More Reviews
REVIEWS Kingston HyperX Cloud Headset Review
Kingston's newest headset delivers comfort and quality without breaking the bank.

NES Remix 2 Review
DJ Nintendo is back with yet another remix of its iconic classic NES titles. Will the DJ be asked to put it on repeat? Or should this have been lost in the shuffle?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Skylanders Trap Team Preview
Don't worry, folks. Admiral Ackbar is all over this.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14

Wolfenstein: The New Order
Release date: 05/20/14

Drakengard 3
Release date: 05/21/14


LATEST FEATURES Bandai Namco's Global Gamers Day Showcase
In Las Vegas, Ryan Bates and I poured through Bandai Namco's full catalogue of titles and learn what the publisher has in store this year.

The Gaming Charities at PAX East 2014
Pause your game and make a difference. Gamers can go beyond player two by helping many others with these charities.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
So much more than war...
By shandog137
Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

Just Dance 2014 Review

KevinS By:
KevinS
10/22/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Rhythm / Music 
PLAYERS 1- 4 
PUBLISHER Ubisoft 
DEVELOPER Ubisoft 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
E10+ Contains Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

What do these ratings mean?

Just Dance… it's gonna be okay.

There are so many hats I have to wear as a professional games writer, like World War veteran, puzzle expert, professional dancer, detective… sometimes I confuse them all into a big bowl of wibbly-wobby, gamey-wamey stuff.  Ever met a dancing, deducing, puzzle-solving sharpshooter before? Well, you have now.

And I've only recently learned how to dance. But after a few rounds of Just Dance 2014, I think I'm all caught up on what the "kids" are doing nowadays. No more Charleston or Truffle Shuffle, no no no. Just good old-fashioned new-school popping and locking!



Just Dance 2014 is another in the lineup of faux dancers on the screen welcoming up to four people to perform to popular tunes like Psy's "Gentlemen" and Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams' "Get Lucky", with some classics thrown in like the themes from "Love Boat" and "Ghostbusters". There's a host of downloadable tracks of course, like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis doing "Can't Hold Us".

Many of the songs have multiple modes to choose from, as opposed to just the "Classic" performance of following the screen action to the beat. By collecting "mojo," players can unlock new routines, like the "Mash-Up" which brings in dance moves from other songs to fiddle with the difficulty and "Just Sweat", which has the song turn into a sort of Jazzercise routine of (*shudder*) fitness.  And those sessions can get intense… at least it's enough to tell me I'm not running enough and that my being skinny doesn't mean I'm "in shape" at all.

That said, the faces are creepy. I'm sure that's been noted in other reviews of this franchise, but the faces are just unsettling at times. There's one girl with a black ponytail and a purple cropped cheerleader outfit with a face that not only looks drawn in (I know it's part of the art style), but smiles so large and awkwardly she might actually be performing in punishment. Have you ever seen that video of those little kids from the DPRK playing their guitars onstage, the guitars as big as they are, with their facial expressions never changing or even breathing? She's as unsettling as that. And she's not the only one… almost all of them are somehow uncomfortable to watch.



As far as the actual dancing, the Move controller seems to catch most of the moves, and the "special" moves unique to points in the songs cause the controller to vibrate so you know you've got them, which is a nice reminder. Following along is intuitive enough and—aside from wielding the controller—actually feels like dancing, so I can go hit the clubs now with peace of mind. The online play is what's kind of interesting to me, though; particularly, the idea of playing with people online and in teams. There isn't any team selection I was able to find, and playing was quick and easy to jump into. However, there's no way to make sure the teams are even, as it seems like whoever's got the larger group from an odd number of people is automatically going to win. Not fair.

But if you've played Just Dance before, you know you're playing for the music. And if you like the tracks here (I admit that Katy Perry's "Roar" is growing on me), then you'll be just fine wibbly-wobbling around with your friends. If you don't have any friends, then it's still a good exercise routine. I didn't find it as fun as Dance Central for Kinect, mostly because of the avatars giving me the heeby-geebies, but I suppose it'll do.
 
Copy provided by publisher. Review based on PS3 version. Also available on Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360. Will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Just Dance 2014
fullfullfullfullempty
  • Dancing is clear, still fun
  • Online mode does the trick
  • Doesn't really do anything... special?
  • Faces are still creepy as hell
Reviews by other members
No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Just Dance 2014


More On GameRevolution