Lets just say it: UbiSoft has definitely stepped it up to a whole other level when it comes to music and rhythm games. Or maybe just casual games in general. It was just a few weeks ago when I absolutely fell in love with Rocksmith and now there are a few other musical titles that I’m getting all excited about again. Give me a few moments to explain, I was lucky enough to try out Just Dance 3, Just Dance Kids 2, ABBA: You Can Dance, The Black Eyed Peas Experience awhile ago. I know, that’s a lot of dance titles to get through in one night and, seriously, I’m pooped just thinking about all the titles I tried!
Each title is different in its own way but when it comes down to it, fun was the name of the game and all of them were pretty darn fun to play with one exception which I’ll get to later in this preview.
But lets get on with this first impressions preview, shall we?
First up, Just Dance Kids 2…
To be honest, I’m always on the lookout for a good kids game. There are countless times where my nephews want to play with me but more often than not, my games are too difficult for them to understand while their games are too simple for me to enjoy. So, finding a happy medium is always welcomed. And happy fun time with the kiddos is preserved.
While there were a few awkward moments which had me saying: “really, you want me to pretend to be a sleeping lion?”, the dancing kids on screen were so f-ing adorable! ADORABLE! Just following their repetitive dance routines had me thinking maybe this is what kids need in a dancing game. They need other kids to follow and the repetition will definitely aid them to learn the dance routines while still having fun.
So, this one’s a definite win for anyone with a Kinect or Wii this holiday season.
Release Date: October 2011
Next up, Just Dance 3!
Finally, I can get in on the Just Dance craze that everyone has had a hold of for awhile on the Wii. Nothing much is different in this title, if you happened to play the previous Just Dance titles. You still follow a shadowy figure on the screen and try to dance your way to the highest score. But since I haven’t personally played with a Just Dance title, I’m not sure if the karaoke and band dancing modes are entirely new. But I must admit, the band mode was interesting. In band mode, players selected a band mate to mimic. Players will have different moves during the routine and eventually transition back to dancing at unison. Totally helps in learning how to choreograph dance moves in real life.
Isn’t it obvious that Just Dance 3 is yet another win for the dancing fanatic?
Release Date: October 11, 2011
But UbiSoft doesn’t stop there! This holiday season they are also coming out with two additional dance titles featuring ABBA and The Black Eyed Peas. I know what you are thinking, ABBA? Really? Well, hear me out for a sec…
While The Black Eyed Peas appear to be a natural choice for a dancing game, we can’t just overlook the stellar repertoire that ABBA has. I gaveABBA: You Can Dance a try since it was free and no one else seemed to be around. Honestly, not expecting much but, like always, I was surprised to find that the game was fun too! Playing just like any other Just Dance title, with similar mechanics with the only difference being a setlist featuring ABBA titles and other similar artists. While this might be a niche title for a much older generation, it might also work to expose a younger generation to the ABBA generation. And aren’t games supposed to bring families together nowadays anyway? I certainly hope so.
ABBA: You Can Danceis a possible purchase for parents looking for a reason to dance alongside their kids for a change minus all the cutesy song choices that would be found in Just Dance Kids 2.
Release Date: November 15, 2011
And finally we get to the awkward experience that was The Black Eyed Peas Experience. Hey, that rhymed! The ironing is delicious.
Deviating from the previously mentioned Just Dance titles,The Black Eyed Peas Experience plays more like Dance Central but in a less intuitive way. There was hardly any indicator on difficulty so we were left to select titles based on the sheer fact that I knew the song. But that didn’t help me understand how difficult the game was going to be. Even though there were cue cards to follow along on-screen, I felt like my timing off. I figured it might be better to follow the peas than to try to understand the timing if the cue cards. And that paid off but I got exhausted. The dance moves had you jumping round the entire time. No real breather in between. I’m not sure if a normal person should torture themselves like that.
But mix that with the unknown difficulty from song to song and I honestly don’t think I can recommend The Black Eyed Peas Experience to anyone. Well, maybe a bigger Black Eyed Peas fan. The other girls appeared to be having fun and I totally was until my asthma started to kick in. Then it was time to step away from the game.
Release Date: November 8, 2011
So, quick recap: Any Just Dance title it’s fun for all, while The Black Eyed Peas Experience needs a better guided experience to win me over.