Ever since Usher (ERMAGERD, like, itâs totally Usher! The Usher!!) took the stage for the E3 announcement of Dance Central 3, thereâs been quite a lot of hype around this title. The first two Dance Central games were well received, with some reviewers even gushing about Dance Central being the raison dâetre for the Kinect.
Okay, so the âstoryâ around this game is a little...wacky. You need to save the world by travelling back in time to master dance moves throughout the ages? And a bad guy is plotting world domination by mastering all the signature moves from each decade?
Seriously. Yes, you read that right.
But youâre probably not planning on slipping this disk in so you can be engaged by gripping dialog and a story that is going to change the way you feel about the world and yourself now, are you? Nooooooooo, you want to shake your groove thing!
Weirdo story aside, itâs a great idea. The music from each of the eras is awesome, with a little something for everyone - from the â70s and everything in between through to today. This is the real genius of Dance Central 3, with the nice side effect of a significant widening of the potential audience. And the variety of switching between eras and learning entirely different moves from each decade with each transition makes the game far more interesting to progress through.
So whatâs new in this version from the previous Dance Central titles?
The sound, and graphics, are again great. The dancers are funky and easy to follow, and their movements look very natural. The choreography is fun, and starts nice and simple. After a little practise, it becomes really enjoyable and easy to get your groove on. The Kinect interface is also very polished, and easier to navigate around than some other titles weâve tried. The voice commands work very well, too, which is unusual. (Offun these toitles donât understend our Noo Zulund eccents.)
In terms of playability, itâs challenging (and often blisteringly hard), a la development studio Harmonixâs other monster hits: Rock Band and Guitar Hero. (You remember that one track on those games you had to practice again and again and again before you mastered it? Youâll experience that same pleasure/pain if you feel like dancing your way through all the tracks here.) And when this hits, the only thing to do is practise - Rehearse mode is again very helpful, especially being able to slow the moves right down, in order to really break them up.
Itâs good fun. but I have only one major gripe: the Macarena. Why God, why? But, thatâs only one track out of 46, and anyone who was in their teens or twenties in the 90s pretty well knows it from their nightmares anyway, right? And the rest of the game makes for a really good time. Youâll dance and laugh and get all sweaty without even realising youâre making an effort. Recommended.