Music is one of those things that is universal. No matter what culture, no matter what language, we can all understand music and in particular, dance. Now, dance games aren't anything new. We've seen them in the past with Konami's Dance Dance Revolution and its dance pad. However, the genre was taken to absolute new heights with the advent of the Wii and Ubisoft's Just Dance series. Something of a sibling to Harmonix's Dance Central franchise, Just Dance is now on its third mainline installment. It is worth getting off the couch and moving one's hips to?
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good to get people to buy you.
|Each song takes place at a different venue.|
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Now all of this sounds just fine and dandy on paper. However, the actual execution of dancing with the Wii remote is less than spectacular. In fact, it quite frankly sucks. Most of the time you are just waggling in a vain effort to get the game to register your movements. Even when you think you nailed a maneuver the game will tell you you failed it or-- even worse-- not even make any mention of your movement as if you didn't even do anything when you no full and well you did. This makes the entire game pointless to someone who takes playing Just Dance 3-- or any video game for that matter-- seriously. For a casual player who just wants to see pretty pictures pass by as they dance, this probably won't be much of a problem.
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We're going back to the eighties!
Speaking of other modes, there's such options like Medleys where you play through excerpts of various songs, Mash-Ups where you dance through a series of selected songs without pause, and Simon Says where you must perform certain actions like spinning around and shaking the Wii remote when the game prompts you to. Then there's Just Sweat that acts like a novelty at best and a bargain bin workout program at worst.
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A meta sort of thing going on.
Just Dance 3 is a supremely disappointing dance game. When it works, it is a joy, but considering that is only 10% of the time, that really isn't all that reliable. There is far more frustration than fun for those who want to aim for high scores. As a casual party game, however, there is a lot to be had here for get-togethers and what have you. It's a great title to pull out for parties with friends, but as a solo experience it is quite terrible. The Wii remote without MotionPlus is simply not capable of reading all the necessary movements required for Just Dance 3 to be enjoyable. As it stands in dance terms, Ubisoft's latest entry in their popular party series has two left feet and constantly steps on other dancers. Steer clear.
[SuperPhillip Says: 3.5/10]