The fifth installment in the “Just Dance” franchise makes its way to the PlayStation 3 system in the form of Just Dance 2014, featuring more than 45 tracks and a lower-than-expected price point of $39.99 for current generation platforms. Along with some of the hottest songs on the airwaves today and some great songs of yesteryear, Just Dance 2014 also features a few new modes. Players can lead back-up dancers with the new “On Stage Mode” or dance with other players on PSN in the new “World Dance Floor” game mode. While there is not much that is revolutionary (or new) about Just Dance 2014, it’s still a ridiculously fun game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Features / Game Modes
There are a lot of game modes to enjoy in Just Dance 2014. It all starts with the “World Dance Floor” where you can dance with anyone in the world in a wild online multiplayer mode. Gamers can create a “crew” and participate in different challenges with PSN friends that own the game and face off against other crews. While this may not be the most widely used feature in the game, it’s a great addition to the franchise and does represent the first time gamers have been able to play Just Dance against remote players.
Another game mode that players will enjoy with others is the “On Stage Mode” where one player will be in the spotlight as the lead, with other dancers participating as the back up dancers. With the karaoke feature, players can sing along if they want for bonus points. It’s not hard to imagine families enjoying this mode, or a big group of girls playing this mode into the wee hours of the night.
Other game features include the Sweat Mode which allows gamers to pick a specific amount of time and a tracklist then dance non-stop to get the heart-rate up (exhausting!). The Just Dance TV feature enables gamers to be recorded or to browse through friends’ dance videos. Just Dance TV is amazing fodder for laughs as the game will video record players while they are dancing and replay them in a remix afterwards with options to save locally or even share via U-Play or Twitter.
While hardcore gamers that love to run around and blow things up might be put off by actually getting up from the couch and grooving to great music, the rest of the world will love Just Dance 2014. It appeals to a wide audience and is totally safe for gamers of all ages as the songs have all been made to be age appropriate. Fortunately, you do not need to be a great dancer (again, great for kids) to score highly, and the game can easily be enjoyed by a group of friends looking to laugh their butts off as they compete against each other.
While Just Dance 2014 does introduce some great new features for those familiar with the franchise, the core of the game remains the same. That’s actually a strength for the franchise as the 2014 edition aims to improve on an already great formula for success and by pricing the game well below the normal $59.99 price point, the game is wonderfully tailored for casual or family gamers. At the end of the day the most important aspect of any video game is just how much fun it brings to your life and Just Dance 2014 delivers that in spades.
The graphics are much the same in Just Dance 2014 and there’s not much that’s new. The new JDTV feature is hilarious and a nice addition to the franchise but that’s really not factored into the “graphics of the game” as it’s much a much more visual feature. The game does sport solid graphics and the dancers in the game move extremely well and serve as great guides to what the gamer should be doing. There are nice backgrounds and nice animations which are perfect for kids who like vibrant colors and “neat” graphics.
Sound / Music
With over 45 tracks, Just Dance 2014 might boast the best soundtrack to any dancing game ever released on PlayStation 3. Naturally, the two huge songs of 2013 are included – Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” – with props to Pharrell Williams for being featured in both songs. There are also some great songs from the last few years such as Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and even Ray Parker Jr.’s classic “Ghostbusters” theme song. The tracklist is nothing short of stellar and there’s always more to be purchased and downloaded, so near top marks go out to Just Dance 2014 for audio.
Just Dance 2014 adds on to last year’s edition with a few cool new features and an absolutely awesome tracklist to make for one of the best family games released this year. Given that it’s at a cheaper-than-normal price point for PS3 and has tremendous “fun value” for gamers of all ages, it’s a great pick up if you are looking for something fun to do with kids or “kids of all ages” this holiday season.