Just Dance 2 (Hands-On) (Wii) Preview

By Jorge Ba-oh 22.08.2010 3

Review for Just Dance 2 (Hands-On) on Wii

Dancing games used to be a rare treat, something that you'd spend a couple of quid in your local arcade, stepping wistfully away to some techno-infused tunes. These days there are such a plethora of music and dance titles that it's hard to step in and do something different. Following on from the resounding, and continued, success of the original Just Dance, Ubisoft is about to stun the world with a fleshed out sequel. Cubed3 recently went hands-on with Just Dance 2 to see some of its moves.

How do you follow-up a low budget game that unexpectedly became an overnight blockbuster? Enter Ubisoft with its follow-up to the immensely successful Just Dance. I’m used to stepping on coloured panels and arrows to get by, yet this setup instead relies heavily on arm and body movements as opposed to using your feet. Fortunately, for me, I had the comfort of dancing alongside fellow C3 gents and ladies, but unfortunately they had a little bit more rhythm and class than I. Initially the controls seemed confusing. I’ll admit that I hadn’t played, in fact totally disregarded, the original as "yet another dance clone." However, once the music got going and my joints miraculously loosened, mimicking the on-screen actions became far easier.

Waggling your arms up and down, rolling as if you were a rainbow and swiftly strutting in different directions became key movements, and whilst there is a warning of what's coming-up, for some of the more complex actions you do need a little more time to learn what to do and it leads to several frustrating misses and ultimate confusion. With that in mind, though, having a little bit of extra patience and spending more time with the various dance manoeuvres included, should lead to them becoming easier and considerably more natural to pull-off. The only downside have to be when looking at it from a simplicity and accessibility angle, since Just Dance 2 is a little trickier to get to grips with than its predecessor. All-in-all, it proved to be decent fun with a varied selection of pop hits and classic family-friendly anthems to boogie on down to.
- Jorge Baoh, Cubed3 Founder.

Screenshot for Just Dance 2 (Hands-On) on Wii

Extra Thoughts

Having played practically every game at Nintendo’s post E3 event, I decided to go over and give Just Dance 2 a go. The first song I tried was Hot Stuff, and I danced with a gorgeous blonde lady who completely thrashed me. However, it was fun so I didn’t really care. It pretty much plays like the first game where you are supposed to mirror the actions of the dancer on-screen, like in Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution series, where players can get a ‘Good,’ ‘Great,’ ‘Perfect’ rating, or completely miss the timing of the actions, with all the points attributed to these levels being added up to offer a final score at the end. This, however, doesn’t always work since you are only holding one Wii Remote in your right hand, leading to many misses, and it also means that you can just wave the controller about at random times instead of following the moves and still manage to achieve higher scores (just as Cubed3’s very own Adam Riley did, matching my score without making any effort at all!). Where’s the fun in that? If you can get into the right spirit, Just Dance 2 easily turns into a fantastic group experience, full of laughs for all involved.
- Stuart Lawrence, General Writer.

Screenshot for Just Dance 2 (Hands-On) on Wii

Final Thoughts

Overall, Just Dance 2 is an extremely enjoyable game, when more than one person is involved, and it will prove to be a great party game purely because of that reason. Be warned however, expect to get frustrated if you are playing on your own with some songs because the dance moves can be slow and this will effect the Wii control actually picking up the IR sensor of the Wii Remote. Ubisoft will no doubt have a smash hit on its hands this Christmas, with Just Dance Kids also joining the fray soon.

Developer

Ubisoft

Publisher

Ubisoft

Genre

Dance

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10 (7 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

Comments

I was surprised first game sold like hotcakes, and I see videos of people playing it and it looks as fun.

PS3 is just good for Catherine, Demons souls, Dark Souls, and Folklore
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