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Just Dance 3 Review

Does what it says on the tin for the third time

Just Dance is very much the new Guitar Hero. It's got plenty of spin-offs (Dance On Broadway, Just Dance Kids), some of these spin-offs are artist-specific (Michael Jackson: The Experience and the upcoming Black Eyed Peas and ABBA versions) and its core gameplay is so successful that very few changes are made for fear of losing what it is people love about it.

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This remains very much the case for Just Dance 3, the eighth Wii game to use the Just Dance engine.

It's business as usual here with around 50 new tracks for you to groove to by following the movements of the on-screen dancer.

These range from newer songs like Forget You by Cee Lo Green, Dynamite by Taio Cruz and Price Tag by Jessie J to older dance gems like Da Funk by Daft Punk, Take On Me by A-Ha, Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles and, the single greatest song in the collection, No Limit by 2 Unlimited.

Get Your Mojo Working

There's actually a sense of progression in the game this time, thanks to the Mojo meter. The more you dance, the more Mojo you gather and the more modes you unlock. It's essentially a fancy name for a levelling-up system and it at least gives you a reason to play more.

The game actually looks a lot better now too, with fancy 3D backgrounds helping distract you from those weird cel-shaded dancers.

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The only other real change to the gameplay is the fact that the Remote now vibrates if you perform a move particularly well which will please those who are trying to be the next Beyonce.

What's In It For The Cynic

Of course the cynics will know that the inaccurate controls mean that you don't need to swing those arms to get a buzz but the enjoyment you get out of Just Dance really depends on the amount of effort you put into it.

Of course if you're one of those who aren't willing to let themselves go, you'll struggle to enjoy any Just Dance game so if you hate the concept and get frustrated at the inaccurate controls there's nothing here that will change your mind.

If, however, you don't care about that sort of thing, just like dancing in front of the telly, enjoyed the previous Ubisoft dance games and want more of the same, Just Dance 3's 50 or so new tracks will give you plenty to jig along to.


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  1. PhineasFerbStyx Tuesday 11th Oct 2011 at 15:21

    Fair enough I played that with 1 of my friends and made a fool of myself so I won't be getting this!

  2. RTY1998 Tuesday 11th Oct 2011 at 16:10

    This game ruined GameFest for me. I hate the way the controols work. You don't even need to dance. The game contradicts itself for the eighth time.

  3. mushroomchow Tuesday 11th Oct 2011 at 17:45

    Well, its always going to sell phenomenally as the last 2 did. Its a laugh at parties when you're too drunk to be able to criticise the naff controls - so in that sense, good luck to 'em.

  4. LuigisBrother Tuesday 11th Oct 2011 at 20:30

    If you're not actually going to bother putting the effort in then don't get it. It's not like you're being forced to play it. It's probably going to end up in my stocking

  5. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 11th Oct 2011 at 21:09

    I should think the Xbox version could be quite good.
    I'd like to try this game out (or any game in the series in fact),just to see what it's like.
    I'll have a look at the track list and see what I think,if I don't like the songs on 3,I'll get the 2nd one.

  6. A.B.Lexis Wednesday 12th Oct 2011 at 08:36

    Why hello there sister's christmas present!

  7. Super Andre Wednesday 12th Oct 2011 at 08:41

    I hate everything about this game.

  8. PhineasFerbStyx Wednesday 12th Oct 2011 at 18:53

    I hate everything about this game.

    At least you're upfront about it. :lol:

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