With every Xbox One coming bundled with the newest iteration of Kinect technology, it’s worth considering the titles that take full advantage of its motion tracking facilities. Many launch games have incorporated some sort of voice or motion control to enhance gameplay, however few are quite as fully Kinect focused as Just Dance 2014, the sequel to Just Dance 4. The premise is simple; follow the motions of your onscreen counterpart as you perform an assortment of dance moves to popular music. The question is whether this particular game is worth the $40 investment.
Just Dance 2014 is the first dance related title to launch on the next generation consoles, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and there’s no denying that it’s good fun. Unlike the slightly more serious Dance Central franchise, Just Dance 2014 follows the series’ typical format of encouraging you to jump around your lounge without too much concern for attaining perfect dance moves. You won’t need to memorize too many long move sequences and the game is forgiving enough to stop you sitting down in frustration when you can’t quite perfect a hand gesture or foot movement. This is not a game to play if you’re looking for a tutorial in how to dance, and the game is very clear that that’s not its intention; it’s all about having fun.
Unlike previous titles limited to four players at a time, the new Kinect technology allows up to six dancers to take to the floor, all with different moves to make. Filling up your floor space with flailing limbs and boogying bodies is as hilarious to watch as to join in with. There’s no saying that you need to play with others as you can work to achieve high scores and star ratings on your own, however this is certainly a title that’s at its best with a group.
If you’re a fan of Just Dance games and have owned previous titles then you’ll find Just Dance 2014 to be a familiar face. Ubisoft has taken the line of it’s not broken don’t fix it, instead focusing on subtle improvements that do make this the best game in the franchise, if not altogether different from its predecessors. One change worth noting is the new song selection found within this game which is packed full of a lot of hit singles in a range of different genres. There’s something to suit everyone, from Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’, to ‘Blurred Lines’ from Robin Thicke and even ‘Prince Ali’ from the Disney film Aladdin. You may also be aware that the interface of the game is improved, with a beautifully smooth menu system and an easy means of jumping straight into the action.
Most modes within Just Dance 2014 are familiar, such as Battle, allowing two players to face off and Sweat, for a surprisingly effective workout. Additional modes have been included for the first time however, such as On Stage, which allows you to become a backing dancer for a star, and there’s even a new Karaoke mode if you fancy stretching your vocal chords along with your muscles. You can even play online, pitting your skills against dancers the world over with the game’s World Dance Floor.
It’s safe to say that this is the best iteration yet of the Just Dance franchise, though the improvements aren’t groundbreaking. If you have a previous title and are looking for some fresh tunes and upgraded performance with the Xbox One then it’s certainly worth trading your existing game in for the latest version. Likewise if you’re looking for a game to keep you active and to have a bit of fun with then this could be one for your collection. Just Dance 2014 is exactly what you would expect, and does exactly what it says on the tin, just allowing you to dance. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and there are a few bugs, in places it can be a bit too forgiving focusing more on arm movements than anything else, but in general this is a great laugh and some good family fun.
Are you hoping to get your hands on a copy of Just Dance 2014? Have you already spent time prancing around your lounge? Why not leave your own feedback in the comments below.
Final Score: 7/10
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 01/15/2014