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Review: Just Dance 4 + Giveaway

Submitted by on 07/11/2012 – 11:3725 Comments

I’ve been playing Just Dance 4 for about a week now on Xbox Kinect and I’m really enjoying it.

Before I go into the actual review, in addition to an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, you will need a Kinect or PlayStation Move to play the game. It works on the Wii with the Wii remote.

There are just two main modes to the game, Just Dance and Just Sweat. Within the Just Dance mode, songs can be danced in either solo, duet or dance crew modes (up to 4 players). Additional dancers just have to stand in front of the Kinect sensor and they will be picked up immediately.

When selecting a song, you can see how easy or difficult a dance routine is by the 1/2/3 rating displayed. If you will be playing for the first time, best to go with a level 1 song rather than a song you absolutely love that’s level 3 (unless you know your dance moves!). 

All you have to do to play is mimic the dancer/s on screen. It’s not difficult to get used to and I can assure you, as someone who has no clue how to dance, caught on fairly quickly. At the same time, it’s easy enough that you cannot ‘fail’ a song (like you do in Guitar Hero). The songs are not too long so it doesn’t feel like it’s dragging and you can take a break and have something to drink between dances. If you’re feeling competitive, you can challenge your friends to a dance-off in Battle mode, which includes 6 dances.

Each time you dance, you earn stars, which goes towards your ‘mojo’. You can unlock bonus content if you earn five stars in a song, or get all the “good moves”, etc, by spinning a wheel that appears on-screen. This earns you new playlists, alternate dance routines, and mash-ups.

The 44-song selection is a mix of classics, contemporary and hits from the past that received way too much airplay on the radio, so chances are you will know the songs. As if you haven’t had enough of Gangnam Style, it will be available as a downloadable track on JD4, sometime this November.

If you’re looking to keep your fitness levels up, Just Sweat caters to that. A 10-minute workout starts off with a warm-up and then alternates between something intensive and something to cool down, which is a mash-up of various tracks. I much prefer the Just Dance mode because I can take breaks between the routines; and it feels like I’m getting a workout anyway. There is a 7-day challenge that you can take up if you’re serious about it.

One of the most enjoyable aspects about the game if you’re playing with a group of friends is the playback of the autodance feature, viewable after you dance to a song. It records bits of you while dancing (indicated by a video at the bottom of the screen during the song) and makes a little video at the end. It also takes pics, and you can discard or save it.

Just Dance 4 is game that is loads of fun, especially when played socially. It won’t make you a better dancer, but it will make you feel like a star in your lounge. 

What I liked:
> Loads of fun and you don’t have to be a professional to play.
> Even if you don’t use Sweat Mode, it’s a good workout.
> The social aspect of being able to play with up to 4 others.

What I didn’t like:
> Sometimes your movements aren’t picked up in dance crew mode.
> No option to choose level of difficulty per song (not possible to fail a song).

My Rating: 8/10 

I have a Just Dance 4 hamper to giveaway to one of my readers. It includes:

> Just Dance 4 game (Xbox/PS3/Wii)
> T-shirt
> Keyring
> Phone Stylus
> Bracelet

All you have to do to WIN is leave a comment below letting me know which song you’re keen to try first! You can find the track list here.

Only one comment per person allowed. Competition will run from 7-21 November. Winner to be selected via random.org and announced on this post (and if you’re on Twitter, a shout out there).

Just Dance 4 hamper sponsored by Ubisoft.

Good Luck! :D

UPDATE: The winner, as per random.org is: Liz of the Urth! 

Congratulations! And check your email!

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  • Aasia

    I would want to do Kat Deluna Run this show

    • SisterKay

      Of course

  • Waseem

    You can Rickroll yourself!

  • Leezozo

    I’d love this coz Psy’s Gangnam Style is launching on the 15th November as a DLC. Then we’re in business baby!

  • http://www.facebook.com/fab888 Faizel Bassa

    Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepson ( My Fav. )

  • SisterKay

    Ooh, definitely Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes (genius) feat. BEP.

  • Marcelle Liron

    Domino – Jessie J

  • http://www.craiglotter.co.za/ Craig Lotter

    Europe: “The Final Countdown” for sure! :)

  • MJ

    I dig call me maybe, so I will probably jam to that

  • http://www.essenceofcapetown.co.za/blog Nielfa Hanifa

    I think I’ll select JLo’s – On the Floor first!

  • Mujeeb

    Must be Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe

  • Seshni

    Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

  • Liz of the Urth

    I reckon I’ll dance to Domino by Jessie J

    • http://www.nafisa.co.za/ Nafisa Akabor

      Congratulations Liz of the Urth! You’ve been randomly selected as the winner :-)

  • Syllable in the City

    I’d like to try “Time Warp” by Halloween Thrills. I’m a huge Rocky Horror fan. Also, if I didn’t know any better, I’d have guessed we played sweat mode on Monday! It’s so much fun, I’ve got my bits crossed to win this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fayyaad.hendricks Fayyaad Hendricks

    Call it my wife’s Indian influence, but Mundian to Bach Ke is my choice! I can already hear that opening riff!

  • http://twitter.com/greatwyt Oethman Khan

    lol Gangnam style!!! but until then probably Alexandra Stan – Mr. Saxobeat
    but dont tell anyone, k?

  • http://twitter.com/AshUct Ash

    ‘Call Me Maybe’- Can’t seem to get that song out of my head

  • http://www.facebook.com/claire.oneill Claire O’Neill

    I can’t wait to dance to WILD WILD WEST! wiggi wiggi wiggi! Will Smith is the best. If only I could dance to “In West Philadelphia born and raised…”

  • Mr. Grey

    I’m going to be honest and just say that I just want to dance. I want to feel the floor break under my steps, I want to hear the rapid footsteps of children running for help, I want birds to fly away. I just want to dance.

  • http://twitter.com/toyerk Toyer Khan

    I would probably like to dance to Blu Cantrell’s Hit it up style but I know my daughter would beat me to the game and dance to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe :)

  • tasneem

    NO 12 OR NO 20 ,,I always wondered what i look like dancing and im sure it looks even funnier on kinetics ;D

  • yums2u

    ketchup song……I need to sweat it out!!
    It’s most probably ketchup and fries that lead to my weight dilemma… I’m hoping this is a more fun way to lose wight.

  • Michelle

    Call me maybe, and I’m sure my kids will have a blast watching mom dance to this!

  • http://www.nafisa.co.za/ Nafisa Akabor

    Thank you to all who participated. The post has been updated to reflect the winner.