Letting go of your inhibitions can often be difficult--just ask a sober person at a karaoke bar--but doing so is a requisite for getting the most out of Just Dance 3. Its hilarious and often downright insane routines have you doing the jive bunny, playing air guitar, and jumping around like a complete loon to an eclectic selection of songs that are guaranteed to get you dancing. The series' transition to the Xbox 360 has been a smooth one, with crisp HD visuals that look great, and accurate motion tracking from the Kinect. Plus, a new levelling system, new modes, and the ability to record your own routines to send to friends mean there's more content to explore than ever before. Just Dance 3 isn't the game to go for if you're after a technically challenging dancing experience--look to the likes of Dance Central for that--but if it's a silly, energetic, and accessible dancing game you're after, it's unmatched.
6339637Sometimes even the best of us have to accept we're not good at dancing.
Though the Just Dance series has never been difficult to pick up and play, the Kinect makes things even easier in Just Dance 3. You pick a song to dance to and mimic the actions of a virtual dancer onscreen. You're awarded points based on your movements, which are tracked by the Kinect, with each being scored as bad, OK, good, or perfect. While it's still impossible to fail out of a song, no matter how few points you get, a new levelling system ensures you've got more of an incentive to rack up a high score. After each dance, you're awarded stars, which go toward increasing your mojo level. Reach a certain level, and you unlock new content, such as playlists or dances.
In addition to including a more compelling single-player mode, Just Dance 3 lets you get up to four players together for a simultaneous dance-off--a first for a Kinect game. Multiplayer requires no setup either, with the Kinect automatically sensing when there are extra players present. While any song can be played with four players, there are specific songs that have been designed with more dancers in mind. These include a bouncy duet to Girls Aloud's "Jump" and a rock-and-roll duet to Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." It's the four-player dances that are the most fun, though, with choreography that's clearly designed to cause as much embarrassment from the participants as possible. Highlights include the Power Rangers-inspired "Spectronizer," complete with multiple superhero poses, and Kiss' "I Was Made for Loving You," which features a full four-piece air band and the most unexpected dancing twist in the game.
Be prepared for many a pelvic thrust in Just Dance 3.