Unless you've been trapped down a Chilean mine for 2 years, you should have a good idea of what Just Dance 3 is about by now (there's a clue in the title).
No? OK, for those unlucky miners amongst you, here's the deal. Put the Wii Remote in your right hand, pick a song, and mimic the on screen dancer as best you can. Perfecto.
Now I know what you're thinking, I thought the same thing. But it really isn't that embarrassing. Even if (like me) you dance like a demented ostridge, you soon start to loosen up, and when that happens, Just Dance 3 starts being fun.
The game interface is bright and colourful, plus the dancers look great. They're actual recordings of professional dancers which make them easier to follow than computer rendered characters (cough! Zumba Fitness).
With 51 tracks (on the Wii special edition) to choose from, Just Dance 3 has a broad range of music genres. From fast tempo dance tracks featuring Chemical Brothers, 2 Unlimited and Duck Sauce, to crap like Katy Perry and Robin Sparkles (I guess they can't please everybody).
There's a sweat mode, which puts more emphasis on fitness than fun. It features a 7-day tracker which will recor... (yawn). Forget it, go for a run for that. This game is for partying!
Which leads me onto another new feature of Just Dance 3: band dance routines. Up to 4 unique dances can be performed simultaneously on the same track. This is great fun in big groups. There's usually a short solo part for each member so it gives you a chance to impress your mates (or embarrass yourself). Also, for those of you that enjoy trying to sing, each dance displays song lyrics for you to mumble along to.
Most of the features have to be unlocked. To do this you need to dance and score points (by dancing in time). Chasing these unlockable gifts provides even more motivation to keep dancing!
I must admit, when I first loaded up Just Dance 3 and attempted to dance along, it was frustrating, difficult, and hilarious at the same time. I thought the novelty would wear off quickly. But after just 3 or 4 dances, I soon started enjoying myself. I managed to improve on my score, and was actually learning some of the more basic routines (plus it was still hilarious).
After dozens of dances (we were playing for 2 hours non-stop last night), I can really see why this game is so good. I actually think it's genius, it combines music (which everybody loves), socialising, and fitness. Plus more importantly, it keeps you warm! (our flat is quite cold this time of year).
The competitive side of me is also happy, because you can only get so far by 'cheating' (i.e. just shaking the Wii Remote in time with the music).
Unlike Zumba Fitness 2 (where I managed to get a perfect 5-star score on my first ever go), Just Dance 3 has a more responsive tracking program. I find timing is very important, but also the angle and speed of your swooshing. It also seems to know when you're jumping or just standing there trying to trick it.
If you enjoy going out and dancing in bars and clubs, then you'll love Just Dance 3. It's perfect for 'pre-drinks at my place'.
If you're a parent buying this for your kids, they'll love it. Plus it'll help them develop some coordination so they'll have no trouble pulling the ladies/gentlemen later on in life (they'll thank you later).
If however, you're a hardcore gamer that sits in your pants all day playing World of Warcraft, you might not enjoy Just Dance 3 so much (but you're probably not going to be reading this anyway).
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