Wii Review – Just Dance 3


Title: Just Dance 3

Genre: Dance

System: Wii

Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Release Date: 11th October 2011

Anyone who pops down to their local games retailer will notice that the industry is in no way short of dance games, as previously mentioned in my review of We Dance. So why then do Ubisoft continued to publish more games in their Just Dance series? Sure we’ve had enough by now? Well the short answer to this is that they truly are good fun, and I for one can’t get enough of them.

Unlike many of its competitors, Just Dance 3 is a well-polished game of its genre, with a simplistic yet aesthetically bright design and very easy to pick up and play. The game implements some great tracks with energetic and sometimes hysterical choreography. All you need is your Wii remote in hand, and a decent sense of rhythm and away you go. After selecting a song from the impressively diverse catalogue of music on offer, and choosing your character, you merely have to follow the dance moves of your character on screen. While this all seems very basic, some of the steps can be quite tricky, with special moves that earn you extra points if you can perform them in time. While this seems an easy enough concept, if the screen layout is not perfectly designed, the game can fall short, as We Dance learnt with its slightly confusing design. However, Just Dance 3 provides nice and clear visuals that enable to you to see precisely what movements your dancer is doing and follow them.

A great aspect of the game is that some songs have individual, special character moves, for example when dancing to I Was Made For Loving You (Kiss) if you choose to play as the drummer you will be prompted to perform an air-drum solo, but if you pick the guitarist you will be expected to smash up your air-guitar at the end of the song. If you are playing with a friend, some song choreography may prompt you to do special dual moves, which combine both players, such as This Is Halloween (Danny Elfman), which is, I might add, absolutely hysterical. While this may only be a small feature of the game, it provides light-hearted fun and just adds something to the overall experience.

Yet, Just Dance 3 isn’t completely perfect; there are still a few more things that Ubisoft could add to improve the game. One aspect which featured prominently in the first 3 Guitar Hero games on the PS2 was the idea of ‘career mode’, where you would literally take your character from a nobody to the level of a rock god. If Just Dance 3 could feature this idea, it would really improve the overall gameplay, by at first hiding songs away for you to unlock as you progress through the career mode, and giving you a feel of achievement as you advance to harder dance routines.

Conclusion

While there are many dance games out there in the market, Just Dance 3 overshadows the others by providing a fun experience, with some great choreography and a clean-cut design. However the inclusion of a career mode of some sort would improve the overall experience.

Katy’s Score: 8.5/10

Quickfire Review: A great mix of songs and dance routines, easy to pick up and play and definitely the most fun work-out you will ever have.

Below is a sneaky preview of some of the tracks included in the game:

  • 2 Unlimited – “No Limit”
  • Black Eyed Peas – “Pump It”
  • Duck Sauce – “Barbra Streisand”
  • Groove Century – “Boogie Wonderland”
  • Gwen Stefani – “What You Waiting For”
  • Katy Perry – “California Gurls”
  • Kiss – “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”
  • Laura Bell Bundy – “Giddy On Up (Giddy On Out)”
  • LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock – “Party Rock Anthem”
  • MIKA – “Lollipop”
  • Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
  • Just Dance 3 is available now!
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