A WiiNintendo game review by hattrick.
Game – Just Dance 2
Version – Wii
Obtained – Review Copy from Ubisoft
The dance genre of video games has been growing over the past several years. From DDR to Just Dance, it seems people want to move to the beat. The 2009 smash hit is back with a brand new game in Just Dance 2. This time, there are over 40 songs and four new modes. On top of that, you have the ability to download new songs online.
The concept behind Just Dance is quite simple. Hold the Wii Remote in your hand and mimic the on-screen dancer or dancers. The sequel is no different. While it might be fun to dance by yourself, the true fun comes when you join in with three to seven friends. However, does Just Dance 2 have what it takes to warrant an additional purchase?
Gameplay and Controls
As you could probably tell, and as stated earlier, the basic idea is dancing. You will gain points for correctly stringing together the proper dance moves. At the end of the song, the player or team with the most points wins. Players will hold the Wii Remote in their right hand and dance along with one of the included songs. This time around, though, the developers added a glowing glove to the on-screen dancer. This helps to know which direction to move. The glove represents the Wii Remote. In the first installment, it was tough to know whether to mirror the dancer or not.
Just Dance 2 is not extremely difficult, as most people will learn the dance moves within a coupl tries. And while you may think that you can just “waggle” the Wii Remote and get a descent score, this is not the case. Although Just Dance 2 does not utilize Wii Motion Plus, there is still a level of accuracy that must be present for a high score. Sure, your legs and opposite hand do not matter as much, but it does help to get into the dance. Not to mention, it is more fun that way.
There are four added modes. “Dance Crew Face-Off” puts two teams of up to four against each other. “Dancing Duets” involve different moves for each player. “Dance Party Mode” keeps the music rolling without the need to go back and select the next song. “Just Sweat Mode” tracks your progress as you dance to exercise. Each of these are fun, and they add new dimensions to the original.
Atmosphere (Visuals and Sound)
The visual style of Just Dance has always intrigued me. The backgrounds are often psychedelic colors, and the dancers are colorful silhouettes. Because of this, Just Dance 2 is nothing to write home about, in terms of visual appeal. That being said, it is helpful to focus on the character’s dance moves when you are not distracted by overly stimulating backgrounds.
As with any music game, the true test is in the music. Just Dance 2 touts over 40 songs from artists such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, James Brown, Beastie Boys, The Rolling Stones, and The Pussycat Dolls. With titles ranging from legendary hits to today’s Top 40, there seems to be something for everyone. On top of that, Ubisoft will be adding songs to a downloadable library. In a smart move to get people online, they even included a free song from Katy Perry with every game.
Concluding Overall Impressions
Just Dance 2 is not for everyone, but it will surprise you. While it might be tough to get a group of masculine guys together, you can definitely see this popping up at a party. With new modes and downloadable songs, it is hard to find many negative aspects of this game beside the visuals.
Ubisoft has mentioned possibly going to a yearly installment of Just Dance, with which I strongly disagree. They have done an excellent job with this title. Continue to release great songs as DLC, and Just Dance 2 will have lasting appeal.
Final Score: 4 out of 5
With easy-to-understand controls and songs from Elvis to Outkast, Just Dance 2 seems to have something for everyone. This is both a great single-player workout and a multi-player party game. As long as Ubisoft continues to support it with quality DLC, Just Dance 2 is a keeper.
For those of you with younger children, you may want to look for Just Dance Kids. While Just Dance 2 attempts to “keep it clean,” Just Dance Kids is especially made with kids in mind!