Pros Difficulty levels are very appropriate, catchy music, lots of room for creativity, beautiful graphics, routines are unique and interesting, various music styles
Cons Unlock system is unexplained in manual or in game, no DLC available as of this writing (Nov. 8, 2010)
Summary Well, the best thing about this game is that it is so much fun! The three levels of difficulty that are unlocked by default are very different and allow for varied play experiences. On all three levels, you have to match silhouettes of the dancer on screen, hit certain spots with your hands or feet, step on certain rhythms, or match a silhouette while making a sound. On light mode, the frequency of these cues is limited, meaning you can freestyle or move however you want, using the on-screen dancer as a guide. On standard, you will have more cues to hit but still have the freedom to add your own flair. On expert, you will need to follow the on-screen dancer closely to be able to hit all the marks, and you may find yourself actually learning the routine for real! There is also stealth level, which needs to be unlocked, and Master level which will be available later as DLC. Each routine has very different moves. Every routine has at least one move (usually many more) that are unique to that routine only. The game will show you on screen dancing in real time with the dancer, but this can be turned off in the settings. You can also turn off the game's "snapshot" feature that takes pictures of you dancing. Or, you can put a virtual mask on your face, so that you can still see yourself onscreen while maintaining your privacy. These features may make you feel better about playing online, which is available in this game with an Xbox Live Gold membership. I highly recommend this game as it is very fun and addictive, and it really gets you moving and sweating as well!
Pros You can really sweat during this game. It's a great way to shed some pounds if you'd like or even to have some fun by yourself or with friends!
Cons No DLC's yet and the manual doesn't tell you how to unlock songs.
Summary This game is NOT about 'just posing'. It's as Naoki Maeda says, 'This is real dancing'.
Sure in Basic mode you can 'just pose' but it's all about timing. If you don't do that, you fail.
By attempting to follow the dancing model, you dance yourself. In Standard and Expert modes, you MUST dance and at least know 2/3 of the dance movements in order to succeed with a good score. I suggest starting out in Basic and try your best to remember the steps (that DOES include your feet as well). Then move your way up SLOWLY, you wouldn't want to hurt yourself.
I seriously recommend this game more then Dance Central. Not only because DC is mainstream and has 'popular music' but because DC's moves don't require much practice of the game. When I played it, I picked it up a bit too easily. With DanceMasters, you're really put up to the challenge!
So if you're really up for something new, DanceMasters is for you.
Pros Its Pretty.
Cons First It costs $50. Second you don't dance in this game you pose for each of the positions they show. Third the in game Kinect menu interface is nearly unusable. Fourth It shows you in all your ugliness on screen during the game. Fifth: 2 guy songs.
Summary I was extremely disappointed with this game. In the game you are supposed to match a silhouette with your body and when the silhouette is well endowed, skinny and female and you are a slightly overweight guy its seems all sorts of wrong. Also it shows you on screen which makes you all the more aware of the fact that are you are a guy trying to mimic a girl on screen. The interface is hard to use and prone to the wrong selection. The tutorials are slow and boring. I tried the demo for Dance Central and got a whole lot more enjoyment from that.