Product Type: Ubisoft Wii games
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Just Dance (Wii)
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Just Dance (Wii)
Advantages: Great choreography and songs
Disadvantages: Newer editions have more features
I first saw Just Dance after buying my Wii and the whole concept looked great to me. Throughout the years I have had many dance games such as the PS2 where you had to have a dancemat just to play. However, Just Dance exceeds all of these by making the dance mat non existant and using the smaller, more easy to use, less chance of having annoying issues Wii remotes!
The game is rated at three plus, and it is true to this rating, the controls are really easy and just require you to be able to follow the dance moves on the screen. Most of the dance moves are pretty easy to understand, and even if you have trouble the first time, once you play it again, the whole routine becomes a lot easier. All you need is the Wii remote, and you are set to go, and with up to four remotes you can include all your friends within the game.
The graphics are all pretty clear on this game, and throughout the game most of them are bright and inviting. Although having played previous models, they look less developed than them, and the backgrounds are not as colourful and interesting as them. However, this doesn't alter the gameplay, as it is always pretty clear to see what the dancers are doing and you can follow them easily. Everything is clearly laid out, as the action bars showing the dance moves flow well at a good place with the characters placed in the centre of the screen.
The main aim of the game is simply to play through each song and dance accordingly to the actions shown within the pictures. You are awarded different points for how well you carry out the dance move whether it be from Bad, Ok or Great or extra points for Combos. The game also has nice added features such as the Shake feature and the Golden move.
The songs included on this game have many different genres, and everyone in my family loved this as we all have different music tastes. All of them are chart hits and most of them will be recognisable by everyone, as the song list includes things like "U Can't Touch This", "Fame" and "I Get Around". The choreography always fits these songs and matches the genre or lyrics included throughout the song. My whole family could follow out the dance moves, and each routine has a difficulty level so each of us could choose the one that was best suited to us.
Before you start playing, Warm Up Mode is definitely the best way to go as this allows you to get ready for the game, and avoid the day after if you skip it and all of the muscles throughout your leg aches! There is Quick Play mode where you just put on a song and dance for the moments where you just want to play straight away. But there is also the Challenge Mode, where you can either pick the songs and run through the choreography or choose Automatic and have the game decide for you. As you can see there is a wide variety of gameplay choices on the Wii, allowing you to always have the best option of gameplay available!
Not only are these available but there are also ingame modes, such as Classic where you just play straight, Last One Standing where you aim to not lose all your lives and Strike a Pose where you must freeze and pose when it tells you to. These added little bonuses are great for playing alone or with friends as it adds to the overall competitiveness of the game and makes the game a lot more interesting.
Overall, I would say that Just Dance is a game that every dance lover should have. There is a great variety of songs and choreography that will keep you entertained for hours whether you play alone or multiplayer. Although, newer versions have been released and they have been improved with great new features, these may be better to purchase if you are willing to pay a slightly higher price for them.
Summary: A game every dance lover should have
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