitchen for a nice cool drink!
If you select main game you can scroll through the songs and choose which one you want to play. On Just Dance 2 there are 44 songs available, my personal favourites are, Mardi Gras - Iko Iko, The Frighteners - The Monster Mash, The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back and Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary. I'm sure you're seeing my pretty cheesy taste in music by now!
The game also offers the option to choose Non-Stop play, selecting Non-Stop is like a full on work out! It is literally as it sounds, the songs play one after the other in a random order and you just keep dancing until you can dance no more.
There is an Exercise Mode on the game too which after my experience of Non-Stop I am too scared to try! Apparently the exercise mode will tell you how much energy you use while you are dancing. I can tell you this too... LOADS!
Once you have selected your song a loading screen will appear for a few seconds and then your song choice will start.
** Game play **
Once your song choice is loaded you need to point your remote at the little cloud shape above the meter where your score is kept, this will enable you to enter your name. You can choose from a fake name that is already pre-entered or you can enter your own name.
After name entry give your remote a little shake to make the cloud wobble, this shows you that your remote is being detected. Then press the A button and your song will begin.
Just like in the first Just Dance game you will see a dancer on the screen and again this dancer is your mirror image, so whatever the dancer on the screen does you must copy as if they are your reflection in the mirror.
Your moves are picked up by the Wii remote in your hand and you are scored according to how well you dance. In the first Just Dance I had problems with the remote not picking up all of the moves and so we were not getting scored for our fabulous dancing, while this is not entirely cured in the 2nd Just Dance I do have to admit there is definitely a marked improvement and the moves are detected a lot better which makes for a much better experience.
Once the song has ended there is a round of applause and your score is displayed on the screen. If you score the all time high score for your particular song then this will be displayed beneath the song along with your name on the song selection screen.
** Multiplayer **
Just Dance 2 can be played in multiplayer mode in exactly the same way as the single player with regards to game options like Warm up, Non-stop and simply just selecting the songs that you want to dance to.
A feature my friend and I particularly enjoy is that some of the songs in Just Dance 2 can be performed as Duets so instead of dancing the same moves as the other players you are dancing together. There are 2 dancers on the screen and you mirror one each, the first few times we did this we crashed into each other a lot and ended up with lots of laughter and a few bruises but now we've mastered it and although we still end up laughing there are less and less bruises happening!
** Controls **
The controls of the game are very easy, they are exactly the same as in the first Just Dance, you simply hold the wii remote in your hand to mirror the person on the screen and then copy their dancing.
** Graphics and Sound **
The graphics in the game are great, they are a vast improvement on the first game and although the first one is smooth, this one is smoother. The dancer on the screen who you are following always moves smoothly, and there is a little bar at the bottom giving you a pre-warning of the upcoming moves so there are no problems with you missing a move. The special effects for doing a great move are shown very well and look great.
The sound is of course great! The main bulk of the music in the game is the songs you are dancing to.
** Price and Availability **
I received this as a birthday present so I don't know the cost but at the moment on Play.com you can buy it for £13.99.
** My Experience and Opinion **
My experience of Just Dance 2 is always a good one. I find it to be great fun and it is good exercise too, even better for the winter months when, if like me, you don't enjoy going out in the cold to exercise you can just dance away at home.
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This is one of those games, I think where you only really appreciate it and enjoy its potential if you get a chance to play it with friends or in a group - although it's still fun on your own, there is much more enjoyment when it's competitive and you can do it with another person. This is essentially a dancing game, which is something quite new on consoles, although there have been dance machines in arcades for a long time. However, this game is very different, as it doesn't detect the pressure of your feet , but senses where you move your hand with the Wii remote in it. This adds more flexibility than just telling which direction you're moving in.
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This is the second game in the Just Dance series, and is very much like the first one. There are some additions, like the sweat meter, which tells you how much exercise you're doing in the game and a load of new songs, but the basics are the same. You can choose from about forty songs, and they are ranked by their difficulty and intensity, so the amount of effort it takes. There is a good variety of music and songs from the past decades, so it's not just modern or older things.
You play it with the Wii remote, and each person playing needs one of these. When the music starts, you have to copy a figure on the screen and you gain points depending on how accurate you are.
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I think this is a lot of fun, and is an energetic game that's great fun to play in groups or with friends. The music is good, the design of the game is bright and colourful and there is a lot of variety, so you will keep playing it.
However, I think the Wii remote is not that responsive - compared to the Kinnect, which has a similar dancing game, it doesn't really detect what your whole body is doing, and sometimes it seems to have problems detecting what you are doing. Also, the sweat meter doesn't really work, and comes up with some unrealistic recordings of the amount of calories burnt etc. Overall, this is a fun game, but there are some problems with it - it's quite cheap now, so it's worth buying to play with friends.
