Dance Central

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Dance Central
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Developer(s) Harmonix
Publisher(s) MTV Games
Microsoft Game Studios
Series Dance Central
Platform(s) Xbox 360
Release date(s) NA 20101104November 4, 2010

EU 20101110November 10, 2010
AU 20101118November 18, 2010
JP 20110602June 2, 2011

Genre(s) Music, Rhythm
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD-ROM

Dance Central is a music rhythm game for the Xbox 360 that uses the Kinect motion peripheral. The game was developed by Harmonix, creators of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, and is a launch title for Kinect. Dance Central 2 was officially announced at E3 2011 and later released in October 2011.[1] Dance Central 3 was officially announced at E3 2012 and was released in October 2012.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay involves the player performing given dance moves which are tracked by Kinect and represented on the screen by one of eight in-game avatars. The game features over 650 different dance moves spanning over 90 dance routines. There are five modes available:

  • Perform It: The regular single-player gameplay mode, in which the objective is to complete these dance routines to earn a high score.
  • Workout Mode: An extension to regular mode in which the number of calories burned are also tracked, along with the workout time.
  • Dance Battle: Two players compete in a head-to head dance routine battle. The person with the highest score is the winner. In the rare event there is a tie in the score, the player who passed more moves wins.
  • Challenge Mode: Once all songs (four or five) in each difficulty category have at least four stars on each one, a challenge based on the difficulty is unlocked. This mode increases the difficulty of the game by having portions of four or five songs combined into one, thus mixing up the dance moves. All challenges must be completed with four stars on each challenge in order to unlock the final challenge.
  • Break it Down: A practice mode that allows beginners to learn more advanced dance moves in a step-by-step process.[2]

Major Characters[edit]

  • Angel
  • Miss Aubrey
  • Emilia
  • Dare
  • MacCoy
  • Mo
  • Oblio
  • Taye

Unlocked Characters[edit]

  • Ttiw Tolrep (known as Shinju in later games)
  • ELIOT

Non-Playable[edit]

  • Dr Tan (outro only)

Venues[edit]

  • 5th Period - A school inside. There's a snackbar being closed and can't be open on evenings.
  • The Planks - An amusement park behind and a dock.
  • The Roost - A top building behind Perro Soul Restaurant. Unlock by earning 50 stars
  • Gridlock - A highway bridge. Unlock by earning 75 stars
  • City Limit - A High Voltage Powerline facility. Unlock by earning 100 stars
  • Dr. Tan's Estate - A mansion owned by Dr. Tan. Unlock by earning 5 stars in the seven difficulty challenges and the final challenge.

Soundtrack[edit]

On Disc[edit]

The following 32 songs are included on the game disc.[3][4] Warm up challenge songs are highlighted red, Simple challenge songs are highlighted orange, Moderate challenge songs are highlighted yellow, Tough challenge songs are highlighted green, Legit challenge songs are highlighted blue, Hardcore challenge songs are highlighted purple, and Off the Hook challenge songs are highlighted pink. All songs in the grand finale challenge led by ELIOT are highlighted magenta.

