Plot: What’s it about?
While dance based games have been popular for some time now, the arrival of Kinect has ushered in a new wave of dance game experiences. The full body motion sensor tracking changed the landscape, since your entire arsenal dance moves could now be judged, not just your feet or hand movements. Now one of the biggest names in dance games has arrived on Kinect, with the release of Just Dance 2014. With over 40 songs to choose from, with a wide scope of genres offered, Just Dance 2014 packs a powerful musical punch, but does it deliver dance fun? While not quite as intuitive as some similar titles, this is a terrific game, you just need to learn as you progress. As the game has little in terms of tutorials, you might be a little rough at first, but you’ll be in line in no time and mastering the moves.
The motion tracking works great, able to detect both broad and subtle movements with ease. You might experience a quirk here and there, but that is true of all Kinect titles. One thing that stood out right away was the game’s visuals, as the visual design is creative and grabs your attention. More on the game’s look later on, but I did want to mention it here, as both the audio and video really shine here. The dance routines are well crafted, both in terms of fun and workout potential. So if you just want to kick out some jams, the moves are fun to run through, but you can also work up quite a sweat. The exercise element is integrated well, letting you know which songs provide the best calorie burning potential. You can also create your own dance routines, which is fun even if you only use it to trick friends into doing off the wall numbers. The content creation options are plentiful, so you could spend a lot of time with the customization side of things.
You don’t have to dance alone either, or even be limited to a single partner. No, up to four folks can get down in Just Dance 3, provided you have enough space. Kinect is notorious for needing generous play space, but as long as you have a good sized area, the four player element works well. Of course, you’ll get some tracking issues at times, but that is to be expected given the amount of movement involved. For the most part, even in the most active routines however, the multi-player experience is fun and makes a great party activity. So while the market has a lot of options in terms of dance games, few can match Just Dance 2014 in content depth and especially in song selection. You’ll find Katy Perry, Robin Thicke, Nicki Minaj, Village People, Daft Punk, and others, giving a great assortment of new hits and classics. So if you like to bust a move or just want a fun workout option, Just Dance 2014 is massive fun and highly recommended.
Video: How’s it look?
This game has some wicked visuals, so even if you’re sitting out the dance routine, you’ll be interested in what happens on the screen. This also helps for those shy dancers, as you’ll know some of the attention will be there, instead of a room full of folks all staring in your direction. The visual design is colorful and a lot of fun to watch, with varied designs for each song, so you’ll never be bored with the visuals here.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The game sounds great, as it should, given that it is all about dance. The soundtrack is one of the deepest, most varied on-disc lineups you’ll find. A nice mix of current hits and favorites from the past, over 40 popular songs can be perused and all feature great sounding presentations.