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An Excellent Sequel
Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360 )
Member Name: stufflover
Dance Central 2 (Xbox 360 )
Date: 01/11/11, updated on 03/11/11 (39 review reads)
Advantages: fun to play, easy to navigate, great songs
When I first got my Kinect sensor for my Xbox 360, one of the first games I bought was Dance Central. I fell in love with this game and I still play it to this day, and when I heard that they were to release a sequel for it, I was quite excited.
The game, Dance Central 2, was released Friday October 21st and I went into my local Game store to buy it, but noticed it was cheaper on Amazon, so I ordered it on there and I waited for it to arrive. It turned up just a couple of days later, and I played it the first chance I got.
The game is made by Harmonix and it is rated a 12. It is rated a 12 as it apparently contains bad language and references to sex. This is printed on the back of the case but I am not sure which songs on the game this is in reference to as I have not noticed anything myself.
The game is pretty much the same as the first one, but all the best bits have been amped up and a few extra things added which make it even better than the first one.
The basis of the game is to dance along to the music, copying the moves of the dancer on the screen. This is all played with the Kinect Sensor, which tracks your body throughout to ensure you are getting the moves correct, and there is no way to play this without a Kinect Sensor.
The music on the game is mostly current songs and hits, with some older, more classic tunes thrown into the mix. The game includes songs like; Fire Burning - Sean Kingston, Yeah - Usher, Goodies - Ciara, Turn Me On - Kevin Little and Born This Way - Lady Gaga.
There is over 40 songs on the game, the majority of which I really enjoy, and there is only a couple of songs I have not heard of before. All the songs are great to dance to though, and they seem to have been selected for the good beats and brilliant tunes. I am impressed with the selection of songs and I think most people will enjoy the majority of songs that are up for selection.
The navigation of this game is as simple as the last one, and even if you have not played the first one, you will easily be able to work this one out. The navigation system is all done by hand, same as much of the Kinect system. It is is easy to select anything you need, and you can also use voice control for certain parts of the game. This is easy to use too, and everything is displayed on the screen for you to learn.
Just like in the last game you can choose single songs, and play your way through in any order you wish, just by picking a different song after you have completed each one. You do not have to play in the order they are displayed, just scroll through and select which ones you want. You can also create a playlist, which means the songs you pick will run back to back, so you do not have to keep selecting a different song after each one. I think this is quite a good idea as it means you can play continously without interuption, and this is something that was not available on the original Dance Central.
Another addition that was not on the last game, is the instant two player mode. You can just jump in and play with a friend on this one, all they have to do is wave at the Kinect sensor and stand next to you. This can be used in single song play, or in the other game modes, like Dance Battle.
If you had the original Dance Central, and you downloaded some of the extra content, like songs or outfits for the dancers, then you can still use them on Dance Central 2. They will instantly be available for use through the game, as they are found on the hard drive of the Xbox 360 when you load the game. You can also download other songs for this game through the marketplace, and this will cost you 240 microsoft points per song, as well as dancer outfits etc.
There is a lot of the original dance characters from the original game, but they all have new ouftits, and there is a small selection of newer dancers too. You can change the dancer that comes with each song should you wish, personally I just stick with what ever one the game randomly chooses for me to use. This doesn't really make a difference to me, but it is a nice option to have for those who like to change the dancer.
There is a whole collection of different dance venues in this game, including dance clubs, boats and holiday spots. There is a small crowd in each venue, just like in the last one, and this is a nice touch to the game I think, as it makes it a little bit more interactive.
The game is made in HD so it is amazing looking on the screen, the colours on the screen are beautful and you can see that some great work has gone into the graphics for this game. The details are very exact, with great outfits, background scenes and the characters are made well. Their outfits look outstanding, and the way the dancers move to the music is very realistic and in perfect time to the music.
There is a little screen on the top hand corner of the game which shows you yourself whilst you play the game. This is so you can see that you are in the correct positioning to play, and it will also show you how you are moving, so you know that you are getting the moves correctly. If you do not get the moves correctly during the game, the dancer on the screen will be used to show you what you did wrong. The body part that you didn't have in the correct place, will show up red on the dancer, so you know exactly what you did wrong.
The better your moves are, the more score you get, and the more score you get, the more stars you fill up on the boombox. There is 5 stars on the boombox, which fill up with your score. The more stars you fill the better you have done on the song. If you get 5 gold stars, this means you have got a very high score and perfected most of the moves, if not all of them.
You can select a different difficulty for each song, easy, medium or hard. The easy ones are quite simple, and each level is progressively harder. If you are struggling with the moves from any of the songs, you can select the break it down mode, which shows you each move one by one, and you can make it slower should you still be struggling with it. You can do each move over and over until you feel you have it down, and then you can move onto the song in normal mode.
This game provides hours of fun, and it is playable by most people. Everyone in my family loves this game, and many of my friends have been round to play it to. It is quite a tiring game, so it can also be good for fitness and weight loss. I have used this game as part of my fitness routine, and I find it is a really fun way to workout, without noticing that you are excersicing.
I bought this game on Amazon for £31, which is the best price I have managed to find it for anywhere. If you buy it in stores, it is £40, as it is still a new game out, and this is the usual price for new games. Even if you have not played the first Dance Central, this is a great game to play, and I can be sure that most people will have fun playing.
Even if you are not a great dancer, or a dancer at all, this game is still fun to play, and I have found that I have picked up some new dance moves from these games, so it is a good all rounder! If you are looking to play a fun game that will keep you entertained for a long time, without you sitting around for hours, then this could be a good one for you.
If you have a Kinect Sensor and an Xbox 360 console, then all you need is the game and you are set. Personally I think it is worth going out and getting an Xbox 360 and The Kinect Sensor just for this game, as it is such a brilliant game, and if I am going to be anything like I was with the first one, I will playing this one for a long time to come. I can only hope that a 3rd one comes along and is just as good, if not better than the first two combined.
I give this game a 5 out of 5 stars, although I would love to give it much more. I totally recommend this game, and in perfect time for christmas, this could make an excellent present for someone this year. Get this and have some great fun!
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
Summary: An excellent sequel to the first game