Song title Artist Decade Choreographer Rating Difficulty (Out of 7) DC or DC3 Character DC2 Character DC3 Venue Crew
"Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)" Beastie Boys 1990s Marcos Aguirre Off The Hook 7 Oblio Bodie Toprock Avenue Lu$h Crew
"Brick House" The Commodores 1970s Ricardo Foster Off The Hook 7 Maccoy Glitch Free Skate Riptide
"Bust a Move" Young MC 1980s Devin Woolridge Hardcore 6 Mo Mo Toprock Avenue Riptide
"C'mon N' Ride It (The Train)" Quad City DJ's 1990s Chanel Thompson Simple 2 Dare Lil' T Invite Only Hi - Def
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" Kylie Minogue 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 Miss Aubrey Miss Aubrey Studio 675 Hi - Def
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Soulja Boy Tell 'Em 2000s Devin Woolridge Moderate 3 Mo Mo Toprock Avenue Flash4wrd
"Days Go By" Dirty Vegas 2000s Ricardo Foster Hardcore 6 Maccoy Glitch Studio 675 DCI
"Dip It Low" Christina Milian 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Tough 4 Taye Taye Studio 675 Hi - Def
"Don't Sweat the Technique" Eric B. & Rakim 1990s Devin Woolridge Off The Hook 7 Maccoy Glitch Studio 675 The Glitterati
"Down" Jay Sean 2000s Marcos Aguirre Moderate 3 Angel Angel Studio 675 Ninja Crew
"Drop It Like It's Hot" Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell Williams 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Off The Hook 7 Taye Taye Studio 675 M.O.C.
"Evacuate the Dancefloor" Cascada 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Emilia Emilia Studio 675 M.O.C.
"Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)" Craig Mack 1990s Frenchy Hernandez Legit 5 Taye Taye Invite Only M.O.C.
"Funkytown" Lipps Inc 1970s Marcos Aguirre Simple 2 Miss Aubrey Miss Aubrey Free Skate Riptide
"Galang" M.I.A. 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 Dare Lil' T Studio 675 Riptide
"Hella Good" No Doubt 2000s Marcos Aguirre Tough 4 Oblio Bodie Studio 675 M.O.C.
"Hey Mami" FannyPack 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Miss Aubrey Miss Aubrey Toprock Avenue Riptide
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" Pitbull 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Angel Angel DCI HQ M.O.C.
"Jungle Boogie" Kool & the Gang 1970s Ricardo Foster Moderate 3 Maccoy Glitch Free Skate Riptide
"Just Dance" Lady Gaga ft. Colby O'Donis 2000s Marcos Aguirre Off The Hook 7 Dare Lil' T Crow's Nest Riptide
"King of the Dancehall" Beenie Man 2000s Marcos Aguirre Tough 4 Angel Angel Crow's Nest M.O.C.
"Maneater" Nelly Furtado 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Legit 5 Emilia Emilia Studio 675 M.O.C.
"Move Ya Body" Nina Sky 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Tough 4 Emilia Emilia Studio 675 Riptide
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe 1990s Devin Woolridge Legit 5 Angel Angel Invite Only Riptide
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Mo Mo Studio 675 Riptide
"Pon de Replay" Rihanna 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Moderate 3 Emilia Emilia Studio 675 M.O.C.
"Pump Up the Jam" Technotronic 1980s Marcos Aguirre Hardcore 6 Dare Lil' T Toprock Avenue M.O.C.
"Push It" Salt-n-Pepa 1980s Frenchy Hernandez Legit 5 Taye Taye Toprock Avenue Riptide
"Rendez-Vu" Basement Jaxx 1990s Frenchy Hernandez Tough 4 Miss Aubrey Miss Aubrey Invite Only M.O.C.
"Rump Shaker" Wreckx-n-Effect 1990s Marcos Aguirre Moderate 3 Oblio Bodie Invite Only Riptide
"Satisfaction" Benny Benassi 2000s Marcos Aguirre Hardcore 6 Oblio Bodie Studio 675 Riptide
"Teach Me How To Jerk" Audio Push 2000s Devin Woolridge Legit 5 Mo Mo Studio 675 M.O.C.

Downloadable Content[edit]

The following songs have been released as downloadable content via the Xbox Live Marketplace. These songs also deliver new routines. There are 32 DLC songs available for Dance Central, and all songs are forwards compatible with Dance Central 2 and Dance Central 3.