It was recently my daughters 6th birthday and she has been telling me for months what she wanted, Just Dance 2 game for the wii. She has played it a few times at her cousins house and ever since then she has been raving about it. I had seen it in the super market a few times but waited until nearer her birthday to buy it and im glad I did because it has came down in price dramatically.
I bought it from asda in the game department last week for £19.00, which I feel is a reasonable price to pay because when I first became aware of the game it was priced at £27.00. It has come down in price because they are releasing Just dance 3 in time for christmas. Its widely available in all game shops and supermarkets.
The game is for the Nintendo wii and the game is suitable from 3 years and over. The game is about dancing, you dance to a virtual choreographer on the tv, you have to mimic their moves in time to the music, they have very bright neon costumes and unique style. The choreography is crazy, not moves you would dance to in a club but it all good fun.
It has a excellent choice of music for you to boogie to, from pop music to rock music. My favourite song is rihanna SOS and my daughter loves kesha's tik tok. Theres lots of track to choose from for you to dance to and defenatly something for all family members.
You can play a single player or multi players up to 4 controllers at one time, its much more fun if you play multi player. We play as a family and you can hardly hear the music as we laugh so much playing this game. You are awarded point for your dancing and who ever has the most points awarded for that dance wins. We are quite a competitive family and take it far too serious, my husband very tall and has nearly knocked the ceiling light down so I suggest you play where you have plenty of room ior clear a space.
I love this game and so does the rest of my family, it has brought us all together and we enjoy having fun together. Its a fantastic form of exercise, it leaves me breathless but is suitable for all levels of fitness. I love the bright graphics and the crazy dance moves but I must warn you that you look absolutely ridiculous doing the moves but its so much fun. My daughters having a sleepover party soon and its a perfect game to entertain the kids.
A big fan of the original Just Dance game, when this was announced I just knew I had to get my hands on it when it was released. And I really wasn't disappointed.
What the original game lacked, this sure made up for. My main issue with the first version was that the scoring seemed a little unfair, it was rather difficult to score points even when you were seemingly completing every move perfectly. Ubisoft must have sat up and taken notice of this, as the scores are much more accurate in this game and reflect your performance much better.
Something I was disappointed that the first game lacked, and very excited that this version had, is a downloadable content feature. I couldn't wait to start downloading new tracks to my game. Even better, the game offered a free download of Katy Perry's 'Firework' to get you going. A little grumble I have is that the downloadable tracks aren't terribly current, and there aren't that many of then, but nevertheless I hope as time goes on there will be more available. I was thrilled to see a Panic At The Disco track on offer as I didn't think it seemed a likely option. The cost of a track to download is 300 Wii Points, and in old currency that works out as £2.10. A little pricey maybe. You get 1000 Wii points for £7, so you can get 3 tracks for one hit, and get left with a pesky 100 points for next time.
The song choices are good I think, a mixture of old and new tracks, and there is certainly something for everyone. They are the kind of songs that everybody knows, and it even comes up with the lyrics in the corner so everyone can get singing along. A really good choice for a party for young or old, or just a family get together. I've had this game running at events from little kids birthday parties, to a group of 40 year olds getting into it. It really is for anyone.
My favourite game for the Wii by far, its a game I can never get bored of. And don't think its just for girls either, some of the best competitions i've had have been up against lads. Buy this game, I assure you that you won't regret it.
I was a fan of Just Dance and so when Just dance 2 came along i was excited to get it, although a little dissapointed that lady gagas song of "just dance" wasn't on there! Just dance 2 is no different apart from the songs, I love the songs on 2, especially Avril lavinges song. There are other fun song on there to dance to and the moves are fun too.
you can play by yourself or in a group (as long as you have the room). The only problem is sometimes you can do the move perfectly and it says you have missed it or only done OK. which can be a bit frustrating at times! It's great for burning a few extra calories too.
You can register and get a free download to add to your list of songs. I love dancing to the wham song, really gets you up dancing
What makes this game better than the first 'Just Dance', is the fact that the songs are far, far more varied. There are fun disco tracks for embarrassing dad dancers while even the family's indie kids will be happy with current alternative songs. As a result this game truly can be played and enjoyed by everyone. Even if you're not up for joining in, it's good enough entertainment to watch other people! This game also has a function in which some songs can be played with pairs, which adds a sense of choreography to the game. For the fitness fans out there, this game really does get the heart rate going, and the difficulty varies from song to song, so an hours exercise can be of different levels depending on your choice of song. It burns a lot of calories and if fitness isn't your thing, the fun element gets you on your feet and time goes far quicker than with conventional exercise. A great, fun game.