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Just Dance 4 (PS3) Review

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Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 Review

Just Dance 4 Review

Just Dance 4 is the latest party dance game released by Ubisoft in the record-breaking franchise, returning with 40 new songs and all new moves. The songs come from a library of diverse top artists, ranging from “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida to “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. There are even songs by Christina Aguilera, Barry White, and the B-52s to appeal to a wide audience. There’s an all new Battle mode, an upgraded Sweat mode and upcoming DLC to add to your song/dance library in Just Dance 4. For fans of the series, this game is everything you love and a little bit more wrapped up in a new game.

New Features

Just Dance 4 has a few new features from the previous version that will appeal to newcomers and fans of the series alike. The new Battle mode is definitely the highlight of the new features. The mode has a group of gamers competing in five rounds of dance battles that allow the players to go head-to-head along with unique choreographies and music with one player deemed the champion. The upgraded Sweat mode was boosted in this edition with the addition of personalized programs and even a calorie counter. There are also alternative choreographies available for ultra-challenging and outrageous routines. Finally, there are over 200 dance challenges and more features just waiting to be played.

Gameplay

Just Dance 4

Just Dance 4

For gamers that have played previous iterations of the series, Just Dance 4 doesn’t represent anything revolutionary. What it does represent is a nice update from the previous edition with all new songs, all new dance moves, and a really fun Battle mode that is sure to be a hit at parties. The game allows for up to four simultaneous dancers in a variety of game modes. The PlayStation Move sensor picks up dance moves in an impressive fashion and the various game modes are diverse enough to keep gamers interested in a variety of ways. When first diving into Just Dance 4, players will be introduced to easy songs/dances and from there, will be progressively challenged and able to unlock more content. Eventually, the on-disc content will run out, but Ubisoft has already promised a plethora of DLC, including Psy’s “Gangnam Style” due to hit in November.

Just Dance 4 is suited for gamers of all genders, ages, and walks of life. It serves as one of the best cross-over titles a gamer can buy for the entire family or group of friends, no matter their age or taste in games. At its heart, Just Dance 4 is a fun game to get people off the couch and actually moving around. While we’ve seen this done over and over again in the Just Dance series, the game itself still remains fun and the core gaming concept is still relevant to today’s gamers.

Song List

Pop music fans should be thrilled at the list of 40 songs included with the game. There are songs new and old (some remixed), that all make for excellent dance tracks. Highlights include artists such as Rihanna, Flo Rida, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, and more–there’s little doubt that players will have any trouble recognizing the tracks included in the game. The dance moves are all brand new to the series as well and are even slightly more difficult than in past editions.

Graphics

Party games–specifically ones that focus on dancing–are hardly measured by their graphics alone. What’s more important is to evaluate the User Interface (UI) experience, as well as the quality of the “dance instructors” that teach gamers how to properly move. As usual, Just Dance 4 does it all better than anyone else with the superb quality of the menus, tips, tricks, hints, and interactive dance instructors.

Overall Impression

Just Dance 4 is a great party game that should satisfy fans of the series well enough, especially considering the lower-than-typical price point gamers will find it for at their favorite retail locations. While there aren’t really too many new features, the Battle mode will be something that most gamers will eat up gladly–it’s a tremendous amount of fun in a party setting. The new lineup of songs and dances are a lot of fun, making Just Dance 4 a nice value overall for players (and dancers) of all ages.

JUST DANCE 4 (PS3) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall82%

ENTERTAINMENT8

A pretty fun edition of Just Dance, with the new Battle mode definitely adding a nice element to the game.

GAMEPLAY7.5

Just Dance 4 is a fun game to play and certainly has fun game play, however, doesn't offer a ton of new wow-factor features.

SOUND9.25

Clearly the strength of the game, the sound and song library is excellent.

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JUST DANCE 4 (PS3) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall82%

ENTERTAINMENT8

A pretty fun edition of Just Dance, with the new Battle mode definitely adding a nice element to the game.

GAMEPLAY7.5

Just Dance 4 is a fun game to play and certainly has fun game play, however, doesn't offer a ton of new wow-factor features.

SOUND9.25

Clearly the strength of the game, the sound and song library is excellent.

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