Song Title Artist Decade Choreographer Rating Difficulty (Out of 7) Release Date Character Dance Pack Marathon Pack DC3 Venue
"Temperature" Sean Paul 2000s Marcos Aguirre Moderate 3 November 4, 2010 Angel 3 Studio 675
"Because of You" Ne-Yo 2000s Marcos Aguirre Hardcore 6 November 4, 2010 Mo 3 1 Invite Only
"I Got You Dancing" Lady Sovereign 2000s Marcos Aguirre Off The Hook 7 November 4, 2010 Dare 1 1 Crow's Nest
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" Tag Team 1990s Chanel Thompson Legit 5 November 23, 2010 Dare 3 1 Invite Only
"I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas 2000s Devin Woolridge Moderate 3 November 23, 2010 Emilia 1 Studio 675
"Word Up" Cameo 1980s Ricardo Foster Tough 4 November 23, 2010 Maccoy 3 1 Free Skate
"Control"a Janet Jackson 1980s Chanel Thompson Hardcore 6 November 4, 2010 Taye 2 1 Toprock Avenue
"Girls and Boys" Blur 1990s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 December 21, 2010 Oblio 4 1 Crow's Nest
"Disturbia" Rihanna 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 December 21, 2010 Miss Aubrey 2 1 Studio 675
"We Run This" Missy Elliott 2000s Marcos Aguirre Hardcore 6 February 15, 2011 Emilia 1 Studio 675
"Le Freak" Chic 1970s Chanel Thompson Simple 2 February 15, 2011 Dare 4 Free Skate
"Super Freak" Rick James 1980s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 February 15, 2011 Miss Aubrey 4 1 Free Skate
"Heard 'Em All" Amerie 2000s Marcos Aguirre Legit 5 February 15, 2011 Taye 1 1 Studio 675
"Weapon of Choice" Fatboy Slim 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 March 15, 2011 Oblio 4 1 Studio 675
"Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani 2000s Chanel Thompson Hardcore 6 March 15, 2011 Taye 2 1 Toprock Avenue
"Straight Up" Paula Abdul 1980s Marcos Aguirre Legit 5 March 15, 2011 Miss Aubrey 2 1 Toprock Avenue
"Turnin Me On" Keri Hilson 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Off The Hook 7 March 15, 2011 Emilia 1 1 Studio 675
"Wild Thing" Tone Lōc 1980s Marcos Aguirre Moderate 3 April 19, 2011 Taye 5 2 Toprock Avenue
"Lean wit It, Rock wit It" Dem Franchize Boyz 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 April 19, 2011 Emilia 5 2 DCI HQ
"D.A.N.C.E." Justice 2000s Chanel Thompson Moderate 3 April 19, 2011 Maccoy 7 2 DCI HQ
"Fergalicious" Fergie ft. will.i.am 2000s Chanel Thompson Hardcore 6 May 17, 2011 Emilia 6 2 Studio 675
"Informer" Snow 1990s Ricardo Foster Simple 2 May 17, 2011 Maccoy 7 2 Invite Only
"Lapdance" N.E.R.D. 2000s Devin Woolridge Tough 4 May 17, 2011 Oblio 5 2 DCI HQ
"Say Aah" Trey Songz 2010s Ricardo Foster Simple 2 July 19, 2011 Oblio 7 2 Studio 675
"Break Your Heart" Taio Cruz 2000s Chanel Thompson Moderate 3 July 19, 2011 Dare 6 2 Studio 675
"Planet Rock" Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force 1980s Devin Woolridge Hardcore 6 July 19, 2011 Mo 7 Toprock Avenue
"Get Up" James Brown 1970s Ricardo Foster Moderate 3 August 16, 2011 Maccoy 6 2 Free Skate
"Get Busy" Sean Paul 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Tough 4 August 16, 2011 Taye 7 2 Toprock Avenue
"Get It Shawty" Lloyd 2000s Marcos Aguirre Moderate 3 August 16, 2011 Angel 6 2 Toprock Avenue
"Don't Cha" The Pussycat Dolls ft. Busta Rhymes 2000s Frenchy Hernandez Simple 2 September 20, 2011 Miss Aubrey 6 2 Studio 675
"Tempted to Touch" Rupee 2000s Devin Woolridge Simple 2 September 20, 2011 Angel 7 2 Studio 675
"The Way I Are" Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson and D.O.E. 2000s Nick DeMoura Off The Hook 7 September 20, 2011 Mo 6 2 DCI HQ

