Just Dance 2015 - Xbox One

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24 October 2014

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Just Dance 2015 bring people together in more ways than ever before. For the first time ever, you too can be in the game. The all-new Community Remix feature puts players in the global spotlight by allowing them to become a Just Dance coach that players everywhere can dance along to. Just Dance 2015 also introduces Challenger mode where players will be able to compete against their past performances or challenge friends anywhere to beat their score, even if they can’t play at the same time. Plus, this year we’re bringing even more excitement to World Dance Floor, the online multiplayer mode.

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Just Dance 2014 features more than 40 hit tracks, a variety of play modes, and for the first time in the series, online multiplayer action. World Dance Floor mode lets gamers head online and join a...
by Ubisoft
Release Date: 22/11/2013

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'Just Dance 2015' on the Xbox One is one if the hottest dance game to ever hit the Xbox One, the game contains over 40 dance tracks coupled with on screen attachments to help people learn the dance moves. This game was developed by Ubisoft Paris and published by Ubisoft.

The 'Just Dance' series has been going strong for the better part of the last four or five years. The developers at Ubisoft Paris got involved with the rhythm based phenomenon at just re right time, as the technology available has finally hooked up with the goals of their game. Coming up fro the PS3 and Xbox 360, 'Just Dance 2015' is one of the newest rhythm party games of the next generation. The game was initially (and predictably) announced at E3 2014 before launching in October of 2014. Pushing forward with what made the series so popular to begin with (great songs), 'Just Dance 2015' was destined to become a quick hit. We threw the disc into our Xbox One and quickly got to work busting out some moves.

If you haven't played any of the 'Just Dance' titles yet, even in passing or at a party, then you probably deserve a little explanation as to what all the fuss is about. 'Just Dance' is a rhythm game that takes inspiration from titles like 'Dance Central' and 'Dance Dance Revolution'. These two games are competitors to 'Just Dance' but they don't do things exactly the same. 'Dance Dance Revolution' utilizes a hard mat that you have to sync your dance too, while up until now 'Dance Central' has used motion controllers to get things done. With the Xbox Kinect neither one of those utilities are necessary.

When you load up the game you are set in front of one of any number of moving backdrops. Don't worry too much about the background action as your eyes should be trained on a little shadow figure in the corner. The silhouette in the corner will begin to streamline the different dance moves that you need to replicate with your body. The more on the ball you are with copying the moves the better your routine will look and the more points you will end up racking up. That, in essence, is 'Just Dance'.

As you can see this is no normal, narrative driven video game. The title is meant to hit you at your core: where you hold all of those pop songs that make you want to get up and dance. The game is typically even better when played with friends and solo play can even begin to feel a little bit lonely. It was an odd hurdle for me to get over when I first took this game back to get a chance to review it. I'm not typically a dancer and you couldn't pay me to enjoy a game like this a few years ago. But here I was, standing like a goofball in front of my Kinect while I scrolled through a library filled with contemporary pop classics.

Upon loading the game up you are given instructions to create your own avatar. There aren't a ton of different options so you likely won't love how your character looks. We were surprised that the developers didn't use the Kinect's ability to body scan (like in Kinect Adventures) in order to make a more personal character for players. Oh well.

Now that you've made your first character you can jump straight into the 'campaign mode'. If you are familiar with games like 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' then you will have an idea of what is coming next. You'll start of playing a group of familiar songs (if you have a radio) and as you mimic their moves you will get points. As we said above: get points and you win. The more songs you complete the more songs you will unlock. You can also make new avatar customizations available as well as new venues to dance in. The campaign has enough content there to keep you going for awhile, but eventually you'll probably grow weary of it. That is where the heart and soul of the game come into play: the multiplayer.

If you ever have friends over and want to play something that will get people laughing and loosened up, go for the multiplayer in 'Just Dance 2015'. With the multiplayer mode on the XB1 you can have up to six players on screen at a time. Depending on the song you choose this could range from hilarious to frantic experiences. Especially if, like me, your friends are terrible dancers and not afraid to show it to everyone around them.

You can also go online to compete against dancers all across the globe. Take part in song tournaments and post your highscore and watch it climb (or fall) on the leader boards. You can even record some of your performances in order to get added to the 'Community Remix'. Playing these different multiplayer modes is a great way to give some flesh to a game that could be seen as lean for the solo player.

In multiplayer mode you will all do the dances together, following the choreographed figures in the bottom of the screen. Since you are playing on the Kinect you will also have microphone functionality. 'Just Dance 2015' sprinkles in karaoke sections. During these sections you can sing along to the song. The closer you are to the note on the screen the more points you will earn. You won't lose points for not getting the songs right, however, so at most its a fun little way to get a few extra points tacked on to your final score.

As a guy in his mid 20s that never really felt attached to dancing, reviewing 'Just Dance 2015' was a little bit of a chore at first. I went into the task hesitant on what I would find but I ended up leaving feeling pretty content. Not just another release in the series, 'Just Dance 2015' on the Xbox One serves as a marked improvement over prior entries on the other consoles. The title has a wide range of solid songs, ample graphical fun, and fluid controls. The Kinect works well to register your dance moves and the multiplayer mode is a blast.

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