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