The Dose: ‘Just Dance 2016’ is a fun and shameless experience

The Dose: ‘Just Dance 2016’ is a fun and shameless experience

The Dose: ‘Just Dance 2016’ is a fun and shameless experience
November 14
12:57 2015

Nicholas Friedman | Editor-In-Chief

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For a game series like ‘Just Dance,’ born at the peak popularity of the Nintendo Wii, you tend to get what you pay for. It’s a whole lot of content, a pretty fine-tuned dancing tool and a heck of a lot of fun, whether sober or not.

In keeping with series fashion, this game is packed with songs. And why not? It’s different than a game like Rock Band that requires notes and tracks for each of its songs. For Just Dance, you need, well, some great dancers and a motion camera.

Songs like “Blame” by Calvin Harris “Lights” by Ellie Goulding set the tone of the setlist, anchored by classic tracks from movies like “Grease” and Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” There is also an Angry Birds song here, which is awfully odd.

There is no shame in saying this game is a great amount of fun, and that’s simple enough. But this series packs a handful of innovation not found in previous entries.

The first is Just Dance Unlimited, a new music service that takes cues from music streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. And if that sounds familiar, that’s because Guitar Hero just did the same thing for its series. And it’s a no-brainer honestly.

The other main innovation is the ability to use your smartphone as a controller for the game. When the original ‘Just Dance’ launched, you used the Wii Remote to track your movement, but not all of the newer consoles have this luxury. Sure, your Xbox One may have a Kinect, but if you bought it in the last year, chances are it doesn’t.

On Playstation, it’s a similar situation. You either have the Eye camera or you don’t, and that’s where your phone comes in (Wii U owners need not apply. You’ve got your Wii Remote.)

The phone acts likes a motion controller using the gyroscope and sensors already built into the device. It’s part of a trend that many games are taking up now, where users have a companion app on their phones. It just so happens that this one actually allows you to play the game. Better yet, up to six people can play at the same time.

And aside from the typical Dance Party mode, the game also sports Dance Quest, a sort-of campaign mode, World Video Challenge, where players can compete with others around the world, ‘Sweat’ playlists for working out, Showtime and Just Dance TV, which allows you to view dance moves uploaded by the community.

Overall, Just Dance is a simple joy to play. It’s a great party game to play with friends, and it’ll bring back the fond memories of drunken karaoke mixed with a bit of Dance Dance Revolution (and it’s just as hard to get the hang of the harder moves.)

This is one yearly series that doesn’t need much fixing. It’s just, well, fun.

Photo Courtesy | Ubisoft

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