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Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 83.22%[5]
Metacritic 82/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A-[7]
Eurogamer 8/10[8]
GamePro 4.5/5[9]
GamesRadar 8/10[10]
GameSpot 8.5/10[11]
GameTrailers 8.1/10[12]
IGN 8/10[13]
Giant Bomb 4/5 stars[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Dance Central received positive reviews from critics. It received a score of 83.22% on GameRankings[5] and 82/100 on Metacritic.[6] It received a rating of 8/10 from IGN and a rating of 8.5/10 from GameSpot.[13][11] Video game talk show Good Game: Spawn Point gave the game an 8 out of 10 calling it the best launch game for the Kinect and a step forward for dance games. They said workout mode was a nice addition which will definitely give you a workout and the Dance Battles would be a big hit at parties.[15] Nintendo of America's President, in an interview, said that "Dance Central is, by far, the best Kinect game".[16]

Sales[edit]

As of August 18, 2011, the game has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.[17]

Demos[edit]

As in the 1st Dance Central, there are two types of Demo: Downloadable via Xbox Live and In game demo in the Kinect Adventures!. Both demos have Emilia and Mo as the default characters & 5th Period as the only stage in game. The demo differs from each other and have different songs.

Kinect Adventures! version:

Song title Artist Decade Choreographer Rating Difficulty (Out of 7) Character
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe 1990s Devin Woolridge Legit 5 Mo
"Poker Face" Lady Gaga 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Emilia


Xbox Live Demo version:

Song title Artist Decade Choreographer Rating Difficulty (Out of 7) Character
"Evacuate the Dancefloor" Cascada 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Emilia
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" Pitbull 2000s Marcos Aguirre Warmup 1 Mo
"Poison" Bell Biv DeVoe 1990s Devin Woolridge Legit 5 Mo

Sequels[edit]

During Microsoft's press conference at E3 2011, Harmonix announced Dance Central 2. Features new to the sequel include voice integration, a campaign mode, an improved "Break it Down" mode, and two-player simultaneous dancing.[18] Similar to Rock Band 3, Dance Central 2 will be able to import on-disc songs from the original Dance Central as well as any downloaded songs. Harmonix stated that more than 100 songs will be available by the launch of Dance Central 2.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E3 2011: Dance Central 2: The Basics". IGN. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  2. ^ "E3 2010: Harmonix Demos Dance Central at Microsoft's E3 Press Conference". 1up.com. 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ Harmonix's "Dance Central" for Xbox 360 Kinect Coming Holiday 2010
  4. ^ "Cross Country Tour Day 12: Dancing and playtesting at Harmonix". 1up.com. 2010-Sept-2. Retrieved 2010-Sept-6. 
  5. ^ a b "Dance Central for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Dance Central for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  7. ^ Troup, Christina. "Dance Central Review for 360". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  8. ^ Gibson, Ellie (2010-11-04). "Dance Central Xbox 360 Review". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  9. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2010-11-09. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  10. ^ "Dance Central Review". GamesRadar. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  11. ^ a b Watters, Chris (2010-11-04). "Dance Central Review for Xbox 360". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  12. ^ "Dance Central Video Game Review". GameTrailers. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  13. ^ a b Clements, Ryan (2010-11-03). "Dance Central Kinect Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  14. ^ starts in (2010-11-10). "Dance Central Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  15. ^ Bendixsen 8/10, O'Donnell 8/10 (29 November 2010). "Kinect Round Up Review". Season 5. Episode 42. ABC Television.
  16. ^ http://www.gearlog.com/2011/01/nintendo_president_talks_kinec.php
  17. ^ Brendan Sinclair (19 August 2011). "Kinect Sports scores 3 million sales, Dance Central sells 2.5 million". GameSpot. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  18. ^ McElroy, Griffin. "Dance Central 2 to humiliate Kinect owners once again". Joystiq. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Dance Central 2 information". Harmonix. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 

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